Posted December 20 2004 - 03:08 AM
I have no objection to a romantic storyline as long as it's handled tastefully and emerges naturally from the storyline presented. In "All Our Yesterdays", Spock sympathizes with Zarabeth's plight, her being all alone in a frozen wasteland, and from that sympathy and also from Spock's regression through time, a romantic spark is ignited between himself and Zarabeth. I find this a far more believable relationship for Spock than I do his spores-induced, happy romp with Leila in "This Side of Paradise". In both, something happens to Spock to facilitate expression and full embracing of his emotions, but in this case it's handled more eloquently as a consequence of both going back in time and meeting a veritable kindred spirit. When Zarabeth asks Spock if he knows what it's like to feel alone, really alone, Spock answers that he knows what it's like.
Scotty's relationship with Mira in "The Lights of Zetar" is more platonic kind of love, it seems to me, than a physical one. In any case, I don't find it problematic. Rather, I think it essential to the story that Mira have a connection with an experienced member of the Enterprise crew during her ordeal. For her to have no attachment at all with an established space traveller would make what she's going through almost unbearable when one endeavors to relate to it.
As for Spock's interest in the aristocratic Droxine in "The Cloud Minders", it always seemed appropriate somehow. She could well remind Spock of Vulcan women in manner and appearance (ear formation excluded, of course). And Spock's attraction to her is really quite guarded. More an intellectual admiration of her beauty of body and mind. With Pon Farr being some time away, Spock may be only able to admire women with no sexual connection.
As for Kirk, I believe it's actually in a Season 3 episode, "Elaan of Troyius", where it's said that the Enterprise is his lady. But he's not above routinely bedding the latest dish, is he? And this impulse transcends seasonal barriers. Kirk can be rather impulsive when he meets a pretty girl. I've never really seen his reaction to meeting Rayna in "Requiem For Methuselah" as being much different, at the outset, at least.
"Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" is not of the same ilk as the replication of Earth on alien planets for preachy purposes in Season 2. It presents us on the Enterprise with aliens of a fantastic kind of different appearance in skin color. Aliens whose powers and knowledge are far from primitive. They have telekenisis. There's a science fiction element right there. The episode goes beyond the portrayal of primitives on an Earth-like planet and shows us what race hatred could eventually lead to in a futuristic setting: a world ravaged by fire. Yes, it is a parable, but far more interesting as a sci-fi prospect. And it remains a timeless message for as long as dislike of the unlike persists.
Mind you, I balk at the portrayal of the shuttlecraft coming aboard the Enterprise at start of the episode. Why would a shuttlecraft stolen from a Starbase have Enterprise markings on it?