Jolene Blalock as T’Pol

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February 3, 2008


Sub Commander T’Pol…the austere yet sensual Vulcan Science Officer assigned to the Enterprise. Feline in her movements and diplomatic with her words, T’Pol is sure to be one of the more controversial characters of the Star Trek series.

The Vulcans insisted that T’Pol oversee Enterprise’s voyages and refused to supply starcharts unless this demand was met. This is not a position for which T’Pol volunteered. Her skill as a science officer is unquestioned, but working alongside primitive and irrational humans is an ongoing lesson in Vulcan patience. T’Pol and Archer often disagree. Eventually, though, they will learn mutual respect.

65 year-old Vulcan female. She’s the Science Officer assigned to oversee humanity’s progress on board Enterprise. Although she’s cautious and guarded around humans, whom she considers primitive and irrational, she’s developed a grudging respect for Captain Archer. She’ll become one of his most loyal and trusted crew members.

The relationship between Archer and T’Pol is described as similar to the Skinner/Mulder relationship on the X-Files, with “a mutual level of respect and animosity.” As a Vulcan, T’Pol knows more about the situations the crew encounters, but doesn’t volunteer this information until she has to.

From the Enterprise Bible
Sub-Commander T’Pol is as thrilled with her post on the Enterprise as her human crewmembers. Viewing it as a hardship post, she’ll actually begin to envy humans and become fascinated with them, sampling food, observing behavior, and even studying mating rituals.

She respects Captain Archer in him she recognizes humanity’s ability to become more than the base instincts exhibited by Charlie Tucker. T’Pol will become especially close with Doctor Phlox, whom she’ll confide in as a fellow outsider and student of humanity. The good Doctor will even provide her with a “nasal numbing agent” to mask the odor of humans when they’re excited. T’Pol is the oldest on board.

Although Archer feels that T’Pol represents the worst arrogance of the Vulcans, he’ll come to rely on her interstellar experience and even appreciate her wry humor. The two characters will be obstacles to one another but develop a unique human/alien relationship that is rather unorthodox at this point in time.

More importantly, Archer, T’Pol, and Tucker form the triumvirate of the series, the three most important decision-makers on board, similar to (you guessed it) Kirk, Spock, and McCoy from the Original Star Trek Series.

Hoshi’s, the chief communications officer’s amazing linguistic skills come in handy in an era of inadequate universal translators and though she will share a somewhat sparring relationship with T’Pol, the two women will develop a sort of sisterly bond.

Meals are prepared by Captain Archer’s hand-picked chef and served either in the Mess Hall or Archer’s private mess, where frequent guests are Tucker and T’Pol. She played her character convincingly

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