^It looked like a big red wireframe jellybean in Wrath of Khan
King Daniel Into Darkness wrote:
^Just 8 years from "The Neutral Zone" to ST:FC.
No. I'm talking about in-universe years. It's over 70 years passed between episodes. Technology obviously changed.
I think you're confusing the TOS episode "Balance of Terror" with the TNG episode "The Neutral Zone". It's 8 years in-universe between that episode and the movie Star Trek: First Contact.