Lol. I go away for a couple of days and all hell breaks loose. Whatever happened to good old fashioned bisexual characters? The only thing wrong with Ivanova/Talia was that due to Andrea Thompson wanting to leave they shoe-horned the whole sexual element into just one episode and weakened its story impact.
But it's fun to rewatch and look for the subtext
This is it in a nutshell for me. If you put in stuff that's open to interpretation, the fans will run with it in whatever direction suits them and in some ways that's far more fun! Kirk/Spock speaks for itself - lol.
If Rand were to feature more heavily, all I'd want is the odd furtive glance or intake of breath. The fans would know what it was about. No need to waste dialogue or plot time on it, just a wink. If Trek goes gay, that would be enough for me as well.
Phase II did a nice gay plot point and it actually wasn't bad but there was a bedroom scene that went on waaaay too long. The best bit was one of the opening lines: