Star Trek: Enterprise season 4 reintroduced T’Pau (Kara Zediker), the youthful model of the revered Vulcan icon performed by Celia Lovsky in Star Trek: The Authentic Sequence. T’Pau was essential to the Enterprise season 4 Vulcan-centric three-episode story arc, “The Forge,” “Awakening,” and “KirShara.” These episodes additionally featured notable visitor stars in Robert Foxworth, who beforehand performed Admiral Leyton on Star Trek: Deep House 9, as Administrator V’Las, and Todd Stashwick, who now embodies Captain Liam Shaw in Star Trek: Picard season 3, as Talok.
T’Pau’s first look was within the Star Trek: The Authentic Sequence basic, “Amok Time.” Described as “all of Vulcan in a single bundle” and the one individual to ever flip down a seat on the Federation council, T’Pau officiated the kal-if-fee ritual fight between Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner). Spock’s fiancée, T’Pring (Arlene Martel), needed to finish their betrothal and Kirk was manipulated into preventing Spock instead of her lover, Stonn (Lawrence Montaigne). Notably, T’Pau saved Kirk’s profession by telling Starfleet she ordered the USS Enterprise to come back to Vulcan as a result of Kirk violated orders to convey Spock, who was present process pon farr, to his homeworld.
Star Trek: Enterprise, which is about over 100 years earlier than TOS, launched a younger T’Pau underneath very totally different circumstances. A member of the Syrrannite sect devoted to restoring the teachings of the Vulcan chief Surak, T’Pau was accused of bombing the United Earth Embassy, which resulted within the demise of Starfleet Admiral Forrest (Vaughn Armstrong). Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) and Sub-Commander T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) of the NX-01 Enterprise pursued T’Pau on Vulcan, however they quickly realized the Syrrannites had been being framed, and there was a larger plot to subjugate Vulcan underneath the Romulan Star Empire overseen by the Vulcan Excessive Council’s treasonous Administrator V’Las.
T’Pau’s look in Star Trek: Enterprise was an important step in addressing one of many criticisms of the prequel: why the Vulcans behaved so in another way than they do within the Star Trek sequence set later within the timeline. T’Pau, Archer, and T’Pol’s restoration of the Kir’Shara statue containing Surak’s unique teachings finally overthrew the corrupt Vulcan Excessive Command, bringing within the extra acquainted Vulcans Star Trek followers know greatest. T’Pau finally turned one in every of Vulcan’s best leaders and reset her individuals towards the logic of Surak. T’Pau additionally used mind-melded with T’Pol and cured her Pa’nar syndrome.
Initially, the character of T’Pol in Star Trek: Enterprise was meant to be the youthful model of T’Pau. Enterprise’s government producers hoped the hyperlink to Star Trek: The Authentic Sequence would give the prequel a “increase” from longtime followers. T’Pol was even known as T’Pau in Enterprise’s first sequence bible. Nonetheless, Enterprise quickly bumped into the difficult authorized rights wanted to safe the identify “T’Pau” for a sequence common character. Additional, it was determined that T’Pol was simpler to pronounce than T’Pau, so the character was morphed into the Vulcan Jolene Blalock portrayed.
Alongside along with her youthful model in Star Trek: Enterprise season 4, T’Pau’s legend endured in Star Trek after TOS. The Star Trek: Voyager season 3 episode, “Darkling,” created a holographic model of T’Pau performed by Betty Matsushita. The Twenty fourth-century Vulcan transport seen in Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology’s “Unification” two-parter was named in her honor, as is the Thirty second-century NSS T’Pau seen in Star Trek: Discovery. It is also attainable Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds might recast the elder T’Pau or have an aged-up Kara Zediker play her as soon as once more to arrange why the Vulcan chief is aware of Spock and T’Pring in “Amok Time.”
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