Saito S wrote:
But not the same people. Kirk's ship isn't off in the Delta Quadrant. Crew would come and go: people die, get promoted, transfer in, transfer out, etc.
The TOS Enterprise was supposed to be on a 5 year deep space exploration mission though. They weren't supposed to just drop off and pick up new crew willy-nilly, the crew they start with is supposed to be their whole crew the whole mission.