10 Things You Should Know About Spock

Spock: Son of an Astrophysicist and a Schoolteacher

Spock is one of the greatest sci-fi creations, known across the world. Here are some interesting facts concerning him and his life, on the planet Vulcan, on Earth, and in outer space:

1. Spock was born on January 6, 2230 in the city of Shi'Kahr on the planet Vulcan. His father Sarek was an astrophysicist and diplomat, and his mother, Amanda Grayson, who was human, was a schoolteacher.

2. As a child, Spock was betrothed to T'Pring in accordance with Vulcan tradition. Some years later, T'pring shows that she prefers to be with the full-blooded Vulcan, Stonn. Spock's older half-brother, Sybok, was cast out for rejecting logic.

3. The Vulcan hand sign is copied from a Jewish priestly blessing which Leonard Nimoy, at the age of eight, saw in a synagogue on one particular High Holy Day. Nimoy's parents were Jewish immigrants from Ukraine. The White House referenced the salute, in its statement on Leonard Nimoy's death, calling it "the universal sign for 'live long and prosper.'"

4. After retiring from Starfleet, Spock serves as a Federation Ambassador, contributing to the easing of tense relations between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. In his later years, as Federation Ambassador at Large to the Romulan Star Empire, Spock is part of the ill-fated attempt to save Romulus from a supernova. Starfleet was already in existence by 2119 and it resulted from the NX programme. The first Warp-5-capable starship, Enterprise (NX-01), was launched in 2151, followed in 2155 by Columbus (NX-02) and other vessels.

5. Spock was briefly on earth in 2261 and he met Leila Kalomi. She was a biologist and she loved Spock, but he would not express any emotion in return. Kalomi joined the group which made planetfall on Omicron Ceti III in 2264, and was one of the first who discovered the Omicron pod plants and the spores they emitted. Kalomi always loved Spock, but unhappily, and she was later evacuated to Starbase 27.

6. In the 2009 film Star Trek, Spock is seen rejecting his acceptance into the Vulcan Science Academy, as he knew that one only half-Vulcan would never be fully accepted. Spock had been bullied as a school child. As a result of not entering the VSA, and seeking to join Starfleet instead, Spock did not speak to his father Sarek for the following 18 years. It may be a good place to mention that Sarek's father was named Skon.

Spock and T'Pring

7. The earliest appearance of Spock in the series as broadcast was "The Man Trap." He uses the Vulcan Nerve Pinch to knock out an evil version of Captain Kirk in "The Enemy Within" and in the 1986 film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, while travelling on a bus in San Francisco, Spock uses the Vulcan Nerve Pinch to subdue a punk traveller who has ignored Kirk's request to turn off his boom box as the music was disturbing the other passengers. Spock was applauded by relieved passengers!

The Crew of the Starship Enterprise

8. Spock committed mutiny on one occasion, and directed the starship to travel to Talos IV, a banned planet. He recounts the events of "The Cage" under a tribunal to Kirk, Pike, and Commodore Jose I. Mendez. When The Enterprise arrives at Talos IV, Mendez is discovered to be a Talosian illusion and, at the same time, the real Mendez communicates from Starfleet, giving permission for Pike to be transported to the planet. All charges against Spock are dropped.

9. In the first episode of the second series, "Amok Time," Spock begins to undergo pon farr, the Vulcan blood fever, and must undergo ritual mating in the next eight days or die. Kirk disobeys Starfleet orders and takes The Enterprise to Vulcan so that Spock can take part in the mating ritual, but, as we have heard earlier, T'Pring prefers Stonn to him. During pon farr, the Vulcan time of mating, adult Vulcans undergo a neurochemical imbalance that takes on a form of mental instability, culminating in madness (plak tow or blood fever), along with a strong imperative to return home. Dorothy Fontana has said, writing of Vulcan sex: "Vulcans can have sex anytime, pon farr is only a fertility cycle occurring once every seven years."

10. At the beginning of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Spock is no longer in Starfleet, having resigned in around the year 2270 and returned to Vulcan to carry out the Vulcan discipline of Kolinahr. This ritual was one by which all remaining vestigial emotions could be purged, and this state subsequently maintained. Spock is not able to complete the semi-monastic ritual, which could take anywhere from two to six years, because he received powerful telepathic signals from the V'ger entity, and experienced strong emotions as a result.

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