Danger Ace wrote:
You're close enough as one of my points has always been that "Star Trek: TOS" is filled with many examples such as the one you put out there, therefore, why propagandize "the kiss?"
Because at the time, it was one thing to see Stone act as Kirk's superior, or Cosby's I Spy
character Alexander Scott be the equal of Culp's Kelly Robinson, but romance of any kind between a man and woman of different racial backgrounds was not going to happen anywhere else, particularly since that was (for many Americans) the "forbidden" relation dating back to the slave era.
Making the kiss the "big, groundbreaking deal" was possible for the reasons posted above, and as long as other series of the period were not going to take that step (ex. The Mod Squad
, where the Julie and Linc characters were never written to have romanitc feeling for the other), Star Trek
could trumpet their episode forever.
Pretty close to what happened during the syndication years.