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Old July 19 2015, 04:29 AM   #1
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Question(s) about Chekov

A question for anyone who might know: is there any Trek novel or story that addresses Pavel Chekov's departure from the Enterprise before the run of TAS, and/or his return thereafter? I'm not aware of one, but heaven knows I might have overlooked something.

(And: do we know if Chekov has ever even met Arex, or did they serve on board at mutually exclusive times?...)
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Old July 19 2015, 04:40 AM   #2
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Re: Question(s) about Chekov

I thought one of the Lost Years books mentioned something about Chekov leaving for security training at some point. Does this ring a bell to anyone? It's been many years since I read those.
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Old July 19 2015, 04:54 AM   #3
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A question for anyone who might know: is there any Trek novel or story that addresses Pavel Chekov's departure from the Enterprise before the run of TAS, and/or his return thereafter? I'm not aware of one, but heaven knows I might have overlooked something.
I mention it in Ex Machina. As I recall, I said that Chekov had taken a leave of absence for a few months to see if he could make it work with Irina Galliulin (he couldn't).

(And: do we know if Chekov has ever even met Arex, or did they serve on board at mutually exclusive times?...)
I think I said in ExM that Arex got a promotion and left when Chekov came back, but it's possible Arex was a backup navigator before Chekov left.


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I thought one of the Lost Years books mentioned something about Chekov leaving for security training at some point. Does this ring a bell to anyone? It's been many years since I read those.
That was after the 5-year mission. Of course, Chekov was the Enterprise security chief in TMP, so presumably he underwent security training during the intervening two and a half years. The novel that actually depicts his security training is Traitor Winds, the third Lost Years book.
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Old July 19 2015, 01:25 PM   #4
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Re: Question(s) about Chekov

Of course I understood those were after the 5YM. I was thinking one of them referred to Chekov having left and returned in the past. But I may be thinking of the Ex Machina passage you referred to.
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Old July 21 2015, 12:45 PM   #5
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Re: Question(s) about Chekov

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I was thinking one of them referred to Chekov having left and returned in the past.
Memory Beta says: Chekov was promoted to full Lieutenant and was offered the position of Chief of Security aboard the Enterprise, once the refit was completed. (TOS novel: Traitor Winds)

The novel "Prime Directive", the events of which requires the damaged bridge module being replaced, marks the transition from TOS to TAS.
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Old July 21 2015, 02:32 PM   #6
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Wasn't there a relatively rescent novel, I'm thinking That Which Divides that said that said that during the TAS time period Chekov was still aboard the Enterprise, just training in other areas and therefore not on bridge duty?
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Old July 21 2015, 03:02 PM   #7
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Wasn't there a relatively rescent novel, I'm thinking That Which Divides that said that said that during the TAS time period Chekov was still aboard the Enterprise, just training in other areas and therefore not on bridge duty?
I think so, though I don't remember which one it was. There isn't the same kind of effort to keep the TOS novels in continuity with each other that there is with the 24th-century stuff, since they're pretty much standalones by necessity.

Although maybe the two could be reconciled if you assume that Chekov's leave only lasted for part of TAS.
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Wasn't there a relatively rescent novel, I'm thinking That Which Divides that said that said that during the TAS time period Chekov was still aboard the Enterprise, just training in other areas and therefore not on bridge duty?
Don't forget that Chekov also appears in flashback "lower decks" scenes of the novelization of ST II, establishing a friendship between him and Marla McGivers. (I think he was in Security, so he comes full circle?) And Greg Cox followed up on this scene in his third "Khan" novel, "To Reign in Hell: The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh".

Also, Walter Koenig was fitted for Security red uniform shirts during "Phase II" preproduction.
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