Re: TSFS Destruct Sequence: Why Chekov?
How so? Supposedly, yanking out a few chips would be trivially reversible, and the ship would be back at transwarp testing in no time flat.
Whether those tests were a splendid success or an embarrassing failure, we don't know. But we never were told that Scotty would have broken the ship for good.
Yet we don't see the technology again until the Borg show up. You're right that the project wasn't necessarily abandoned because of Scotty's sabotage, but it clearly was put in mothballs for some reason. Otherwise, it's likely we'd have seen future ships equipped with transwarp drive.
"Many things seem clever to an imbecile." --Captain Thelin th'Valrass, USS Enterprise-- "The Chimes at Midnight"