Sunday, April 28, 2013

TWITrek Character Insight No. 49: Solok

This is the latest installment in a series of "Character Insight" articles regarding the rich history of characters in the Star Trek universe.  An audio version will appear on the This Week in Trek podcast, available for direct download here.
Welcome back to Character Insight!  This week, we begin a month dedicated to our closest allies in the Federation, the Vulcans. Our subject to begin Vulcan Month is Captain Solok from DS9.

Captain Solok is one of the few Vulcans to appear on Deep Space Nine, the only series that fails to include even regular recurring characters of the logical pointy-eared race. Solok does appear in the one Deep Space Nine episode that included the most Vulcans, that being "Take Me Out to the Holosuite."

Solok is the commanding officer aboard the U.S.S. T'Kumbra around the era of the Dominion War. That ship includes an all-Vulcan crew and that fits Solok just fine, as he revels in pointing out flaws in human performance in many realms compared to Vulcans. This includes a healthy rivalry with Benjamin Sisko, who was a classmate of Solok's at the Academy.

As a result of this distaste and competition between the men, Solok challenges Sisko to a game of baseball with their crews when he puts in for repairs at the station during the Dominion War. Sisko gladly accepts although the Deep Space Nine crew is no match for any baseball team. Although Sisko's team gets annihilated, they celebrate wildly when Rom scores the team's only run and that causes Solok to go a little crazy, grabbing the umpire and getting ejected.

This leads to Sisko and the others poking fun at Solok for being too emotional. It is a fitting twist of fate for a stuck up Vulcan who won't let a little thing like a wrestling match victory over Sisko in their Academy days die. Solok is featured in one of Deep Space Nine's silly stories, but his character brings a fun look at Vulcans as a respite in the middle of the long and trying Dominion War.

Insert Song - One, Two, Three Strikes You're Out...

Actor: Gregory Wagrowski played Solok, and he appeared again in Star Trek Enterprise as Ceris in an episode entitled Chosen Realm. He's also appeared in Days of Our Lives and Mad Men.

Until next time, live long and prosper...

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