On Saavik's Vulcan-ness

I have a friend Bob. He lives in Canada. He’s a wee bit daft, as this quotation shows:

I don’t think it’s that easy to play a Vulcan. You have to have that intangible quality about you. [Leonard] Nimoy and [Tim] Russ have it. Kirstie Alley did not.

What!? Kirstie Alley didn’t have the intangible quality? Please, Bob, Kirstie Alley was a fine Vulcan, very fine. She looked really good.

Okay, I much prefer Robin Curtis as Saavik. She does Vulcan a bit better. But if there was Rihannsu blood in Saavik, I think Kirstie Alley does better in that regard than Ms. Curtis.

Which does all go to show that a lot of what we’re discussing where actors and their qualities are concerned is really just a lot of personal preferences on the part of the audience. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

One thought on “On Saavik's Vulcan-ness

  1. Not only Robin Curtis was a far better Vulcan but a far better actress and person. Kirstie Alley didn’t belong in Star Trek.

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