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Old September 5 2013, 03:29 AM   #80
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Re: What do we know about the years between ST5 and ST6?

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I get the impression that Starfleet used them more like galactic troubleshooters rather than have them on general duties.

My pet theory, based on what we see on screen, has always been that following the Earth probe situation in STIV, Kirk and crew aren't exactly on the 'active duty' roster. On both occasions that we see the 1701-A, the crew are initially seen/said to be seperated from each other, and it's only a unique crisis situation which sees them all being recruited for a mission. I hold that this is pretty much it: the Excelsior was still undergoing tests in STIV and STV, hence why Sulu is still hanging out waiting for her to become available and is able to come back to 1701-A for the Nimbus II mission, and 1701-B is obviously on the drawing board as well. 1701-A is not an 'active ship' and incidents like the crisis at Nimbus III or the Khitomer accords see Kirk and crew being wheeled out, almost ceremonially, because they've got the peculiar skills needed for that one mission, and then afterwards they probably all go back into semi-retirement. Scotty talks about such in STVI, McCoy has no idea where Sulu is (and the others all act like they haven't seen each other in years), and Spock is away doing diplomatic stuff.

I understand the need for fandom to fill in the gaps, but I've always thought maybe the 1701-A Enterprise had at best only a small handful of "special assignments" during that period, but was otherwise a ship that just didn't get out all that much.
Although pretty much all non-filmic sources (such as the DC series and the novels) depict the Enterprise-A in continuous, regular operational service as a front-line tactical command cruiser and exploratory vessel.

That being said, the "troubleshooter" designation is actually quite accurate as a descriptor for the duties Captain Kirk and his crew performed during those years -- rather than a "traditional" five-year long-term mission of exploration, it's very much like The Final Frontier suggests, in that Starfleet Command frequently "needs Jim Kirk" to carry out most of the toughest assignments (from diplomacy to preventing wide-scale interplanetary wars).

Indeed, many of the stories told in the DC series (and in novels like Probe) far eclipse TFF in scope, despite its ambitions -- those eight years contain some of the biggest missions of the "classic" Enterprise crew's career, but they're probably also the most frequently overlooked, in terms of attention paid to other eras (the TOS television-era missions, etc.).

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I've always found this interesting. IIRC the events of Star Trek V occurred in 2287, with VI coming in 2293. A pretty significant gap.

Do we have any idea of what the Enterprise's mission was like in those years?
Here's my recent thread about novels in the movie era.

I'd love to see more novels in this era.

This is the timeline of the stories that happen between STV and STVI. Not all of them are about the Enterprise. What some of these codes mean, I'm not sure.

{Stardate 8454.1} Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (ST novelization)
{Stardate 8461.7} In the Name of Honor (TOS #97)
{Stardate 8475.3 to 8501.2} Probe (TOS)
Pathways (VGR)
The Rift (TOS #57)

Pathways (VGR)
“Legal Action” (TOS, SNW V)
Starfleet Academy (ST computer game novelization)
Day of Honor #4: Treaty’s Law (TOS)

{Stardate 8988.2 - 9049.7} Excelsior Forged In Fire

The Captain’s Table #1: War Dragons (TOS)

“jubHa’” (SNW III)
{Stardate 8764.3 to 8774.8} Cacophony (ST audio)
{Stardate 9029.1 to 9029.4} Envoy (ST audio)
{Stardate 9121.4} Mere Anarchy #5: The Blood-Dimmed Tide (TOS eBook)

{Stardate 9498.3} Bloodline (TOS Wildstorm graphic)

Blood Will Tell #1: Against Their Nature (ST Klingons IDW graphic)
Blood Will Tell #2: Beneath The Skin (ST Klingons IDW graphic)
Blood Will Tell #3: The Order of Things (ST Klingons IDW graphic)
Blood Will Tell #4: Blood Reign O'er Me (ST Klingons IDW graphic)
Blood Will Tell #5: Losses (ST Klingons IDW graphic)
The Last Generation #1 Do Not Close Your Eyes (Myriad Universes IDW graphic)
{Stardate 9521.6 to 9529.1} Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (ST novelization)
EDIT: You can also type in the year (2287, 2288, etc...) in the search engine at Memory Beta and it will give you a list of all published works placed in that year.
Be sure to check out the NCC-1701-A entry at Memory Beta -- not only does it feature every prose story (i.e., the Pocket novels) featuring that starship, but also every known graphic/comic book story, integrated and organized by year of operational service history:
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