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Old October 6 2013, 09:27 PM   #23
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Re: Pre-TOS five year missions in the books

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Of course, other sources would later contradict this account, with Captain Pike having commanded several successful 5-year missions before Kirk, but that's pretty much par for the ST-continuity course.
I said earlier "relatively unscathed", but in fact, it's "relatively intact". [Novelization of TMP, p. 6]

Pike may have completed several 5YM, but was the "ship and crew relatively intact" each time?
If Pike was not capable of bringing most of his crew home alive, would he have been allowed to remain in command?
Pike's crew was 203 in "The Cage" whereas Kirk had a crew of 430. Maybe Pike set off with the same number of crew that Kirk did later?
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