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Mr. Spock is a Vulcan character from Star Trek: The Original Series, he is played by Leonard Nimoy.


Spock is a main character in Star Trek: The Original Series. Although initially kept "in the background" due to the concerns of NBC, he was featured in the opening credits, and quickly became a fan favorite. In the show, Spock serves as Science Officer and First Officer aboard the USS Enterprise. An episode "The Menagerie" included large segments of "The Cage", and established that Spock had served on the Enterprise for 11 years under Captain Christopher Pike before James Kirk took over as commanding officer.

A "troika" of Spock, Captain James T. Kirk, and Ship's Doctor Leonard McCoy developed. In particular, friendly banter and more intense argument between Spock and McCoy was popular amongst fans and their relationship was further developed. Part of the classic appeal of Star Trek lies in the manner in which the dialogue of these three friends mirrors the internal dialogue of the human brain. In this relationship, Spock often appears as the "superego", against Kirk's "ego" and McCoy's "id".

According to the documentary found on the Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan DVD, Nimoy was initially reluctant to sign on again to depict Mr. Spock in the film. He was tempted to sign up to the movie by having Mr. Spock killed off. In the film, Spock, now a Captain and CO of the Enterprise, heroically sacrifices himself to save the Enterprise.

Spock's death was deeply controversial within fandom. A gateway was left open in Star Trek II, by having Spock grab McCoy and saying "remember". This is used as a hook by Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (directed by Nimoy himself), which introduced the concept of the Vulcan "Katra", or spiritual essence. The film establishes that Spock had transferred his Katra to McCoy, and the Enterprise crew then proceed back to the Genesis Planet created at the climax of the last movie, to find that the Genesis effect had brought Spock's body back to life but in the form of a rapidly-aging Vulcan child. Eventually, the Enterprise crew unite Spock's body with his katra, restoring him.

In the movie Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Spock plays a key role in the peace negotiations between the Klingon Empire and the United Federation of Planets, and then after elements within both governments attempted to sabotage this, an important part in defusing the situation, including exposing his protégé, Valeris, as a traitor.

Spock is generally considered to have married at some point, Captain Jean-Luc Picard once observed that he had met Sarek at "his son's wedding" (in the episode "Sarek". The Star Trek Chronology dates this event between 2327 and 2333, as Picard had graduated from the Academy but was not yet a Captain.

Spock is next seen in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Unification", in which Nimoy appeared at Guild Scale rates to cross-promote the movie Star Trek VI. "Unification" establishes that Spock and Sarek fell out again, over Spock's position on the Cardassian war. In "Unification" Spock is found on the Romulan homeworld of Romulus, attempting privately to bring about a peace between the Romulans and Vulcans, healing a rift between the two peoples that had lasted for thousands of years.


Star Trek: The Original Series

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Star Trek: The Next Generation (Episode: Unification)

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