Re: How much time passes between TMP and TWoK?
Something interesting I noticed in TSFS. When Kirk asks Scotty about his progress near the beginning, Scotty says "You'll be fully automated by the time we dock," which garners Kirk's barn door remark. It's never dawned on me until now exactly what Scotty was doing here: he wasn't still fixing battle damage, he was automating the ship to run without all the cadets that the Enteprise
off-loaded between movies. It never occurred to me that when they steal the Enterprise
later, they had already done a chunk of the work to do it at the beginning of the movie.
Cool. I never realized that either.
"Thank you.. for the drinks."