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# 1 Star Trek Parental Issues...
02-18-2012, 07:07 PM
I'm sensing some family issues in Star Trek. Let's take a look.

TNG (All characters have lost at least one parent. 7 mothers dead; 6 fathers dead)
Picard: Strained relationship with father; not much info on monther
Riker: Mom dead; Strained relationship with father.
Data: "Father" and "mother" were his creators; both die
Worf: Mother and father are dead
Geordi: Mother dead and father alive; but he was definitely a momma's boy
Troi: Father dead; mother is annoying
Beverly: Both parents dead
Tasha: Both parents dead
Wesley: Father dead

DS9 (4 mothers dead, one left; 2 fathers dead)
Sisko: Mother "dead"; Father is a stout creole cook
Kira: Mother and Father dead
Odo: Parents are evil galactic overlords
O'Brien: Mother dead; father initially disappointed, but later proudest man on Earth.
Jadzia: Lived with both parents growing up
Bashir: Strained relationship with parents
Quark/Rom: Father dead; mother is stubborn
Nog: Mother left; lived with father
Jake: Mother dead; lived with father
Ezri: Father unknown; strained relationship with mother

VOY (3 mothers dead; 4 fathers dead, one left)
Janeway: Father dies after her childhood; mother still alive
Chakotay: Raised by father; little info on mother
Tuvok: No info.
Doctor: Father was his creator
Torres: Father left; mother is Klingon
Kes: Species only lives eight years
Neelix: Raised by parents; both killed during war
Paris: Overbearing father; not much info on mother
Kim: Both parents living
Seven: Parents are assimilated; father presumed dead

ENT (3 fathers dead)
Archer: Father dies; not much info on mother
T'Pol: Father dies; strained relationship with mother
Tripp: Lived with both parents
Mayweather: Lived with both parents; father dies after launch of Enterprise
Hoshi: Has a mother; character was, sadly, poorly underdeveloped
Reed: Lived with father and mother
Phlox: Any definition of family cannot apply to that species

Fortunately, patricide seems to decrease with each new series. Although, fathers still bear the brunt of the deaths. The only exception to that trend was DS9, showing why that series was awesome. :p

Thoughts?
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# 2
02-18-2012, 07:17 PM
No info on TOS?
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# 3
02-18-2012, 07:25 PM
I know Kirk's brother (I think it was his brother) died and Chekov's brother was killed in a Klingon raid, but that's all I can remember at the moment.
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# 4
02-18-2012, 07:43 PM
I always thought Picard's strong cohesion with his senior officers and staff, and his very refined mannerisms, are due to adverse experiences of some kind.


In RL I have 'issues' with parents too (and no Dad either) so I tend to forge very close bonds to colleagues in my line of work.
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# 5
02-18-2012, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by twg042370
No info on TOS?
Not enough to build it out. The show was about Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. They were the only ones to get a real backstory.
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# 6
02-18-2012, 11:19 PM
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I know Kirk's brother (I think it was his brother) died and Chekov's brother was killed in a Klingon raid, but that's all I can remember at the moment.
if you'll remember, chekov didn't have a brother. that was a false memory he was given by that entity in day of the dove
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# 7
02-18-2012, 11:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Rhodes85 View Post
if you'll remember, chekov didn't have a brother. that was a false memory he was given by that entity in day of the dove
Strangely I forgot that. It's weird since that's one of my favorite episodes.

I can remember Chekov's attack on the Klingons and Kirk mentioning it, but, apart from that, everything else is a blank [at least concerning Chekov and his "brother"].
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# 8
02-19-2012, 12:43 AM
TOS / Star Trek 2009

Kirk - Father George Kirk deceased (U.S.S. Kelvin) / mother Winona Kirk deceased (died in a fire in Riverside Iowa)

David Kirk/Marcus - Died before parents (Father - James T Kirk Died saving the universe / Mom - Carol Marcus Unknown)

Peter Kirk - James T Kirk nephew - Father George Samuel Kirk & mother Aurelan Kirk both deceased - killed by a parasite

Spock - Mom Amanda Grayson dies of old age or Killed when Vulcan exploded (Take your pick) / father alive

McCoy - Father David McCoy murdered by his son via euthanasia / Mom unknown

Scotty - Parents Unknown

Chekov - father Andrei Chekov (speculation that he died from old age / Mom unknown)

Uhura - Parents unknown

Hikaru Sulu - Parents Unknown

Demora Sulu - Father Hikaru Sulu (alive) / mom unknown
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# 9
02-19-2012, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by BlackV7
TOS / Star Trek 2009

Spock - Mom Amanda Grayson dies of old age or Killed when Vulcan exploded (Take your pick) / father alive
I'm pretty sure Spocks father died in an episode of TNG. I remember a scene where Picard passed along his memories to Spock through a mind meld.
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# 10
02-19-2012, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Clobbertime View Post
I'm pretty sure Spocks father died in an episode of TNG. I remember a scene where Picard passed along his memories to Spock through a mind meld.
I was focusing on their lives during the series itself. Sarek did die during TNG, but Spock was pushing 160 himself.
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