Spock (AOS)

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Character
Name: Spock
Occupation: StarFleet Officer
Title/Rank: Science Officer/First Officer (former Acting Captain)
Location: U.S.S. Enterprise
Status: Alive
Relationships: Father Ambassador Sarek
Mother Amanda Grayson (deceased)
Girlfriend Nyota Uhura
Fandom: Star Trek Reboot
Other: played by the actor Zachary Quinto
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The alternate timeline version of Spock is a lead character in the Star Trek (2009) film.

See Spock (TOS) for comparison.

How Spock is presented in reboot fanworks differs from The Original Series, as in the alternate timeline canon in a short span of time he loses his mother Amanda Grayson, the planet he grew up on, his equanimity while commanding the Enterprise (in front of his father), and encounters the original timeline version of himself. Also, he has a girlfriend, Nyota Uhura, and doesn't much like Kirk.

Analysis of Spock

Compared to his TOS counterpart, reboot Spock is more raw and spirited even before he goes through so much personal tragedy. In selected sections of her meta essay Star Trek reboot: initial thoughts and randomness,[1] seperis makes a compelling argument as to why this Spock differs so much personality-wise to his alternate self:

Spock and Kirk, interestingly, get on a parallel track they didn't have in Prime Universe; Spock and his temper have a stronger bonding experience due to (speculative) Vulcan xenophobia getting a kick in the ass at the appearance of Romulans thirty years too early and probably only a few years after his birth. Instead of just being a hybrid with a (lesser) human mother, he's a hybrid who is the son of a traitor to racial purity. That's two very, very different mindsets. It's kind of the difference between being British circa the nineteenth century with the noble savage nonsense and the Ku Klux Klan (alter deed in light of Vulcan's pacifism; the lynchings are all verbal). Spock was written off as not Vulcan enough--the entire scene in the Vulcan Science Academy was a long and torturous way for Vulcans to remind Spock he's not accepted for himself, but as a consolation prize, he can pretend in the Academy on the strength of being Sarek's--a Vulcan--son.

Spock may have some authority issues.

[...] There's also an indecent amount of parallelism: Spock's mother, Kirk's dad; Spock and Kirk's arguments; the change in upbringing that made Spock repress instead of controlling his emotions and anger expressed in violence while Kirk's upbringing had him searching out ways to express his anger in violence; the fact that both men go for the throat in a fight and do not pussyfoot around it.

[...] I think Spock brought up Kirk's father in a deliberate attempt to throw Kirk off enough a dispassionate argument and turn it from a judgment on Kirk's point that the test was in itself a cheat, since RL in infinite diversity cannot, by definition, be no-win, and turn it onto Kirk with a reputation for being a hothead.

(Actually, it was kind of brilliant a piece of manipulation if it hadn't been stopped short. There wasn't a logical reason at that point to bring up George Kirk at all in an argument regarding whether or not the simulation was a cheat; George Kirk had no bearing on whether or not something was wrong with the test. It was a direct hit on James Kirk to derail the argument away from "The test is a cheat and here is why" and to "James Kirk is a hothead and does shit like this; see how emotional he is? He can't be trusted. Get rid of him. And live long and prosper, fucker.")

(I tend toward thinking Spock has a scorched earth policy going on.)

[...] Whilst Pike enjoys Nero's hospitality, Spock goes to get his parents and the Vulcan elders, who are hanging out underground for reasons that I'm sure are important, and gets them back to the ship, sans his mother. Spock, who has had a lousy few days, loses his planet and his mother in one fell swoop. It sucks to be Spock. On his return, he orders them to go to Laurentian system for the rest of the fleet (why is the fleet there anyway?) and Kirk--disagrees.

[...] Kirk says argue the point, and Spock has him arrested. When Kirk starts fighting, he has him thrown off the ship.

(Like I said, this isn't reaction in moderation; this is scorched fucking earth. Mess with a test; get thrown out of the Academy. Rebel against ship authority, exile from the ship. For some reason, the perfectly serviceable brig wasn't quite enough. No. Put them in a pod and onto an ice planet.)

[...] It's interesting that Kirk manages to convey "Mindrape the Romulan" without ever mentioning how the hell he knew about mind melds and not actually ever referring to it. Spock, being--well, scorched earth Spock of lore, jumps all over that shit, and they split to carry out their plan of getting Pike and destroying Nero's ship.

[...] After returning to the ship, Kirk, in a stunning display of newfound mercy, offers to help Nero if he turns himself in. Spock, reprising his role as one who likes victory best when all the enemies are in their component parts, would rather skip to the component parts. And Nero refuses anyway, and there is destruction.

[...] In TOS, Spock was a restraining and cooling influence on the much more emotional Kirk. Their relationship was adversarial but not personally so; I find it unbelievably awesome that this is going to be the opposite. If Pike had searched the galaxy in this universe to find the one person who will do the same job without the same results, he could not have done better. This is two people who can compare and contrast their juvenile arrest records. This is two people who already have a habit of fighting personally and escalate each other to violence. Their intial reactions to being challenged by each other is already set in the habit of going for the throat first.

[...] Despite appearances, Uhura keeps Spock grounded in what makes him Vulcan, in a way; Kirk's what connects him to humanity's unrestrained passion. Spock makes Kirk fight for every inch, explain himself, wear himself out against something.

[...] I'm ridiculously in love with Spock. I mean, Kirk owned me from the start, but in TOS, Spock was awesome but he did not really--do it for me. Who knows why. Then this Spock is--wow. Just. I did not see that coming. Dear God.

Pairings

In slash fic, as in the Original Series, he is most commonly paired with Kirk (see Kirk/Spock (AOS)). However, there is a considerable body of Spock/Uhura fic that features his het canon pairing with Nyota Uhura, as well as occurring as a secondary pairing in fic where Kirk/McCoy is the main slash pairing. The threesome pairing Kirk/Spock/Uhura also crops up. In addition, Spock is sometimes paired with McCoy, and occasionally in a threesome of Kirk/Spock/McCoy.


photo art illustration of Reboot!Spock made by girlnamedpixley for fanfic War Games by seperis

Spock-centric Fanworks

Fanfiction

  • Every Hug by TheProblematique. Kirk/Spock slash.
  • Grandfather's House: The Memorial by Siskiyou. Spock & Sarek father and son relationship centric. In stories centered around his grandfather's home, Spock's family, Vulcan survivors and our favorite crew struggle to deal with the catastrophic changes caused by the Narada.
  • My Mother the Ambassador by NotesfromaClassroom . A Spock centric fanfiction where Spock sets the record straight with a series of stories about his parents. Spock/Uhura implied.
  • Observations by jAnon. An epic story depicting the deep space 5 year mission from Spock's POV. Kirk/Spock
  • Only Good for Legends by leupagus. AU where Detective Spock, born on Vulcan and resident of San Francisco, is assigned to the Midwest police bureau, where he meets (and slowly falls for) Kirk. Kirk/Spock
  • So Wise We Grow by Deastar. After the destruction of Vulcan, Spock takes on the duties of parent to the young son of T'Pring, his deceased betrothed, with Kirk as co-parent. Kirk/Spock
  • What We Don't Talk About by Ellen Fremedon. The complexities of Spock/Uhura after the destruction of Vulcan
  • Mission Impossible by Amanda Warrington written for the prompt: McCoy has fallen in love with Spock but can the doctor woo his man or will Spock be oblivious of his intentions? Spock/McCoy
  • Words Can Hurt but Doctors Can Heal by Pamdizzle. Spock is wrongly jealous of Kirk's behaviour and gets all pissy. McCoy comforts Kirk. Then they all have make-up sex. Kirk/Spock/McCoy.
  • In the Stars (I Will Rewrite Our Destiny) by heeroluva. Mirror!verse and Reboot!verse are both BDSM universes, but have very different takes on it. When Mirror!Spock finds himself stranded in an alternate universe, he’s shocked by the dissimilarity. In Kirk, can Spock to find the relationship he’s always wanted but could never have in his own universe? What will this do to the relationship between Kirk and McCoy? Kirk/Mirror!Spock & Kirk/McCoy
  • Three Equal Sides by mazaher. There's love enough for more than just two. Kirk/Spock/Uhura
  • Homecoming by Beederiffic. Jim wakes after an attack to find everything changed Kirk/Spock Spock!mpreg
  • Amok Time Rebooted by Elayna. Spock goes into pon farr. Kirk/Spock/Spock!Prime
  • Dreaming Through The Noise by penny_dreadful. Spock remembered far too well the first night he heard Jim's mental voice - close to dawn on a dreamless night and he was pulled away from his bed, to a dark, alien kitchen and a terrified, alien mind. Kirk/Spock, Spock/T'Pring, Spock/Chapel
  • Through The Looking Glass series by ladyblahblah Ri-telsu. Unbonded. Given the opportunity to secure an unquestioned ally, wouldn't you take it? Mirror!Kirk/Mirror!Spock
  • A Logical Solution by spookyfbi. Kirk needs to re-establish his dominance to the crew, so he publically punishes Miss Spock’s insubordination. d/s Kirk/girl!Spock

Resources

References

  1. Star Trek reboot: initial thoughts and randomness A meta essay by seperis.