Greg Cox wrote:
TOS was constantly finding excuses for Spock to beat up Kirk, in "The Naked Time," "This Side of Paradise," "Amok Time" . . . whenever he was emotionally compromised in some way.
I always figured Spock smacking Kirk around the bridge of the new Enterprise was basically a homage to those scenes.
I always thought the K/S ladies (esp in the '70s) seriously got off on those scenes