Senator Pardek was a member of the Romulan Senate with a lengthy career in Romulan politics. He had been in public service since he was a young man and had been a senator for nine decades by 2368. Early in his life, Pardek was present at the Khitomer Conference peace talks between the Federation and the Klingon Empire in 2293.
Pardek was considered a man of the people and had sponsored many reforms. Reportedly, Romulan leaders considered him as somewhat of a radical since he had been an advocate of peace throughout his career. Pardek represented the Krocton Segment, and maintained a dwelling there; he visited on the third day of the Romulan week when the Senate was not in session. He was married.
In 2368, Pardek (along with co-conspirator proconsul Neral) attempted a takeover of Vulcan. After spending decades building a reputation as an advocate for peace, and supporting Vulcan-Romulan reunification, Pardek lured Federation Ambassador Spock to Romulus for false reunification talks; secretly, he had launched a Romulan invasion fleet to Vulcan. The plan was foiled at the last minute by USS Enterprise-D Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Lieutenant Commander Data. (TNG: "Unification I", "Unification II")
Background information Edit
Pardek was portrayed by Malachi Throne, who previously worked on three episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series. He was invited to play the role of Pardek by Gene Roddenberry. Years later, Throne remembered, "[Gene] called me and said, 'We've got a part for you.' I said, 'Okay, what is it?' He told me it was a Romulan, two hundred years later, with Mr. Spock, [in a two-part episode called] 'Unification.'" (Star Trek Magazine issue 180, p. 46)
In the novel Sarek, in 2293, at a further peace conference at Khitomer, Pardek is sent as a representative of the Romulan Empire, and introduces himself to Spock at the talks. He expresses interest in the shared history of Vulcan and Romulus and even suggests the possibility of reunification. Spock becomes intrigued at the possibility, enough to tell Sarek that Spock may consider a career in diplomacy, though Sarek ridicules the notion of reunification.
Pardek's first meeting with Spock is depicted in the novel Assignment: Eternity.
His mirror universe counterpart appears in the novel The Sorrows of Empire. As a young senator in 2288, he is one of the few people to realize that Spock's long-term plan is to significantly weaken the Terran Empire so that it will be conquered by outside forces. As with his primary universe counterpart, his first meeting with Spock occurs at the Khitomer Conference in 2293. In contrast to their counterparts, however, this proves to be their only meeting.