could be awfully romantic at times. And although most of the love stories featured Kirk, there was an occasional nod to lesser character’s love life. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I present to you 14 relationships that warmed or chilled our hearts. Be sure to relate your faves in the comment section. Happy Valentines Day ❤ Star Trek
Eve Huron and Ben Childress: Not the best love match. Why Eve stays with grumpy Childress is beyond me. She’s tough and has independence in her blood. She deserves better than a man who admired her only on face value and bitched about her cooking. So let me get this straight–she knew and said outright that Ben was looking for a woman who was “selfish, vain, useless” yet since she ‘believed in herself’ she could look as beautiful on the outside without the Venus Drug? True love knows no ugliness. You’ll never convince me that in the whole universe there isn’t a better man for her than Childress! I’d like to think she ditched him after a year or so and started her own agricultural empire.
Khan and Marla McGivers: Alas, Marla is so enamored of this ‘superman’ from the past, she cannot see that he’s a total megalomaniac. Their first meeting in sickbay should have been a red flag as he totally disregards her professionalism, grabs her by the arm and plays with her hair. Sure, he might be a passionate lover, but playing passive-aggressive mind games with her later and forcing her to kneel before him and demanding her loyalty would make for a hellish, toxic marriage. If she accepted her court martial instead of exile with him, she very likely would have lived longer. And happier. huge
Spock, T’Pring, and Stonn: Marriage by decree and selective politics. Despite their great intelligence, Vulcans still would insist on antiquated arranged marriages for their progeny; giving no choice in their children’s lives as to who they might marry. It might be logical to help carry on the family line, but it is such an archaic and patrilineality system I doubt there would be any (secret) joy in it. I applaud T’Pring for listening to her heart, selfish as it was. I’m pretty sure Spock knew he didn’t want to marry T’Pring from the start, but came out of duty and the threat of death. As for T’Pring; Stonn wanted her, she wanted him. Logical. Flawlessly Logical.
Kirok and Miramanee: Free of any Starfleet responsibilities, let alone his memories and actual name, Jim was free to have a truly loving and devoted marriage with Miramanee. Although she married him out of duty, you could see they were blissfully happy (despite Salish’s jealously). In the original script, Miramanee survived the stoning and gave birth. I wish the the original script had held; imagine Kirk being a Daddy/Captain and running the Enterprise as well.
Zephram Cochran and The Companion: Zephram Cochran is initially appalled that the companion is a female and that he let her “ Yet once The Companion inhabits and revises the dying body of Nancy Hedford, suddenly he …crawl around inside me, into my mind, my feelings? … It fed on me. It’s disgusting!” . As Spock states “knows that I love her” This brings to mind the idea of unconditional love. No doubt it is very romantic and satisfying that The Companion united with a lovely, yet lonely young woman who had “The matter of gender could change the entire situation.” ‘never had love’ and as both entities finds lasting love with Cochrane. I bet if Metamorphosis was written today, Hedford could have been a non-human or even a human male and I’d like to think the result would be the same. For as the Companion/Nancy said: ❤ To touch the hand of man; nothing is as important.“
Nona and Tyree: What Nona wants, Nona gets. This Kanutu Woman had power and passion. Did Nona love Tyree? Certainly she was aroused by him, as she did put him under a spell to make him want her, and uses certain herbs from “The night of madness” to ‘keep him’. However she wasn’t loyal, toying with Kirk right under Tyree’s nose. Did Tyree really love Nona? His anguished cry and passion for vengeance at her murder answer that question.
Spock and Leila Kalomi: Darn fun while it lasted wasn’t it? A blast of pollen was worth it just to see Spock cavorting in the woods and swinging from a branch! Although all this lusty playfulness was brought out by the spores, you cannot deny that under all the stoicism, Spock’s human half is not only as playful and joyous as any child, but to his astonishment, devotedly in love. You can see that he truly loved her and was happy. I wonder what happened during the transfer of Sandoval’s people to Starbase 27? Did Leila and Spock have more conversations? Did they settle on a (perfectly logical) friends-with-benefits package? Did Nurse Chapel climb the walls? Which brings us to…
Christine Chapel and Dr. Roger Corby: Christine tends to fall for men who love their work more than her. Roger is a brilliant scientist, but one has to wonder he if really loved Christine so much, didn’t he make an android that looked like HER instead of Andrea??? You could understand Chapel’s jealousy of the scantily-clad, submissive Andrea. Would the real Roger have expected Christine to be the same? Turns our Roger was an android replica too, so you dodged the bullet on that one, Christine! WHY
Christine Chapel and Spock: Pity the heart of unrequited love. Roger Who? Well, once she got over her late fiancé she couldn’t help but notice that tall glass of Plomeek Tea that was Spock. McCoy chided her “You never give up hoping do you?” (Shame!) but I have no doubt her love for him was real. When forced to kiss him by the Platonians, she protested, but you know darn well she was delighted. She slobbers all over his hands in The Naked Time declaring her love, to which Spock sincerely replies “I’m sorry, I am sorry!” for even if he consented to loving Christine his heart may be elsewhere.
Carolyn Palamas and Apollo: Honestly, if you had the choice between and Engineer married to his work or a Gorgeous Greek God, well Carolyn initially is very cool toward Apollo, but he charms her into his arms. She is dazzled by his glory and falls for him, and they are one. hot. couple. But does he really love her? I’m on the fence, on one hand he truly seems devastated when his power is taken away, yet he is still another power-hungry dictator who actually rapes Carolyn (in the original script, Carolyn becomes pregnant). Carolyn, stick with Scotty.
Spock and Zarabeth: Another case of Spock forgetting who he was, and Zarabeth was all the luckier for it! True, Zarabeth set her cap for the handsome Vulcan within moments of seeing him, and she was a tad manipulative (stressing ‘alone’). Again, Spock is astonished that he feels attraction to this woman, and together they indulge in bliss. Saddest part is he couldn’t take Zarabeth with him, but he couldn’t deny he had regressive passion for her. I wonder how it could have evolved if Spock and McCoy stayed stranded? Would Spock have killed McCoy? How many children would have been born between the three of them?
Ama nda and Sarek: Opposites attract! Well, you know darn well that Sarek’s beloved human wife Amanda was not chosen for him by his parents! Despite knowing that he’d most likely outlive her, Sarek followed his heart and married the loving, no-nonsense Amanda. She knew it wouldn’t be easy married into the Vulcan culture, but her heart ruled too for this most elegant and remarkable Vulcan. The were in for the long haul. And Sarek loved Amanda so, his next wife was also a human. (I deny that Star Trek V and Sybok ever existed—it was just a fever dream of Kirk’s!)
Jim Kirk and Edith Keeler: I have no doubt that Edith and Miramanee were Jim Kirk’s dearest loves. Plenty of flirtations of course, but these two each took his heart. But his romance with Edith would be disastrous even if she lived. Since she died, time was restored to it’s proper place, but had she lived, Kirk, McCoy and likely Spock, would cease to exist in the first place. Could Kirk take her with him to the future? That would likely open a whole new can of Space/Time/Continuum worms. So Kirk was fated to only have Edith in his memories and dreams. But he’d never forget her.
Kirk and Spock: Okay, I know. Diehards would say that Kirk and Spock were the best of friends, like brothers. A true Bromance. (And I agree) But considering how the original fanzines of the 1970s pretty much invented “Slash” and “Spirk” this ‘relationship’ has been a fan-fic trope ever since. Check out any of the Star Trek fan art on DeviantArt.com and you’ll find half of it devoted to these ‘space husbands’. And you must admit there are times in TOS one can see Kirk gazing at Spock in pure awe, if not affection! A while back, Shatner was asked by a fan who was Kirk’s greatest romantic conquest? “SPOCK!” Shatner joked. Now, the theory goes that Kirk is Bisexual while Spock is Gay (i.e. Spock: “ Jim, when I feel affection for you, I’m ashamed!”) I say that I have no doubt that Kirk and Spock are loving brothers. But I say that while since Jim with his rampant hormones could possibly be Bi, Spock is merely Logical.
Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! ❤
Posted in Holidays, Star Trek: The Original Series, Uncategorized
Tagged Amanda, Apollo, Ben Childress, Carolyn Palamas, Christine Chapel, Companion, Edith Keeler, Eve Huron, Khan, Kirk, Leila Kalomi, Marla McGivers, Miramanee, Nancy Hedford, Nona, Roger Korby, sarek, Spock, Stonn, T'Pring, Tyree, Zarabeth, Zephram Cochrane
Here’s an idea I’ve had for a LONG time and I finally got it to come to fruition. As I’m sure many of you have seen, in the past I have made many silly collages which combine the two best pop culture phenomenons of the 1960’s;
and Star Trek The Beatles! You can see my previous ‘Beatle Trek’s’ here.
Anyway, for ages I wanted to recreate the famous
Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band except make it with memorable Star Trek Characters. As the centerpiece, Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty replace the Fab Four, and I poured over many pictures to find just the right character to fill in for all the originals (and a few more) for this cover.
You’ll note that the Klingons replace the waxworks figures of The Beatles, Mohammed Ali’s robed boxer is replaced with robed Lord Garth from
Whom Gods Destroy, glamorous Droxine and Carolyn Palamas take over for Marlene Dietrich and Diana Dors. I’ve added many other characters in positions close to the originals: notice Miranda Jones’ hand behind Kirk, just as Issy Bonn’s hand was behind Paul McCartney’s head in the original! I also have many more women in this version than the Pepper album. But as The Beatles chose their favorite heroes for their album, I chose my favorite characters for this. And of course you will find our dear Celeste Yarnall (Martha Landon in The Apple) in the mix. Although she sadly passed before she could see it, her widower, Nazim assured me she would have enjoyed it. Indeed, I have always found creativity a balm for sorrow, and I recommend creating something yourself, anything with your heart and hands, to help you at your sad times.
You’ll notice that most of these characters are not crew members, as I did a
massive collage of as many Enterprise members as I could in the past. I also intentionally posted some characters in black and white instead of color, like on the original. If you look closely, you’ll see Alexander from Plato’s Stepchildren in Shirley Temple’s place and Balok from The Corbomite Maneuver flopped out like the doll in Rolling Stones sweater too! I even used Star Trek plants to replace the flora of the original. And be sure to look out for 4 hidden Spocks (as well as the main one in the center)!
If you can’t identify all the characters, I created a
numbered key for the poster below. Enjoy, and please let me know what you think! Thanks, Therese ❤
Key to Characters in “Captain Jim Kirk’s Comely Starfleet Brand
Ruk (Ted Cassidy) in What are Little Girls Made Of?
Khan Noonian Singh (Ricardo Montalban) in Space Seed
Kara (Tanya Lemani) in Wolf in the Fold
T’Pring (Arlene Martel) in Amok Time
Zarabeth (Mariette Hartley) in All Our Yesterdays
Bela Oxmyx (Anthony Caruso) in A Piece of the Action
“Koik” (William Shatner) in A Piece of the Action
The Prosecutor (Kermit Murdock) in All Our Yesterdays
The Keeper (Meg Wylie) in The Cage
Marta (Yvonne Craig) in Whom Gods Destroy
Harcort (‘Harry’) Fenton Mudd (Roger C. Carmel) in Mudd’s Women
Yeoman Martha Landon (Celeste Yarnall) in The Apple
Commissioner Bele (Frank Gorshin) in Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
Ayelborne (John Abbott) in Errand of Mercy
Dr. Thomas Leighton (William Sargent) in The Conscience of the King
Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols)
Street Girl #1 (Dianne Thorne) in A Piece of the Action
T’Pau (Celia Lovsky) in Amok Time
Kissy Spock (Leonard Nimoy)
Evil Sulu (George Takei) in Mirror, Mirror
Ambassador Petri (Jay Robinson) in Elaan of Troyius
Leila Kalomi (Jill Ireland) in This Side of Paradise
Serious Spock (Leonard Nimoy)
Jojo Kracko (Vic Tayback) in A Piece of the Action
Number One (Majel Barrett) in The Cage
Blasted Crewman in Arena
Cyrano Jones (Stanley Adams) in The Trouble with Tribbles
Mr. Atoz (Ian Wolfe) in All Our Yesterdays
Sylvia (Antoinette Bower) in Catspaw
Vina (Susan Oliver) in The Cage
Zabo (Steven Marlo) in A Piece of the Action
Miranda Jones (Diana Muldaur) in Is There in Truth No Beauty?
Miranda Jones’ Vulcan Salute (Diana Muldaur) in Is There in Truth No Beauty?
Kalo (Lee Delano) in A Piece of the Action
The First Fop (Ed Bakey) in All Our Yesterdays
Surak (Barry Atwater) in The Savage Curtain
Andrea (Sherry Jackson) in What are Little Girls Made Of?
Lenore Karidian (Barbara Anderson) in The Conscience of the King
Joe Tormolen (Stewart Moss) in The Naked Time
Alice Series #3 (Alyce Andrece) in I, Mudd
Stella Series #1 (Kay Elliot) in I, Mudd
Alice Series #99 (Rhae Andrece) in I, Mudd
Adam (Charles Napier) in The Way to Eden
Sargent (Lincoln Demyan) in Assignment: Earth
Trefayne (David Hillary Hughes) in Errand Of Mercy
Claymore (Peter Brocco) in Errand Of Mercy
Nils Barris (William Schallert) in The Trouble with Tribbles
Flavius Maximus (Rhodes Reason) in Bread and Circuses
The Romulan Commander (Joanna Linville) in The Enterprise Incident
Vulcan Executioner (Russ Peek) in Amok Time
Sister Edith Keeler (Joan Collins) in The City on the Edge of Forever
General Trelane, Retired (William Campbell) in The Squire of Gothos
Elaan (France Nuyen) in Elaan of Troyius
Lord Garth ( Steve Inhat) in Whom Gods Destroy
Korax (Michael Pataki) in The Trouble with Tribbles
Captain Koloth (William Campbell) in The Trouble with Tribbles
in Commander Kor(John Colicos) Errand Of Mercy
Captain Kang (Michael Ansara) in The Day of the Dove
Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley) in Operation: Annihilate!
Commander Montgomery Scott (James Doohan) ) in Operation: Annihilate!
Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) in Operation: Annihilate!
First Officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy) in Operation: Annihilate!
Mary (Pamelyn Ferdin) in And the Children Shall Lead
Droxine ( Diana Ewing) in The Cloud Minders
Balok’s Puppet (voiced by Ted Cassidy) in What are Little Girls Made Of?
Lt. Carolyn Palamas (Leslie Parrish) in Who Mourns for Adonais?
The Bartender (Guy Raymond) in The Trouble with Tribbles
Evil Spock (Leonard Nimoy) in Mirror, Mirror
Alexander (Michael Dunn) in Plato’s Stepchildren
The Real Balok (Clint Howard) in The Corbomite Maneuver
Magda (Susan Denberg) in Mudd’s Women Captain Kirk’s
Aztec Fertility God Mr. Spock’s
Vulcan Harp Mr. Sulu’s
Beauregard and other plants from The Man Trap
White and Brown Tribbles from The Trouble with Tribbles
Mercury Bust from Space Seed and Mirror, Mirror Captain Kirk’s
Golden Box from his quarters
Spock (Leonard Nimoy) on monitor from The Corbomite Maneuver
Ruth Bonaventure (Maggie Thrett) in Mudd’s Women
Grey Tribbles from The Trouble with Tribbles
Starfleet Delta formed in gold carnations
Deadly Flower from The Apple
The USS Enterprise in golden carnations
The Spores from This Side of Paradise
Eve McHuron (Karen Steele) from Mudd’s Women
Sayana’s Headdress from The Apple
The Horta’s Eggs from The Devil in the Dark
Posted in Characters, My Collages, Star Trek, Star Trek: The Original Series, The Beatles
Tagged Alexander, collage, Edith Keeler, Elaan, homage, Kang, Kirk, Klingons, Koloth, Leila, mccoy, Orions, Ruk, scotty, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Spock, Star Trek TOS, Stella, T'Pau, Talosians, Therese Bohn, Trelane, Tribbles, Uhura, Vulcans, women, Zarabeth
Posted in Fan Art Fridays (FArFri), Star Trek
Tagged Andrea, Areel Shaw, Edith Keeler, Helen Noel, kelleybean86, KelleyMcMorris, Kirk, kiss, Lenore Karidian, Marlena Moreau, Nona, Shahna, Sylvia
Made this a while back… In reviewing Kirk’s many loves, I thought it would be fun to update his monthly calendar…
Posted in Fun and Silliness
Tagged Andrea, Areel Shaw, Captain Kirk, Deela, Dr Helen Noel, Dr. Janet Wallace, Dr. Janice Lester, Drusilla, Edith Keeler, Elaan, Eve, Janice Rand, Kelinda, ladies, Marta, Miramanee, Miranda Jones, Nona, Odona, Rayna, Ruth, Shahna, Sylvia, Uhura
The City On the Edge of Forever. I aimed at a different approach here, as most of the story is set in the past in Manhattan. At a glance you may not know it’s a Star Trek episode, and that’s just the effect I wanted.