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How often have Vulcans appeared on comedy television shows as themselves?

In the skit "Mrs. Invisible Man" Carol Burnett's character laments: With my luck it had to look like it's father. She receives a delivery from the pharmacy of a drug that may render the ...
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Can Starfleet return Spock's body to the Prime universe?

It seems by Discovery Season 3 they're aware of the Kelvin timeline. Consider the following from Season 3 Episode 9: Kovich : Consider yourself lucky to have skipped the Temporal Wars. Among the many ...
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What was Roddenberry's first idea for Spock?

From the Development of Spock article on Wikipedia (emphasis by me): However, he was still apprehensive as he wanted to have a serious acting career and did not want to be made to look foolish by ...
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How old was Spock in Star Trek while he was serving on the Enterprise?

It's known that Vulcans live much longer than humans, on top of their other physical gifts. Most of the officers on the Star Ship Enterprise were likely in their late 20s to early 30s. That didn't ...
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How did Kirk regularly beat Spock in 4-Dimensional chess?

As I'm re-watching TOS, I notice 2 cases within the first few episodes where Kirk defeats Spock in chess. At least 1 of the 2 times, if not both, Spock failed to see a checkmate that was only 1 move ...
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Did Spock have a good relationship with his mother's family on Earth?

I would like to know if there is anything in Star Trek canon that says that Spock had a good relationship with his mother's family on Earth. For example, would he from time-to-time visit with the ...
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Do Vulcans blush green?

I have seen a lot of Star Trek fanart that shows Spock blushing with his cheeks flushed green. I'm aware that his half-Vulcan biology gives him copper-based, green tinted blood, so the coloring makes ...
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Which TOS episode is that gif of Spock turning around and raising eyebrow from?

I'm looking for a Star Trek (the original series) clip where Spock slowly turns around and raises an eyebrow like in the below gif: Or this one. Could anyone help me find the episode of this or a ...
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Is Spock still married to T'Pring in the Kelvin timeline?

In the Original Series episode "Amok Time", Spock reveals that he is married (in an arranged marriage when they were children) to T'Pring. When he undergoes the pon farr, he returns to her, but he ...
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Was Spock the First Vulcan in Starfleet?

The idea that Spock was the first Vulcan in Starfleet seems to be a bit of common cultural knowledge with little or no foundation. The StarTrek.com biography states; Because the young Vulcan chose ...
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Is Spock much younger than Captain Pike in Star Trek Discovery?

In Season 2, Episode 8 'If Memory Serves' of Star Trek: Discovery, Spock and Burnham visit Talos IV In the beginning of the episode, a flash back to the unaired episode of the original series is ...
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Why couldn't Scotty beam Spock out of the radiation chamber in Wrath of Khan?

Spock sacrificed himself to save the Enterprise at the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan by entering a radiation chamber to re-align the dilithium crystals. ...
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When Nero marooned Spock why didn't Spock go to Scottie's science lab sooner?

Nero waited 25 years then intercepted Spock, captured him, and marooned him on Delta Vega. But Spock settled within walking distance of a Federation science lab (where Scottie ended up). He brought ...
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Who is speaking in this Star Trek: Discovery second season teaser?

This teaser recently was published (Alternate link for some regions) As we can see, there are uniforms in the works that are much more faithful to the original ...
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Was Spock ever called a mongrel in a Star Trek TV episode or movie?

This question is prompted by a question on English Language and Usage: Can “mongrel” be used to refer to people? The OP of that ELU question is translating a fantasy novel into English. My question ...
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Does T'Pau start the 'Vulcanism' presented in TOS?

Does T'Pau mark the beginning of that kind of Vulcan culture and self-concept that will later be embodied by Spock? Her rise to power is accompanied by a clear break in how Vulcans perceive ...
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Why does Spock waste time explaining to Uhura why he is beaming down?

This question contains movie plot spoilers. So in the film Star Trek (2009), Spock wastes about 10 precious seconds explaining to Uhura why he needs to beam down. As Captain though, he shouldn't ...
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Where is Sybok during Michael and Spock's childhood?

While a number of longtime fans were miffed about Star Trek: Discovery introducing an adopted sister that Spock has never mentioned, this isn't the first time he's had a sibling he never told people ...
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If Spock is half-Human, why is his anatomy entirely Vulcan? [duplicate]

Sarek and Amanda's son Spock is half Vulcan half human but he looks no different from other Vulcans. On the episode Naked Time, Bones was giving him a checkup and the way he explains Spock's anatomy ...
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Did Spock ever mention or allude to his foster sister?

In Start Trek: Discovery Michael Burnham is Spock's foster sister (having been fostered by Spock's parents). Discovery is set 10 years before TOS, and fits within the same universe. That being the ...
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Was Star Trek the first television series with a vegetarian character?

In The Original Series (1966-1969), we observe that Spock is a vegetarian. As the Star Trek universe evolved, this became a trait of Vulcans in general. I recall reading an article once that claimed ...
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Was Leonard Nimoy a vegetarian?

In the episode "All Our Yesterdays" of TOS, Spock reveals he is a vegetarian. The other day I was reading that Leonard was a vegetarian in real life. But I also read a 1967 magazine where he said his ...
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Changing mores: Were there any viewer complaints when Dr. McCoy called Mr. Spock a "half-caste" in TOS or did the context make the term excusable?

In Star Trek The Original Series, there was one episode in which Dr. McCoy (??) called Mr. Spock a "half-caste" or a "half-breed". I don't remember which episode it was, and googling "Memory Alpha, Mr....
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How fast can Spock read?

In "Obsession," Spock tells Dr. McCoy that "fortunately, I read somewhat faster (than you)." Is there any evidence, in-universe, of how fast Spock can read? McCoy doesn't doubt Spock, and being a ...
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What information do we have about Spock's childhood pet?

In an episode of Star Trek TOS, Spock mentioned a childhood pet. I think it was Dr. McCoy who teased him about his having a kitty-cat. The animal Spock described was definitely not a kitty-cat -- it ...
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Star Trek TOS, in S3E19, is Leonard Nimoy actually playing the piano?

In "Requiem for Methuselah", there is a scene where Spock surprisingly knows how to play the piano. He perfectly plays a waltz while Captain Kirk and Rayna dance. My question is, during the ...
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Is Spock's brain re-transplanted? [duplicate]

In 2268, Spock's brain has been stolen by hostile aliens and later re-transplanted by Dr. Leonard McCoy. But 10 years earlier, Spock talks to his self from 2387 about future things and how to tackle ...
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Spock's wardrobe malfunction

In season 1 episode 4 "Where No Man Has Gone Before", why is Spock clearly wearing a command uniform when he's a Science Officer? Also, why does he look like he has got deep space jaundice?
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Was Gene Roddenberry directly influenced by Logical Positivism when he came up with Spock?

As a student of philosophy, it's hard not to notice the similarities between a school of philosophy know as Logical Positivism and Vulcan Culture. See the following definitions: logical ...
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In The Menagerie Part 1, why is Spock limping?

Near the end of The Menagerie Part 1, in the footage from The Cage, there is a scene where the landing party first beams down to Talos IV (about 36'50" on the DVD). As the group appear walking from ...
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How could young Spock be holding a photo of older Spock?

In Star Trek Beyond, how could young Spock be holding a photo of an older and deceased Ambassador Spock; are they not the same person?
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Does Spock's appearance reflect the fact that he is only half-Vulcan?

We know that Spock is biologically half-Vulcan but to me he looks just like full-Vulcans. B'Elanna Torres is half-Klingon and half-human, but in her case you can tell; the Klingon traits like head ...
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Does Spock have any human physical characteristics that pure Vulcans don't have?

Throughout Star Trek, Spock is referred to as having many Vulcan characteristics such as his pointed ears and inner eyelids. He is also stated to be half-human. Are there any human physical ...
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Can Spock speak Klingon?

A Guardian article on a lawsuit relating to the Klingon language has a photo of Spock. Obviously, he isn't a Klingon, but can he speak the language? A search of Memory Alpha has no mention of it.
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What exactly was Spock doing that caused his death?

What exactly was Spock doing in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan that caused his death?
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What's the story behind the Spock helmet?

I came across this rather puzzling piece of Star Trek merchandise: It is described on the packaging both as an "Official Star Trek Helmet" and as a "space fun helmet". Its features include a "...
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Did Alan Rickman research Spock and/or Leonard Nimoy for Galaxy Quest?

In Galaxy Quest, Alan Rickman plays fictional actor Alexander Dane, who in turn became famous for playing an alien science officer — Dr. Lazarus — on television. Not relishing his role as ...
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Can Data pronounce Spock's true name?

Apparently, Spock's true name cannot be pronounced by humans (humanoids?). The same has been said of the Traveler's name. Since Data is artificial, I wonder if he wouldn't be so limited. Though he ...
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Where was Spock when the Enterprise B was launched?

As far as I remember, only Kirk, Scotty, and Chekov were the only ones from the original crew on the Enterprise B when it was commissioned in Star Trek: Generations. Since Spock was higher up in the ...
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What is the earliest instance of Spock being called "Dr. Spock"?

As noted in the answer to the question Does Spock have a PhD?, Spock is never referred to on-screen as "Dr. Spock" in Star Trek. However, the "doctor" title has persisted amongst the general ...
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Does Spock have a PhD?

I often hear among people who are only vaguely familiar with Star Trek referring to the character of Spock as 'Dr Spock', getting confused with the author of the book about children. It got me to ...
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What is the etymology of Spock's name?

The title says it all really: What was the inspiration and/or origin for Spock's name? The only other Spock I know of is, of course, Dr Spock who wrote about children - was this at all an influence?
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Was Spock fallible?

Whenever Spock appears, he always brings logic. However there is a difference between logic and omniscience. Clearly Spock doesn't know everything, otherwise you wouldn't need Scottie, Bones or most ...
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Did Khan disapprove of Spock in an early draft of "Space Seed"?

A few years ago, an acquaintance had informed me that in an early draft of "Space Seed" there was a scene in which Khan had expressed disapproval toward Spock's existence. Purportedly, Khan had ...
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Was Spock ever successful at reunifying the Vulcan and Romulan peoples?

After the two part TNG episode "Reunification" was Spock able to unify the two peoples?
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Is Spock married?

In TNG S3, Ep. 23, "Sarek," Picard mentions having met Sarek "years ago, at his son's wedding." The only thing close to a wedding I remember is "Amok Time," but clearly Picard was not there. Does ...
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Speed of growth of Spock's hair on Genesis

When Spock was being rapidly regenerated on the Genesis Planet in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, why didn't his hair and beard grow rapidly as well since he was rapidly being regenerated? Is ...
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Why does Spock's rapid aging stop after Genesis? [duplicate]

In The Search for Spock, Spock is resurrected as a consequence of super blood the Genesis effect. A new organism, genetical identically to the deceased Spock, is created from the DNA in his corpse, ...
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What is the in-universe reason for Spock smiling in 'The Menagerie'?

In the below picture, Spock is seen smiling - very illogical and too emotional. I am aware of the out-of-universe explanation that this was footage from before Spock was made a logical being, but in-...
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Can Spock even have children? [duplicate]

Spock was the only Human-Vulcan half breed because he was genetically created, not born. In an interview between Gene Roddenberry and Sarek (played by Mark Lenard, of course) on the album Inside Star ...
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