Really I'm just bitching about how sexless Trek is. Some other time when I was bitching about this someone piped up listing all the times people on Trek had apparently gotten it on thanks to wedding rings or offspring or whatever but that is not at all what I meant. It's not about the math, it's about the lack of ever showing a charged atmosphere, the lack of real people with real needs and whims in the matter of relationships sexual and otherwise.
But that's exactly what I was talking about. There was never any real interpersonal drama. It was a "Mommy and Daddy got married, and here comes the stark!" attitude. Just like the 50s.
Even the one-off episode ships always seemed to end on a high-note. They didn't work because of some contrived plot device where the character involved just slaps his knee with an "Oh gosh! Maybe next time."
It was almost comical in a way.