Spock will have a new name for Strange New Worlds
New posters for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds have revealed that Spock is no longer Spock, but instead, S’chn T’Gai Spock, which seemingly goes against the narrative set decades ago by Star Trek. The notion that Vulcans had family names were created in the 26th episode of Star Trek: TOS “This Side of Paradise” but was unpronounceable. This was again revisited in the 40th episode of the series, “Journey to Babel”.
The family name for Spock isn’t new, but it was never canon before this revelation in the Strange New Worlds poster. The first name/family name of Spock was first published in the non-canon book “Ishmael“, released in 1985, and was never again really mentioned.
Certainly not in anything cannon. The revelation of Spocks’ “first name” has many fans upset and possibly rightfully so. It is another item that Alex Kurtzman and Paramount have opted to tinker with for the sake of doing so.
Unnecessary changes to characters will always upset fans
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is supposed to be the show that bridges classic Trek and Nu Trek into a single, uniform show, for all to enjoy. That seems less and less likely to happen. That’s mostly because they’re going back to established lore and changing it for the sake of changing it.
Spock never had a canonical second name, he also never had an adoptive human sister either. These were needless changes to the show’s history, done specifically because those in charge thought it would be “cool” to do so.
Some like it, some haven’t. Those who like it aren’t wrong for liking it, and those who don’t like aren’t wrong for disliking it.
By changing established content into something new or different, you’re effectively saying it wasn’t good enough as is. Fans don’t like being told the thing they love wasn’t good enough, and that’s why it was changed. It isn’t just something Star Trek has done either.
George Lucas is among the worst offenders of this, creating and re-editing new content to add to Star Wars. It’s gotten so bad that now at the end of Return of the Jedi, Haden Christensen is now seen at the end of the movie alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda.
I like Christensen, Jumper was a dope movie, but he was like four years old when Return of the Jedi came out.
Stop screwing around with established lore. If you want your own Star Trek idea, put it in the future where there is no established continuity to worry about. Otherwise, all you’re going to do is further divide the fanbase.
Why you would actively want to divide the fanbase is beyond me.