- This page details a counterpart of Nyota Uhura in the Kelvin timeline; for the Nyota Uhura in the primary universe see Nyota Uhura; for the Nyota Uhura in the mirror universe see Nyota Uhura (mirror); for the Nyota Uhura in the mirror universe of the Kelvin timeline see Nyota Uhura (mirror) (Kelvin timeline); for the Nyota Uhura in all other alternate universes see Nyota Uhura (alternates).
- "Lieutenant Uhura is unmatched in xenolinguistics. We would be wise to accept her conclusion."
Nyota Uhura was a Human female who served as the communications officer on the Federation starship USS Enterprise from 2258 to at least 2263, when the Enterprise was destroyed in orbit of Altamid. (TOS movies: Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness *TOS movie: Beyond
Biography[edit | edit source]
Childhood[edit | edit source]
Uhura grew up in Africa, having been born in Kitui, Kenya, where older members of her family passed down horrible stories about the wars of genocide in Africa's recent history. (TOS - Starfleet Academy novel: The Gemini Agent, Star Trek (App), TOS - The Q Gambit comic: "The Q Gambit, Part 1") On an occasion when Uhura and her parents were visiting her uncle Raheem off-planet, the four of them were in a shuttle which was severely damaged by an explosion, knocking Uhura's parents unconscious. Raheem, who had been outside the shuttle investigating a malfunction, was blown away into space by the explosion. He contacted Uhura and told her to drag her parents into the shuttle's escape pod, talking her through opening the pod's hatch manually and encouraging her when she thought her parents were too heavy to pull. As Raheem fell into the atmosphere of a nearby planet, he told Uhura how proud he was of her. Uhura never told anyone other than her parents about these events, but later shared them with Spock during a Vulcan mind meld. (TOS comic: "IDW Star Trek, Issue 18")
Uhura attended the Nairobi Girls Academy, where her curriculum included advanced studies of the Earth-Romulus War. She played competitive racquetball in school. (TOS - Starfleet Academy novel: The Gemini Agent)
Starfleet Academy (2255-2258)[edit | edit source]
By summer 2255, Uhura was studying xenolinguistics at Starfleet Academy and was a favored pupil of Commander Spock. On Spock's recommendation, Vice Admiral Tullsey and SFPD Homicide Detective Harve Bogenn asked Uhura to analyze two recordings of the serial killer known as the Doctor speaking in an unknown language. While working on the problem, Uhura herself was attacked by one of the swarms of nanites which constituted "the Doctor", but survived. With the help of Dr. Leonard McCoy and several other scientists, Uhura eventually deciphered the Doctor's words and discovered that the Transamerica Pyramid was the being's hideout. At this time Uhura had already established a strong working relationship with Spock and a friendship with Gaila, with whom she had discussed rooming in the future. (TOS - Starfleet Academy novel: The Delta Anomaly) Also in 2255, Spock assigned Uhura the task of analyzing combat recordings from the Earth-Romulus War to gain insight into the Romulan mindset. Spock first addressed Uhura by her first name at this time. (TOS - Starfleet Academy novel: The Gemini Agent)
Uhura took a course taught by Spock and had the highest overall score in the class after she finished her thesis a week early. At this point, she formally started a romantic relationship with her former teacher. Spock was not sure their relationship would last a week, but it lasted several months before she opened up about her uncle's death. (TOS comic: "IDW Star Trek, Issue 18")
Aboard Enterprise[edit | edit source]
Uhura was one of the many cadets rushed into service when Vulcan sent a distress call when Nero attacked it. Uhura replaced Hawkins as communications officer, as Hawkins claimed that he would not be able to distinguish the Romulan language from Vulcan. During her time at Starfleet Academy, Uhura had a romantic relationship with one of her teachers and future USS Enterprise shipmate and first officer, Commander Spock. Uhura also did not appreciate her roommate, Gaila (who was an Orion female), bringing male cadets back to the dorm room, most notably James T. Kirk. (TOS movie, novelization & comic adaptation: Star Trek)
Following Nero's defeat, Uhura continued serving as the Enterprise 's communications officer. When the Enterprise lost communications with the shuttlecraft Galileo, Uhura determined that the shuttle crashed on Taurus II. Uhura was very angry with Spock for placing himself in danger again. When Captain Kirk was forced to make the scheduled rendezvous at Makus III, Uhura stole one of the shuttles. She was able to rescue Spock and the shuttle crew. Despite stealing a shuttle, Uhura was not reprimanded by the captain. Following the mission to Deneva, Uhura expressed her concern to Spock, seeing how he was taking risks without thinking due to him still grieving. (TOS - The Galileo Seven comics: "Part 1", "Part 2", TOS comic: "Operation: Annihilate, Part 1")
Uhura intercepted a message from a Klingon Bird-of-Prey near Iota Geminorum IV, translating information about a "execution". She helped the landing party defuse a Klingon bomb that was left there. She was able to stop the bomb by saying a command in Klingonese. (TOS - The Truth About Tribbles comics: "Part 1", "Part 2")
When the Enterprise was conducting a survey of Phaedus, Uhura and Chekov detected a high-frequency energy field coming from the surface that interfered with their communications. Uhura was then left in command of the Enterprise when Kirk, Spock, Lieutenant Sulu and a landing party went down to the surface to investigate. Uhura was contacted by a female trader named Mudd. Uhura went down to the surface with Mudd where she met with Kirk and Captain April. Uhura accompanied Kirk to rescue Spock, Sulu and Hendorff from the Shadow Phaedans. Uhura and the rest of the crew were locked off from the bridge. After the Enterprise was retaken, Uhura made Spock promise that he would not take any more risks. (TOS - Countdown to Darkness comics: "Number One", "Number Two", "Number Three", "Number Four")
Uhura informed Kirk and Spock of the successful reversal of the hacks the Gorn lieutenant was attempting in the shuttlebay in an effort to escape. Later, she was held hostage by Gorn intruders on the bridge who were demanding control of the Enterprise. Kirk rescued her by remotely activating a shuttle and colliding it into the viewscreen, which resulted in depressurization and the Gorn being sucked out into space. Spock held onto Uhura by one arm until Kirk could give the computer the order to "repair the bridge" (sealing over the broken screen with a door.) (TOS video game: Star Trek)
A month later in 2259, Uhura was still serving aboard the Enterprise when she participated in a mission with Sulu and Spock to calm a volcano on the planet Nibiru (originally her participation in the Nibiru mission was to study and catalog the native linguistic communications system). As Spock was lowered into the volcano from the shuttlecraft, Uhura became increasingly worried for her boyfriend. Spock's tether broke and he fell onto a solid part of the active volcano. Uhura wanted to attempt a rescue, but Sulu informed her it would be too dangerous so they returned to the Enterprise (Star Trek (App), TOS movie & novelization: Star Trek Into Darkness).
Once back on the Enterprise, Uhura informed Captain Kirk that communication with Spock was patchy but still viable. She heard Spock tell Kirk to leave him in the volcano so the planet's pre-spaceflight natives would not be the victims of a Prime Directive violation. This attitude enraged Uhura because she believed that Spock had given no thought at all to her feelings and had failed to feel anything for her.
Later, on a mission to Qo'noS, Uhura confronted Spock about the issue and Spock told her he had chosen not to feel so that he was not in pain, rather than to feel that pain in his last moments, which Uhura took as an apology. On Qo'noS Uhura was forced to put her knowledge of Klingonese to use when she tried to save the mission from a Klingon patrol, though this negotiation was cut short by the intervention of "John Harrison", who revealed himself as Khan Noonien Singh.
With Khan's intervention came a whole new problem as Admiral Alexander Marcus wanted Khan dead and Kirk had captured him alive. This led to Marcus attacking the Enterprise with the USS Vengeance and causing a great deal of damage, with Uhura aboard the ship. Khan would eventually kill Marcus and flee to Earth, where Uhura was forced to beam down and help Spock capture Khan.
Five Year Mission[edit | edit source]
Uhura then accompanied Spock to New Vulcan in order cure him of the Pon farr. She refused to allow Spock's betrothed, T'Pring to touch him. She then listened to Spock as he explains the pon farr to her. She and the rest of the landing party were then forced to leave Spock. Uhura and Kirk then talked with each other about Spock and how they were not angry at was he needed to do. Uhura then went after him when he joined the Sasaud. When he was beamed back aboard the Enterprise, she spoke with him about she first fell in love with him. The two then embraced after he was cured of the pon farr and broke off his obligation to T'Pring. (TOS - After Darkness comics: "Part 1", "Part 2"; TOS comic: "IDW Star Trek, Issue 18")
In 2261, Uhura then picked up a distress call from the Klingon colony on Khitomer. After Kirk and his landing party were captured, Uhura urged Spock to rescue Kirk from Qo'noS. Uhura then met male counterpart, Nnamdi Uhuro. (TOS - The Khitomer Conflict comics: "Part 1", "Part 2"; TOS - Parallel Lives comic: "Part 2")
In 2263, Uhura and Spock broke up. Uhura and most of the crew were then captured by Krall and taken to his base on Altamid after the Enterprise was destroyed. She and Sulu then tried to send a distress signal to Starbase Yorktown. However, they were unable to. Uhura was then forced to watch Krall unleash the Abronath on Ensign Syl. (TOS movie: Beyond)
Uhura and what remained of the crew were then rescued by Captain Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Jaylah and brought to the USS Franklin. Together, they were able to use the Franklin to stop Krall's attack on Starbase Yorktown. It was there that Uhura discovered that Krall was once the Franklin's Captain Balthazar Edison from ship's databank. At Captain Kirk's birthday, Uhura went with Spock and watched as the USS Enterprise-A was being built. (TOS movie: Beyond)
Uhura, along with Spock then took a sabbatical to New Vulcan where they stayed with Ambassador Sarek. She then received a message sample from Kirk and his interim command, the USS Endeavour. Uhura then translated message, which said "Resistance is Futile." (TOS - Boldly Go comic: "Issue 1")
Appendices[edit | edit source]
Starfleet service record[edit | edit source]
|location||assignment||dates||rank or rate||assignment insignia||rank insignia|
|USS Ahriman||junior communications cadet||2257|
|USS Enterprise||Communications officer||2258-63||Lieutenant|
Background[edit | edit source]
In the prime reality, TOS - Legion of Super-Heroes comic: "Issue 3" referenced Nyota Uhura's roommate also being an Orion girl. Presuming Uhura's life was approximately parallel to that reality, there is a good possibility that the unnamed roommate referred to was a prime reality counterpart to Gaila.
Connections[edit | edit source]
|USS Franklin personnel|
|Primary universe||Cormier • Crosby • Edison • Le • Noble • Peters • Smith • Wolff • Yanovich • Thomas • unamed USS Franklin personnel|
|Kelvin timeline||Kirk • Spock • Scott • McCoy • Sulu • Chekov • Uhura • Keenser • Jaylah • unnamed USS Enterprise personnel|
|USS Enterprise (Kelvin timeline NCC-1701) personnel|
|0718 • Amos • Boma • Chapel • Chapin • Chekov • Cordry • Mae Darwin • Froman • Gaetano • Galliulin • Hannity • Hawkins • Hendorff • Jae • Jeanine • Jin • Kai • Keenser • Kelso • Kirk • Kyle • Latimer • Madeline • Marcus • Martine • McCoy • McKenna • Moto • Mitchell • Olson • Pike • Puri • Rand • Satine • Scott • Sir Olden • Spock • H. Sulu • Y. Sulu • Syl • Tomlinson • Tyvanna • Uhura • Wadjet • Zahra • unnamed USS Enterprise (Kelvin timeline NCC-1701) personnel|
|see also: • USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel • roster|
|USS Farragut personnel|
|USS Farragut (NCC-1647)||Akanke • Ayers • K. Bogle • A. Chenowyth • Crane • A. Drake • Galt • Garrovick • Gilhooley • Hasegawa • T. Kegin • Hellund • Kelly • Keyes • J.T. Kirk • Konerko • V. Leigh • McKone • G. Mitchell • F. Morgan • D. Morwood • Ojibwe • Pavano • Piniella • Poquette • N. Rabin • Smiley • L.H. Styles • Tolan • Vosberg • Yu • unnamed personnel|
|USS Farragut (NCC-1729)||Bogle • P. Ellis • J. Gustavus • Phillips • R. Lee • D. Rodrieguez|
after being renamed USS Centurion: G. Aldus • J. Apius • C. Caecus • M. Secondus • L. Sejanus • J. Sicania • M. Volcinius
|USS Farragut (NCC-2582)||W. Ross|
|J.T. Kirk • S. Garrovick • N. Uhura|
|Nyota Uhura • Carol Ferris|
Background Information[edit | edit source]
|This section is written
from the Real World
point of view.
- Nyota Uhura was portrayed by American actress Zoë Saldana in Star Trek in 2009 and Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013. She also voiced Uhura in the TOS video game: Star Trek in 2013.