This one is loonng overdue my friends! Why? Because I loved Lt.Uhura.
I guess I have avoided it because this is hardly a new idea, and the
truth is there are no shocks on this list, if you’re as a big a Trek fan
as I am anyway. But last month Nichelle Nichols suffered a minor
stroke (she’s doing fine) and it got me thinking it was high time to
talk about my favorite character on here.
Nichols was a pioneer, being an African American woman to be a
regular on a sci fi series. And since I know that someone will mention
it if I don’t, she almost left the series too until she met Martin
Luther King Jr who pointed out what and influence she had. Women were
hardly shown to be in authority at that time, never mind African
American Women. And while you could argue that Uhura was shafted here
and there (how many time can you say “Hailing Frequencies open”?) when
she kicked ass, she really kicked ass! In fact this isn’t just a “top 5″
list, it’s a tribute to one of my favorite actress/characters ever!!
It comes down to this, NONE of the women on Trek would be where they
are without Uhura. Not Crusher, not Troi, and not Janeway. And more than
that, Nichelle Nichols was just freaking awesome!! She was tough, sexy,
and had a very pleasant soft side. She knew how enjoy herself and laugh
at things but when she was serious, she didn’t fool around. I loved
every scene she was in, even if she wasn’t doing much. People forget
that she joined the landing parties, took the helm three times, and was
always right in on the excitement. In “Who Mourns for Adonais?” she is
seen doing complicated repairs on the communication system, and Spock
even compliments her. In “I, Mudd” she faked out the androids in the
episode in a great moment when she claimed she wanted an android body,
but it was a clever ruse. In “Bread and Circuses” she provided the last
bit of exposition that Kirk, Spock, and McCoy had missed. Don’t believe
me? Watch this:
Not on the list because I hate the episode (though as
you’ll see that won’t stop me further down) but I wanted to include it
Heck even in a stupid moment like when she saw and cried over her
aged self in “And the Children Shall Lead” or in “The Changeling” she
had her memories wiped by Nomad and had to re-learn everything she was
still really awesome!
But now here are my favorite of all her moments. And this list is all
about Nichelle Nichols, so no examples from Uhura in the new Star Trek
movies. Not saying Zoë Saldaña was bad, just not counting them.
#5.The Tholian Web
This is a great episode from the 3rd season. Kirk is trapped in inter
space (or whatever) and Tholians are building a giant web. Ok, there is
a lot more than that but the best scene comes in a quiet moment. We see
Uhura in her quarters, which is a cool moment for several reasons. We
hardly ever saw her off duty and relaxing. Suddenly she sees Kirk in her
quarters, and knows he’s alive! She is thrilled and runs to share the
news. It’s a great moment and Nichelle Nichols herself has said this was
one of her favorite scenes. No wonder why.