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In the Voyager episode "Flashback", we learn that Tuvok was once a junior science officer aboard Sulu's Excelsior, and that he had been present at the moment of death of Lt. Cmdr. Dmitri Valtane during the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

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If we follow the events as they were presented in "Flashback", then Valtane would have died well before the Excelsior arrived at Khitomer to aid Kirk's Enterprise in the film's climactic battle.

However, at the end of The Undiscovered Country, we see Valtane alive and well on the Enterprise viewscreen (he is the leftmost officer, with the goatee):

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In-universe, what is the truth regarding Dmitri Valtane? Did he survive the events of Star Trek VI or did he perish on the bridge of the Excelsior, only to appear as some kind of...Force ghost?

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    Um... he got better... – Politank-Z Feb 1 '16 at 4:22
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    @Politank-Z : Hehe. But he definitely died in "Flashback" --- JANEWAY: When Valtane died just now, it seemed to cause the memory to resurface. – Praxis Feb 1 '16 at 4:37
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    Memory Beta says: "According to Tuvok's virus-affected memory of the events, Valtane was killed in the battle when a console exploded. However in reality, Valtane survived the attack and was later seen on duty when the Excelsior joined the Enterprise-A in orbit of Khitomer." – Politank-Z Feb 1 '16 at 4:39
  • I would have to see the scene from the movie again to verify that that has any further validity. – Politank-Z Feb 1 '16 at 4:39
  • @Politank-Z : If that interpretation can be backed up with a quote from someone from the creative staff, that would be a solid answer. :-) – Praxis Feb 1 '16 at 4:40
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According to Memory Beta, the wiki for licensed Star Trek works, including novels, comic books, RPG sourcebooks, video games and any other licensed works:

Following Captain Hikaru Sulu's attempt to cross into Klingon space and rescue Captain James T. Kirk and Doctor Leonard McCoy from the Klingons, the Excelsior came under heavy fire from Klingon warships. According to Tuvok's virus-affected memory of the events, Valtane was killed in the battle when a console exploded. However in reality, Valtane survived the attack and was later seen on duty when the Excelsior joined the Enterprise-A in orbit of Khitomer.

This version of events is further substantiated in the licensed novel The Fearful Summons:

Sulu looked up at Commander Sencus. When his original science officer, Masoud Valtane, had been transferred to another assignment...

The Fearful Summons was written by Denny Martin Flinn, who is credited as the co-writer of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

On the one hand, this substantiates Valtane's survival in the eyes of one of the movie's creators. On the other hand, as one can see by Valtane's change in first name, The Fearful Summons was published before Flashback was aired; the Voyager creators didn't feel themselves beholden to Flinn's interpretation.

Out of universe, this appears to have been an oversight; the Voyager creators either overlooked Valtane's appearance at the end of the movie, or simply failed to establish his survival on screen.

In-universe, we are left with a contradiction. With or without the off-screen evidence, the best reconciliation between the contradictory inputs appears to be the explanation provided by Memory Beta.

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    Actually, if a novel written by a co-writer of the film gives the name as "Masoud Valtane", then the script itself might have "Masoud" as the officer's name. On the other hand, it might leave the officer unnamed. Either way, there's nothing to contradict the idea that the Excelsior might have two Valtanes --- twin brothers, Masoud and Dmitri. Dmitri was killed but Masoud was not on the bridge at the time and survived. We have "the Delaney sisters" on Voyager, so why not the Valtane brothers on the Excelsior? – Praxis Feb 2 '16 at 0:59
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    Both bridge officers of the same rank on the same ship? Not impossible, but given the odds of identical twins in the first place, I think I'll let my answer stand. – Politank-Z Feb 2 '16 at 1:03
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    "This character had no first name in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; it wasn't established as "Dmitri" until "Flashback". The name wasn't included in the first draft of the episode's script, but was in the final draft of that teleplay." – Politank-Z Feb 2 '16 at 1:06

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