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Commander Charvanek

Female Romulan battle force commander and owner of first true cloaking device

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If my cloaking device doesn't defeat Kirk, my evening dress will!

  • Aug 6, 2010
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A pretty tacky way of surmising my favorite lady of Star Trek but when in her evening wear aboard her battle cruiser, presumably getting ready to spend quality time with Spock, and then springing into action when something has gone wrong, roaming her ship with armed guards and STILL wearing her dress, it is kinda funny when you think about it.

This character who in cannon only goes by the name "Female Romulan Commander" since a "Romulan Commander" was already taken by Mark Lenard in the infamous first season episode "Balance of Terror".  The name is pulled from the Star Trek Customizable Card Game and has been established in many other places on line.  As far as how much you see this character in her one appearance from another classic Trek episode "The Enterprise Incident" from season 3, after we are introduced to her in the late first act, she sticks around for a while as she attaches herself (pun not intended) to Spock.

The commander has good reason to have a seriousness to her as she deals with Kirk who DID cross the border into Romulan space, she also gets Spock to admit to why the Enterprise tresspassed in Romulan space, order Scotty to surrender the Enterprise after Kirk is arrested and even when having to do work in her off time, she shows she is capable of handling a situation.  Even in her uniform or in the slinky evening wear, Joanne Linville remains very attractive and pulls off the other side to the character in scenes before and later when theres work to do.  She also makes it clear that she wants the Enterprise.  Bringing home to headquarters a complete Federation Heavy Cruiser will do wonders for her career.

The Enterprise Incident was already a cool episode but having a cool "chick" commander who has looks and the determination to do her job helped out a lot.  The character proved popular enough with authors who have gone on to write Star Trek books since she makes appearances there as well.  Even in only on episode, I'll take a quote from the character.  "Romulan women are not like Vulcan females. We are not dedicated to pure logic and the sterility of non-emotion."

Indeed.

If my cloaking device doesn't defeat Kirk, my evening dress will! If my cloaking device doesn't defeat Kirk, my evening dress will!

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