Khan 2.0 wrote:
If you look at TFF as a strange dream of Kirks...
Holy crap. What you've described makes perfect sense. It makes the film make perfect sense.
The biggest problem I have with the theory is Shatner doesn't mention anything close to this in Star Trek Movie Memories.
Well of course not. That's not what Shatner intended, and I don't think that's what the OP is suggesting. This is just a thought experiment, and a damn good one at that.
*EDIT* Actually, reading the OP's last line of his post, it does sound like that's what he's suggesting. I'm pretty sure this was NOT Shatner's intention. However, if he had any foresight, he could have totally gotten away with explaining the movie away as a dream.
Shatner: "Deck 78? Of course the Enterprise doesn't have 78 decks. That was a subtle clue that this was all fake, like that unicorn dream Harrison Ford had in Blade Runner!"