Bridge Officer Spotlight: We Could All Use A SpockMarch 10, 2010
Note: Cryptic uses the term “bridge officer crafting” in this interview about Star Trek Online, which I feel is accurate and appropriate. While it’s meant to describe the process of skilling up, as usual, my inner roleplayer takes it one step further. God knows conventional crafting is virtually non-existent in this game, so I have to take pride in my creations wherever I can.
I know I don’t have to be a fan of Star Trek or know much about it to enjoy Star Trek Online, but I’ve been making the effort to learn more about the IP ever since I started playing the game. Everybody is also constantly telling me that it’s so much better when you understand the context, and I’m inclined to agree. The missions Doomsday Machine and Guardian of Forever seem so much cooler now, for one thing. I also wish I’d had more background information when I first wrote my crew bios, for another. Anyway, there are several decades of TV shows and movies for me to go through, so naturally I started at the beginning. I’ve been on a Star Trek: The Original Series marathon since Sunday, and watched a few more episodes today. Then I re-watched the new ST movie. And then more TOS.
My Trekkie husband was pleased. “Star Trek really grows on you, doesn’t it?” he asked. Eh, well, sort of. The truth is, it’s Mr. Spock that has really grown on me. To hell with Captain Kirk, I’ve always had a soft spot for the geeky types.
I know every once in a while I have these moments where I get all gushy about something girly, and well, I’m sorry to have to say that now is one of those times. I admit it, I’m hot for Spock. He’s highly intelligent, adventurous and bold, has a good heart and a no-nonsense approach to getting the job done, and carries himself with a quiet, introspective dignity that just makes you want to jump on him, run your fingers through that shiny hair, and just ravish him up good. That’s seriously one sexy Vulcan. And no question about it, I want a Spock of my own aboard my starship…and then I realized, I sort of already have one.
Sleer is my Spock. He has reminded me of Spock even before I started watching the shows, and I suspect this is just another reason why I’m so attached to this Vulcan science officer. The others I could switch out at the drop of a hat if I had to, but not Sleer, not ever. Silly, I know, but he was my first ever bridge officer to join my crew and has been there since day one, and for that reason he holds a special place in my heart and I can’t bear the thought of ever removing him from my team. He’s not just a bunch of ground and space skills to me.
Like Spock, Sleer is the loyal officer who will always be by the captain’s side, constantly watching over T’Androma on every away mission. A Vulcan herself, T’Androma values efficiency above everything else and believes that sometimes violence is the most direct and hence logical approach. Sleer’s logical side, on the other hand, is of a “softer” nature. With it, he provides his captain with the balance required to maintain diplomacy, especially on those sensitive missions that could really do without something getting blown up. He’s her most adored companion, her first officer, her healer, her rock.
Also, Sleer got himself a little makeover yesterday. Because if there’s one thing sexier than Spock, it’s a Mirror, Mirror Spock.