Nerd Candy: Tuvok

Since we're doing the whole Trek thang, I figured I'd give a shout-out to my main man over here.

As a kid watching Star Trek: Voyager, I just wanted to see Harry Kim, and wistfully gaze upon his full, pouty lips.  As a child, I didn't really notice Tuvok; he was too "brainy" for me and I couldn't grasp the complexity of logic.  As an adult, of course, I quickly to grew to like Tuvok, and immensely so.

You can't go wrong with a Vulcan

Vulcans are a sexy species, and every nerd knows it.  Portrayed by versatile and veteran thespian Tim Russ, Tuvok was a well-groomed speciman with milk chocolate skin, beautiful elfen ears, and a stoically, dignified face.  His speech pattern was crisp and precise, with the strict tones of a disciplinarian - very sexy.  Everything he said was highly intelligent and he was oh-so-elegant at all times.

And let's not forget, as a Vulcan he had superior speed, strength, intelligence, and a libido which increased with age.

His personality was complex

Tuvok was a pretty fleshed-out character, which is difficult to do with Vulcans since they're basically supposed to be unemotional statues that talk.  Even so, the writers cleverly reasoned that every Vulcan has some dominant personality trait/personal issue they can never fully repress.  With Spock from ST: TOS, it was his inner conflict over being a human-Vulcan hybrid.  With Tuvok, it's his hilarious and utterly ruthless sarcasm.  Whenever he fired off one of his stinging quips, I couldn't help but imagine how infuriating he must've been as a teenager.

Like most Vulcans, Tuvok was an honorable person, a selfless officer, and a vegetarian pacificist who could play a brilliant game of chess.

He loved his woman

Tuvok's unflinching, uncompromising marital fidelity was one of his most attractive qualities. No one could come between him and wife T'Pel which, upon glimpsing her, was always understandable.

Separated from her for seven years, unsure of ever seeing her again, Tuvok remained staunchly faithful.  He was even hesitant to sleep with a holographic version of her - that's how deep his loyalty his was.

Men...feel free to take some notes.

Comments

  1. Well put. The funniest, most intelligent character in the series. Yet also flawed (almost disturbingly at times - they never went into it much beyond one or two episodes).

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  2. He's much cooler than Spock. Yea, I said it. lol

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  3. I agree with ThePerth. I think he came out way more "human" than Spock who was half-human.

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  4. You know what's interesting for me reading this is that it reminds me of how much I tried to emulate Vulcans (and in some respects still do) in my day to day.

    Because I was regularly placed in situations where I represented the entire black population be it job, school, whatever (ya'll know what I'm talking about), I constantly tried to be "perfect" to debunk the horrible stereotypes that we face and to properly represent us of Nubian descent. Had to work twice as hard to garner a fraction of the accolades. Vulcans, a race of people who were exceptional in everything was something I aspired to.

    While I never got into Voyager, I respected Tuvok on that end. For that matter that's probably why I related to 7 of 9 the most as well.

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  5. @ Vivi & The Perth

    I think being stuck on a ship of humans so far away from home wore thin at times for Tuvok.

    @ Blaque Ink

    I'm upset they never found an excuse to introduce these two. Would've been very interesting. I like how Tuvok didn't have the whole "hybrid" conflict.

    @ neo-prodigy

    You know what's interesting for me reading this is that it reminds me of how much I tried to emulate Vulcans (and in some respects still do) in my day to day.

    Really?

    For that matter that's probably why I related to 7 of 9 the most as well.

    When they tried to make her that perfect, all-powerful blonde, I lost interest.

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  6. I watched Voyager avidly when it first came out and really admire, respected and loved the Tuvok character. I later even bought boxed episodes of the final two seasons So I can relate to what you and most people are saying here. However...As the series progressed I became less and inspired. The main reason: He became, or was portrayed as, little more than Captain Janeways Lap Dog!. He was just to obedient to her. He lost his own sense of independence unlike the characters 7 0f 9 or Chakotay.

    My respect shifted to Chakotay as he at least presented himself as more of a match for Janeway which is probably why he ended up seducing 7 of 9 instead of Tuvok who probably would have overlooked his vows if Janeway had "ordered" him to come to her captain's quarters this instant!

    A shame really because Tuvok and 7 0f 9 where made for each other. A logic both of them would have found difficult to fault. And we all know any self respecting Black Vulcan male would have "hit" 7 0f 9 given half a chance.Vows or no vows!!! Which is why Chakotay, among other things, gets my greater respect.

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  7. @ Kwamla

    And we all know any self respecting Black Vulcan male would have "hit" 7 0f 9 given half a chance.Vows or no vows!!! Which is why Chakotay, among other things, gets my greater respect.

    So...lemme get this straight. The black woman writes an homage to a respectable to black male character, and another black man comes on here to talk him cheating on his black wife with a blonde bimbo.

    *nods*

    And people wonder why I don't do this very often.

    I was seriously considering doing another homage to Captain Benjamin Sisko/Avery Brooks, but I'm going to just take this as a sign from the gods that I should probably skip it.

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  8. *So...lemme get this straight. The black woman writes an homage to a respectable black male character, and another black man comes on here to talk about him cheating on his black wife with a blonde bimbo.

    *sigh*

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  9. I was seriously considering doing another homage to Captain Benjamin Sisko/Avery Brooks, but I'm going to just take this as a sign from the gods that I should probably skip it.

    Don't you let others' opinions sway you. Do an homage to Captain Sisko. He's the shit, and he deserves the love. Some people can't help being stupid, you know. But it has nothing to do with you.

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