Re: Best Novels, Comics, etc. Set Between TOS Season 3 and ST:TMP?
If I'm not mistaken, TAS covers the remaining two years of the first five year mission.
TAS was all over the place with episode stardates ranging from before Where No Man...
to past TMP, if I remember correctly.
Better to think of TAS taking place in an alternate reality.
J.J. Abrams didn't change Star Trek, audience expectations did.