Originally Posted by Phil
Another question - Starlog and official Tie-In magazines and such told me over and over in 1982 that Saavik was half-Romulan. But no mention of it in the movie; human eyebrows; cries during Spock's funeral. (As do I. Every time. Aw.) What gives?
I'd always assumed that it was her Romulan half crying. But I think I know why Bennett and Meyer continue to to this day to reference her Romulan half in interveiews and conversations despite the fact we never see/hear heritage mentioned.
In 2002 at a 20th Anniversary WOK screening, the panel (a Moderator, Harve Bennett, Nick Meyer, Walter Koening, and George Takei) took questions from the audience. I witnessed the following exchange:
FAN: "Yes, Mr. Meyer. Before the release of WOK I remember seeing photo stills in STARLOG that showed Saavik and Spock walking through the arboretum. Saavik was holding a book and her hairstyle and uniform were different. They were stills I'd never seen before or since. Was it a deleted scene?"
FAN: "Well, that scene never showed up on the TV broadcast or the DVD release. Can you tell us what it was about, where it is, and where we might see it?"
MEYER: "I can't recall what the scene was about; it was so long ago. But as to where it is now, I do have an answer: the cutting room floor."
Chuckles from the audience.
MODERATOR: "That seems to happens quite a bit in film. Next question..."
As another guy starts asking the next question:
FAN (yelling in accusatory tone): "Well, where is
it, Nick? Huh? Where is
it? Why won't you tell us?"
Someone finally "shushed" the guy.
My point is that there are several scenes in WOK that we never saw even on the DVD. Maybe it was during this scene that Spock councils Saavik about controlling her emotions/Romulan side and you find out that she's a half-breed. I read the novelization a loooong time ago, but I'm betting there's a dialogue scene where it's mentioned. If there is, it's not a stretch to assume it's based on a deleted scene. Either way, Saavik's heritage not being mentioned in the final cut would be a great question to ask Bennett or Meyer about.
On another trivia note. Does anyone remember the TNG 2nd season episode "Sarek" (written by Steve "Howard the Duck" Gerber)? In the teaser, someone asks Picard if he's ever met Sarek before. Picard replies, "Once, at his son's wedding." Meaning Spock's wedding. Well, when STAR TREK VI was announced in the trades, They quoted a blurb from Nick Meyer who said "It's about Spock falling in love."
Now, since we know that Saavik was originally in ST VI, I wonder if Spock fell in love with her in one of the early drafts. The early drafts were written by Meyer's assistant, Denny Martin Flynn (R.I.P.) from notes/treatment wired from Meyer while he was in London finishing up COMPANY BUSINESS. He and Nimoy came up with the concept together. Given that they bonded during Pon Farr in ST III, Spock falling in love and being betrayed by Saavik in the end makes perfect sense (and great drama).
In the TREK novels, post NEMESIS, Ambassador Spock IS married to Saavik. Hence the tie in with TNG episode. I haven't read those books but I remember reading a review on Amazon.
I've been dying to read those early ST VI drafts for years but could never find them. I do know that they were much larger in scope (the gravity boot mystery was something else and took place on a different planet, not the Enterprise
). But that's another question to ask Meyer about.