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Star Trek Movies I-X Discuss the first ten big screen outings in this forum!

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Old July 30 2013, 07:17 PM   #1
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What do we know about the years between ST5 and ST6?

I've always found this interesting. IIRC the events of Star Trek V occurred in 2287, with VI coming in 2293. A pretty significant gap.

Do we have any idea of what the Enterprise's mission was like in those years? Did they do another 5-year type mission of exploration? Or were the ship's functions more ceremonial (ferrying of diplomats, etc). I would imagine a fair amount of Starfleet command still has issues with Kirk's insubordination, considering the end of ST6. Maybe that played a role in giving him a junker ship, maybe they were given all the crap missions too.

Despite that, we're not really presented with the idea that the E-A is just a pale imitation of the original by ST6. Did the EA have a time to build its own legacy?

You might conclude that there has been a military buildup in the intervening years given the differences in the ship. Obviously the bridge was much different and more militaristic-looking, and you have crewmen sleeping in bunk beds which suggests there were a lot of people on board. But then again the Excelsior is the most advanced ship they have and it's off on a survey mission forever far away from Starfleet.

Just a lot of missing gaps and inconsistencies between the two movies. In the real world I would imagine that's more a function of the studio/writer/director having much different visions for each movie. Similar to the gap between TMP and Wrath of Khan, which I find pretty interesting as well.
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Old July 30 2013, 07:19 PM   #2
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Re: What do we know about the years between ST5 and ST6?

Interesting topic. I've been flirting with the idea of setting a book in that period . . .
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Old July 30 2013, 07:27 PM   #3
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Re: What do we know about the years between ST5 and ST6?

Whatever happened, Sulu left and was given command of the Excelsior during 2289 at the latest.
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Old July 30 2013, 07:30 PM   #4
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Re: What do we know about the years between ST5 and ST6?

STVI makes it pretty clear the crew have been broken up for at least 3 years (McCoy didn't even know Sulu was a Captain - and the film opens with him returning from a 3-year mission!) and are reuniting for the peace mission.

That still leaves a possible 3 years of TOS-style adventures after STV.
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Old July 30 2013, 07:33 PM   #5
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Re: What do we know about the years between ST5 and ST6?

I tend to think that relations between the Federation and the Klingons really went sour during that time, perhaps triggered by an event that caused even once moderates in Starfleet to have an extremely low opinion of Klingons.
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Old July 30 2013, 07:56 PM   #6
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Re: What do we know about the years between ST5 and ST6?

I've always found this interesting. IIRC the events of Star Trek V occurred in 2287, with VI coming in 2293. A pretty significant gap.
Might be longer still - ST5:TFF seems to occur mere weeks after the ending of ST4:TVH, and ST2 through ST4 appear to only cover a few months of action. The earliest plausible date for the ST2-ST4 thing is 2284... Although we could argue that there was a year or more between the main body of ST4 and the final scene of ST4.

Despite that, we're not really presented with the idea that the E-A is just a pale imitation of the original by ST6. Did the EA have a time to build its own legacy?
Well, Starfleet might have dug up the ship (and Kirk!) from deep mothballs for this specific mission of insulting the Klingons with the Nixon-in-China thing.

We don't know how many of our original heroes have been active with the new ship, but Spock seems sincere about wanting to pass his legacy to Valeris. He probably wouldn't be doing and saying all those things if he and Starfleet were only intermittently dusting off the starship and performing a milk run or two.

you have crewmen sleeping in bunk beds which suggests there were a lot of people on board
Would this be any different from how things were previously? The camera never slummed in the quarters of mere crew; the lowest-ranking accommodations we visited were those of Ensign Garrovic in "Obsession".

But then again the Excelsior is the most advanced ship they have and it's off on a survey mission forever far away from Starfleet.
..."Cataloging gaseous anomalies" right next to the Klingon Empire! Might be the most militaristic mission Starfleet has ever undertaken, perhaps comparable to Curtis LeMay's attempts at starting WWIII with massive "recce" flights into Soviet airspace in the fifties.

The novelization of ST6 mentions major Klingon provocations in the preceding years, largely as an excuse for Kirk being so disgusted with them after the apparent detente of ST5. Whether such a thing would in any way differ from the average UFP/KE relations in the seven decades of hostility Spock speaks of, we don't know.

The really interesting thing is how Romulans now have ambassadors all over the place, including in secret top level UFP military meetings. Did the UFP go for the apparent "enemy of my enemy" alliance because the Klingons became worse than ever before - or because the Romulans played it nice?

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Old July 30 2013, 11:02 PM   #7
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more hints:

- "this crew is due to stand down" - implies that they were all still on active service, or at the very least some kind of reserve status.

- "all that equipment we have onboard to record gaseous anomalies" - why would they have this equipment on board if all the Enterprise did was sit around in spacedock only to be dusted off for the occasional milk run?

- "a supply of Romulan ale on board" .... "one of the advantages of being a thousand light-years away from headquarters" - seems the Enterprise had been on a deep space mission relatively recently. Also if Romulan ale is so illegal then why have it sitting around in the ship if it's parked in Spacedock long-term?

- on the other hand, Spock has been acting as the Federation envoy to the Klingons, Scott just bought a boat, and Uhura was supposed to be heading up a seminar.

Lots of confusing information.
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Old July 30 2013, 11:09 PM   #8
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Re: What do we know about the years between ST5 and ST6?

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Interesting topic. I've been flirting with the idea of setting a book in that period . . .
Please do. I'd love to read it. In any case, I'd guess that the Enterprise still had its share of missions, though nothing approaching their original five-year mission during TOS. Sulu would have left by 2290 to command Excelsior. The rest of the crew would likely have stayed aboard during the intervening years, as they're all in their normal places by the time TUC rolls around.

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Old July 30 2013, 11:14 PM   #9
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The really interesting thing is how Romulans now have ambassadors all over the place, including in secret top level UFP military meetings. Did the UFP go for the apparent "enemy of my enemy" alliance because the Klingons became worse than ever before - or because the Romulans played it nice?
Remember that the Romulans were considered the "good" bad guys of the TOS era. It's not too surprising that they'd be on better terms with the Federation than the Klingons, especially after the Genesis fiasco and the UFP's unwillingness to let the Klingons try Kirk for his alleged crimes against their government. How or why things changed after that (again with the Tomed Incident) is still a mystery as far as actual televised or filmed footage is concerned.

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Old July 30 2013, 11:18 PM   #10
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King Daniel Into Darkness wrote: View Post
STVI makes it pretty clear the crew have been broken up for at least 3 years (McCoy didn't even know Sulu was a Captain - and the film opens with him returning from a 3-year mission!) and are reuniting for the peace mission.
I think you're reading too much into McCoy's statement. He probably said that because it would seem only natural that if every other Enterprise crew member were summoned to a meeting that Sulu should be there, too. It's possible that Sulu may have collaborated with Kirk and the Enterprise on assignments after taking command of Excelsior. These assignments wouldn't necessarily interfere with his mission in the Beta Quadrant. Perhaps McCoy assumed his crew would be coming along for the ride because it happened before.

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Old July 30 2013, 11:43 PM   #11
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Re: What do we know about the years between ST5 and ST6?

I get the impression that Starfleet used them more like galactic troubleshooters rather than have them on general duties. After then-Admiral Kirk's criminal acts, they'd keep him on a tight leash. It feels like it was only a PR stunt to keep him around, because after saving the Earth, they couldn't exactly lock him in a stockade. It certainly seems that by the events of TUC, they've been kicking around Earth for quite a while. Spock's been off negotiating with the Klingons, Scotty's all set to retire, Uhura's moving into academia... an early draft had Kirk reassembling his retired crew for one last mission, and that's a feeling that endures into the final film, even if it's not explicitly stated.

The "gaseous anomaly" survey might be a red herring; all Uhura says is that they are carrying the equipment, not that they've necessarily used it of late. I like Timo's suggestion that it's a euphemistic cover story for the Excelsior's real mission. Sending their newest battlecruiser on a three-year survey mission seems an odd use of resources.

TUC is a bit nebulous as to whether the ship is being decommissioned, or if it's Kirk and his senior staff who are stepping down from active shipboard service. The damage didn't seem to be too severe, so if it's a newish ship, maybe she's going to be patched up and renamed, as some think she was in the first place? I prefer the idea that the Enterprise-A was an old, refurbished ship, which happened to be surplus when Kirk and company needed a new vessel.

On the other hand, maybe it's the whole Constitution line which is being scrapped, per the Khitomer Accords? Ditching a load of ageing, unwieldy battleships in favour of the newer Excelsior-class probably makes sense. We never see Constitutions after TUC, with the exception of the wrecked hull in the BoBW graveyard. Maybe they were mothballed, as the admiral in the briefing predicted?

I'd love to read Greg's book to find out his take, should he ever write it!
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Old July 31 2013, 12:15 AM   #12
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King Daniel Into Darkness wrote: View Post
STVI makes it pretty clear the crew have been broken up for at least 3 years (McCoy didn't even know Sulu was a Captain - and the film opens with him returning from a 3-year mission!) and are reuniting for the peace mission.
That was the original idea, that the crew in retirement had to get back together one last time, but it was changed for one reason or another to be that the crew were going to retire. Unfortunately, they didn't change some of the dialog they should have to reflect the change in the script (like McCoy wondering where Sulu is) so it made the whole thing confusing.
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Old July 31 2013, 01:41 AM   #13
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The camera never slummed in the quarters of mere crew; the lowest-ranking accommodations we visited were those of Ensign Garrovic in "Obsession".
Which was in keeping with GR's dictate (probably in the ST Bible, certainly voiced more than a few times) that everybody serving aboard had their own stateroom. The bunkbed thing is pure Meyer, and to put up an in-universe explanation requires some major rethinks of Starfleet, like having resource shortages and perhaps changing overall thrust of agency.
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Old July 31 2013, 01:45 AM   #14
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Interesting topic. I've been flirting with the idea of setting a book in that period . . .
Do it! I want to read it. Have it ready by September!
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Old July 31 2013, 01:51 AM   #15
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Re: What do we know about the years between ST5 and ST6?

DC Comics covers the time period during their second Trek run. Peter David was the writer for the first nineteen issues, including "The Trial of James T. Kirk" in issues #10-12.
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