Såvitt jag vet, skulle Star Trek: The Animated Series vara (kronologisk) mellan ST : TOS och Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Om så är fallet var varför inte Pavel Chekov bland TAS-besättningen, trots att han var på Enterprise-besättningen i filmen och därför inte blev avstängd Enterprise?
In-univers, enligt StarTrek.com :
Ensign Pavel Chekov transferred to a new assignment during the final year of the U.S.S. Enterprise's historic five-year mission (2269-70), replaced by his own navigation instructor at Starfleet Academy, Lt. Arex. By stardate 7410.2 (2271), Chekov had received a promotion to the rank of lieutenant, and had rejoined the Enterprise's crew, then under the command of Captain Willard Decker. By stardate 8130.3 (2285), Chekov had risen to the rank of full commander and served aboard the U.S.S. Reliant under the command of Captain Clark Terrell, until the escape of Khan Noonien Singh from Ceti Alpha V (2285) brought Chekov back to Kirk's crew, of which Chekov remained a key part until approximately 9524.0 (2293).
Utanför universum, enligt Memory Alpha wiki :
Chekov was absent to cut down on costs of hiring the voice actors, although Walter Koenig penned an episode of the series,"The Infinite Vulcan".
The reason Chekov wasn't on the Animated series was money.
[...] At first, Filmation planned on not having George Takei and Nichelle Nichols come back to do their roles again. But when Leonard Nimoy learned of their exclusion he said that he would "... not be a party to this if two of the minorities who contributed to making STAR TREK what it was when we were on television cannot be incorporated."
It was due to Nimoy's stand that Sulu and Uhura's characters made it into the animated series. Unfortunately with that many star voices, the budget simply didn't allow for Walter Koenig to return as Chekov.
There were some conflicts on the series. Nichelle Nichols’ and George Takei’s cartoon likenesses were being used but they weren’t originally hired to provide the character’s voices (Paramount owns their younger faces, apparently). Hoping to save money, Roddenberry decided to have Majel Barrett voice Uhura and James Doohan do his best Sulu imitation.
Only a promised work stoppage by Leonard Nimoy got them on board.
"It is common knowledge that Ensign Chekov was cut from the Trek cartoon series for budget reasons. To compensate Walter Koenig, he was allowed to write one of the episodes. However, Chekov was seen in the cartoon pilot episode "Beyond the Farthest Star" in about three scenes which take place on the bridge - you can clearly see for a few seconds Chekov sitting at the helm with Sulu, only to have it cut away and come back with the three legged alien, Arex (voiced by Jimmy Doohan) sitting in his place. I used to have 16mm film print of this episode so I was able to examine it closely, but it is clearly visible in the episode."
Chekov var faktiskt i det första utkastet till en av våra planeter saknas, skrivet av Marc Daniels. Den här tidiga versionen innehåller inte Arex eller M'Ress.
Det är nästan som att Stephen Kandel kanske har skapat Arex och M'Ress från det sätt som skrivs. Det första utkastet till Mudd's Passion beskriver piloten (inte navigatören) Arex, nästan som om han är en ny karaktär och två "felinoider", som en del av bropersonalen. I det sista utkastet heter Kandel M'Ress, och beskriver även henne som om en ny karaktär.