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Old June 7 2014, 08:26 PM   #181
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Re: Should "Star Trek IV" have introduced a different NCC-1701-A?

It goes beyond just some doors -- there's several lines of dialogue in the movie ("Half the doors won't open," "The ship's in pieces"), plus Scotty having just "fixed [that damn thing]" (the Red Alert notification-system), the turbolifts messing up, and the transporters being completely down, which pretty much point to a massive systemic failure of some form aboard the Enterprise.

Michael Piller confirmed in at least one web chat that Data's line in that episode was indeed a direct reference to TFF ("Evolution" was the very first TNG episode to air after the theatrical release of Star Trek V, and it was a nod to that then-recent picture).

Finally, the dialogue dating also confirms that it was TFF that Data was referring to, not TSFS -- "79 years ago" from 2366 is/was 2287, the year after TVH and the launch of Kirk's second Enterprise (Star Trek III having taken place in 2285).
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