of the Vulcan Vision:
A Rant Against the New Vulcans on "Enterprise"... and Their
Rev. Antonio Hernández,
Berman and Braga, contrary to their arrogant boasting, are going where
too many have gone before.
Star Trek 'Enterprise'
Some time back I
offered a real-life explanation and examples of the philosophy followed
by "Star Treks" Vulcans. It seems, though, that another
Vulcan subject must be tackled to the ground. Hopefully I shall do it
It makes very little difference to me what critics and other small-minded
folk think. The new "Star Trek" series offering, "Enterprise"--
which airs Wednesdays on the tiny little network UPN-- is not all that
Im not raving about it, not saying its great or even really
good; just not bad. However, I do have one sore spot. The idiots who
are in charge of this series, a two-man team called Rick Berman (producer)
and Brannon Braga (writer and producer-pretender), are totally responsible
for this sore spot.
They have demolished the Vulcan race.
Being an original generation Trekkie, I can offer a bit of insight into
what Gene Roddenberry had in mind when he created "Star Trek"
and Mr. Spock. He wanted to show some bit of racial tension, expressed
metaphorically by the way most humans reacted to Mr. Spock. He wanted
to point up social problems by featuring the Earthlings attitude
toward the Vulcans in general.
So he made a Vulcan who was half human after all, a bit of each
of us resides in each other. Mr. Spock seemed to have faced a mightier
struggle than most Vulcans: his pesky humanity. It was pointing to a
much larger issue, that of "racial mixing" and racism in general.
Yet Spock was the beloved friend of Capt. Kirk and Dr. McCoy he
even managed to return that love, and allowed himself the occasional
He also had a totally hot human lusting after him.
We admire Spocks peace, his calm, his strength in the face of
self-doubt and ridicule. Leonard Nimoy, who single-handedly created
Roddenberrys Vulcan vision on the television screen, is a genius
for that accomplishment alone. The late Mark Lenard certainly earned
great kudos, playing Ambassador Sarek, Spocks intrepid father.
We admired both the characters these men brought to life on the screen,
for their power, their discipline, their superancient culture. Personally,
they gave me a hope I would never again feel from any fictional character.
Now Berman, an obnoxious baby-boomer, and Braga, a snotty Gen-X brat,
have destroyed all that hard work.
In the almost 40 episodes, two seasons, of "Enterprise" that
have aired since its premier last September, the Vulcans have shown
themselves to be petty, nasty liars with a penchant for figuratively
spitting in the Earthling governments face.
They have been shown throwing tantrums, issuing one whack-a-doodle ultimatum
after another, and behaving irrationally and these are just the
cardboard cut-out characters.
Jolene Blalock, who is for some reason the most hated actress ever to
appear in any "Star Trek" film, plays Enterprises Vulcan
shipmate TPol. Now, I admit that in her ever-present catsuit she
looks like a sullen 14-year-old boy with breasts, but she acts passably
well... and shes improving.
People who are too young to remember are unaware that a number of the
original fans didnt like Nimoys Spock until he fleshed out
the character. Jolene Blalock is working on that, herself. She has to
because TPol is the only regular, serious Vulcan character on
Some horrid creatures never liked the Spock character. Same thing with
the TPol character, unfortunately.
Typical of the dummies behind the series, TPol is represented
as being incredibly and inexplicably weak. In the recent episode "The
Seventh", she has to ask the captain to accompany her on a secret
Vulcan mission- so that hell help her keep ahold of herself!
At the end of the episode, shes practically on her knees thanking
the captain for helping her "maintain".
Meanwhile the incidental Vulcans look and act like a cross between Romulans
and Klingons. All humans despise the meddling, oppressive Vulcans, especially
the Enterprises Captain Jonathan Archer. What is going on here?
Are Berman and Braga out of their minds?
(By the way, Scott Bakula as Capt. Archer is not so bad... or have we
forgotten how lousy William Shatner could be at times? Hey, its
a tradition to have bad, hammy actors for captains. Even Patrick Stewart
needed two years to find his "space legs".)
Certainly everyone involved with "Enterprise" deserves tremendous
credit; they are the first people to attempt a truly fresh crack at
the "Star Trek" universe. They seem to be deliberately seeking
the conditions and troubles that beset the original series, for authenticity.
Yet I cannot imagine for a second that Leonard Nimoy or the late Mark
Lenard would have countenanced these ersatz Vulcan pretenders, or "Enterprises"
lousy writing. Berman and Braga, contrary to their arrogant boasting,
are going where too many have gone before.
Vulcans were given a saying by Rodenberry, eloquently rumbled in a silky
baritone by Nimoys Spock: "I am a Vulcan, bred to peace."
Apparently in "Enterprise" they are bred to fall to pieces.
Gene Roddenberry had a sort of dream he wanted to communicate with the
Vulcans a dream of understanding and tolerance, coming hot on
the heels of racial unrest and discrimination in the real world. Thats
why he created the Vulcan social ideology, IDIC: "Infinite Diversity
in Infinite Combinations". Thats why he made them logical,
which we are usually not, and in full mastery of their emotions, which
we are most definitely not. Gene Roddenberry was trying to tell us something
with the creation of the Vulcan race. Now Roddenberrys Vulcan
Dream is decimated.
I long to hear Dr. McCoys voice saying, "Theyre all
dead, Jim", over the decimated corpses of all these hard-nosed
so-called Vulcans on "Enterprise".
They had better shape up or ship out-- damn it, Jim!! We need PROPER
This article is dedicated to the memories of Gene Roddenberry and
© Rev Antonio Hernandez. OMD December 2002
"Antonio. Hernandez" firstname.lastname@example.org
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