There could indeed have been other options if the crew could have been rescued.
Not that Star Trek movies have ever been fond of that course of action anyway. An idealistic future certainly never stopped the bad guys and some of their (innocent?) henchmen going out in a big bang before. Certainly not where Kirk is concerned (there's a triumphant final torpedo fired at Chang after he has already been pummeled by not one but TWO Federation starships instead of arrest and trial). But that ability to rescue is also debatable and since you can't in this instance get the crew off then you don't really have any way to explore them before you make a choice.
I mean, in theory if someone wanted to try beaming over to a ship being bisected by an artificial black hole and wander around bringing people over then with the Captain's permission you could give it a try!
'If the Apocalypse starts, beep me!' - Buffy Summers
'The sky's the limit.....' Jean-Luc Picard, 'All Good Things'
courtesy of Saquist
Last edited by kevin : 12-26-2012 at 08:24 AM.
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