Everyone know's its JUST a test. Realistically, wouldnt EVERY Starfleet cadet pass with flying colors for acting supremely confident in the face of.....a test. You would NEVER get the real reactions of future captains because you cant simulate certain death experiences if they arent ACTUALLY certain death experiences.
Kirk deserved a commendation for original thinking because Kirking your way through a silly test is the only respect that test deserved to be treated with.
So the difficulty and reverence for the test was based on the academy myth among cadets that the test WAS passable, but that no one was smart enough to do it? Only Kirk had the balls to realize Spock was trolling them?
STO: @AGNT009 Since Dec 2010
Capt. Will Conquest of the U.S.S. Zorro
"Captain, the entity appears to be A New Accord"
Its a test to see how you deal with pressure and failure. Remember, most cadets don't know its no-win going in. They think they're being tested on tactics or command ability or something, yet no matter what they try it gets worse and worse. Do they despair, or get frustrated and lose their temper, or just give up, or what? Its not pleasant, and its certainly weighted against highly emotional species, but I can see its purpose.
- Place the Kobyashi Maru between my ship and the Klingons.
- Drop shields long enough to beam any survivors from the Kobyashi Maru aboard.
- Destroy the Kobyashi Maru
- Tell the Klingons to go do one...