This one took a while to produce because a small oversight in the execution of our new and improved recording system created echoes of our voices and I had to manually remove every echo of every word. :)
Derek and I finally find an answer as to why Commodore Wesley is such a jerk. I'm satisfied with it, honestly. Also, I sincerely apologize for not slipping in a "shut up Wesley." I am so, so sorry.
Are we wrong in not taking Kirk's side on this thing? If Kirk isn't necessary, he's not necessary. Star Trek validates the arbitrary nature of fulfilling our dreams (like starship captain), but on the other hand, the only reason the M-5 isn't a good captain is because it just doesn't work right? Is the message that anything complicated enough to replace a human role as demanding as starship captain must also have human foibles?
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