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This trilogy was part of an editorial need to set the characters to their states as illustrated in the end of TOS movie, novelization & comic adaptation: The Search for Spock, as TOS movie, novelization & comic adaptation: The Voyage Home was slated for release with the TOS characters picking up where they left off in that previous movie. In this regard, it was necessary for all of the comic book storylines since that point to end, including James T. Kirk having to abandon his command of the USS Excelsior and Spock to similarly leave his command of the USS Surak. The storyline provided for Spock to once again require re-education and the crew to be fugitives from Federation justice with only a stolen Klingon bird-of-prey, the HMS Bounty, for transportation.