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Old May 12 2013, 10:00 PM   #321
Re: Franz Joseph Blueprints Revisited

Timo wrote: View Post
Which again makes this five-year thing sort of nonsensical, because the missions of exploration are two weeks long only - either thanks to technology, or thanks to the fundamental nature of warp propulsion.
Or it makes perfect sense since in the span of those five years, they are performing exploration work. Perhaps you'd feel better if the statement was amended with, "and returning home periodically to do non-exploration work" ?

Timo wrote: View Post
Why tie down Kirk and his starship for years at an end when anybody can hop to the final frontier at a moment's notice and be back before the commercial break ends?
Is that even true? Did Kirk's five year mission tie him down at all to prevent them from fulfilling their narrated mission goals and still performing routine tasks for starfleet? I think not.

Timo wrote: View Post
We could say the Enterprise was one of those ships that were part of an exploration pool - in a policy decision, they could be summoned from their more important duties to exploration errands, while other ships could not. For the Enterprise, this exploration alert status was to last for five years, and several sorties were indeed made.
That's pretty reasonable.

Timo wrote: View Post
But that is completely at odds with Kirk actually having been five years out there, or with the ship having five years' worth of supplies, or whatever other arguments have been made here...
It is only at odds with the five year mission if the ship did none of the tasks set out by the narration. Since it did accomplish all of those tasks and even more mundane tasks while all out in space, "out there", then it is puzzling why you'd claim otherwise.
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