Spock was a woman

As it turns out Spock was originally a woman.

In the Star Trek pilot “The Cage” Enterprise’s second in command was a woman, known only as Number One. However, the TV station decided that the audience would not accept a series with an alien AND a woman on a starship and thus decided to leave the male alien. It was easier to accept a green-blooded pointy-eared alien than a woman in command (no surprises here). Her character was therefore merged with Spock, making him the first officer on Enterprise and giving him the cool, highly logical demeanor of his female predecessor.

I would really like to see Star Trek as it would be if they didn’t scratch this character. She might have become the most interesting heroine of sf.

More about Number One.


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2 Responses to Spock was a woman

  1. Robert says:

    In retrospect, it’s probably good that they folded and changed the character. Not only has star trek inspired technological advances such as the cell phone, the show went on to have several prominent female characters, such as Uhura, Beverly Crusher, Dax, and finally *Captain* Janeway. It even had one of the first televised interracial kissing scenes. If the show had been cancelled before it even aired, society would never have seen any of this.

    • weirdism says:

      It’s great that the show was accepted and produced – no doubt about that:) It’s just a shame that we had to wait so long for some strong female characters in sf – and Numbe One, in my opinion, was a missed opportunity.

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