In Star Trek III, Saavik tells David that Spock is about to go through Pon Faar, and that he will need to mate to survive. Later on, she is shown performing some kind of ritual with her hands with Spock which seems to calm him down quite a bit, but then the scene ends.

At this point, did they have intimate relations? The film really wasn't clear on this, and I couldn't tell if we were supposed to infer that or not.

  • This question appears to be off-topic because it is exceptionally trivial. It's not unclear at all what happens during that scene. – user1027 Jul 22 '13 at 19:00
  • @Keen, as trivial as this seems, it seems like this should be left open based on this conversation. Downvoted to oblivion, perhaps, but open. – phantom42 Jul 22 '13 at 19:52
  • @phantom42 Hard to get much out of that discussion given how heavy it relies on the then-used GR close reason. The answer to this question is pretty clearly on Saavik's Wikipedia page. Other high-ranking google results are centered around her and Spock's baby, which was part of unfilmed/deleted scenes. The question asker didn't do any research, which is one of the expectations of SE (and that question you linked). – user1027 Jul 22 '13 at 22:38
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    @Keen "does not show any research effort" is reason for downvote, not VTC without other reasons – Izkata Jul 22 '13 at 23:12
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    @phantom42 Re-read the question, " I've read a little about the book/movie/…, checked its Wikipedia article, googled a bit, and didn't find the answer to my question." Part of the question's premise is that the person did some research. This poster did none, and merely seeks to ask question after question about characters having sex. – user1027 Jul 23 '13 at 14:57

You are lead to infer that Spock and Saavik did indeed participate in the physical and mental aspects of the pon farr ritual. Spock experienced an accelerated version of pon farr due to the Genesis planet's influence in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, as a young man. He was aided by fellow half-Vulcan, Saavik.

  • Pon Farr: Every seven years, Vulcan males and females become aroused. They undergo a blood fever, become violent, and finally die unless they mate with someone with whom they are empathically bonded or engage in the ritual battle known as kal-if-fee. (In the Prime Star Trek universe - see: Memory Alpha -> Alternate reality)

Later that year, Saavik was transferred to the Grissom, where she further studied the Genesis Planet along with Kirk's son, David Marcus. There, they found the body of Captain Spock, who was believed lost. When Saavik and David found him, Spock's regenerated body was physiologically that of a child, but he aged rapidly. Saavik helped Spock through the agonies of the pon farr. After she and her companions were captured by Klingons, Saavik was almost murdered by a d'k tahg-wielding Klingon officer, though she was saved by David Marcus, who was instead violently killed by the Klingon. Saavik returned to Vulcan with the Enterprise crew, to reintegrate Spock's katra into his body, in 2285. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock) --Memory Alpha -> Saavik entry

  • For Spock to have survived, it is indeed fortunate that Saavik was available, as it is considered unusual for a Vulcan to survive pon farr without the support of other Vulcans at least before the reboot of the Trek Universe in the Abrams Star Trek (2009) timeline.

I refer you to this well-crafted and informative video:

Yes, intimate relations were inferred to commence as part of the ritual of which the hand-touching was the beginning.

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