Star Trek by the Minute 017: Proud Mama!
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Amanda, human wife of Sarek and Spock's mother calls with a gentle smile: "Spock, c'mere. Let me see you", to which he says in a now adult voice and with a note of actual fear: "No." What? She's in the same room looking right at him and he's not going to walk over, but rather deny his mother's supportive request like a petulant human child? Quickly, she thinks of a logical rationale more compelling to the vulcan mind, and presents her reasoned justification for his consideration: "Spock," she repeats. Apparently, he has no response for such convincing and eloquent support for her request, so he walks over.
If we take Amanda's repetition as actual advocacy for Spock to meet with his mother, it would be classified as an "Ad nauseam" fallacy. Such arguments are based on the repetition of a single argument, usually ignoring other issues, like objections raised by critics. This tactic deliberately obfuscates in what wikipedia calls one where "logic and rationality is intentionally ignored in favour of preconceived (and ultimately subjective) modes of reasoning and rationality."
We see Spock is now an adult, and mom tells him: "There's no need to be anxious, you'll do fine." Naturally his reply is "I am hardly anxious, mother." One thing that was fabulous in this scene, as in most of film is the musical score: here a monastic chant background gives an ascetic feel appropriate for the vulcan aesthetic, with lighting, cinematography and sets of equally stunning quality. The quality of production is just incredible throughout, if only the story and activities depicted merited the care…
I cannot distinguish what Spock says next, but it sounds like something about "variable definitions" and "I find this unacceptable." In a very affectionate gesture, Spock takes his mother's hands in his own and looks into her eyes, "My I ask a personal query?" "Anything." "Should I choose to complete the vulcan discipline of kolinahr…" (what, is there a saurian version?) "…and purge all emotion, I trust you will not feel it reflects judgment upon you." Amanda bits her lip wistfully with "Oh Spock, as always: whatever you choose to be, you will have a proud mother." A sweet, romantic scene of family love, loyalty and happiness.
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