Gad-Eshu'a (KiScon 2017)

Published on 02 Apr 2021 / In Film & Animation

A different look at Spock's pon farr in Amok Time and its consequences. Premiered at KiScon, the Kirk/Spock convention, in Los Angeles, 2017, during the Amok Time Reloaded vid competition.

Footage: Star Trek TOS, Star Trek TMP.
Music: "Showbiz" by Muse.
Thanks to Luminosity and Rhaegal for beta-watching!


This is a different, darker look at Spock's pon farr and its consequences. It shows that his deadly fight with Kirk was not just the result of Vulcan hormones running amok, but the culmination of inner and outer struggles and emotional turmoil that had been going on for much longer.

"Gad-eshu'a" is Vulcan for "daymare", described in the Vulcan Language Dictionary (VLD) as "a kind of incubus which occurs during wakefulness, attended by the peculiar pressure on the chest which characterizes nightmare." Not only Kirk, however, fills the role of being this incubus, but also Spock's own actions, regrets, and memories.

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