In TOS there are pilote-episodes. Special among these is "Where
No Man Has Gone Before" with other uniforms, no DrMcCoy but a chief
medical officer Dr. Mark Piper and the physicist Sulu. In "Advance
Information on 1966-67 Programming Star Trek by NBC Television Network"
we can read "Chief Medical Officer Dr. Piper is the oldest and most
experienced space traveler aboard the Enterprise" and about "Science
Officer Spock", who "has a precise, logical turn of mind inherited
from his father (a native of the planet Vulcanis, who married an Earth
women)". There is also the "Engineer Officer Scott", "Communications
Officer Alden", "Physicist Sulu", who "is the trim,
sofrt-spoken chief of the Enterprise's Astro Science Department"
and "Yeoman Smith, who has drawn the important assignment of secretary
to the Captain".
In the following 1st season of TOS Sulu primary duties included manning
the helmsman station, and the firing of the ships weapons as shift tactical
officer. And Lt. Uhura serves as Communications Officer. The new personal
help for our Captain is Yeoman Janice Rand. And also new on board is Dr.
McCoy. (see TOS: The Corbomite Maneuver).
There are three seasons of TOS and two seasons of TAS (with a very short
2nd season). All together they are the 5 year mission, which Kirk completed
sucessfully and returned to become Admiral (see Star Trek I: The Motion
It seems to be logical, that the "one season is
one year" system of TNG was already true for TOS:
- The Enterprise starts her mission. In a period of a half year there
is somewhere the pilot "Where no man has gone before".
- First season TOS with some changes on the crew and with new uniforms
represents one year.
- Second season TOS also a year.
- Third season TOS = one year.
- First season TAS = one year.
- Second season TAS, which is very short, represents the rest of the
five-year-mission. Therefore it is a half year.
In the 6th movie McCoy answered in the Klingon court-room, that he served
as ship's surgeon and chief medical officer for 27 years.
At first it is to say, that he was the ship's surgeon of both ships: the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) and the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A).
On the other hand he retired after the historic five-year mission to enter
private medical practice.
two and a half years later, McCoy's commission was reactivated by a "little-known,
seldom-used reserve activation clause" at the request of now Admiral James
T. Kirk (see STM: Star Trek I.)
He was the chief medical officer on the Enterprise in the 1st season
TOS (but not in the TOS pilote episode). If the 2nd season means 2265
or 2266, we have to think, that Bones joined the Enterprise 2264 or
Adding 27 years and 2,5 years we get the date of the 6th movie.
- Therefore the "Khitomer peace conference" was between 2293 or 2295.
But there are some more important hints in StarTrek VI: The Undiscovered
- We can hear from the captain's log, that Captain Hikaru Sulu took
command of the Federation starship Excelsior for a three-year mission
with a focus on charting gaseous anomalies in Beta Quadrant.
- But it was not said, that this was the first mission! He is "more
than 10 years Captain of the Excelsior" (p. 31) Before he served
on the USS Enterprise-A after a year of service. (p. 19).
- Praxis exploded two month before the meeting in StarFleet-Command
with Kirk took place.
- Kirk's son David died 11 years ago. (p.42)
Kirk's son died more than ten years ago. (p. 65)
Kirk talked to Carol 1 year after David's dead. Carol tried to talk
to him before, but Kirk was on a mission (p. 10)
- Kirk's talk with Carol happend 10 years ago (p. 10)
Therefore StarTrek III with the death of David happened 11 years before,
therefore sometimes 2281 and 2284. And StarTrek II was the direct prequel
to StarTrek III. There we can see a bottle of ale from 2283. Therefore
we must be in the year 2283 or 2284 (Someone believe, that McCoys "It
needs to age" tells us, that we 2283 is far in the past - but it
could also be mean: "Don't forget, Jim: It's more fine, if it could
About StarTrek II. and the direct prequel StarTrek III.:
Kirk's statement that he hadn't seen Khan for "15 years":
Khan Noonian Singh is found in TOS 2. season "Space Seed"
- also during that season the Babel-conference took place, which means
2265 or 2266.
"15 years" could be read "between 13 and 17
years". Therefore Star-Trek's second movie would play sometimes
between 2278 and 2283. With the statement above we can sure, that
it is 2283. And TOS 2nd season is 2266.
In ST III, which follows directly the storyline of ST II, Admiral
Morrow states that the "Enterprise" is 20 years old. It
is often said, that the dates from StarTrek II. are "suspect
and should be discarded". Why? I don't know. I could not find
a reason for that. See for yourself:
Maybe Admiral Morrow was referring to the age of the upgraded "Enterprise",
which happened between Pike and Kirk, everything would be allright.
Maybe it was the Mater/Anti-Mater-Engine, of which Kirk was proud
of in the novelation of ST I ("The Annihilation subject mass
only of a pin's head size propelled the Enterprise with just as much
energy like it by thousand old hydrogen fusion engines produced is.")
If TOS 2nd season means the year 2266, Kirks mission started 2264. And
Kirk's (!) Enterprise would be 20 years old!
- The Enterprise starts her mission. In the second half of 2264 are
the events of "Where no man has gone before".
- First season TOS = 2265
- Second season TOS = 2266
- Third season TOS = 2267
- First season TAS = 2268
- Second season TAS and end of the Enterprise's mission under James
T. Kirk = 2269.Following her triumphant return, Kirk was promoted to
Admiral and posted to Chief of Starfleet Operations. An eighteen-month
refit follows, before Kirk takes the Enterprise to meet Vīger.
- Star Trek I. = 2271 or 2272
- Star Trek II. = 2283 or 2284
Kirk was 34 years of age (p. 119) when he appeared in "The Deadly Years",
TOS second season. Sulu (p. 117) served under his command for two years
(which is alright, because he first appeared as a physican in "Where No
Man Has Gone Before", TOS true first pilot-episode).
- That is why Kirk must have been born (2266-34=) 2231 or 2232.
- "Where No Man Has Gone Before", TOS-pilot-episode, is laid two years
before TOS second season!
- First season TOS is between this pilot and the second season.
In "Where No Man Has Gone Before", TOS's true first pilot-episode, we
read on the tombstone for Kirk, that he was born 1277.1 and should die
at 1313.7; that could be understood, that Kirk should die in this
episode being 34.6 years old.
But we have seen, that Kirk was 34 years old in the 2nd season TOS: The
Deadly Years, which was 2266.Therefore this idea is nonsense - stardates
could not to be calculated like arithmetic dates.
This time system adjusts for shifts in relative time which occur due
to the vessel's speed and space warp capability. It has little relationship
to Earth's time as we know it. One hour aboard the U.S.S.Enterprise
at different times may equal as little as three Earth hours. The stardates
specified in the log entry must be computed against the speed of the
vessel, the space warp, and its position within our galaxy, in order
to give a meaningful reading.