T'Pol

From Academic Kids

Template:ST Character

Commander T'Pol is a fictional character played by Jolene Blalock in Star Trek: Enterprise. She is a Vulcan who serves as the science officer aboard the Starship Enterprise.

Contents

Character overview

T'Pol is the first Vulcan officer to serve a prolonged term on a human vessel (the previous record was two weeks; by comparison, T'Pol has served aboard Enterprise for nearly four years). As a Sub-Commander serving the Vulcan High Command, she was stationed aboard the Enterprise in April 2151, as a "nurse maid" for Captain Jonathan Archer and his crew, who the VHC felt were ill-prepared for space exploration. After the success of Enterprise's initial mission led to the vessel being given an extended exploration mandate, T'Pol requested to stay aboard.

T'Pol remained aboard Enterprise despite several attempts by her superiors to recall her to Vulcan. T'Pol's decision has brought considerable scrutiny upon her from her superiors, and increasing support for her from her captain; she ultimately resigned from the VHC and accepted a field commission from Starfleet in 2154, resulting in her being given the Starfleet rank of Commander.

Originally viewed by her crewmates with resentment and suspicion, T'Pol has been forced to earn the trust of fellow officers. The character of T'Pol has developed from that of a "broken record" spouting the dogma of the Vulcan Science Council to that of a questioning scientific mind. Though she does not openly defy or reject the rulings of the Vulcan Science Council, her experiences on Enterprise have proven to her that they can be wrong.

T'Pol is considerably more emotional than many other Vulcans and has always struggled to control her emotions, something that greatly concerned her mother. Her emotions became even more difficult to control following a series of events which befell her during her tenure aboard Enterprise. Nonetheless, T'Pol serves as an icon of Vulcan integrity. Her willingness to question the stale, self-serving decisions of her superiors (at least prior to the Kir'Shara incident), and her respect for Captain Archer position her at the fulcrum of human/Vulcan relations.

Biography

Before Enterprise

Little is known of T'Pol's early years, save that she was born in Earth year 2088 or 2089 (making her 63 or 64 years old at Broken Bow1). Approximately 16 years before joining the crew of Enterprise, T'Pol was an agent for Vulcan's intelligence service. It would appear that she gained some level of stature with the service, as one of the soldiers under her command recognizes her during a visit to Vulcan years later.

During a mission to apprehend a pair of rogue Vulcans, she was forced to shoot and kill one of the fleeing men. She resigned from the service as a result, and the guilt over killing someone face-to-face caused her to suffer a nervous breakdown or emotional collapse which led to her undergoing a procedure, the Fullara, that erased all memory of the incident. This "memory cap" disappeared when she was briefly reactivated as an agent during 2152 in order to capture the last of the rogue Vulcans, and she experienced another emotional collapse which was alleviated by the support of Captain Archer. Given the option to once again suppress her memory of killing, she chose to live with it instead.

Pan'aar, Trellium, Mind Melds and Emotion

T'Pol, who is described by her superiors as a maverick and a rebel, became fascinated by Tolaris, a member of a group of fully emotional Vulcans encountered during the first year of Enterprise's mission. Tolaris introduced her to the concept of the mind meld, which at the time was considered a taboo activity among Vulcans. After experimenting with the activity several times, she severed her relationship with Tolaris after he forced a mind-meld upon her (essentially a form of mental date rape). She later learned that she had contracted Pan'aar Syndrome from the encounter. This condition, which has some parallels with the human virus HIV, was kept in check with medication and may or may not have played a role in T'Pol's gradually increased emotionalism over the next three years. In 2154, T'Pol, who had been told that Pan'aar was an incurable virus, learned that the condition was in fact caused by an improperly trained melder, and contrary to what the Vulcan High Command had decreed, it was indeed curable by the touch of an experienced mind (in T'Pol's case a service provided by future Vulcan elder T'Pau).

T'Pol was told that she is genetically incapable of initiating mind melds herself, however following the 2154 overthrow of the Vulcan regime that stigmatized mind-melding she learned otherwise. She performed her first mind meld upon Hoshi Sato, with the assistance of Jonathan Archer, who had learned details about mind melds during a period of time when he held the katra of Surak. In fact, not only is T'Pol telepathic, but the episode "Afflication" revealed that she is able to communicate with Charles Tucker over great distances using her newfound mental abilities. It was later established (in "Bound") that this is due to a psychic bond having been established between the two, similar to that created between two Vulcans who mate.

During T'Pol's early years aboard Enterprise, she demonstrated an unusual (for a Vulcan) willingness to explore human culture and customs, although she stated that certain human foods did not agree with her. At the urging of Trip Tucker, she agreed to sample pecan pie, a dessert she initially dismissed as being "mostly sugar". She began attending the ship's weekly movie night social event (attending for the first time in Horizon with Archer), expressing particular admiration of the film Frankenstein. She was reportedly less successful at mastering the art of eating with chopsticks, to the amusement of her crewmates. Prior to her posting aboard Enterprise, T'Pol on at least one occasion left the Vulcan Compound in San Francisco and visited a jazz music club; the chaotic music generated an emotional response that came back to haunt her during a brief period when she abandoned her nightly meditation ritual (concurrent with her experimentation with mind-melding). T'Pol also confessed to Tolaris that she enjoyed drinking different flavors of tea, an enjoyment being an unusual indulgence for a Vulcan, although she later told Ambassador V'Lar that she did not care for iced tea. On at least one occasion, she was observed by Phlox being "adventurous" and ordering a glass of carbonated water in the mess hall.

T'Pol also became adept at "play acting" which she found was often needed in order to successfully fulfill a mission. For example, she once pretended to be a slave when Ferengi pirates hijacked the Enterprise ("Acquisition") and later pretended to be a domineering Vulcan commander preparing for an execution ("Precious Cargo"). In the latter example there is a clear indication that T'Pol enjoyed taking part in this sort of deception.

On several occasions during her first two years aboard Enterprise, T'Pol resisted efforts by her family and the Vulcan High Command to get her to leave the ship and return to her Vulcan obligations. When pressed for a reason by Vulcan Ambassador Soval, T'Pol replied that she found working aboard Enterprise "gratifying", for which she was chided for engaging in an emotional indulgence.

In 2153, after being ordered to leave Enterprise and return to Vulcan, T'Pol resigned her commission with the Vulcan High Command in order to accompany the crew of Enterprise into the Delphic Expanse to find the Xindi, a mysterious race accused of killing seven million humans on Earth. Despite being technically a civilian, she remained as first officer of Enterprise and the crew continued to refer to her by her High Command rank of Sub-Commander during the mission.

While investigating the Vulcan ship Seleya which had become trapped in The Expanse, T'Pol experienced the side-effects of Trellium-D, a compound the ship had used to protect itself from anomalies within The Expanse, but which had the side-effect of creating permanent psychosis in Vulcans. T'Pol's brief exposure led to her experiencing extreme paranoia and losing control of her emotions. She recovered upon returning to Enterprise, but experienced withdrawal symptoms for some time afterwards.

T'Pol, however, found herself wanting to experience more of the emotions the Trellium-D had unlocked. She discovered how to liquidate small, safe amounts of the compound and began to secretly inject herself with it, beginning approximately three months prior to Enterprise arriving at Azati Prime. This led to what she felt was improved relations with her crewmates, in particular chief engineer Trip Tucker towards whom she began to feel attracted. Sometime after, she experienced jealousy when Tucker began making romantic overtures towards another crew member. Confronting Tucker with this fact, she entered into a one-night sexual relationship with him which she later (in the same episode) dismissed as an experiment which caused a bond.

Over time, as T'Pol became addicted to the Trellium-D injections, her emotions began to flow more freely than ever. This came to a head when Enterprise reached Azati Prime and Jonathan Archer chose to undertake a suicide mission in order to complete the Xindi mission. T'Pol's emotional reaction towards Archer's departure and presumed death incapacitated her as a commanding officer, but she attempted to hide her condition, and Enterprise was nearly destroyed in a subsequent Xindi attack which may or may not have been made worse by T'Pol's emotional state.

After the attack, T'Pol's supply of Trellium-D became difficult to reach (being located in a heavily damaged part of the ship) and she nearly died during a clandestine attempt to retrieve it. Soon after, she lost her temper with Archer (who had since returned to Enterprise). He indicated he needed her for a difficult (and morally questionable) mission, which led her to seek medical help from Dr. Phlox to whom she confessed her addiction.

Although T'Pol subsequently overcame her addiction, Phlox determined that she had permanently damaged her brain, and as a result might never achieve the same level of emotional control she once had. A subsequent encounter with an elderly version of herself (due to an Expanse-related anomaly seen in the episode "E2") indicated that she will live with the after effects of her Trellium-D exposure for the rest of her life. Following the Xindi mission, she continued to experience difficulty controlling her emotions and became particularly emotional following the death of her mother (as seen in the episodes "Awakening" and "Kir'Shara").

T'Pol, who holds the record for the longest time a Vulcan has spent serving with humans, has demonstrated her ability to adapt. Originally, she required a form of medication in order to tolerate the odors given off by humans and Capt. Archer's pet dog Porthos (due to Vulcans having a sensitive sense of smell). Eventually, she stopped using the medication. She has also demonstrated a sophisticated sense of humor. And, in a case of "when in Rome, do as the Romans do," she has also begun eating some types of foods (fruit, popcorn) with her hands, breaking a long-standing Vulcan taboo in the process. (This last has never been explained fully on screen, however it is strongly implied by her frequent mention of having adapted to living with humans).

Following the death of her mother (see below) and the return of the kir'shara, T'Pol underwent a "religious conversion" of sorts as she began to reevaluate Surak's teachings and what it means to be Vulcan. As a result, she put a halt to her relationship with Tucker, and also began to distance herself somewhat from her crewmates, choosing to spend her free time studying the kir'shara.

She has also experienced some success in controlling her emotions to a greater degree than she had over the two years. It has been suggested that T'Pau's therepeutic mind-meld may have helped restore her emotional balance as well as curing the Pan'aar Syndrome; this, combined with the fact that T'Pol no longer has the added stress of living with an incurable, potential fatal condition, may have calmed her mind sufficiently to maintain control. Despite this, she has admitted to Phlox that she has never before felt so unsure of herself. In the episode "Observer Effect", T'Pol expressed concern for Tucker's safety as well as showing possible irony about her feelings for Archer, suggesting that she still emotional attachment to both men. And in "United," the character touches the arm of the captain in a plea that reminds viewers of Azati Prime of her concern and care for the captain. In "Bound", however, she chose to reestablish her romantic relationship with Tucker, and was also shown to be once again drawing closer to her colleagues, even to the point of openly making humorous comments for their benefit.

T'Pol and Trip

The relationship between T'Pol and Trip Tucker is a complex one. Initially, the two had a somewhat combative association, although T'Pol took apparent enjoyment in teasing Tucker about his brief bout of pregnancy (as illustrated in a deleted scene from the episode "Unexpected" although the scene's canonical status is unclear). T'Pol was confused about her relationship with Tucker, although she did not appear to be aware that he had fallen in love with her (as revealed in "Home").

Much of T'Pol's initial attraction to Trip seemed to have been a byproduct of the heightened emotions she experienced due to her addiction to Trellium-D, reaching a peak when the two had a single sexual encounter. Even after her addiction was resolved, T'Pol continued to have feelings for the engineer, and the two carried on some sort of clandestine relationship for some time afterwards which became the subject of shipboard gossip. In "Home", T'Pol invites Trip to travel to Vulcan with her and meet her mother, but this trip results in their relationship ending suddenly when T'Pol is forced to marry Koss in order to save her family's honor.

Following the death of her mother and Koss releasing her from the marriage contract, T'Pol initially chose not to reestablish her relationship with Tucker. But when Tucker was transferred to the Columbia (NX-02), T'Pol learned that a psychic bond had been created between the two. In "Bound", their relationship began anew.

In an alternate universe, T'Pol married Trip and had a son named Lorian. In the real universe, the two had their DNA stolen, by a traitor aboard Enterprise working with a group called Terra Prime, to create a daughter which T'Pol named Elizabeth (after Trip's dead sister). Their relationship reached an emotional climax after the death of the child.

According to "These Are the Voyages", which appears six years in the future from their "current" timeline, the "relationship" has been over for six years, indicating that the two chose to end it at some point after the events of "Terra Prime". When Trip dies in the episode, she clearly grieves him -- smelling his clothing. It appears his death affects her greatly and she requests a meeting with his parents, althought the episode does not reveal if this happened.

T'Pol and Archer

T'Pol also grew very close to Capt. Jonathan Archer, to the point of crying during the Xindi mission when she believes he has been killed in "Azati Prime." She also grieves in "Zero Hour", when she believes he's dead, by holding a book to her lips.

In one alternate timeline (depicted in "Twilight"), T'Pol devoted her life to caring for Archer when parasites robbed him of his short-term memory. In this episode it's made clear that she loves him.

In the current timeline (particularly in the first two seasons of the series) there have been signs that their relationship has the potential to become more than simply that between a captain and science officer, most notably in "A Night in Sickbay" in which she confesses to being attracted to Archer (something that he returns). However this appears to have been preempted by Archer's dedication to complete the Xindi mission and possibly his fear of becoming involved with junior officers (as indicated in the fourth season episode, "Home").

In "These Are the Voyages" the two hug, indicating their friendship continued unabated.

T'Pol as a Starfleet Officer

Near the end of the Xindi mission, T'Pol revealed to Archer and Tucker that she was considering enlisting in Starfleet. (Some fans have suggested that this violates Trek canon which many feel suggests that Mr. Spock was the first Vulcan in Starfleet. However, it appears there is no reference in Star Trek canon to suggest that Spock was the first Vulcan in Starfleet, though there are suggestions he was the first to attend Starfleet Academy, which T'Pol does not do.) Following the Xindi mission, she accepted the commission and received the rank of Commander.

Missing image
ST-TPol.JPG
Commander T'Pol as she appeared while a Subcommander serving the Vulcan High Command

In May 2154, T'Pol officially assumed duties as a Starfleet officer. However, as she does not wear a standard Starfleet uniform, it is suggested that her relationship with the organization is a unique one. (There is precedent for a Starfleet officer to not wear a regulation uniform, however: Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation never wore a regular uniform until the last couple of seasons of that series.)

The finale episode "These Are the Voyages..." reveals that T'Pol remained Archer's first officer aboard Enterprise for a total of 10 years. Her relationship with Tucker apparently ended at some point within a year of the death of their cloned child in 2155 (see "Family", below), although she remained emotionally attached to him and expressed concern that she would never see Trip again after the decommissioning of Enterprise in 2161. Trip's death on a minor mission just prior to the decomissioning affected her deeply, and she expressed a desire to meet his parents.

She also grew confortable in confiding in the ship's Chef during the years prior to the finale. Dialogue in the finale suggests that T'Pol was to be reassigned to another vessel following the decommissioning of Enterprise, implying that she remained a Starfleet officer for some time after 2161.

T'Pol's ultimate fate has yet to be revealed. Given a Vulcan's life expectency of approximately 250 years, it is possible that she is still alive at the time of Star Trek: The Original Series and subsequent movies, although she would be in her 270s by the time of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

T'Pol's Age

T'Pol's age was not revealed until the end of the third season when she tells Tucker that she is "only" 65 years old. Prior to this, Tucker had made sport of trying to guess her age and Archer had played along by refusing to reveal her age (a piece of information he, as captain, has easy access to). The earliest reference to her age occurs in "Fallen Hero" when Ambassador V'Lar suggested she and T'Pol were the oldest people aboard Enterprise at that time. She considers herself to be still fairly young and on several occasions (i.e. in "The Seventh" and again in "Zero Hour") chided her shipmates for considering her to be in any way "old". (This is the closest thing to vanity that T'Pol has, to date, displayed, although it may also be a manifestation of her sense of humor)

Notes

1 According to actress Jolene Blalock, the original "series bible" for Enterprise indicated that T'Pol was 67 years old at the time of "Broken Bow". This has led to speculation that T'Pol might have been lying about her age in "Zero Hour".

Family

Little has been revealed of T'Pol's family until recently. As of the episode "Awakening" she was an orphan. Her father (who has yet to be identified by name) is deceased. T'Pol's mother, T'Les, who resigned from the Vulcan Science Academy in 2154, died in her daughter's arms during an attack on a Syrranite encampment in the desert region known as The Forge that same year. T'Pol grieved upon her mother's death; following the death of Trip in 2161, she confessed to Archer that she missed her mother more as time went by. The fact she did not express a similar sentiment regarding her father could be an indication that he died when she was very young.

T'Pol has no siblings. The only other known "family member" is a pet sehlat she had as a child.

T'Pol was engaged to marry a Vulcan named Koss prior to the start of Enterprise's mission, with the marriage scheduled for 2151 (about a week after the events of "Breaking the Ice" to be precise) but elected to delay her marriage indefinitely. The fourth season episode "Home" saw T'Pol having to deal with the consequences of her decision, when she chooses to marry Koss in order to save the reputation of her mother. She appears to be unaware that Trip has fallen in love with her (although in "The Augments" it is clear that she is beginning to realize his feelings). Prior to her marriage, she negotiated with Koss' family to defer the one-year Vulcan residence obligation required of newlywed Vulcan females, in order that she could join Starfleet as a commissioned officer and stay aboard Enterprise. Only a couple of months after their marriage, Koss released T'Pol from their marriage arrangement (effectively granting her a divorce) following the death of her mother. The marriage was officially annulled some weeks later (as per the episode "Babel One").

An ancestor of T'Pol's, T'Mir, was involved in an unplanned first contact mission in 1957 when her spacecraft crash landed on Earth and she along with two crewmembers were forced to live among humans for several months, hiding their Vulcan identity. During her stay, T'Mir provided a patent office with a new form of velcro, in order to raise college tuition money for a human teenager she had befriended. A ladies purse obtained by T'Mir while on Earth would be passed down from generation to generation, eventually being given to T'Pol who, in an uncommon sentimental move for a Vulcan, took the purse with her on her Enterprise voyage. T'Mir had a strong physical resemblance to T'Pol, save for the fact that she had red hair.

In the alternate timeline seen in "E2", T'Pol marries Charles Tucker and they have a son, Lorian, who becomes the captain of Enterprise upon the death of Captain Archer. The fate of Lorian following the restoration of the timeline is not known (the writers having left a door open for a later return by the popular character). In this same episode, T'Pol met an older version of herself (of age approximately 180 years). The fate of "Old T'Pol" is also unknown.

The fourth season episode "Demons" revealed that T'Pol had a six-month old daughter, the father apparently being Charles Tucker. It was later learned that a terrorist group called Terra Prime had created the child by cloning a sample T'Pol and Trip's DNA, which had been stolen from Enterprise. The cloning procedure, however, was improperly done, and the child -- who T'Pol named Elizabeth in honor of Tucker's deceased sister -- died soon after being rescued from the Mars facility where she was being held.

Mirror Universe

Missing image
MirrorTPol.JPG
The Mirror Universe version of T'Pol.

A two-part episode in the fourth season, "In a Mirror, Darkly", introduced a Mirror Universe version of T'Pol. This version is more cynical and openly emotional than her "real universe" counterpart, and is also openly sexually manipulative, particularly of Commander Tucker.

The Mirror Universe T'Pol underwent pon farr at some point in the recent past (it's not revealed if this was a natural occurrence or the result of the same virus affecting the "real universe" version of T'Pol in "Bounty"), and Tucker mated with her in order to get her through it. Physically, she differs from her real universe counterpart in that she has long, blonde hair and, like other female officers in the Terran Empire, she wears a two-piece uniform with a bare midriff (although after transferring to the captured USS Defiant (NCC-1764), she adopts a TOS-style miniskirt uniform temporarily until she is able to obtain a more standard Empire uniform).

Mirror-T'Pol's mind meld abilities appear to be somewhat more advanced than her counterparts, as she is capable of placing a form of post-hypnotic suggestion into the minds of those with whom she melds; since the real universe T'Pol had only recently learned how to meld, it is unknown as to whether she had yet achieved this level of melding proficiency. She also appears to be more emotional than her counterpart, showing open sarcasm and contempt for Archer, and is seen to either grin or snarl (depending on one's point of view) during a brief bout of hand-to-hand combat with Hoshi Sato.

Eventually, Mirror-T'Pol is forcibly transferred from the Defiant to the ISS Avenger when Jonathan Archer attempts to rid his ship of all alien crewmembers. T'Pol becomes convinced that Archer will never allow Vulcans to be equals, and tries to stop him from taking over the Empire. Mirror-T'Pol was inspired by reading the historical logs of our universe's Defiant, which revealed that a universe existed where Humans, Vulcans, and other aliens lived as equals in a benevolent Federation. After recruiting Avenger's alien crewmembers to the rebellion, T'Pol is caught and interrogated by Archer. Her ultimate fate is not revealed; although both Archer and Hoshi Sato express a desire to have her executed following her interrogation, the Defiant immediately enters battle and this does not occur on screen.

During the episode's stated date of January 2155, T'Pol foreshadows future events, such as the fall of the Terran Empire after several centuries (which would be chronicled in the Mirror Universe episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Controversy

As with Seven of Nine, critics see T'Pol as an attempt by Enterprise executive producer and series creator Rick Berman and Paramount Pictures to shift the demographic of the show to make it appealing mainly to younger males. They point to the fact that T'Pol normally wears a form fitting jumpsuit, along with the fact that she has been seen in several revealing poses as evidence of this (ignoring the fact that such attire has been commonplace in Star Trek history going back to the original series in 1966, and that T'Pol's outfits became rather conservative in the third season). The way the character has been written and portrayed has been one of many aspects of Enterprise that has pitted canon against fanon.

The character's emotionalism has also been criticized, with some blaming poor and inconsistent writing or a lack of understanding of Vulcans. However supporters counter that T'Pol's struggle to control her emotions was established as early as the first episode, and shares much in common with Spock's similar internal battles in the original series. There's some debate also about how much emotion other Vulcan characters have shown, including Sarek, Tuvok, Saavik (whose half-Romulan origins remain non-canonical; she is seen swearing in frustration and weeping in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), V'Lar (a somewhat emotional Vulcan elder seen early in Enterprise's run), Ambassador Soval (who expresses frustration during the first episode of Enterprise), Spock's fully-emotional half-brother Sybok, and others. Enterprise itself introduced in the episode "Fusion" a group of rebel Vulcans who embrace emotion, one of whom commits the "mind meld rape" upon T'Pol mentioned above. T'Pol's emotionalism is addressed directly in several episodes and has become part and parcel of her character; her healing after several years of emotional battering is expected to be an underlying theme of the fourth season. Some believe she will reach an emotional balance as the character continues to progress through her journey. And in "Kir'Shara" it was suggested she may take up Syrannite principles (Syrannites are known as the future Vulcans -- those who don't lie, have mind meld ability and express no or few emotions). Since the episode "Kir'Shara" -- in which T'Pol's pan'aar syndrome was cured via a mind-meld from T'Pau -- the character has been portrayed and written as a more stereotypical Vulcan in many aspects, a move which has generated its own share of criticism from fans who liked the emotional T'Pol better.

T'Pol's addiction to Trellium-D and her behavior surrounding this, particularly in the episode "Azati Prime" which strongly implies that she was in part responsible for the deaths of numerous Enterprise crewmembers due to her inaction during a Xindi attack, also garnered the character much criticism.

The character's relationship with Commander Tucker also garnered criticism. (In fairness, however, it should be noted that this same criticism has been levvied against most other romantic relationships portrayed on Star Trek over the years i.e. Troi and Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Chakotay and Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Voyager.) In fact, some fans feel the character of T'Pol has suffered because of this relationship, while some counter that it has given the character depth, while the relationship is considered symbolic of the coming together of humans and Vulcans that becomes an underlying theme of TOS.

Actress Jolene Blalock made a number of published (and, amongst fans, controversial) criticisms regarding the character during the fall of 2004 in which she expressed dissatisfaction in the way T'Pol has been developed especially in season three and criticized her relationship with Commander Tucker, a character she nicknamed "Honky Tonk" [1] (http://www.trektoday.com/news/280704_01.shtml). Among supporters of her view are fans who feel that T'Pol should, instead, have become involved with Archer or simply wanted her to remain a stereotypical Vulcan similar to Tuvok or Spock.

Despite all this, some fans feel that T'Pol was the heart and soul of the series, and its single most interesting character.

Trivia

  • T'Pol was originally to have been a younger version of T'Pau, a Vulcan matriarch introduced in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Amok Time", but it was decided to create a new character instead. Ironically, a young T'Pau does appear in a trilogy of Vulcan-related episodes during Enterprise's fourth season.
  • T'Pol's appearance underwent a noticeable change between the second and third seasons. This was in part done in an effort to make the character more attractive and colorful (literally) to viewers. This resulted in a less severe hairstyle for the character and the introduction of a rotating series of colored outfits. Jolene Blalock is responsible for the character's more Vulcan appearance in the last couple of years. Prior to Season 3, T'Pol's make-up was similar to that seen with Saavik in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; in particular her eyebrows were not arched in the same way as most Vulcans. According to an interview Blalock gave at the start of Season 3, she and her make-up artist unilaterally decided to alter T'Pol's appearance by giving her more pronounced (and traditionally Vulcan) eyebrows without informing the producers. When no one complained or otherwise commented about the appearance change, it was kept. As with the change in appearance of both Saavik and Spock (whose eyebrows also changed considerably), this change came and went with no attempt at canonical explanation.
  • T'Pol's appearance was also changed during production of the first episode, "Broken Bow", requiring reshooting of some scenes involving Jolene Blalock. A deleted scene from "Broken Bow", made available on the 2005 DVD release, appears to include a brief appearance of T'Pol's original make-up: one camera angle used during the scene shows Blalock with a considerably longer hairstyle than she wears in the final episode.

External links

Navigation

Academic Kids Menu

  • Art and Cultures
    • Art (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Art)
    • Architecture (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Architecture)
    • Cultures (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Cultures)
    • Music (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Music)
    • Musical Instruments (http://academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/List_of_musical_instruments)
  • Biographies (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Biographies)
  • Clipart (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Clipart)
  • Geography (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Geography)
    • Countries of the World (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Countries)
    • Maps (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Maps)
    • Flags (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Flags)
    • Continents (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Continents)
  • History (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/History)
    • Ancient Civilizations (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Ancient_Civilizations)
    • Industrial Revolution (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Industrial_Revolution)
    • Middle Ages (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Middle_Ages)
    • Prehistory (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Prehistory)
    • Renaissance (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Renaissance)
    • Timelines (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Timelines)
    • United States (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/United_States)
    • Wars (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Wars)
    • World History (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/History_of_the_world)
  • Human Body (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Human_Body)
  • Mathematics (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Mathematics)
  • Reference (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Reference)
  • Science (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Science)
    • Animals (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Animals)
    • Aviation (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Aviation)
    • Dinosaurs (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Dinosaurs)
    • Earth (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Earth)
    • Inventions (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Inventions)
    • Physical Science (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Physical_Science)
    • Plants (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Plants)
    • Scientists (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Scientists)
  • Social Studies (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Social_Studies)
    • Anthropology (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Anthropology)
    • Economics (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Economics)
    • Government (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Government)
    • Religion (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Religion)
    • Holidays (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Holidays)
  • Space and Astronomy
    • Solar System (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Solar_System)
    • Planets (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Planets)
  • Sports (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Sports)
  • Timelines (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Timelines)
  • Weather (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Weather)
  • US States (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/US_States)

Information

  • Home Page (http://academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php)
  • Contact Us (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Contactus)

  • Clip Art (http://classroomclipart.com)
Toolbox
Personal tools