Having Riker bring Spock to the time machine would show us the Titan in the introduction...
And in the end the 1701-E with Picard saves old Spock/Kirk/both. How would that be?
Like in IV, when the first and third part took place (or time?) in the future - and the middle part was set in the past. Could be the same here...
That would make everyone happy: the TOS-fans, the TNG-fans (giving TNG a far better sendoff), the non-fans wouldn't care...
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Khan, Space Seed (TOS)
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