Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Spock's Vulcan Logic

Who is Spock? Spock is the Star Trek character that became a legendary Science Fiction success. Lets look at the facts. We know Science Officer Spock, Starfleet service number was S179-276 SP, commands the USS Enterprise 1701 as second in command with Captain James T. Kirk as Captain.

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This green blooded "Vulcan" or "First Officer" of the Enterprise wasn't perfect but what he lacked in emotions he made up for in the smarts department. Spock came from mixed breeding, half vulcan, half human, a fact Dr McCoy never let him forget. Unlike the other characters in Star Trek, Spock was plagued by an internal conflict which was always struggling to assert itself over his cool philosophical posture and vulcan logic. But there were times (Amok Time) when Spock's emotions betrayed him and viewers got to see a glimmer of the Spock magic at work.

Who did Spock make these attestments of logic to and in what episodes?

1. "I've never understood the female capacity to avoid a direct answer to any question."

2. "You are an excellent starship commander but as a taxi driver you need alot to be desired."

3. (Medical men are trained in logic, Mr Spock.) "Really, doctor? I had no idea that you were trained. Watching you, I thought it was trial and error"

4. "They regard themselves as aliens in their own world, a condition with which I an somewhat familiar"

5. "Remember"

6. "An ancestor of mine maintained, that if you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

7. "I Have Been..and Always Shall Be Your Friend...Live Long and Prosper!!!"

8. "Quite simply, I examined the problem from all angles, and it was plainly hopeless. Logic informed me that under the circumstances, the only logical action would have to be one of desperation. Logical decision, logically arrived at."

9. "Emotional, isn't she?" -- Spock
"She has always been so." --
"Indeed. Why did you marry her?" -- Spock
"It seemed the logical thing to do at the time."

10. "Is there anyone on this ship, who even remotely, looks like Satan?" --
"I am not aware of anyone who fits that description, Captain" -- Spock
"No, Mr. Spock, I didn't think you would be" --

11. "Nowhere am I desperately needed as among a shipload of illogical humans.


Spock Answers

1. Spock to Leila. This side of Paradise.
2. Spock to Kirk. A Piece of the Action.
3. McCoy and Spock. Bread and Circuses.
4. Spock. The Way to Eden.
5. Spock to McCoy. Star Trek III.
6. Spock speaking to bridge crew aboard the USS Enterprise-A. The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek VI.
7. Spock to Kirk in Star Trek III.
8. Spock to Kirk. The Galileo Seven.
9. Spock to Sarek. Journey to Babel.
10. Kirk to Spock. The Apple.
11. Spock to McCoy. I, Mudd.

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