A very fair and thorough review indeed.
Quick question? Regarding the implausible coming together of the crew, I thought it was long since held as fan-rumour that it was Spock who had designed the Kobayashi Maru simulation Kirk cheated on?
In which case, that way of introducing the two would not be improbable, but a nod to one of the long-standing unoffical rumours?
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