Took some time off to continue with the appreciation. Here is the MC.
Domain: Situation (a situation or environment is the realm of Kirk's personal journey and growth):
Kirk is a starfleet admiral who is confronted with the aging process.
Concern: The Future (what will happen or what will be is the issue or issues held in greatest importance by Kirk):
Kirk: "Galloping through the cosmos is a game for the young, Doctor." (7min45sec)
Kirk is faced with a sedentary future where, after a day's work at the office, he has nowhere else to go but home; that his time has passed.
When Kirk thanks Spock for the birthday gift, Spock answers, "I'm aware of your fondness for antiques." A few seconds later, the PA system calls out, "Captain Spock, Captain Spock, space shuttle leaving in twenty minutes." Kirk stares at Spock with envy, "Where are you off to now?" Spock answers, "The Enterprise. And you?" Kirk sighs, "Home." (8min45sec)
Issue: Delay (putting off until later is Kirk's personal thematic focus, topic, or value standard):
Kirk is hiding, as Bones states, from himself. (11min)
Counterpoint: Choice (making a decision is the thematic opposite to the area of Kirk's greatest sensitivity):
Unable to resist, Kirk accepts Spock's offer and takes command of the Enterprise when adventure calls.
Thematic Conflict: (the thematic comparison within Kirk as it balances Delay against Choice):
Kirk accepts to go on a mission, but hesitates before accepting the captain's chair. When they come face to face with the Reliant, Kirk hesitates raising shields, even though he knows the Reliant's claims of a systems malfunction are false.
Problem: Pursuit (the drive to seek after is the source of Kirk's drive; the source of Kirk's problems):
Khan wants to kill Kirk.
Solution: Avoidance (stepping around, preventing or escaping from a problem is what is needed to truly satisfy Kirk's drive; the solution to Kirk's problems):
Kirk manages to avoid being killed by Khan.
Symptom: Support (indirect assistance given to another's efforts is the area or item Kirk believes the problem to be):
Khan has others do his dirty work for him.
Response: Oppose (an indirect detraction from another's effort is the response of Kirk to his apparent problems):
Kirk taunts Khan to confront him in face to face, "Khan, you bloodsucker! You're going to have to do your own dirty work from now on. Do you hear me? Do you?!"
Unique Ability: Openness (willingness to reevaluate is the quality that makes Kirk uniquely qualified to resolve the story's problem):
Kirk is open to listening to other people's advice, from both friends, colleagues and lower ranking officers.
Critical Flaw: Denial (the refusal to admit to oneself or others that a previously held view is no longer true is the quality that inhibits or undermines Kirk's effectiveness, specifically his Unique Ability):
After they manage to lower the Reliant's shields and fire on them, Sulu states to Kirk, "Sir, you did it!" Kirk responds, "I did nothing. Except get caught with my breeches down. I must be getting senile." Kirk refuses to accept that he's too old to run a starship.
Benchmark: How Things are Changing (the way things are going is the standard by which Kirk's degree of growth is indicated):
As the story progresses, more and more of Kirk's crew members die and his ship takes one beating after another as what started out as a pristine ship becomes tattered and eventually ceases to function, preventing them from escaping the genesis wave.