Re: Question About "The Chimes at Midnight"
True enough, though the author played that up well enough when depicting later events IMO.
If I was to guess with regards to the author's intentions, it's possible they felt their hands were tied with regards to V'ger and consequently opted to omit that particular incident (along with who knows how many scenarios in TOS where Spock's presence was pivotal) or that they planned to cover it but had to cut it due to story length restrictions.
Heck, maybe without Spock, Our Heroes end up stranded in the mirror universe.
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