- This character is a member of Spock's family.
- This page details Amanda Grayson in the primary universe; for the Amanda Grayson in the mirror universe see Amanda Grayson (mirror); for the Amanda Grayson in the Kelvin timeline created by Nero's temporal incursion, see Amanda Grayson (Kelvin timeline); for the Amanda Grayson in the mirror universe created by Nero's temporal incursion see Amanda Grayson (mirror) (Kelvin timeline); for the Amanda Grayson in all other alternate universes see Amanda Grayson (alternates).
- For other uses, see Amanda.
- See Grayson for other articles with titles that contain, either by relationship or by coincidence, this character's surname.
- "You don't understand the Vulcan way, Captain. It's logical. It's a better way than ours. But it's not easy. It has kept Spock and Sarek from speaking as father and son for eighteen years."
- —Amanda, on her husband and son.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early life[edit | edit source]
She was a descendant of the 19th century Seattle landowner Aaron Stemple. Klingon agents were sent back in time to 1867 to assassinate Stemple in the hope of altering the future but they were prevented from doing so by Spock. (TOS novel: Ishmael)
- Aaron Stemple's status as one of Spock's ancestors is an in-joke as the character was played by Mark Lenard, who also played Sarek, in the television series Here Come the Brides. His name was spelled Stempel in the series.
Dyslexia ran in the Grayson family, and Spock inherited the genetic predisposition to the condition through his mother. As a result he developed the Vulcan condition L'tak Terai as a child. Realizing this, Amanda worked with Spock to help him overcome his learning disability. (DSC episode: "Light and Shadows")
In 2229, she met the Vulcan Ambassador, Sarek, and the two were soon married. Following the marriage, Amanda and Sarek set up home in the city of ShiKahr on Vulcan, and in 2230 their son, Spock, was born, with the genetic assistance of pioneering team Sorel and Daniel Corrigan. They were later instrumental in curing Amanda of a deadly disease. (TOS novels: Ishmael, Demons, Spock's World, The Vulcan Academy Murders, The IDIC Epidemic)
During this time, she also became a foster parent to Michael Burnham after her parents were killed during a attack on Doctari Alpha. Amanda would often read Alice in Wonderland to Burnham and Spock. She later gave a copy to Burnham, who would keep it with her well into the 2250s aboard the USS Discovery. (DSC episode: "Context Is for Kings")
In 2268, when Spock asked his father why he had married Amanda, Sarek responded that he seemed to be the logical thing to do. (TOS episode: "Journey to Babel"). Some years later, Spock pressed the issue, telling Sarek that "we are not are not teasing Mother now. I want to know why you chose an Earthwoman." Sarek replied, "I did not. I chose Amanda, who happens to be an Earthwoman." The Vulcan Academy Murders
In Vulcan society, she was referred to as "the Lady Amanda." (TAS episode: "Yesteryear") Her married name was considered unpronounceable by Humans. However, she managed to do so "after a fashion, and with many years of practice."
In 2268, she accompanied Sarek to the USS Enterprise, of which her son was the first officer, during the Babel Conference. She sought to heal the long standing rift between Spock and Sarek, which had developed following the former's decision to attend Starfleet Academy rather than the Vulcan Science Academy in 2249. While aboard the Enterprise, Sarek suffered a second heart attack and required an infusion of T-negative blood from Spock. However, given that Kirk had been stabbed by an Orion spy and was relegated to sickbay, Spock assumed command of the Enterprise and told his mother that he would not submit himself for surgery. She slapped him and told him that she would never forgive him if he allowed his father to die. After Kirk was able to fool Spock into thinking that he had recovered, the surgery went ahead and Sarek survived. Their relationship was considerably improved as a result. (TOS episode: "Journey to Babel")
Learning of her son's apparent death on the Enterprise, it was Amanda who convinced Sarek to travel to Earth to determine if Spock had been able to successfully transfer his katra to another individual. Even though Sarek thought it unlikely that Spock had been able to transfer his katra given the circumstances Kirk described, he agreed to Amanda's request that he to go to Earth and talk to Kirk. (TOS novel: Sarek)
Following Spock's death and resurrection on the Genesis Planet and the successful refusion of his body and katra through the fal-tor-pan ceremony in 2286, Amanda took it upon herself to re-educate him about his Human half. He did not initially understand the question "How do you feel?" but, after being reminded of the meaning of humanity and companionship by his crewmates, Spock asked Sarek to tell his mother that he felt fine. (TOS movies: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
Death[edit | edit source]
Towards the end of his life, Sarek began to suffer Bendii syndrome, severely affecting his ability to suppress his emotions. He regretted that he had never told her how much he loved her. (TNG episode: "Sarek")
- There have been two contradictory accounts of her death, in novels:
Sarek[edit | edit source]
In 2311, the Primrose Gallery in Paris hosted an exhibition of artworks by Amanda Grayson. She traveled to Earth for the show; however, on her return to Vulcan, the shuttle that she was traveling on suffered a total systems failure and exploded. (TOS - Crucible novel: The Fire and the Rose)
Alternate timelines[edit | edit source]
In an alternate timeline in which John Frederick Paxton destroyed Starfleet Command and ended the talks for the Coalition of Planets in 2155, Grayson held a Ph.D. in history, and served as history department chair at Berkeley in 2264. That year, she invited Lady T'Pol of Vulcan, the last surviving crewmember of the Enterprise (NX-01), to lecture at the university. (TOS - Myriad Universes novel: A Less Perfect Union)
In another alternate timeline, Grayson was killed in a shuttlecraft accident at Lunaport on her way back to Earth in 2237. She and her husband Sarek had separated shortly beforehand, following the death of their seven-year-old son Spock during the Kahs-wan ritual on the 20th day of Tasmeen in the Vulcan year of 8877 (the Earth year 2237). Sarek did not remarry after her death. (TAS episode: "Yesteryear", TOS - Myriad Universes novel: The Chimes at Midnight)
Appendices[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
Amanda appears in the 2009 film Star Trek. This is the first onscreen, live-action appearance of her last name, Grayson (established in TAS episode: "Yesteryear"). Spock tells her that he is considering undergoing kolinahr; however, he is conflicted about this, reassuring his mother that a decision to live free of emotion does not mean he thinks any less of her. Amanda says that whatever Spock decides to do, he will always have a proud mother. (Earlier scenes with a younger Amanda and Sarek, and infant Spock, were cut from the film but still seen in the previews.)
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