And Pike specifically said they can be an officier in 4 years (and have their own ship in 8), while Kirk boasted he'd do it in 3, which he did He's under the official grade, for sure, but his talent proved enough to fill that gap
Helping save the Federation probably had a hand in it too*
Isn't the point of any fiction to do things that wouldn't happen in the real world?
A bit like in Voyage Home, Kirk was demoted as 'punishment', despite saving the world...
I agree, and I'm pretty sure the deviant demi-god picking on random Captains falls into the "completely implausible" category. Yet that is a continous theme in TNG, and fans arent mad about that. So my point is once again, realism isnt a central theme in Trek.
The demi-god motif might have been recurring, but it was hardly the continuous theme of TNG and onwards... Q's shenanigans were used as he was a popular character, but they hardly defined all plots
'continuous' implies that it was either continually ongoing, or often repeated thematically [if not necessarily within a continuous story arc] rather than simply recurring from time to time
Originally Posted by marcusdkane
So that's about 5-6 per series... Given the themes covered in the other episodes, it's hardly the continuous theme
Yes, precisely as I said. The deviant demi-god was a recurring theme in Trek, though I never said it was the central theme of the show. And 5-6 per series does not mean 5-6 appearances. Q appeared much more than 5 or 6 times.
I'm not sure if you are trying to play semantical games or not, but once more for emphasis, I never said it was the central theme of Trek or any Trek series, simply something that kept happening and goes to show realism is not a big priority in Trek.