Sunday, May 5, 2013

TWITrek Character Insight No. 50: Spock

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 continue Vulcan Month and celebrate our 50th segment installment by profiling the Vulcan who started it all, Spock, from TOS.

Spock serves as first officer and science officer aboard the Enterprise under Captain Kirk. Although Kirk and Spock share very few qualities, they become best friends that learn to harness each other's natural abilities for the best of the crew. For example, Kirk's intuition and impulsiveness shores up any weaknesses in Spock's detached logical nature, and vice versa.

Spock went on to be an ambassador, following in the steps of his father Sarek. Spock was the lead force behind the alliance of the Federation and the Klingon Empire, a union that ended up being critical as bigger threats came in the future such as the Borg and the Dominion. Perhaps his time with an opposite personality Kirk led him to lead the charge for combining the opposite cultures in the Federation and the Kilingon Empire.

Spock grew up as the son of a human teacher and a Vulcan ambassador, which led him to struggle with fitting into either human or Vulcan culture. Spock ends up taking on the traits of a Vulcan more than a human, but it is his humanity that plays a vital role in many of his Starfleet endeavors. Some of this he does not realize until his time working with Captain Picard in TNG.

Spock also has an interesting relationship with Dr. McCoy, the two never holding back from verbal jabs when the benefits of being human or being Vulcan crop up in a particular mission. Some of the best dialogue in the entire TOS series comes between these two characters.

Spock cements how close this friendship is by giving his katra or Vulcan soul to Dr. McCoy before dying in the Wrath of Khan, but this decision allows his resurrection in the next movie. Spock's death and resurrection are signature moments in the Star Trek story, showing just how critical his character was to the Enterprise and to the Federation at large.

Spock has many interests, including poetry, music, art, and chess. He is a vegetarian, yet another Vulcan trait he took on. Our notable quote this week comes from many episodes:

"Live Long and Prosper"

Actor: Leonard Nimoy played Spock, and he also appeared on other shows Gunsmoke, Mission Impossible, and Fringe. He also directed multiple movies, including two Star Trek films and Three Men and a Baby.

Until next time, live long and prosper...

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