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Mar 8th 2014 at 2:53:06 PM •••

Under Film, we have this:

  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan involved The Kirk breaking out of the retirement from service his admiral-ship demanded of him.

Sorry, no. Kirk is not retired in that film; he has been promoted and assigned to a desk job. That does prevent him from commanding a starship, but calling it retirement is simply not accurate. He has simply been assigned to perform a duty that isn't what he would have preferred, something that is all too common in military organizations like Starfleet.

Kirk's retirement does become a plot point in the sixth and seventh movies. I'll try to rework this example so that it focuses on them and not on "Wrath of Khan," which simply doesn't fit the trope.

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