Goodbye, Kirstie Alley, rest in peace Lt. Saavik (Star Trek news).

Goodbye, Kirstie Alley, rest in peace Lt. Saavik, as the sad news reaches us that Kirstie has passed away of cancer, aged 71.

Kirstie Alley, known for her role as Rebecca Howe on “Cheers,” made her big-screen debut in 1982 when she landed the role of Lt. Saavik in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” This was a significant role for Alley, not only because it was her first film role, but also because Saavik was the first Vulcan character who wasn’t Spock to receive extensive screen time in a “Star Trek” movie.

In the movie, Saavik takes the Kobayashi Maru test, a simulation every potential Starfleet captain must endure as a test of their ability to handle a no-win scenario. While Vulcans are known for their lack of emotion, Saavik reveals that they are capable of emotion, just usually good at hiding it. In a moment of frustration during the test, she utters a controlled but audible “Damn.” This small moment of emotion adds depth to the character and showcases Alley’s acting range.

Fans loved Alley’s portrayal of Saavik and wanted Paramount to bring the character back for future films. However, Alley had other plans and did not reprise the role (they low-balled her at the studio, insultingly offering her less money for future films than she got for doing the first movie). Instead, she went on to star in the hit sitcom “Cheers” and appear in over 70 movies and TV shows throughout her career.

Alley’s children announced her passing on Monday, stating that she recently lost her battle with cancer. She will be remembered for her role on “Cheers” as well as her memorable debut in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” Her portrayal of Saavik was a standout moment in the film and a highlight of her acting career.

Goodbye, Kirstie Alley, rest in peace Lt. Saavik (Star Trek news).
Goodbye, Kirstie Alley, rest in peace Lt. Saavik (Star Trek news).

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