Pulse (1988 film)
Pulse is a 1988 American science-fiction horror film written and directed by Paul Golding, drawing influence from previous works of science fiction and horror, starring Cliff De Young, Roxanne Hart, Joseph Lawrence, Matthew Lawrence. The film's title refers to a aggressive and intelligent pulse of electricity that terrorizes the occupants of a suburban house in Los Angeles, California; the film was produced through Columbia Pictures and the Aspen Film Society and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The titular Pulse and its accompanying elements were designed by Cinema Research. A aggressive, paranormal intelligence thriving within the electrical grid system of Los Angeles, California is moving from house to house, it terrorizes the occupants by taking control of the appliances, killing them or causing them to wreck the house in an effort to destroy it. Once this has been accomplished, it travels along the power lines to the next house, the terror restarts. Having thus wrecked one household in a quiet, suburban neighborhood, the pulse finds itself in the home of a boy's divorced father whom he is visiting.
It takes control of everything, injuring the stepmother, trapping father and son, who must fight their way out. Cliff De Young as Bill Rockland Roxanne Hart as Ellen Rockland Joey Lawrence as David Rockland Matthew Lawrence as Stevie Charles Tyner as Old Man Holger Dennis Redfield as Pete Robert Romanus as Paul Myron Healey as Howard Michael Rider as Foreman Jean Sincere as Ruby Terry Beaver as Policeman Greg Norberg as Policeman Tim Russ as Policeman The film was promoted by the taglines "It traps you in your house...then pulls the plug," "In every second of every day, it improves our lives. And in a flash, it can end them," and "the ultimate shocker." Pulse has a 62% approval rating at the online review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 13 reviews. The musical score for Pulse was composed by Jay Ferguson, who composed "Pictures of You" from the soundtrack to The Terminator and of "Prologue/Elm Street Kids", the main theme from A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child. Pulse on IMDb
Massively multiplayer online game
A massively multiplayer online game is an online game with large numbers of players from hundreds to thousands, on the same server. MMOs feature a huge, persistent open world, although some games differ; these games can be found for most network-capable platforms, including the personal computer, video game console, or smartphones and other mobile devices. MMOs can enable players to cooperate and compete with each other on a large scale, sometimes to interact meaningfully with people around the world, they include a variety of gameplay types. The most popular type of MMOG, the subgenre that pioneered the category, is the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, which descended from university mainframe computer MUD and adventure games such as Rogue and Dungeon on the PDP-10; these games predate the commercial gaming industry and the Internet, but still featured persistent worlds and other elements of MMOGs still used today. The first graphical MMOG, a major milestone in the creation of the genre, was the multiplayer flight combat simulation game Air Warrior by Kesmai on the GEnie online service, which first appeared in 1986.
Kesmai added 3D graphics to the game, making it the first 3D MMO. Commercial MMORPGs gained acceptance in early 1990s; the genre was pioneered by the GemStone series on GEnie created by Kesmai, Neverwinter Nights, the first such game to include graphics, which debuted on AOL in 1991. As video game developers applied MMOG ideas to other computer and video game genres, new acronyms started to develop, such as MMORTS. MMOG emerged as a generic term to cover this growing class of games; the debuts of The Realm Online, Meridian 59, Ultima Online and EverQuest in the late 1990s popularized the MMORPG genre. The growth in technology meant that where Neverwinter Nights in 1991 had been limited to 50 simultaneous players, by the year 2000 a multitude of MMORPGs were each serving thousands of simultaneous players and led the way for games such as World of Warcraft and EVE Online. Despite the genre's focus on multiplayer gaming, AI-controlled characters are still common. NPCs and mobs who give out quests or serve as opponents are typical in MMORPGs.
AI-controlled characters are not as common in action-based MMOGs. The popularity of MMOGs was restricted to the computer game market until the sixth-generation consoles, with the launch of Phantasy Star Online on Dreamcast and the emergence and growth of online service Xbox Live. There have been a number of console MMOGs, including EverQuest Online Adventures, the multiconsole Final Fantasy XI. On PCs, the MMOG market has always been dominated by successful fantasy MMORPGs. MMOGs have only begun to break into the mobile phone market; the first, Samurai Romanesque set in feudal Japan, was released in 2001 on NTT DoCoMo's iMode network in Japan. More recent developments are CipSoft's TibiaME and Biting Bit's MicroMonster which features online and bluetooth multiplayer gaming. SmartCell Technology is in development of Shadow of Legend, which will allow gamers to continue their game on their mobile device when away from their PC. Science fiction has been a popular theme, featuring games such as Mankind, Anarchy Online, Eve Online, Star Wars Galaxies and The Matrix Online.
MMOGs emerged from the hard-core gamer community to the mainstream in December 2003 with an analysis in the Financial Times measuring the value of the virtual property in the then-largest MMOG, EverQuest, to result in a per-capita GDP of 2,266 dollars which would have placed the virtual world of EverQuest as the 77th wealthiest nation, on par with Croatia, Tunisia or Vietnam. World of Warcraft is a dominant MMOG with 8-9 million monthly subscribers worldwide; the subscriber base dropped by 1 million after the expansion Wrath of the Lich King, bringing it to 9 million subscribers in 2010, though it remained the most popular Western title among MMOGs. In 2008, Western consumer spending on World of Warcraft represented a 58% share of the subscription MMOG market in 2009; the title has generated over $2.2 billion in cumulative consumer spending on subscriptions from 2005 through 2009. Within a majority of the MMOGs created, there is virtual currency where the player can earn and accumulate money.
The uses vary from game to game. The virtual economies created within MMOGs blur the lines between real and virtual worlds; the result is seen as an unwanted interaction between the real and virtual economies by the players and the provider of the virtual world. This practice is seen in this genre of games; the two seem to come hand in hand with the earliest MMOGs such as Ultima Online having this kind of trade, real money for virtual things. The importance of having a working virtual economy within an MMOG is increasing. A sign of this is CCP Games hiring the first real-life economist for its MMOG Eve Online to assist and analyze the virtual economy and production within this game; the results of this interaction between the virtual economy, our real economy, the interaction between the company that created the game and the third-party companies that want a share of the profits and success of the game. This battle between companies is defended on both sides; the company originating the game and the intellectual property argue that this is in violation of the terms and agreements of the game as well as copyright violation since they own the rights to how the online currency is distributed and through what channels.
The case that the third-party companies and their customers defen
Samantha Who? is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC from October 15, 2007 to July 23, 2009. The series was created by Cecelia Ahern and Don Todd, who served as producers. Although rated during its first season, the sitcom lost momentum and viewers throughout its second season, ABC canceled the show in May 2009; the series was produced by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Touchstone Television partnered with ABC Studios and executive produced by Christina Applegate, Donald Todd, Peter Traugott, Bob Kushell, Alex Reid, Marco Pennette. The show centered on Samantha Newly, a 30-year-old vice president of a real estate firm who develops retrograde amnesia after a hit and run accident. After awakening, she progressively realizes to her dismay that she had been selfish and unlikable before her accident, therefore sets out to make amends and become a better daughter to her somewhat dysfunctional parents and Regina, a better friend to self-centered Andrea, needy but well-meaning Dena, a better on-again, off-again girlfriend to her roommate and ex-boyfriend, Todd.
Wryly observing her transformation from "Old Sam" to "New Sam" is Samantha's bemused doorman, Frank. Produced by ABC Studios, Donald Todd Productions, Brillstein-Grey Television, the series was greenlit and given a thirteen-episode order on May 11, 2007; the show was named Sam I Am until ABC renamed it Samantha Be Good due to conflicts with the estate of Dr. Seuss. TV Guide reported that ABC had changed the title of the series once more to Samantha Who?. Early television promotions for the series, playing off of the concept of its lead character's amnesia, appeared without stating any specific title; the lack of stated title was attributed in promotions to Applegate's character not remembering the name of the series. The series premiered on October 15, 2007 at 9:30PM Eastern/8:30PM Central and moved to 9:00PM Eastern/8:00PM Central on Mondays on November 26, 2007. On October 25, 2007, ABC ordered six additional scripts for Samantha Who?. On October 30, 2007, ABC ordered a full season of 22 episodes for Samantha Who?.
However, due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, only 15 episodes were produced for season one. On February 11, 2008, ABC picked up Samantha Who? for the 2008-09 television season. On October 31, 2008, ABC ordered seven more episodes of Samantha Who? Bringing the total number of episodes for the show's second season to 20; the announcement came in advance of mandated budget cuts at ABC Studios. The series, filmed in the single-camera format, went on hiatus during the 2008–2009 television season and returned in a new timeslot on Thursday, March 26, 2009, following In the Motherhood before being pulled. On May 18, 2009, ABC announced that they would not be renewing Samantha Who? for a third season. ABC burned off the final episodes on Thursday nights at 8:00PM Eastern/7:00PM Central from June 25, 2009 until the finale on July 23, 2009. Pop began rebroadcasting the series in September 2011. Christina Applegate as Samantha "Sam" Newly Jennifer Esposito as Andrea Belladonna Kevin Dunn as Howard Newly Melissa McCarthy as Dena Tim Russ as Frank Barry Watson as Todd Deepler Jean Smart as Regina Newly In the following summary, "rating" is the percentage of all households with televisions that tuned to the show, "share" is the percentage of all televisions in use at that time that are tuned in.
"18-49" is the percentage of all adults aged 18–49 tuned into the show. "Viewers" are the number in millions, watching at the time. "Rank". Unless otherwise cited, the overnight rating, share, 18-49 and viewing information come from Your Entertainment Now; the weekly ranks come from ABC Medianet.† This episode started at 9:45PM, so the ratings are estimated and are the average of the 9:30 half-hour and the 10:00 half-hour. For the first six episodes of Samantha Who?, the show held the title of highest rated sitcom, a title, held by Two and a Half Men for the previous two television seasons. Samantha Who? was, for its first seven episodes, the highest rated sitcom which debuted during the 2007-2008 television season. Without a strong lead-in and paired with another failing ABC comedy In the Motherhood, Samantha Who?'s ratings dropped to lows of around 4 million in its second season. Seasonal rankings of Samantha Who? on ABC: Note: Each U. S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, or early June, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.
Samantha Who? First aired against fellow freshmen show K-Ville on FOX, it aired against Rules of Engagement on CBS, Heroes on NBC and The Game on The CW—each in their second season. This was for the first six episodes Samantha Who? Aired at 9:30pm. On November 26, 2007, Samantha Who? Shifted to the 9pm timeslot, its competition shifted from The Game to Girlfriends on The CW and from Rules of Engagement to Two and a Half Men on CBS. Sophomore sitcom Notes from the Underbelly assumed the 9:30pm position. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released the entire series on DVD in Region 1, they released season 1 on DVD in Region 2 & Region 4. Both seasons contain several special features including deleted scenes; the Region 1 releases have been discontinued and are o
The Mirror Universe is a parallel universe in which the plots of several Star Trek television episodes take place. It resembles the fictional universe in which the Star Trek television series takes place, but is separate from the main universe; the Mirror Universe has been visited in one episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, five episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, a two-part episode of Star Trek: Enterprise and a storyline in Star Trek: Discovery, as well as several non-canon Star Trek tie-in works. It is named after "Mirror", the original series episode in which it first appeared; the characters in the Mirror Universe are aggressive and opportunistic in personality. Whereas the Star Trek universe depicts an optimistic future in which the Earth-based United Federation of Planets values peace, co-operation and exploration, episodes set in the Mirror Universe feature the human-dominated authoritarian Terran Empire which values war and conquest instead. In Star Trek: Discovery, it is noted.
The Mirror Universe was first introduced in the original Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror", which featured the brutal Terran Empire, managed by humans and their Vulcan allies, in place of the United Federation of Planets. The Mirror Captain Kirk of the ISS Enterprise was a mass murderer, promoted to Captain after assassinating Captain Christopher Pike. Discipline aboard starships was enforced through agony agonizers carried by crewmembers. Officers were barbaric in behavior and advanced in rank by killing superiors who they thought were incompetent. Roman/Nazi-style military salutes were used by crewmembers to show loyalty to their captain; the episode established the goatee as a visual marker for an evil version of a character. The Mirror Universe was revisited in the Deep Space Nine second-season episode "Crossover", turned into a story arc that spanned into the final season, with five Mirror Universe episodes over the course of five seasons; the series reveals that when exposed to individuals from the normal universe, the Terran Empire began to reform itself for the better, but was overthrown in the 23rd century by an alliance of alien species who took advantage of the Empire's self-weakening and conquered it, enslaving humans and Vulcans in the process.
A two-part episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, entitled "In a Mirror, Darkly", introduces the early developments of the Mirror Universe. The first season of Star Trek: Discovery has a storyline involving the Mirror Universe. Captain Gabriel Lorca, commander of the USS Discovery, is discovered to be an inhabitant of the Mirror Universe on account of his intolerance to bright light, a genetic trait common to all humans from the Mirror Universe. In addition to the television episodes, a number of ancillary tie-in works make use of the Mirror Universe setting; these works may contradict continuity as established in the television episodes, are not considered canon. The Star Trek: Stargazer novel Three by Michael Jan Friedman features the Mirror Universe; the Star Trek: The Next Generation book Dark Mirror, written by Diane Duane, offers another explanation of what happened after Captain Kirk and three of his crew encountered the Mirror Universe. In the novel, the Empire is still in existence in the 24th century.
The point of divergence appears to be the Eugenics Wars where the genetic supermen were not defeated and turned on each other resulting in atomic war, but works dating back to the days of ancient Greece supporting the Empire's current mindset are noted. Various novels have been set in the Deep Space Nine version of the Mirror Universe, including a trilogy by William Shatner, which reveals the Mirror Kirk is still alive and plotting to reconquer the Empire. Two collections of Mirror stories were published in 2007: the first involves Mirror Enterprise, TOS and TNG and the second features Mirror DS9, Voyager and New Frontier. A third collection, entitled Shards and Shadows, was released in January 2009; the Mirror Universe storyline was concluded in the novel Rise Like Lions, released in November 2011. A further story taking place in the Mirror Universe, Section 31 - Disavowed, was released in October 2014. A number of Star Trek games reference it. Among them, the first-person shooter Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force, the massively multiplayer online game Star Trek Online, the battle simulator Star Trek: Shattered Universe, set in the Mirror Universe, Decipher's Star Trek Roleplaying Game and Star Trek: Attack Wing.
The Mirror Universe Saga is a trade paperback that reprints eight issues of DC Comics' Star Trek comic book chronicling an encounter between the Mirror Universe and the Prime Universe. It is set after the events of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; the series was drawn by Tom Sutton & Ricardo Villagrán. This version postulates the divergence of history to start at the time of the Earth-Romulan War, with the conquest of Earth by the Romulans; the concept of a morally inverted universe had been pioneered by DC Comics in 1964, three years before Star Trek adopted the idea, in the Justice League of America story "Crisis on Earth-Three" written by Gardner Fox. The fan-produced web series Star Trek Continues included an episode set in the Mirror Universe called "Fairest of Them All"; the South Park episode "Spookyfish" is a parody of the Mirror Universe in Star Trek, complete with goatees on all the characters from the Mirror Universe. However, in a twist, the "normal" Eric Cartman is the evil one, while the Mirror Universe version o
An Emmy Award, or Emmy, is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry, is the equivalent of an Academy Award, the Tony Award, the Grammy Award. Because Emmys are given in various sectors of the American television industry, they are presented in different annual ceremonies held throughout the year; the two events that receive the most media coverage are the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Daytime Emmy Awards, which recognize outstanding work in American primetime and daytime entertainment programming, respectively. Other notable Emmy Award ceremonies are those honoring national sports programming, national news and documentary shows, national business and financial reporting, technological and engineering achievements in television, including the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards. Regional Emmy Awards are presented throughout the country at various times through the year, recognizing excellence in local and statewide television. In addition, International Emmys are awarded for excellence in TV programming produced and aired outside the United States.
Three related but separate organizations present the Emmy Awards: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Each is responsible for administering a particular set of Emmy ceremonies; the Los Angeles–based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences established the Emmy Award as part of an image-building and public relations opportunity. The first Emmy Awards ceremony took place on January 25, 1949, at the Hollywood Athletic Club, but to honor shows produced and aired locally in the Los Angeles area. Shirley Dinsdale has the distinction of receiving the first Emmy Award for Most Outstanding Television Personality, during that first awards ceremony; the term "Emmy" is a French alteration of the television crew slang term "Immy", the nickname for an "image orthicon", a camera tube used in TV production. In the 1950s, the ATAS expanded the Emmys into a national event, presenting the awards to shows aired nationwide on broadcast television.
In 1955, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences was formed in New York City as a sister organization to serve members on the East Coast, help to supervise the Emmys. The NATAS established regional chapters throughout the United States, with each one developing their own local Emmy awards show for local programming; the ATAS still however maintained its separate regional ceremony honoring local programming in the Los Angeles Area. There was only one Emmy Awards ceremony held per year to honor shows nationally broadcast in the United States. In 1974, the first Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony was held to honor achievement in national daytime programming. Other area-specific Emmy Awards ceremonies soon followed; the International Emmy Awards, honoring television programs produced and aired outside the U. S. was established in the early 1970s. Meanwhile, all Emmys awarded prior to the emergence of these separate, area-specific ceremonies are listed along with the Primetime Emmy Awards in the ATAS's official records.
In 1977, due to various conflicts, the ATAS and the NATAS agreed to split ties. However, they agreed to share ownership of the Emmy statue and trademark, with each responsible for administering a specific set of award ceremonies. There was an exception regarding the Engineering Awards: the NATAS continues to administer the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards, while the ATAS holds the separate Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards. With the rise of cable television in the 1980s, cable programs first became eligible for the Primetime Emmys in 1988 and the Daytime Emmys in 1989. In 2011, the ABC Television Network cancelled the soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live and sold the two shows' licensing rights to the production company Prospect Park so they could be continued on web television; the ATAS began accepting original online-only web television programs in 2013. The Emmy statuette, depicting a winged woman holding an atom, was designed by television engineer Louis McManus, who used his wife as the model.
The TV Academy rejected forty-seven proposals before settling on McManus's design in 1948. The statuette "has since become the symbol of the TV Academy's goal of supporting and uplifting the art and science of television: The wings represent the muse of art. However, "Ike" was the popular nickname of World War II hero and future U. S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Academy members wanted something unique. Television engineer and the third academy president Harry Lubcke suggested the name "Immy", a term used for the image orthicon tube used in the early cameras. After "Immy" was chosen, it was feminized to Emmy to match their female statuette; each Primetime Emmy statuette weighs six pounds, twelve-and-a-half ounces, is made of copper, nickel and gold. The statue stands 15.5 inches tall with weight of 88 oz. The Regional Emmy Award statuette is 11.5 inches tall with a base diameter of 5.5 inches and weight of 48 oz. Each takes five and a half hours to
Vulcan (Star Trek)
Vulcans are a fictional extraterrestrial humanoid species in the Star Trek universe and media franchise. In the various Star Trek television series and movies, they are noted for their attempt to live by logic and reason with as little interference from emotion as possible. Known for their pronounced eyebrows and pointed ears, they originate from the fictional planet Vulcan. In the Star Trek universe, they were the first extraterrestrial species to make first contact with humans; the most famous actor to portray a Vulcan is Leonard Nimoy, who first played the character Mr. Spock in Star Trek: The Original Series. Vulcans are depicted as similar in appearance to humans; the main physical differences are their eyebrows and ears: the former are arched and upswept, while the latter feature pinnae that taper to a point at the top. The ears have been the subject of jokes on many occasions. Vulcans have been portrayed as various races. Most caucasoid-like Vulcans appear with a subtle greenish hue to their skin, due to Vulcans' copper-based blood, green.
Other features described include an inner eyelid, or nictitating membrane, which protects their vision from bright lights, an adaptation for their bright, hot home world. In addition, their hearts are located on the right side between the ribs and pelvis. Vulcans were omnivores in ages past. In the Star Trek original series episode "All Our Yesterdays", Spock willingly consumes meat. Vulcans are stated to be herbivorous in the TAS episode "The Slaver Weapon", by the carnivorous Kzinti. Vulcans do not like to touch their food with their hands, preferring to use utensils whenever possible, it is a Vulcan custom for guests in the home to prepare meals for their hosts. Vulcans are said to not drink alcohol, though they are depicted indulging on special occasions or as a storyline warrants. In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Repression", humans and Vulcans are shown drinking a Vulcan alcoholic drink called "Vulcan Brandy". In the TOS episode "The Enterprise Incident", as part of his diversionary role during an espionage mission against the Romulans, Spock shares a drink known as Romulan ale with the female Romulan commander.
In a TOS episode "Requiem for Methuselah", Spock requests a Saurian brandy after Dr. McCoy, while serving himself and Captain Kirk, observes that he had no expectation that Spock would be joining them in a drink for fear that the alcohol would affect his logic faculties. Spock claims that he wants a brandy because he is experiencing an unaccustomed envy for his host's artwork. In Star Trek: First Contact, when the Vulcans first meet Zefram Cochrane, Cochrane serves them alcoholic beverages, which they take in lieu of dancing. In "non-canon" Trek-related literature, such as the novelization of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Vulcans are depicted as immune to the effects of alcohol. There are references to Vulcans becoming inebriated by ingesting chocolate; the novelization of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home shows Spock reacting as if drunk to the ingestion of sucrose, or sugar, contained in a peppermint candy. He tells Kirk; every seven years, Vulcan males and females experience an overpowering hormone imbalance known as pon farr focused on their mates or an object of desire, if there is no mate or they are out of reach.
Once triggered, a Vulcan must have sexual intercourse with someone, preferably their mate. If this is not possible, meditation may be used to stabilize their chemical imbalances and help them cope, though this is not always sufficient. In the event that neither of these solutions can be achieved, the Vulcan will face insanity, loss of self-control, death. If a mate is not available, there are other ways to relieve the effects of the pon farr; the first is meditation, by means of which the Vulcan must overcome the urge to mate through mental discipline. The second is violence; this is seen in the Voyager episode "Blood Fever", when B'Elanna Torres and Ensign Vorik fight in the traditional Vulcan manner. The violence ends the pon farr; the other option is extreme shock. When he experienced pon farr, Tuvok of the USS Voyager made use of a holodeck simulation of a temporary mate that resembled his wife; this holodeck simulation was created because The Doctor was unavailable to administer, as the dialog of the episode suggests, a medicine that he had prepared to help Tuvok overcome the effects of pon farr.
Infection is another mechanism writers have used to induce pon farr in Vulcan characters (such as T'Pol in the Star Trek: Enterprise
Tuvok is a fictional character in the Star Trek media franchise. One of the main characters on the television series Star Trek: Voyager, Tuvok is a member of the fictional Vulcan species who serves as the ship's second officer, Chief of Security, Chief Tactical Officer. Tim Russ portrayed Tuvok throughout the show's run, from 1995 to 2001 and has been involved in subsequent portrayals. Tuvok's backstory is that, up to the time of the first episode, Caretaker, he was working as an undercover Federation agent in a Maquis group led by Chakotay aboard the Maquis ship the Val Jean, his recovery is the actual mission Voyager is sent on, a mission, completed by Janeway at the cost of about one third of her crew and seven years in space, creating the basic setting of the series. Over the course of the seven seasons of Voyager Tuvok's character and back-story are revealed. Tuvok is working as a Federation spy aboard the Maquis raider Val Jean, he is Voyager's second officer; as portrayed in the Voyager pilot "Caretaker", the mission of Voyager is to retrieve him after that ship goes missing by Deep Space Nine space station.
This follows on from a narrative established in the Star Trek universe by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in mid-series at the start of Voyager as well as Star Trek: The Next Generation, which had concluded its last season in the spring of 1994 before Voyager started. Voyager does retrieve Tuvok, but only because it was abducted to the Delta Quadrant by an extra-galactic alien known as the Caretaker. In the course of the Voyager launch featurette, the crews are used for medical experiments by the Caretaker, the Val Jean is destroyed, a number of people are killed including many important positions on Voyager. Tuvok re-joins the crew and the former Maquis are taken aboard Voyager as they try to make their way back to Earth. However, the warp drive is too slow, it will take decades to return to Earth because they are on the other side of the Galaxy. Tuvok will be instrumental in many episodes as a trained Starfleet officer and with many talents like the Vulcan mind meld. In the last season it is revealed that Tuvok was discovered by a Maquis leader who tortured him and altered his memories of this event leading to dramatic events in one episode.
Because he is married with a family a number of episodes refer to this back-story. In the episode "Unimatrix Zero", the Tuvok character states that he was born on stardate 38774 on Vulcanis, a lunar colony belonging to the Vulcan people. So he is over 100 years old; as a teenager, portrayed in flashback sequences during "Gravity" by LeRoy D. Brazile, Tuvok is revealed to have fallen in love with Jara, daughter to a diplomat of the alien species called Terrelians; when Jara did not return his affections, Tuvok's jealousy caused him to be expelled from school and resulted in his parents sending him to the Vulcan master to learn emotional control. Tuvok attended Starfleet Academy in San Francisco. Upon graduation, he was commissioned an ensign at age 29, serving as a junior science officer on the USS Excelsior, under Captain Hikaru Sulu. During his early service with Starfleet, Tuvok became uncomfortable associating with non-Vulcans, he resigned his Starfleet commission in 2298 to pursue his people's Kolinahr regimen of true non-emotion.
Tuvok aborted his study of Kolinahr when he went into pon farr six years leading to his marriage to T'Pel. Fifty years after much self-examination, Tuvok rejoined Starfleet as a training instructor at Starfleet Academy, his return to Starfleet was marked by a maturity and a reconsideration of the benefits service provided. After a few years teaching cadets, Tuvok was assigned to the USS Billings with Kathryn Janeway, until both Janeway and Tuvok were assigned to the USS Wyoming and the Intrepid-class starship USS Voyager, as Captain and Security & Tactical Officer. In 2371, Tuvok was assigned to infiltrate the Maquis organization aboard Chakotay's vessel. In the last season, episode four, "Repression", introduced the premise that during the infiltration mission, Tuvok's identity was uncovered by a Maquis counter-intelligence agent, Teero Anaydis, who used Tuvok as a laboratory specimen for mind-control experiments. Although Tuvok was conscious throughout the experiments, Teero wiped his memory when he had finished, ensuring that Tuvok was unable to remember any details.
Following the ordeal, Tuvok was released back among the Maquis. This "time-bomb" was activated by a message hidden in a letter from Tuvok's son that caused the events seven years in the Voyager timeline. During an incident involving the Maquis ship and the USS Voyager, both vessels were unwillingly transported to the Delta Quadrant by the enigmatic Caretaker; when the Maquis ship was destroyed by crashing into a Kazon ship to save the USS Voyager, Tuvok was transported off the ship with a handful of other survivors, resumed his duties as Security and Tactical Officer. At that time, Voyager picked up two Delta Quadrant natives, Neelix, a Talaxian, his partner Kes, from Ocampa. Tuvok helped her develop them. Tuvok learned to tolerate Neelix' overly emotional behavior. A transporter accident fused Tuvok and Neelix together into a new humanoid appropriately named "Tuvix", they were restored to their individual forms under the orders of Captain Janeway, using a procedure devised by the EMH and Operations Officer Harry Kim.
Tuvok still had issues with Neelix after the experience and many of them are raised again in the episode "Riddles". The two became friends, tho