Questions tagged [spock]

For questions about Spock, a major character in the Star Trek Universe. A half-human, half-Vulcan member of Starfleet, he is James T. Kirk’s best friend. Use this tag for questions about the character, not those that merely mention him. Use this with the [star-trek] tag.

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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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What is the logical reason for bullying Spock?

In Star Trek (2009) we see a scene from Spock's childhood where he is regularly being bullied by some Vulcan children, in order to elicit an emotional response from him (see below video). ...
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What is Spock's full name?

What is Spock's full, allegedly unpronounceable name? (And no, I don't mean Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock. I mean the son of Sarek.)
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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 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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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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What would have happened to Spock's 'soul' if he hadn't regenerated on Genesis

In 'A Search For Spock', Sarek makes it perfectly clear that it is Vulcan custom for Kirk to have returned Spock's soul (or katra) that he mistakenly believed Kirk to have been given. At the end of ...
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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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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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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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Why is Spock's blood copper based if he is half human?

From this page: Unlike human blood, which is iron-based, Vulcan blood is copper-based, making it green. Red blood cells in humans store oxygen by means of hemoglobin, which makes them bright red; ...
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Why didn't Spock die in The Search for Spock?

In the movie The Search for Spock it is mentioned that Spock's rapid aging and the Genesis planet's turbulent nature are side effects of protomatter being used in the creation of the Genesis device. ...
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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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Why didn't they order Spock to perform the Vulcan “Mind Meld” on Captian Pike?

In the Star Trek TOS episode "The Menagerie", why didn't they have Spock perform a Mind Meld on Captain Pike instead accepting the Talosian transmissions from Talos IV as proof of what had happened?
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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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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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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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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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How did Spock calculate the time travel?

In Star Trek IV Spock takes the bird of prey back in time to retrieve two whales. He does this by slingshotting the ship around the sun. It's my understanding that the Federation cannot travel in ...
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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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Is Spock's use of 'fascinating' unique?

In one episode of TOS, Spock explains his use of his favorite term 'fascinating': "I reserve the use of the term fascinating for the unexpected." Is this something common to Vulcans (eg do we ever ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What actually happened between Spock and Saavik?

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 ...
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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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How could a small Romulan invasion force invade Vulcan?

How could the Romulans expect to invade a planet like Vulcan, in Federation space, with a small invasion force of 2000 troops in three small ships accompanied with one warbird? There must have been ...
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Can a Vulcan Mind Meld change a person's psychology?

We see in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock that Spock was able to perform a mind meld with McCoy to transfer his Katra to McCoy for later rejoining with Spock's body. This had an impact on McCoy's ...
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if Spock had a child with a human would it still have Vulcan powers?

Vulcans have strange powers such as mind meld, super strength, and extreme control over their emotions. My question pertains to Spock, a half Vulcan: if he were to have a child with a human it would ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Has the color of child Spock’s ears in the Star Trek reboot ever been discussed?

I always found something vaguely annoying about a production detail left out in the scene where the young Spock is speaking with his father, Sarek... You can clearly see that Spock has a split lip, ...
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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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Did Spock warn of disasters in the new Star Trek universe?

Did Spock Classic (in the new timeline universe) warn NuSpock of upcoming natural disasters? i.e. V'ger, the whale probe, Praxis and explosion, the Borg, violent first contacts, the wave from ...
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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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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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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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Are there any species a Vulcan can't mind-meld with?

We see in Spock that Vulcans seem to have the ability to mind-meld with a lot of species - humans, other Vulcans, lava silicon-based monsters. Is there actually any species a Vulcan cannot perform a ...
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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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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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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 ...