Chris Pine on the Origins of Kirk and Spock Relationship
How Kirk and Spock's Relationship Held Star Trek Together . salute that have come to have such deep meaning: “Live long and prosper. REALL Spock and Kirk's relationship in a nutshell Spock: don't do the thing Kirk: I' M GOING TO DO THE THING from Facebook tagged as Meme. For example, in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Spock of such a relationship between Kirk and Spock.
I confess this is no damning evidence, but part of a larger cumulative effect I wanted to create. The most important player of all, at the end of the day, is Gene Roddenberry himself. Which is both the crowning achievement and the waffling difficulty of the whole affair but more on that in a minute.
The first thing to know is that Roddenberry was inspired by Alexander the Great and Hephaestion when he imagined the relationship between Kirk and Spock—he discusses it in an interview that can be found in the William Shatner biography Shatner: Star Trek as a show was—is—famous for how progressive it was at the time, more often than not hidden under layers of allegory to distract the censors: I bring up that little comment to discuss a far more famous one, perhaps the most famous in regard to our besotted officers.
The only difference being, the Greek ideal—we never suggested in the series—physical love between the two. This book was published inwhen there was still time a-plenty for unholy hell to come down on his head were he to suggest a physical relationship between Kirk and Spock.
I speak, naturally, of the largely reviled Star Trek: A Space Odyssey, there is one thing it does very well: Of course, the actual details of why Spock has chosen to purge himself of all emotion are on the vague side in script and novelization, but whatever it was seems to have happened quite suddenly and left an enormous, painful emotional rift between himself and Kirk.
But let me not be coy. A fragmented plot synopsis: The Enterprise—headed by new captain Decker and a very midlife crisising Kirk—go out to try and stop the incoming threat, where they run into Spock attempting to do the same hold that thought. I was at a convention in Milwaukee a few weeks ago. This lady comes up to me with this stuff, and after a thirty minute discussion, I finally said, 'Stop!
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We're arguing over whether or not two fictitious characters are getting their hands in each others' pants. Fontana replied, "In answer to your question, NO — there were no homosexual double-entendres in the script — at least none that were deliberate. If some viewers chose to read that into the dialogue, etc. It also was a peek into the Vulcan culture that no one had seen before. That's ALL we were doing. There is no basis to it.
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Setting the characters there provides familiarity for the audience and means that the author does not need to set up the world so much. However, a difficulty can be that it is necessary to provide an explanation for why the mission is not focused on in the story, in order to focus on the relationship between the two men.
Shore leave is a common theme. They may neglect the relationship in future years but pon farr compels them to consummate the marriage at the appropriate time. Vulcans must mate or die trying. However, in "Amok Time", Spock finds that a substitute to giving in to pon farr is to kill another, and thus Spock's pon farr imperative ends after he kills.
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Another key element in 'first time' stories and in established relationship stories is the mind meld - either as a way to break the barriers between the men, or as a plot device. It's really hard to find another fictional couple that did all that, and did it as well. Weitekamp and Christine Scodari expressed the opinion that the portrayal of Uhura's character in the reboot is a step forward in terms of the representation of women of color.
I mean no disrespect to people who either write or read fan fiction. I have absolutely no interest in it, it doesn't interest me, I understand how it interests other people, I respect their desire to be interested in it but I think both Kirk and Spock, and definitely me and Chris, are only good friends.
Any suggestion otherwise has more to say about the person making that suggestion than it does about the character's lives.