Part III. Timeline
1. Wait a minute. Are you telling me a decade passed between TMP and TWOK?
- Before I answer, TOS and TOS movie chronologies are the most hotly debated subjects. Continuing on. TMP is said to take place only two-and-a-half years after the five-year mission. TWOK is stated to take place 15 years after "Space Seed". So imagine the 10-year break Star Trek had in real life as happening between TMP and TWOK instead of between TOS and TMP.
I always found it helpful to imagine
TMP as a 1971 movie to keep things straight. (Wow! Such great fx only "two" years after 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY!)