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Pine, Orci and Kurtzman do hint that the Enterprise crew still has some growing up to do.

“What we didn’t want to do was assume that just because the bridge crew was brought together at the end of the first movie, that they’re now the bridge crew that you remember from the original series,” Kurtzman said. “They’re still working it out. Kirk is still working out what it means to be a captain and what it means to lead men and women potentially to their death.”

“Shatner, by the time he started it, he was the mature captain. The guy I’m playing is on his way,” Pine said. “Jim Kirk is on the way toward being the captain that we know.”