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Old October 22 2013, 01:35 PM   #186
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Re: NuTrek references in the novels

Therin of Andor wrote: View Post
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But I'm still want to blame it all on touch-feely emo mind-melds and make it all Sybok's fault.

At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it . . . .
Except the flirty "I brought you dinner" scene is long before they met Sybok.
Uhura and Chekov went on shore leave together in the original series too. He was even affectionately teasing her because she wanted to go shopping all the time and he had to go with her. If they were all friends when they were young it's only natural for me to imagine that they were all the more a family when they got old so in that I don't see flirting between Uhura and Scotty or a hint that they were a couple. I almost see her acting like a mother tbh.
In fact, in a magazine Nichelle Nichols commented it saying that they were just friends and their interactions were influenced by the friendship between her and James.

Anyway, in the other scene later she definitely WAS under the influence of Sybok. It's even stated in the script.
I don't think we could infer they were already dating before that because otherwise the dialog in that scene wouldn't make any sense, Sybok's influence or not, since Uhura said that Sybok had put her in touch with feelings she has never expressed before.
Had them been a couple you'd get an explicit hint of it in the end or the next movie that we never got. If anything, even in the DC comics sequel they say that she wasn't herself and they remain just friends (you can read the scan here:
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