Star Trek IV could have included more about Spock's baby

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After Spock and Lt. Saavik got to know each other much better in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, you could have been forgiven for thinking that something would come of it later on. And indeed, Robin Curtis says in a new interview that she expected a whole "Saavik is pregnant with Spock's baby" storyline in Star Trek IV and the following films.


Curtis tells that she had believed her character was "being groomed" for a major storyline in the films after Search for Spock, which she was contracted for. And she was disappointed when the studio kept dragging its feet about bringing her in to film scenes in Trek IV. She came to realize:

"They will not be following the storyline that we had been led to think they would," which was that Saavik would be pregnant and there'd be this whole connection between her and Spock. Lo and behold, all this hope that there might be greater involvement for the character turned into those few lines.


She also says that in Star Trek II, director and Nicholas Meyer and Saavik actor Kirstie Alley both pushed the idea that Saavik was half-Romulan. But in Star Trek III, director Leonard Nimoy decided that Saavik should be pure Vulcan. Image via TrekCore. [via TrekWeb]

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I never really understood why they brought back Saavik after Kirstie Alley quit. Robin Curtis doesn't look or act anything like Alley, and that bad '80s perm doesn't help much either.

I was intrigued to find out Nicholas Meyer intended the character of Valeris in Star Trek VI to be an older, more worldly wise version of Saavik, and even approached Alley about reprising the role, but had to create a new character when Gene Roddenberry nixed the idea, believing that audiences wouldn't accept Saavik as a traitor. (Though I guess it was okay to do that with Brock Peters' Admiral Cartwright.)