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Sybok

Son of Sarek and half brother of Spock who was a very emotional Vulcan

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The Vulcan Who Just Wants A Hug!

  • Oct 1, 2010
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Ahhh, Sybok, many fans of Star Trek hate you as much as many Star Wars fanboys hate Jar-Jar Binks.  Brought to life through a few sketchy and debatable details that sent many a Trekkie off of the deep end, you manage to trick the Enterprise into a failed rescue attempt at Paradise City and then commandeer the starship to fulfill your visions of finding God.  You are one of the softest, emotionally-charged Vulcans in the universe, and all you really want is for everyone to just get along.

Yep, I believe that sums up Sybok.  He was the primary "villain" in Star Trek V:  The Final Frontier.  He was portrayed by Laurence Luckinbill.  He was written into the canon of Star Trek as Spock's half-brother, but many fans (and even Gene Roddenberry) argue over whether or not this was possible due to the fact that Spock's mother, Amanda Grayson, was established as Sarek's (their Vulcan father for those who don't know)  first wife. 

According to the film, Sarek had a relationship, whether married or otherwise, with a Vulcan princess that lead to the birth of Sybok.  Sybok is a brilliant student and excels at all things logical.  Great things are expected of him, but this isn't meant to be.  Instead of embracing logic, Sybok goes the way of his Vulcan ancestors and embraces emotions.  He begins to have visions that lead him to steal the Enterprise and seek out the being he believes is his God.

Granted, Sybok never really had a chance to develop into anything great.  Star Trek V was just too weak of a film to really make his character that interesting.  He really didn't have that much to work with as far as villains go.  He was a religious zealot, but he didn't even want to start an inquisition.  He just wanted to see his God. 

In short, Sybok was just too nice to be a bad guy.  I wonder if he'll pop up in the revived Star Trek films?  I know that Khan has been thrown around as a potential villain (a bad move in my opinion, you don't mess with Khan), but it would be nice to see Sybok get another shot at being the bad guy.  Maybe he could steal Uhura from Spock?  Who knows?

The Vulcan Who Just Wants A Hug! The Vulcan Who Just Wants A Hug!

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October 01, 2010
Sybok wasn't the greatest villain but I did think Lawerence Luckinbill was great as the character. I wish he did more.
 
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review by . November 13, 2010
Sybok is one of the worst characters to ever appear in any Star Trek incarnation. By Vulcan standards he is insane and his presence just serves to make a bad movie even worse.
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