Originally Posted by MagaditH
Another thing I was thinking about is how much work went into the first refit then just to get decommissioned after just 2 missions. First to deal with V'ger, then presumed back in space dock then out for a run around the block which we all know became a bigger problem, then back home again. Now Starfleet is like...junk it. What a waste.
I think more time elapsed than was shown on screen. Isn't there supposed to have been an entire five-year mission immediately following the V'Ger incident? In other words, ST II occurred more than five years after TMP, not immediately after.