Blalock Hopes To Revisit Key StorylinesBy Caillan
March 28, 2003 - 6:44 AM
See Also: 'Shadows of P'Jem' Episode Guide
Jolene Blalock (T'Pol) said recently she would like Enterprise to follow up on some of the Vulcan storylines the show has explored during its first two seasons.
"I'd like to see the writers readdress [the ramifications of] 'Shadows of P'Jem'," Blalock told Star Trek Monthly's Ian Spelling (via Sci-Fi Pulse). "If the Vulcan High Command is superior and all-powerful and there's an element of it that is corrupt, I think that needs to be addressed. Right now, it's been put on the shelf for quite some time. I'd really like a chance to address that again, but I don't get much input. The writers are completely capable and they have a vision of where they're going."
One of the major T'Pol episodes this year was the much-publicised AIDS allegory, "Stigma", in which it was revealed the Vulcan officer had contracted a terminal illness from a mind-meld. The actress said the episode demonstrated the harsh realities of life.
"T'Pol is a responsible person and she's capable of taking responsibility for the role she played in the act [of contracting her illness]. So it's, 'This is where we're at and let's deal with the situation head on.' I completely agree with taking out the sympathy factor. [...] We are fallible, and we get diseases like AIDS. People need to get beyond shunning others and really just let someone in. Some of that, I hope, is addressed in 'Stigma'."
Blalock praised the writers for not resolving the issue in one episode, allowing for future outings to deal with T'Pol's affliction. "As of now I'm still ill, and that's good. This isn't a storyline that should be wrapped up in one episode. It's not a story where everyone lives happily ever after and moves on."
The full interview, in which the actress also talked about "The Seventh" and "A Night In Sickbay", can be found in issue 103 of Star Trek Monthly. Alternatively, excerpts are available here at Sci-Fi Pulse.