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Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast

Jun 27, 2014

Vulcans on Enterprise.

When jumping backwards a century—or even two—you would expect that races and societies to be different. Yet one thing about about Enterprise that ruffled the feathers of Star Trek fans the most was the portrayal of Vulcans. Despite having gotten to know very few Vulcans over the course of four series and nine films, fans had a preconceived notion of what they all should be like. Spock preached the virtues of logic (though he didn't always practice it), Tuvok was the poster child for emotional control, and the deceptive Valeris was… Kim Cattrall.

To build upon First Contact, to follow the path of how Vulcan-Human cooperation evolved, and to make them an integral part of the series week after week required giving some depth and backstory to what was a famous but mostly blank slate. Otherwise they would have gotten boring very quickly.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tyler Johnson and Tommy Kraft to discuss Vulcans on Enterprise, including where they came from—before Surak and through the Time of Awakening—and how they strayed from the path of logic to find themselves wandering through the wilderness and staring at a fork in the road during the 22nd century. We also discuss the V'tosh ka'tur, the Vulcan exploration of emotion, flirtation with military dictatorship, the rediscovery of the Kir'Shara, and the Vulcan Reformation.