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July 06, 2004


Lt. Saavik is revealed to be half-Romulan in a STAR TREK II special preview featurette. Rabbinical debate has broken out as to the canonical status of the find.

Hence the question: is this footage considered canon? It was not utilized in any released version of the film, though it was filmed during the film's production, and the references to Saavik's Romulan heritage are part of the expanded Star Trek universe. This footage would likely be considered apocryphal, since technically it was not included in any version of the film.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 6, 2004 08:47 AM

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I'll leave the Saavik controversy for the serious fans, but I will say that The Wrath of Khan is hands down the best Star Trek movie. Great story, and a space battle that actually gives some thought to tactics!

Posted by: Varenius at July 6, 2004 02:34 PM

I believe it's generally considered canon. It was present (and a significant plot point) in the novelization of the movie, for example.

Posted by: John Thacker at July 6, 2004 05:10 PM

The linked article mentions the novelization as supporting evidence. The novels are * not * canon, however, in the Star Trek continuity unlike the various Star Wars novels that are all supposedly Lucas approved.

Posted by: Flea at July 6, 2004 05:14 PM

That scene was shown on Merv Griffin when William Shatner was a guest before the movie was released (yes, I'm dating myself) so I went into the movie knowing Savvik was half Romulan. The scene was reinserted the first time it aired on TV many years ago, along with the scene where we discover the dead midshipman was actually Scottie's nephew.

Vonda Macintyre who did the novelization of the moive was a guest at a con I was at, and she said the movie novelizations were canon. At least hers were, that may have changed later on. She was the one that gave Sulu his first name and the PTBs kept it.

Yes, I'm a geek. So? :)

Posted by: Ith at July 7, 2004 08:38 PM

Ah-HAH! Yet another reason to hate Saavik! The first one being, of course, the use of Kirstie-Freakin-Allie to portray her.

Worst. Character. EVER.

Posted by: david at July 8, 2004 03:54 PM