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Old November 29 2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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Kos was a true gentleman

Season 4 Episode 9 "Kir'Shara" I really feel bad for Kos. I think he did love T'Pol but realized that she did not love him. He placed himself and his family's name in danger by helping T'Pau and Archer get into the High Council chamber just because he knew it was important to T'Pol. He aslo did a noble selfless act by releasing her of their marriage. Props to Kos for being a true gentleman.
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Old November 29 2013, 11:35 PM   #2
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Apparently not ALL Vulcans are complete assholes.


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Old November 30 2013, 02:48 AM   #3
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I like him as a character; he definitely was able to rise above and do the right thing.
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Old November 30 2013, 09:47 PM   #4
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Saganistheman wrote: View Post
Season 4 Episode 9 "Kir'Shara" I really feel bad for Kos. I think he did love T'Pol but realized that she did not love him. He placed himself and his family's name in danger by helping T'Pau and Archer get into the High Council chamber just because he knew it was important to T'Pol. He aslo did a noble selfless act by releasing her of their marriage. Props to Kos for being a true gentleman.
...after blackmailing T'Pol into marrying him in the first place, knowing this wasn't what she wanted.
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Old November 30 2013, 10:09 PM   #5
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Am I the only one who figured he didn't really want to marry her in the first place and was just doing it to keep up appearances? Perhaps he had a lover already, much like T'Pring in Amok Time.
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Old November 30 2013, 10:20 PM   #6
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It is entirely possible that Koss really did love T'Pol. Just because their original marriage was pre-arranged, and that T'Pol didn't return Koss' attentions, doesn't mean he couldn't have loved her anyway.

Koss clearly cared about T'Pol in some manner, because he let her off the proverbial hook (just like the OP described) in the easiest way possible.
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Old December 1 2013, 12:27 AM   #7
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...after blackmailing T'Pol into marrying him in the first place, knowing this wasn't what she wanted.
Explain to me how he blackmailed her? It was an arranged marriage. If T'Pol had pulled her head out of her ass long enough, and actually told Kos, her mother, and Tripp the truth I doubt that he would have gone through with it in the first place. If Kos was really a big enough dick to blackmail her into marriage please explain why he dissolved the marriage? He even told her that he knew she married him our of duty to her mother, and he came up with that on his own because T'Pol sure as hell never told him.
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Old December 2 2013, 07:03 AM   #8
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...after blackmailing T'Pol into marrying him in the first place, knowing this wasn't what she wanted.
Explain to me how he blackmailed her?
He told T'Pol that his family could help her mother get reinstated in her position, but only if she married him.
It was an arranged marriage. If T'Pol had pulled her head out of her ass long enough, and actually told Kos, her mother, and Tripp the truth I doubt that he would have gone through with it in the first place.
T'Pol did tell her mother the truth. T'Les was well aware that she didn't want to marry Kos. She let Trip know too, when she told him that she was going through with the marriage in order to help her mother. Finally, she also let Kos know she didn't want to marry him -- why else would he have felt the need to blackmail her.
If Kos was really a big enough dick to blackmail her into marriage please explain why he dissolved the marriage? He even told her that he knew she married him our of duty to her mother, and he came up with that on his own because T'Pol sure as hell never told him.
You answered your own question. Kos let her out of the marriage because he finally accepted that she didn't love him. And, as I previously stated, T'Pol let Kos know she didn't want to marry him in their first conversation, the one in T'Les' backyard.

She even threatened to call the Ka Li Fe, to which Kos sarcastically replied that perhaps her "human friend" could fight for her. T'Pol agreed to marry him only after Kos suggested that his family could help her mother. Oh, and despite it being an "arranged marriage", T'Pol could still have gotten out of it, but that would have meant Kos' famiy wouldn't have helped T'Les.

Kos did redeem himself in the end, but make no mistake, he initially blackmaiied T'Pol into marrying him.
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Old December 2 2013, 08:23 AM   #9
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^ I do not agree with you. You cannot blackmail someone into doing something that they were already arranged to do. The only thing Kos did was offer T'Pol more incentive to get married at that moment in time because she had brought shame to her family.

I think he truly loved her unconditionally, because why should he marry someone who could possibly bring shame on his family as well.

And if I am not mistaken it was mentioned that most Vulcan's do not marry out of love in the first place, so T'Pol got married the way most Vulcan's do; out of obligation to her family's wishes. If anything Kos was just reminding her of her duties and arranged obligations. Just because he prompted her on the benefits no way implies blackmail.
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Old December 2 2013, 09:33 PM   #10
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^ I do not agree with you. You cannot blackmail someone into doing something that they were already arranged to do. The only thing Kos did was offer T'Pol more incentive to get married at that moment in time because she had brought shame to her family.
As I have already pointed out, the marriage was prearranged but did not have to occur. In Breaking the Ice, T'Pol essentially kicked Kos to the curb by refusing to marry him. If T'Pol had not returned to Vulcan, Kos would never have been able to continue his pursuit of marriage and the arrangement would have become moot.
If anything Kos was just reminding her of her duties and arranged obligations. Just because he prompted her on the benefits no way implies blackmail.
T'Les lost her position because of T'Pol's actions at P'Jem, so T'Pol felt responsible. After Kos told T'Pol that his family could help T'Les regain her position (but only if T'Pol married him), T'Pol relented and married Kos. She would have continued to refuse to marry Kos but for her desire to help her mother and the gallant Kos tying his offer to help T'Les to the marriage.

It was blackmail because Kos forced T'Pol to either marry him or her mother would never be reinstated to her position. He used T'Pol's desire to help her mother against her. Yes, real noble.

If Kos had really been the guy you seem to think he was, he would have offered to help T'Les regardless of T'Pol's refusal to marry him. Now THAT would have been unconditional love. And ironically, that might have caused T'Pol to view him in a different way and she may still have ended up agreeing to marry him.

And just like you, I'm sure Kos felt justified in his actions because of the "arrangement", but looking at his actions objectively makes him look like what he was, a jerk.
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Old December 2 2013, 11:41 PM   #11
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^ It was not blackmail. Definition: (Webster's College Version) -a payment extorted by intimidation, as by threats of prosecution; or injurious revelations.

Kos did not extort, intimidate, threaten, prosecute, or injure T'Pol. She did all of those things to herself and her family when she betrayed the High Council at P'Jem (the High Councils honor is irrelevant) What is relevant is that her actions had dire consequences to her family and also to Kos and his family since they were linked by betrothal. Kos was just offering a solution that would be mutually beneficial. You got to take love out of the equation because it really has no relevance in an arranged marriage. Sure its nice to have, but not necessary because arranged marriage is not for the individual but for family, and T'Pol's was messed up at the time of his proposal.

It would have been much easier for him to just walk away and find someone else without so much baggage, but instead he offered her a way to fix things if she would only live up to their pre-arranged marriage...nothing forceful there. In fact he did more than anyone else by giving her options that in all honesty he didn't have to do. If anyone is the Jerk here it is T'Pol for being such an emotional trainwreck with skeletons in her closet that she did not tell anyone about.
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Old December 3 2013, 12:17 AM   #12
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I liked how Kos was played. He was a very sympathetic character. He comes across as a dreamer, to me. He lucked out in having the hottest Vulcan that ever lived be his betrothed wife to be. I mean ... just imagine that. A chick who looks as good as Jolene Blalock is marrying you ... you! And when she started pushing him away, telling him everything shy of "there's someone else," he kept holding onto the fantasy that a year of the married life with her would change her mind. But ... he's not Trip. And he has an aweful wig AND his makeup looks like an intern did it. So, he's not getting T'Pol - we, the audience, know that for certain. But we don't mind that he keeps trying, like a love-sick fool ...
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Old December 3 2013, 01:02 AM   #13
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^ It was not blackmail. Definition: (Webster's College Version) -a payment extorted by intimidation, as by threats of prosecution; or injurious revelations.

Kos did not extort, intimidate, threaten, prosecute, or injure T'Pol. ad he told T'Pol that
Actually, now that you mention it, "extortion" is probably a better word for what Kos did to T'Pol. And the "threat" was that T'Pol's mom would remain without her job if T'Pol didn't marry Kos. The "payment" was T'Pol's agreement to marry Kos.

It was simple; marry me and I'll help your mother, don't marry me and I won't help her. The fact is that Kos made one a condition for the other. Because of these conditions, T'Pol felt she had no choice (since she wanted to help her mother out of a problem T'Pol had caused), but to marry Kos.

Had he offered to help T'Les whether T'Pol married him or not, I'd have a different feeling about him but that is not what happened.
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Old December 3 2013, 01:23 AM   #14
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All's Fair in Love & War. Kos knows the logic of it ...
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Old December 3 2013, 03:31 AM   #15
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Had he offered to help T'Les whether T'Pol married him or not....
Ok ok I give...instead of saying Kos was a perfect gentleman I will agree to say he was a not-so-perfect gentleman
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