Should Uhura be called by her first name? Nyota.

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' started by valden, Apr 2, 2022.

  1. Amasov

    Amasov Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I think Uhura should be called "Hey, lady."
     
  2. The Wormhole

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    Call me crazy
     
  3. Greg Cox

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    Bingo. And also because the show never gave them love interests who might want to call them by their first names.

    As I recall, Vonda McIntyre originally invented "Hikaru" because she gave Sulu a love scene in one of her books and couldn't conceive of his sweetheart addressing him by his surname during a romantic moment.

    At this point, "Nyota" has been already retroactively applied to the TOS version of the character, played by Nichelle Nichols, on various pieces of merchandise, including a Hallmark ornament, so it's pretty much a done deal. We can safely assume that Uhura will sometime be addressed as Nyota, depending on the social context.
     
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    "Should a person be addressed by their name?" What a weird question.
     
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    She was never called nyota in TOS and this is a prequel to that. Calling her nyota will feel to kelvin timeline.
     
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    We have an official name with Nyota. One would presume that it was Nyota in the Prime universe just like Kelvin. Just like Jim or Leonard or Hikaru or Montgomery or Pavel. Or should Kirk’s first name been Steve in the Kelvinverse because calling him Jim would be “too Prime?”
     
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    You'll adjust.
     
  11. fireproof78

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    How did people handle Hikaru?
     
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    I don't recall anyone minding too much.
     
  13. Sci

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    No it won't. It will feel like good writing.
     
  14. KirkusOveractus

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    Exactly. It wasn't mentioned in TOS because it was just never written. Doesn't mean it wasn't her first name. And since Nichelle Nichols had a bit of a hand in the first name, at least voicing her approval, then that's more than enough for me to have that always have been her first name.
     
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    Oh, I didn't realize Nichelle had a hand in the name "Nyota!" Also you make a very good point that the name pre-dates the 2009 film -- by over 25 years, in fact! It was first established in 1982 for the book Star Trek II: Biographies, according to Memory Alpha.
     
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    So, Lieutenant Commander McCoy calling Captain Kirk "Jim" on duty was bad writing?

    Hmmm. I'm gonna say, "No."
     
  17. KirkusOveractus

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    Yeah, I think she mentions it in a couple interviews where having the first and last names, together meaning, "Free Star" or "Star Freedom", was the perfect name.
     
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    Ok course! At my work they all call me by my last name! My badges don't even use first names.

    ;)
     
  19. Sci

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    I'm just picturing Spock's book The Many and the One being dedicated:

    For the late Federation Starfleet Captain (formerly Rear Admiral) James T. Kirk (Retired).

    Somehow just doesn't have the same ring as "For Jim"...!
     
  20. KirkusOveractus

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    You forgot, "Child of George and Wynonna..."
     
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