Did You Know?: Tuvok had a behind the scenes hand in the Star Trek: Nemesis

1/3/98 Las Vegas, NV. Tim Russ ("Star Trek: Voyager") at the opening of Star Trek The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton.
1/3/98 Las Vegas, NV. Tim Russ ("Star Trek: Voyager") at the opening of Star Trek The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton. /

Star Trek: Voyager’s Tuvok was a background player during Star Trek: Nemesis.

Fans may well remember the critical failure that was Star Trek: Nemesis. It featured a clone Jean-Luc Picard, partnering up with Remans, to try to take over and overthrow the Romulan Empire. A staged coup was attempted and foiled by Picard, Data, and the rest of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

While it featured the marriage of William Riker and Deanna Troi, the death of Data, a huge battle between the Reman’s Scimitar ship and a tag team of the Romulans and the Enterprise, it was largely a forgettable movie. Even a cameo with now Admiral Kathryn Janeway couldn’t soften the rough exterior of the fans.

A pitch to include Seven of Nine never materialized and the movie was what it was. Not outright a bad film, but a massive amount of missed opportunities would best describe Nemesis.

It also could’ve featured a story or two that wasn’t explored in the films.

Star Trek: Voyager’s Tuvok had an urgent mission during Nemesis

While not explored in the film, there’s a book that takes place around the same time as Nemesis. In Star Trek: Titan’s first book, “Taking Wing”, Tuvok is sent undercover to Romulus to obtain and return Ambassador Spock from the planet, right at the same time Shinzon mounts his coup d’etat. Tuvok ends up getting found out and is captured for several weeks as the events of Nemesis come to a head.

After the events of the film, Tuvok is rescued by Spock, and eventually, the two are saved by now-Captain William Riker, who has since left the Enterprise and taken control of the U.S.S. Titan; the ship he’s famously captained in the beta-canon of the series.

The idea of Tuvok and Spock being involved during the proceedings kind of makes me wish this was a subplot in the movie. With Nemesis serving as the end of the Next Generation era of films, it almost seems silly that more of a push to get more characters from Voyager and Deep Space Nine into the film wasn’t attempted.

It could’ve created a super-film universe, but they opted not to.

Oh, what could’ve been.

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