", "Do you have a message for your mother?" Sarek of Vulcan: An Exclusive Video Documentary from the official site. 23, No. "I hope you are wrong, Ambassador." "So you were emotionally affected by the music." He’s a Vulcan and they’re logical, they never make rash decisions, they are cool like cucumbers or ice or liquid nitrogen. (DIS: "Light and Shadows"), Later that year, when the crew of the Discovery was planning to escape to the future as part of a plot to escape Control, Sarek was able to pinpoint the location of the Discovery using Burnham's katra. (Portrayed by Mark Lenard, Jonathan Simpson, and James Frain ). "About Spock. Sarek is best known for being the biological father of Star Trek’s most famous Vulcan, Spock. "Go from me!!" And then we get this shot, which certainly doesn’t help us understand what the hell is going on: It was here that he founded the T'Karath Sanctuary. "Jimmy Doohan, who was at that same convention with me, said to me, 'Well, did anybody see him die? It is… it is… wrong. (Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection, issue 55, p. 17) However, this would have contradicted previously established canon which places Sarek's birth several years after the timeframe depicted in Enterprise. He is primarily known for playing Vulcan ambassador Sarek (Spock's father) in "Star Trek: The Original Series" and a number of its spin-offs. They've all been good-looking and charming women." Peace and long life." (TAS: \"Yesteryear\")Sarek's first child, Sybok, was born to a Vulcan princess. 72 & 73), The script of "Journey to Babel" included the following description of Sarek: "Because of Vulcan longevity, it is impossible to tell Sarek's age. The two Vulcans turned as one of the young diplomatic attachés, Surev, approached. Sheryl's Star Trek Sarek Page - A site with some great pictures and sound files of Sarek. James Frain returned to Star Trek: Discovery as Sarek, Michael Burnham’s foster father, in this week’s episode, “Lethe.” In the episode, Sarek is on his way to a secret negotiation with renegade Klingon houses that haven’t fallen under Kol’s banner. Surak lived in the 4th century, during the Time of Awakening. It turned out it was Leonard McCoy who now possessed Spock's katra. After all, Vulcans age very slowly.' This period in Vulcan history is re… In hindsight, Mark Lenard reminisced, "I was in Gene's office and he said, 'You know, it's about time that Sarek comes back. Edition Details. (TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver"), While affected by polywater intoxication later that year, Spock remembered that he had respected Sarek and their Vulcan traditions but had been ashamed of his Human blood. As his emotional control became very weak, he mind melded with Captain Picard at the suggestion of his wife, Perrin. (TOS: "This Side of Paradise") Later the same year, Spock evoked the authority of his father (as well as their male ancestors), while making an unsuccessful attempt to persuade T'Pau to prevent him battling Kirk in a kal-if-fee. "102.437 precisely, doctor. I recall only one tear." Cushman pitched Roddenberry a story in which the Vulcan ambassador had to be brought out of retirement for one final mission but was, unbeknown to those around him, in the initial stages of a debilitating neurological illness. They had a few general ideas. Sarek of Vulcan was a minor hero introduced in the 2009 movie Star Trek. It is unscripted whether Surak himself creates this artifact, or whether it is later created by other Vulcans who carry his katra. Cushman apologized for having recently "stolen" the character and transferred it to TNG. Sarek's initial reappearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation originally came about because Gene Roddenberry – having at first been determined to separate that Star Trek series from the original one – became confident to try a character crossover between the series. Illogical! My logic is uncertain where my son is concerned. In the Thirteenth UK Story Arc, Spock had a cousin named Horek. "), After the appearance of the red bursts in 2257, Sarek left the Discovery to return to Vulcan and was assigned to the Federation task force investigating the mysterious signals. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 1, Issue 2, p. 84) While she did so, Fontana conceived the rift between Sarek and Spock, including it in the episode. Roddenberry's interest in excising Sarek from the story was because he wanted the plot to focus more on the regular characters of TNG and had changed his mind about linking the two Star Trek series together at such an early stage in the series run of TNG, still wanting it to stand on its own. (TNG: "Sarek"), Sarek and Spock remained on good terms as the Klingon détente bloomed in the 2280s. Sarek was then stable enough to conclude the negotiations for a treaty with the Legarans. Because that’s what Sarek of Vulcan is all about, right? In 2250, Sarek broke off his relationship with Spock and, for years to come, the two were estranged. The character names of many latter-day Vulcan males begin with "S" and end in "k", perhaps to honor Surak, though some Vulcan character names do not fit this formula (e.g. 29-31) After being captured as a spy, Sarek convinced a wary Captain Picard – fundamentally altered by the changes in the timeline – to let him travel back in time, via the Guardian, and replace Surak during the Time of the Awakening, in order to restore history. Lenard reported. In the novel Engines of Destiny, Sarek became the leader of a resistance fighting the Borg in an alternate timeline where the Borg conquered the Alpha Quadrant during the events of Star Trek: First Contact. Recalled Stillwell, "Gene Roddenberry had circulated a memo saying […] that Mark Lenard might be interested in making a guest appearance." (TNG: "Sarek"), Sometime after the Khitomer Conference, Spock left Starfleet and became an ambassador and representative of the Vulcans to the Federation. It is well-known that Ambassador Sarek is one of the wealthiest bachelors in the known galaxy, having holdings both on Earth and on his native planet. A subsequent attempt to transfer Surak's katra to Syrran's second-in-command, T'Pau, fails when Surak chooses to remain merged with Archer. The Kir'Shara is a holographic projector of the philosopher's original, long-lost testament—capable of restoring Vulcan society to the "true path" of non-violence and logic. (DS9: "Favor the Bold"), "Isn't it unusual for a Vulcan to retire at your age? (Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages, p. 233) Concerning Sarek's final canonical appearance, Michael Westmore reflected, "We had to show the effects of the degenerative illness that had afflicted him. (TAS: "Yesteryear"), When the Human parents of Michael Burnham were killed by Klingons, Sarek took her as a ward and raised her on Vulcan, where she became the first Human to ever attend the Vulcan Learning Center and the Vulcan Science Academy, the latter of which she entered in 2245. They simply argue. (TAS: "Yesteryear"), Sarek's first child, Sybok, was born to a Vulcan princess. (ENT: "The Forge") As a scientist, he was considered on the same level as Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. Illogical! Captain's log, supplemental. I am so old! (TNG: "Sarek"), In 2366, Sarek was diagnosed with Bendii Syndrome en route to the Legaran Conference. "It would be illogical for a Vulcan to show anger! Read an Excerpt. remembered Michael Piller. Also, the movie screen is so much bigger than the TV screen that you can be more delicate, things don't need to be emphasized so much." "You still haven't answered my question, Sarek. He is portrayed as the most important philosopher in the history of the planet Vulcan. I asked him where he had gone, what he had done, he refused to tell me. ", "Sarek, I have come a long way to see you." Surak is a fictional character in the backstory of the Star Trek television series and franchises. [4]. Illogical! (Cinefantastique, Vol. (These Are the Voyages: TOS Season Three), Finally, Fontana was able to bring Sarek back for her 1973 Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "Yesteryear". In a deleted scene from 2009's Star Trek, the character was played by Ben Cross, who played his alternate counterpart in the film. He later reminisced, "I was given a wonderful part in the film […] [As director, Leonard Nimoy] really gave me some great opportunities to bring my character to life; I got to play an equal part in giving ideas for Sarek." ("Balance of Terror" Starfleet Access, TOS Season 1 Blu-ray) Lenard was forty-three when he was cast for the part in "Journey to Babel". 78-79) Although Lenard enjoyed his small role in "Unification I" (saying, "It was a bit like King Lear"), he was unaware, during the making of the episode, that it contained a reference to Sarek having died. A genuinely regal figure." (TNG: "Unification I") By that time, Amanda had died, and Sarek had married another Human woman, named Perrin. SAREK: It would be illogical for a Vulcan to show anger! I require solitude. This event resulted in a brief retirement and a rekindling of their relationship. During an Earth-like "modern age", when the Vulcans are technological but emotionally driven and violent, Surak founds a movement which reforms the Vulcan way of thinking and lifestyle and leads to the world of logically-reasoning and emotion-repressing Vulcans known from the TV series. Illogical! "We deny nothing. I thought that was a good way to put it, not that they live a long time, but that they age very slowly – because it took them another year and a half before they found a script for me to play!" ", "Sarek… We're a part of each other. [2], Sarek's inclusion in Star Trek III was arranged by Harve Bennett. Vulcan Bond Healer Sorrd has been assigned to the Vulcan Embassy on Earth, some adventures ensue. Oh, so tired. Star Trek author Diane Duane explored Surak's backstory from the character's own perspective, in the novel Spock's World – which depicts Surak's initial awakening and dissemination of his philosophy after leaving his job as a computer programmer in response to a nuclear explosion from a war between mining conglomerates that spreads to T'Khut, Vulcan's "moon" (in reality, Vulcan's smaller binary planet). "Do you have the right to commit murder? Sarek was also dismissive of Spock's friendship with Romulan Senator Pardek, who he had met at Khitomer, and the prospects for a lasting Federation-Romulan peace. Spock was also poisoned in this way. (I Am Spock, hardcover ed., p. 71) D.C. Fontana recalled, "When we were casting in second season for 'Journey to Babel' and I was then the story editor and I had written that script, Gene said, 'What do you think about Mark Lenard for Sarek?' (Starlog issue #118, p. 18) It was also in that installment that Sarek was finally named. Surak's katra is subsequently transferred into the mind of an elderly Vulcan priest; what becomes of his katra afterwards in the Star Trek backstory is, as yet, unscripted. We demand justice!" ", "I will take my leave of you now, Captain. Sarek was present at his son's wedding before they again stopped speaking to each other; it was at that event that Sarek first met Jean-Luc Picard. (I Am Spock, hardcover ed., p. 71) He also developed a large degree of knowledge about the character of Sarek. His chief of staff and personal assistant asked Sarek to be given maximal rest in view of his weak health, but he insists on attending the ship's Mozart concert … (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello", "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry") When Burnham was a child, the Learning Center was bombed by logic extremists and Burnham was rendered medically dead. (DIS: "Such Sweet Sorrow", "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2"), In 2266, his estranged son Spock was serving in Starfleet aboard the USS Enterprise. "That is not possible." "You exaggerate, captain. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 119, p. 78), In a story written by Jon Povill and proposed to become the first Star Trek film, a societal upheaval on Vulcan included one of the Vulcans arguing that Sarek should be confined. ", "Tellarites do not argue for reasons. (I Am Spock, hardcover ed., p. 325) Likewise, Ronald D. Moore thought the predicament Sarek finds himself in, during the installment which shares the character's name, made for an appealing episode. Measured in your years. Vulcan genitalia (particularly male) has been a subject of great fannish interest for many decades.. As early as 1972, there were fan-published speculation. Soon after Surak's death, these Vulcan recidivists abandon their homeworld to colonize the planets Romulus and Remus. Now, however, Surev's unlined features were even more somber than usual. ", "What you seek has not been done since ages past, and then only in legend. Lenard found it easy to perform the Vulcan salute and helped devise the intimate ritual of Vulcan finger-touching. "I said, 'No.' During the council session en route to the Babel Conference Sarek met and debated with Tellarite Ambassador Gav, winning their argument. (Star Trek Magazine Special 2015, p. 75), Sarek was present in an initial form of the story for third season installment "Yesterday's Enterprise", written by Trent Christopher Ganino and Eric A. Stillwell. In "The Big Goodbye", an illustration of Sarek was seen when Data was assimilating the Dixon Hill novels. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 137, p. 48). Regarding his new look, Lenard continued, "You may have noticed that the ears have changed. Once again conversing with Archer inside his mind, Surak instructs him to recover an artifact called the Kir'Shara, which Surak claims will unite the warring factions on latter-day Vulcan. Despite this, Shatner again briefly mentioned Sarek's relationship with Amanda as a potential element of the movie's backstory. "I must talk to you about your son." Share your thoughts, experiences and the tales behind the art. (TOS: "Journey to Babel") The conference finalized the admittance of Coridan into the Federation. (I Am Spock, hardcover ed., p. 71), In a deleted scene filmed for "Elaan of Troyius", it was revealed that Sarek was an accomplished musician. He explained, after-the-fact, "They only sent me part of the script." (ENT: "The Forge") Surak told stories o… The scene, both as scripted and ultimately edited, showed Sarek as being responsible for naming Spock, taking the name from "one of Vulcan's early society-builders. Hence, Fontana soon eliminated him from the episode. In the comic story Star Trek: The Next Generation - Perchance to Dream, the crew of the USS Enterprise-D was attacked by a telepathic weapon called the Chova, which forced its victims to experience dreams and hallucinations focused on their personal failures. From then on, Sarek was usually referred to in a more direct fashion, consistently described as Spock's "father" in later episodes of the first season. I forbade him to go. (Starlog #86, September 1984), Sarek was talked about amid a story conference in which William Shatner, Harve Bennett and David Loughery tried to work out the details of the plot for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. This reference was a prime motive for Fontana later writing "Journey to Babel". (TOS: "Journey to Babel"), Right before the Battle of the Binary Stars in 2256, Michael Burnham called Sarek over a subspace channel seeking information about how to handle the Klingons. Following the Discovery's nine-century voyage, Sarek swore to never speak of Burnham or the Discovery again, using his status as an ambassador to avoid interrogation. Sarek defended the Enterprise, accusing the Klingon Ambassador that his navy had attacked the Enterprise, citing Kruge's attack on the USS Grissom and the death of Kirk's son; he was shocked that the ambassador proudly admitted his men indeed did so. There, Sarek and Amanda said their goodbyes to Burnham, expressing their love for each other. 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