Monday, April 25, 2016

Favorite Lines, Favorite Characters: U is for Uhura

Welcome to the A-to-Z Challenge, peeps!  Participating bloggers have worked hard to keep this thing going this month, if they can. Hang tight with us, in case we need someone with CPR on hand. Thanks to Arlee Bird for creating this challenge!

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My themes is Favorite Characters, Favorite Lines and I'm keeping it short and sweet with my daily offerings. Today is U!

Uhura was the much loved communications officer on the original Star Trek televisions series and several subsequent movies. Multiculturalism and diversity in the 60s was just getting started and hats off to Star Trek to do their part. Without the combination of characters, backgrounds, ethnicity, races, and intergalactic squabbles, it just wouldn't have been the same. 

In an era with few spotlighted black actresses on television, Uhura rocked it with intelligence and space feminism.

U is for Uhura!

Spock: [standing across Lt. Uhura before he and Kirk are about to be beamed onto the Romulan warship] I will be back. 
Uhura: [leaning in] You better be! I'll be monitoring your frequency. 
Spock: [actually quite emotional] Thank you, Nyota. 
James T. Kirk: [after Uhura leaves] So her first name's Nyota? 
Spock: I have no comment on the matter. 

Sulu: I'll protect you, fair maiden. 
Uhura: Sorry, neither. 

Uhura: [catches Kirk hiding under her roommate's bed] You! 
James T. Kirk: [scheduled to take the Kobayashi Maru test the next day] Big day tomorrow. 
Uhura: [throws his clothes at him] You're gonna fail. 

Uhura [speaking of tribbles]: 
They do give us one thing, Mr. Spock. They give us love.

[From the Mirror, Mirror episode, 1967]
Mirror Sulu: You live dangerously, lady. 
Uhura: So do you, mister, so do you. 

But why should I object to that term, sir? 
You see, in our century, we’ve learned not to fear words


  1. Interesting and what a fine name that is. Greetings!

  2. She was one of my favorite characters on the show!!

  3. She was a favorite of mine.

    cheers, parsnip

  4. She was hot back then. Great character

  5. Uhura was a role model, not for smooching with the captain--though it was groundbreaking--but for being there and being an important character.


  6. Uhura made the right choice to stay on the Star Trek series.
    Thought a 'minor' character, she proved to be very valuable in the Star Trek films. Hope you don't mind me sharing my favourite Uhura moment.

    Mr. Adventure: That's Admiral Kirk, my God!
    Uhura: Very good for you, Lieutenant.
    Mr. Adventure: But it's damned irregular. No destination points, no encoded ID's.
    Uhura: All true.
    Mr. Adventure: So what are we gonna do about it?
    Uhura: I'm not gonna do anything about it. You're gonna sit in the closet.
    Mr. Adventure: The *closet*? Have you lost your sense of reality?
    Uhura: This isn't reality.
    [Turns a phaser on him]
    Uhura: This is fantasy. You wanted adventure, how's this? The old adrenaline going, huh? Good boy. Now get in the closet.
    Mr. Adventure: All right...
    Uhura: Go on.
    Mr. Adventure: I'll just get in the closet. All right! Damn!
    [Falls into the closet and shuts the door]
    McCoy: I'm glad you're on *our* side!
    Kirk: [Pointing to the closet] Are you sure you can handle...?
    Uhura: Oh, I'll have "Mr. Adventure" eating out of my hand, sir. And I'll see all of you at the rendezvous.

  7. She's a wonderful character and it's great that the new movies are able to capture her spirit while not trying to imitate Nichelle Nichols performance.

  8. I never knew Uhura had a first name. BTW, I'm wearing a Star Trek t-shirt right now.

  9. Love Star Trek! She sure was a beauty. She was one of my favorites.

    Michele at Angels Bark

  10. She really is beautiful and a great member of the cast.

  11. Groundbreaking role in those days. I didn't know her first name until now. Thanks for the disclosure.

  12. They say the test of any alphabet challenge is the Z. Can't wait to see what you've got for us there. U done well for U.

  13. Love this character and found her so exotic looking. Nichelle Nichols got a fan letter from Martin Luthar King Jnr.

  14. The Tribbles episode is my 2nd favorite in the series. (1st is when Kirk falls in love with social worker in 1930s). Have been re-watching this series with hubby. We noticed Uhura seemed uncomfortable in her short uniform. Saw her pull down when she sat.


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