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Sarek (pronounced /ˈsærɛk/) is a fictional character in the Star Trek media franchise. He is a Vulcan astrophysicist, the Vulcan ambassador to the United Federation of Planets, and father of Spock. The character was originated by Mark Lenard, who had previously portrayed a Romulan Commander in another episode of the original series.

Actor Jonathan Simpson played a younger Sarek in a brief scene in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, with voice-over provided by Lenard. Ben Cross portrayed Sarek in the 2009 motion picture Star Trek.

The character appears in the original Star Trek series, the animated series, four Star Trek movies, two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and numerous Star Trek novels and comics.


Character biography

Star Trek (original series)

Sarek was born in 2165.[1] He is the son of Skon of Vulcan and a never-identified spouse. Solkar, Sarek's grandfather (Skon's father) was the first Vulcan ambassador to Earth, and was the captain of the Vulcan survey ship T'plana'hath which made first contact with Earth. (Star Trek: First Contact) [2] Sarek was married twice, and had two sons. Prior to his first marriage, he had a relationship with the Vulcan princess, T'Rea, which produced Sarek's first son Sybok, a character not developed until the fifth feature film in the late 1980s. Sarek later married Amanda Grayson, a native of the planet Earth. After Amanda's death, Sarek married Perrin, also human, who survived his death. Sarek and Perrin had no children.

Sarek's second son, Spock, entered Starfleet Academy. Sarek opposed the decision, and the two were estranged for 18 years. Following an Enterprise mission where Spock helped save Sarek's life, father and son reconciled.

Sarek has had many diplomatic successes. Throughout each series and film, Sarek is shown to have great compassion for humanity and Earth. The underlying message of his character is a juxtaposition of deep caring, love and compassion against the steel of pure logic.

In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Sarek asks Kirk to bring Spock's body back along with his katra, or living essence, to Vulcan. Having died heroically in Wrath of Khan, Spock placed his katra in the mind of his friend Leonard McCoy for safekeeping. The Genesis Device had regenerated Spock's body and restored his life, and he is returned to his home planet where Sarek asks the priestess T'Lar to perform a fal-tor-pan, reuniting Spock's mind and body. In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, when Spock and the rest of Kirk's crew return to Earth and save it from destruction before being largely exonerated at their subsequent trial, Sarek had a private audience with his son. Sarek admitted he was wrong in opposing his son's induction into Starfleet, praising his comrades as people of good character.

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