Could T’Pol possibly appear in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds?
Fans want to see Jolene Blalock return to the world of Star Trek in the character she portrayed for five seasons on Star Trek: Enterprise. T’Pol was a Vulcan of a different sort, a little more in touch with her emotions than Mr. Spock, but those differences were based upon the choices of writers and producers in Enterprise. Since the series ended in 2005, fans have wanted to see T’Pol back on the screen, and Screenrant postulates that it could happen in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
Blalock appeared at Star Trek Day in September 2021 which was the first time she’d been in anything Trek-related for a long time, and this has led fans to believe the actress might be open to even the briefest of appearances in the upcoming Trek series which debuts on Paramount+ in May 2022.
The time period of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds introduces the possibility of T’Pol’s appearance
Strange New Worlds is set in 2250. That would make T’Pol somewhere around 150 or so, and since Vulcans are long-lived (Spock’s father, Sarek, died at 202), it could be possible for her to appear and to make a connection with Spock (Ethan Peck) which is something fans have longed for.
But the question is could the series make it work without it seeming to be a way to draw in Enterprise fans to Strange New Worlds? There would have to be a strong reason for introducing a 150-year-old Vulcan into the mix, even if it’s only for a short appearance. And though Screenrant is right in that it would be a major Star Trek event to bring T’Pol and Spock together, perhaps this is something best aimed for the second season.
Though there are many legacy characters we’d love to see on Strange New Worlds, this new series looks like it’ll be more than capable of standing on its own and should be given the chance to do so, at least for the first season. It’s going to be reminiscent of Star Trek: The Original Series, and that show broke ground for the entire franchise. Let’s see what this series can do without relying on characters that have already found their place in Star Trek.