- This character is a member of Spock's family.
Early Years[edit | edit source]
Saavik was born on the planet Hellguard in 2264. Saavik had a harsh childhood living on Hellguard, a planet which bordered the Romulan Neutral Zone. In the Romulan language, her name means "little cat." Her life changed in 2274 when the Vulcan vessel Symmetry arrived and she was rescued by Commander Spock. Spock took a leave of absence and began to teach Saavik the Vulcan way of life, but had great difficulty with her. After a year of living on Dantria IV, Spock decided to take Saavik to Vulcan where he would care for her with the help of Sarek and Amanda. (TOS novel: The Pandora Principle; TOS - Untold Voyages comic: "Worlds Collide")
In accordance with Vulcan traditions, Sarek arranged for Saavik to be bonded to a young Vulcan boy named Xon, whose original bond-mate had tragically died in an accident. (TOS - Saavik's Story comic: "Pon Far!")
Saavik was given an excellent upbringing on Vulcan and soon embraced the Vulcan way of life, but decided that she wanted to follow Spock into Starfleet and entered Starfleet Academy in 2281, assigned to live in Residence Complex Three. Her time at the Academy was not the easiest, and many of her classmates viewed her as an enemy, but she became a valuable resource for Starfleet in interpreting intelligence data and putting many myths to rest about Romulan psychology. She also forged a friendship with Cadet Peter Preston, whom she tutored in Advanced Theoretical Mathematics. (TOS novels: The Pandora Principle, The Captain's Daughter; TOS novelization: The Wrath of Khan)
Starfleet Career[edit | edit source]
Saavik was granted her commission while still studying at Starfleet Academy. In 2285, as a Lieutenant, junior grade, she served as navigator of the USS Enterprise under Admiral James T. Kirk on their mission to recover the Genesis Device. (TOS movie, novelization & comic adaptation: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)
After Spock's death, she replaced him as science officer on board the Enterprise. Kirk had some trouble in dealing with this change, treating her differently because of his grief. After they both conversed with Dr McCoy on the matter, Kirk relented his attitude towards Saavik, allowing her to acompany him on an away team to investigate a wormhole stabilised by the Klingons. There they found a highly-armed Klingon space station. (TOS comic: "The Wormhole Connection") Finding that the Klingon leadership had been influenced into attacking the Federation by Excalbians, Saavik acompanied Kirk to Organia, where he persuaded the Excalibians to release their influence on the galactic leadership and fight the Organians instead. (TOS comic: "Deadly Allies")
Soon after, Saavik began to feel the effects of pon farr, the Vulcan mating urge. She sought out Xon, who was working undercover for Starfleet Intelligence with the Romulan Star Empire, to the galactic barrier where the Romulans were trying to duplicate the experiment that gave Gary Mitchell his god-like powers. With the assistance of the Enterprise, Saavik and Xon defeated the Romulan plot. With the needs of their Pon-Farr sated, Saavik and Xon returned to their respective assignments. (TOS - Saavik's Story comic: "Blood Fever")
That same year, she transferred to the USS Grissom, along with Doctor David Marcus. The two discovered the reborn and rapidly maturing Spock on the surface of the Genesis Planet, where they were stranded after the destruction of the Grissom by Klingons. Saavik helped guide the young Spock through the pon farr, and accompanied him, and the former crew of the Enterprise, back to Vulcan to be rejoined with his katra. (TOS movie, novelization & comic adaptation: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock) Saavik remained on Vulcan following Spock's departure, wishing Kirk well on his journey back to Earth. (TOS movie, novelization & comic adaptation: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
- In the novelizations of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Saavik had started a romantic relationship with Dr Marcus which led to her transferring to the USS Grissom.
- The Strange New Worlds II story "The First Law of Metaphysics" has Saavik remaining on Vulcan from 2285 until at least 2293, teaching at the Institute for the Transmission of Vulcan Culture. This is contradicted by several other stories which have her as part of the crew of the USS Enterprise-A.
- Early draft scripts for The Voyage Home included dialogue that Saavik was carrying Spock's child due to the pon far-related events of The Search for Spock. This, however, was dropped from the final film and was not directly referenced in the novelization. Harve Bennett did, however, claim that at least one scene related to the pregnancy was filmed.
In 2289, Saavik participated in a secret, extralegal mission aboard the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A involving Commander Kor of the Klingon Empire and a representative of the Romulan Star Empire, in an attempt to end the threat of an extragalactic life-form responsible for the destruction of the USS Farragut some thirty-two years earlier (TOS comic: "Debt of Honor"). The following year, 2290, following the promotion of Hikaru Sulu to Captain of the USS Excelsior, Saavik rejoined the Enterprise crew, this time serving on the Enterprise-A full time. (TOS comic: "Tests of Courage")
On stardate 8625.2, Lieutenant Saavik and Captain Spock were part of a diplomatic mission to Mardelva. During an attempted coup on the planet, their shuttle was caught in the crossfire and crashed on the planet's surface. (TOS comic: "Deceptions")
At some point prior to 2290, Saavik served aboard the USS Whipple, where the starship encountered stellar energy pulse phenomena on several occasions. Also, before 2291, Saavik had also briefly served on the Oberth-class starship USS Tinian. (ST comics: "Runaway", "A Question of Loyalty")
In the year 2291, she was present when the Enterprise-A was sent to the planet Mestiko to retrieve a weapon stolen by a local terrorist group called the Torye. (TOS - Mere Anarchy eBook: The Blood-Dimmed Tide)
- According to the novelization of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Saavik met Valeris at a governmental office in shi'Kahr, and was responsible for her sponsorship with Spock.
After the Enterprise[edit | edit source]
She and Spock had remained close over the years, and their relationship eventually grew beyond camaraderie into something more. In 2329, the couple became betrothed in a formal ceremony on planet Vulcan that was attended by Admiral Leonard McCoy and Lieutenant Jean-Luc Picard.
In 2344, she was sent to the Romulan Star Empire on an unofficial assignment by Captain Uhura of Starfleet Intelligence to retrieve Spock, who had answered a mysterious summons from the Romulan commander Charvanek. When Saavik arrived on Romulus, she found the Romulan capital in a state of turmoil.
The mad Praetor Draleth was planning on launching an unprovoked attack on the Klingon colony at Narendra III in order to start a quadrant-wide war. Spock instructed Saavik to leave Romulus and raise the alarm for Narendra while Spock (who was suffering from the beginning stages of Pon-Farr) and his ally Ruanek took care of Draleth.
Saavik managed to reach the USS Enterprise-C, who went on to defend Narendra, while sending Saavik back to Vulcan, where she was soon reunited with Spock. Soon after, the couple were officially married in another ceremony, this one attended by both McCoy and Uhura. (TOS novel: Vulcan's Heart)
The Alliance[edit | edit source]
Saavik eventually rose to the rank of Captain, and was content for a time to command science vessels while the Federation was at peace. When the war with the Dominion broke out in 2373, she requested command of a combat-worthy vessel, and was given command of the USS Alliance.
At some point during the war in 2374 she was injured in ship-to-ship combat and transferred to home duty on Vulcan. Her former first officer, Captain Howe, sent her a "get well cactus" that she described to Spock as "a superfluous xerophyte".
In early 2377, she led a diverse convoy of vessels into the space of the mysterious Watraii, who had announced plans for a genocidal war against the Romulan Star Empire. In this first encounter, Admiral Pavel Chekov was believed to have been killed in a transporter accident. (TOS - Vulcan's Soul novel: Exodus)
After it was discovered by Uhura that Chekov had not been killed, but was instead languishing in a Watraii prison cell, Saavik took the Alliance back into Watraii space for a rescue operation. The effort was successful, but Saavik had to deal with the immediate consequences of the rescue operation. (TOS - Vulcan's Soul novels: Exiles, Epiphany)
Alternate timeline[edit | edit source]
In an alternate timeline created when Yeoman J. Mia Colt was sent forward in time from 2254 to 2293 after her tricorder scans released the tachyon energy contained in an Algolian artifact known as a Keepsake, Saavik served as a junior science officer aboard the USS Enterprise-A.
In 2293, she was killed during a battle between the Enterprise-A and a Klingon bird-of-prey commanded by General Chang and three Klingon battle cruisers in orbit of Algol II. Shortly thereafter, Pike activated the self-destruct sequence. As the Enterprise was destroyed, Colt entered the Well of Tomorrows on Algol II and was returned to 2254, thereby restoring the proper timeline. (EV comics: "Future Tense", "Futures", "Now and Then")
Connections[edit | edit source]
|USS Grissom personnel|
|USS Grissom (NCC-638, Oberth-class)||J. Esteban • Fred • D. Marcus • Saavik • unnamed USS Grissom (NCC-638) personnel|
|USS Grissom (NCC-42857, Excelsior-class)||Boyajian • M. Calhoun • Chu'lak • Cray • N. Kenyon • T. Kogutt • R. McLauren • T. Oliver • C. Parsons • P. Simons • Villers|
|IKS B'rel/IKS Qel'poH personnel|
|Klingon Empire, Klingon Defense Force
as IKS B'rel or IKS Qel'poH
|Kruge • Maltz • Torg • unnamed Klingons (gunners, sergeant, etc.)|
commandeered as HMS Bounty
|Pavel Chekov • James T. Kirk • Konom • Leonard McCoy • Saavik • Montgomery Scott • Spock • Hikaru Sulu • Nyota Uhura|
|Terran Empire, Starfleet
temporarily commandeered as HMS Bounty
|Pavel Chekov • Spock • Hikaru Sulu|
|USS Enterprise-A personnel|
|Arex • Allocca • Arons • Banks • Barnes • Bearclaw • Benson • Bloemker • Borkowski • Boyajian • Bryce • Bob • Bull • Burke • Cassano • Castille • Chapel • Chekov • Clev • Codobach • Coletti • Connors • Darwa • Davis • Dax • del Gaizo • Delaney • Delaney • Dietrich • J. Finney • Fisher • Flaherty • Fouton • Fucci • Galaym • Hazzard • Hernandez • Hicks • Hunter • Isenberg • Jackson • Kaminsky • Kirk • Kitty • Konom • Laria • Lawlor • Lee • Kathy Li • Ludlo • McCoy • McIntyre • McMurphy • Meyer • M'Ress • M'yra • Naraht • Newman • Palamas • Paul • Popov • Rasche • Romaine • Ryder • Saavik • Samno • Scott • Sherwood • Spock • Staci • Sterno • Sulu • T'Rin • Tooch • Tuchinsky • Uhura • Valeris • Wetherell • Yost • unnamed USS Enterprise-A personnel|