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Old July 20 2013, 05:38 PM   #84
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Re: If VI had featured Saavik instead of Valeris as the traitor

King Daniel Into Darkness wrote: View Post
Hence The Pandora Principle giving Saavik a backstory where she was sole survivor of a failed colony, and wasn't rescued until she was almost ten. Her control is dodgy in STII because it's not something she was taught from birth.
The backstory is from the ST II and ST III novelizations. "The Pandora Principle" simply expanded on Vonda McIntyre's work.

Allyn Gibson wrote: View Post
Or, they simply couldn't come up with anything for the character to do in Star Trek IV, so it was easier to write the character out for the film than have the character hang around like a useless fifth wheel.
In a "Starlog" interview, Bennett once said that Saavik in San Francisco was yet another Vulcan who'd have to cover her ears to go out in public. It kinda thinned out the joke. The other option was to leave her looking after the Bounty, and she was still contributing nothing.
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