If VI had featured Saavik instead of Valeris as the traitor

Discussion in 'Star Trek Movies I-X' started by xvicente, Jun 22, 2013.

  1. Timo

    Timo Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Aug 26, 2003
    Says Sulu, and Sulu only. Why should we trust his word over the word of the man himself?

    Timo Saloniemi
  2. Melakon

    Melakon Admiral Admiral

    Nov 22, 2012
    Melakon's grave
    Either Kirk or McCoy should have been familiar enough with details of Chekov's family relationships to know whether there was a brother, rather than taking Sulu's word for it. Both of them must have reviewed his personal and/or medical files. Accepting Sulu's word as authority seems questionable, as this is the guy who thought himself one of the Three Musketeers, and went loopy over Landru.
  3. Allyn Gibson

    Allyn Gibson Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 16, 2000
    South Pennsyltucky
    Perhaps Nimoy and/or Bennett didn't enjoy the experience of working with her and/or her performance in Star Trek III. They couldn't not bring her back in Star Trek IV given where the film starts and where we last saw the crew, but that also doesn't mean they had to give her a meaningful role. In that case, they gave her the bare minimum to explain where she's gone, and that's that.

    The other possibility. Nick Meyer wrote the San Francisco half of the script. He didn't want to work with Curtis years later on Star Trek VI; perhaps that went back years earlier and he had no interest in writing for Curtis' Saavik on Star Trek IV. If that's so, then Meyer's half of the script didn't use her, so Bennett had to write Saavik out to explain why she's not there in the middle half of the film.

    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.
  4. Therin of Andor

    Therin of Andor Admiral Admiral

    Jun 30, 2004
    New Therin Park, Andor (via Australia)
    The backstory is from the ST II and ST III novelizations. "The Pandora Principle" simply expanded on Vonda McIntyre's work.

    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.