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Star Trek Movies XI+ Discuss J.J. Abrams' rebooted Star Trek here.

View Poll Results: How do you feel about the Spock/Uhura pairing?
I LOVE them together! 29 46.77%
I generally think they’re okay together. 12 19.35%
Not my preference, but I don’t mind them together. 13 20.97%
I HATE them together. 8 12.90%
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Old May 27 2013, 03:24 AM   #241
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I love Uhura and Spock together!! I've been a bit despondent since I watched STID.

This is a S/U thread so hopefully I won't have calls for me to get a life..LOL but it's true I've been a bit down. I have myself to blame really...I went to Star Trek 2009 completely unspoiled. I was off for my birthday and after shopping didn't really want to go home so I wandered to the theatres and got a ticket to see ST. I was blown away by the opening, but I didn't sit up straight in my seat until Uhura went in the lift with Spock and I thought hey now...what's going on here...:-)

I ABSOLUTELY fell in LOVE with Uhura and Spock and every instance they were within breathing space of one another I perked up that much more. By the time I saw that movie there were about 14 people in the theatre with me and I kicked myself so much for not going to see it sooner. I have been a Star Trek fan since the original series with The Enterprise as my all-time favorite series. Spock and Uhura was so new and fresh ...now here was really and truly a bold new world to explore on screens.

The movie overall was fantastic aside from S/U but it was those two gorgeous actors and characters that had me returning to see the movie 4 more times before I was too embarrassed to go back and ask for a ticket for one please? :-)

Now, STID finally opens and I was at the theatre the second day. Thinking the theatre would be crowded I went to the early morning showing 9:30am...Before I would give up my money I asked the ticket seller how many people were in the theatre and he said 20 there were still 320 seats remaining (first of all I didn't know the theatre held those many seats and secondly I laughed because I wondered how many other shy people had asked him this same question before me---so afraid we would have to sit immediately next to a stranger without a seat between us. :-)

Any hoo, as I said I went to ST2009 unspoiled but for this one as soon as the overseas tumblrs began posting about the movie I was eating it up. I didn't worry about not reading too many posts about Spock/Uhura because I had all the beautiful pictures/videos of Zach and Zoe in the interviews/press conferences and photo calls to salivate over.

Well, I think anyone reading this post will know that I came out of this movie sad.

I thought to myself, what happened to my babies??? Am I now to believe all their intimacy and intimate moments happens behind closed doors??? I didn't go looking for porn or for either Spock or Uhura to be unprofessional as I love and respect them because they are so very professional.

I just seriously feel as if TPTB set the relationship back on screen (I do feel they are still a strong and loving couple but off camera---which as a nosey S/U shipper- I don't like.) I have only seen STID once and when I thought to go again on Saturday I went to visit my sister instead.

In 2009 they were touching/lip to lip kissing..this movie Uhura kisses Spock's "cheek" after she has sealed his helmet-what the heck???!!!! Spock runs to her on the bridge when they are in total danger and yet they don't hold hands...they had dealt with the miss-understanding at this point so I thought he would reach for her hands but they both just stood there. And regarding the hurt feelings, I totally get that and took Uhura (and Kirk's) side...LOL...and I loved all three of them in the shuttle with Spock explaining himself...but I selfishly wanted more . When U stands on her tippy toes...HOW CUTE IS THAT??? but Spock still pauses before he finally leans in to kiss. I wanted the same emotions he showed when they were the lift back in ST2009 as they were finally alone this time as well. I wanted him to hug her to hold her hands or to rest his forehead with hers....but Uhura walked away so quickly as if to say we will do all that later in the cabin............away from the audience so no one doesn't think I'm being unprofessional...well guess what babes I can't believe it but to read some of the reviews you would have thought they ripped each other's clothes off and had sex right then and there...many are feeling U (for some reason only Uhura is being singled out) was being unprofessional. For me, Uhura speaking up when they were in the shuttle was the PERFECT time for her to say something. They were heading to the Klingons...speak now or forever hold your peace I thought and I think Uhura felt the same way. Kirk was so glad she spoke up because he took his moment to agree he was feeling the same as well after he tried to pitifully stay out of it.

When I went to STID I had my mind set on two things--- hearing Benedict Cumberbatch's lucious voice (as I am a huge Sherlock fan) and seeing that beautiful chemistry between Zach and Zoe as my beloved Spock and Uhura. I'm not ashamed to say I was expecting some hugs, some kisses, some forehead touches, and some soulful eye contact....but instead to my horror TPTB didn't get my memo!

Now, after all that complaining and moaning please believe me when I say EVERY MOMENT they shared I loved! My favorite line was when Spock was backing Jim off from trying to help Uhura as she went to parley with the Klingons. I was like he knows his baby so well :-) If he had given in, he knew Uhura would have really ripped his bangs off herself and not just spoken about it like Kirk.

I was so happy for Zoe to get her wish to have a more active and involved Uhura as far as the action goes but instead of Kirk getting up hungover with two aliens with tails I would have loved a scene of domestic Spock and Uhura having a conversation as he was getting dressed for his meeting with Kirk and Pike, about Spock's actions in the volcano -the genesis of their miss-understanding and having a little argument where you could see Uhura decide she has to give him the cold shoulder. I just wanted MOAR!!!!

FanFic is great and has helped but nothing can beat actually seeing them on the big screen. I love them as a couple and respect if they want to handle all their kissy kissy hug hug behind closed doors but their the reason....I'm not ashamed....the MAJOR reason I went to STID and I feel the nay-sayers voices were louder than us lovers of S/U voices and I ended up with a hella cute scene of Uhura helping Spock to get kitted in his volcano suit but ended up with her not thinking to kiss--until after she had his helmet sealed. Argh!!!! :-)

Wow...I had feelings. :-D
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Old May 27 2013, 03:32 AM   #242
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MY GOD get thee to a dvd shop!

Also: does this mean Uhura and Scotty won't be getting in on when they are older and paunchier like in V?
That was bullshit that came out of nowhere, and didn't really work.

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My like for S/U came from the fact that Zack Quinto and Zoe Saldana where the actors and they are two of my favourites actors at the moment. Also the romance was done very well considering the fact that it was just a minor plot.

I have always said that S/U is very similar to the Aragorn and Arwen type of romance in the lord of the rings films where the couple get like 5-10 minutes on screen in a 3 hours film but we still get the whole story.

The S/U romance was not a cheesy , badly acted , unconvincing way over the top romance like anakin/padme from Star Wars or edward/bella from Twilight. it was about 2 believable people in a relationship, Which for star trek is how a romance should be.

However I only like S/U together in JJVerse alternate reality which is the 09 film and hopfully in the 2013 film.
I loved Anakin and Padme, if only for the fact that it was 'forbidden fruit' and quite tragic. Also, I think that a high government official like Padme and a law enforcement officer like Anakin would speak in the way shown, as people uncertain of themselves but still in love. About Edward and Bella, I have no knowledge.
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Old May 27 2013, 03:51 AM   #243
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I enjoy this relationship in the nuTrek movies - STID did a great job developing it further.
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Old May 27 2013, 05:02 AM   #244
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A lot of folks keep thinking this relationship is out of left field, but twice in TOS Uhura was flirting with Spock, and she asked him for lessons on the vulcan harp!

I think it works. It's exploring a new dimension of Spock that Nimoy's take didn't venture in to. It also expands Uhura's role when she was mostly the ship secretary and occasional background character of the original lineup. I accept the pairing and I'm interested to see where it goes.

Oh... Carol mentioning Christine in passing and Kirk not getting it, I wonder if that was a 'take that' to those fans who were harping so hard that Spock shouldn't be with anyone else.
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Old May 27 2013, 07:55 AM   #245
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I enjoyed Spock's explanation when they were in the trade ship to both Uhura and Kirk about how much he does care. When they boarded the Enterprise again and she kissed him as a way of saying, this spat is over, it was very sweet because you could see it meant something to him.

Uhura seems like a private person. If this was Gaila she's be all about boasting about her Vulcan hottie but Uhura and Spock kept it a secret for a while and keep their relationship out of the public eye. Kirk got a look in because he is close to them both.

Maybe next movie you'll see them waking up in bed together one morning and the movie will have at last achieved an equal status with Star Trek's other most intimate relationship scene which took only 7 seasons to get to just that.
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Old May 27 2013, 08:12 AM   #246
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I was okay with it in the first movie. I'm against it now. The change in my view is mainly because of how Saldana plays it. I'll write more about this in my review.
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Old May 27 2013, 08:24 AM   #247
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What! Against it?!

You want Spock for yourself, don't you.
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Old May 27 2013, 08:30 AM   #248
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I do

But I'll write more in my review, I promise. Sorry!! I just saw it again today with one of my girlfriends and then we went to Silver Diner and came out convinced that they're absolutely shyte at writing the romance.

I want a chance at writing the thing, dammit! I swear I can do a better job

btw, I did like the Kirk/Marcus stuff.

*don't kill me!!*
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Old May 27 2013, 08:50 AM   #249
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Oh I don't care. I'm not a romance person, I enjoy what's on offer but I've never been a shipper. I can trot out my preferences for any characters but I'm not invested. And Trek has always stumbled at romance.
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Old May 27 2013, 12:22 PM   #250
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In 2009 they were touching/lip to lip kissing..this movie Uhura kisses Spock's "cheek" after she has sealed his helmet-what the heck???!!!!
I adore that moment! There is more familiarity, love and romance in that little interaction between them (her sweet indulgence when he's all nerdy is adorable) than in more explicitly romantic scenes IMO also the fact that Uhura is the one helping him wear that thing because he's probably more comfortable with her touching him
That little interaction alone says a lot and makes it pretty clear that they're not just colleagues.

and I think Uhura is a little tease
I love his confusion it makes me think about all these small display of affection by her and him secretly enjoying them even though they're illogical (like "why do you kiss me when I'm wearing the helmet"? and yet he still tilts his head a bit as to receive the kiss)

Spock runs to her on the bridge when they are in total danger and yet they don't hold hands...
they hold hands (it's probably more visible in imax than 16:9 unfortunately where you just see the movement and you get the feeling of it) it's said in the novelization too
there is another scene where they also hold hands:
when McCoy's hand is trapped in the torpedo and they are all anxious for him. When they finally see he's out of danger Uhura moves to Spock. It's subtle and in the background but you see the movement where he raises his hand and take hers.

Their relationship had always been very subtle
I understand your disappointment and I understand why someone might get suspicious and think that perhaps the writers toned it down to placate the haters.
But realistically I think you get more in your face scenes between them in the first movie because the first one was more about Spock IMO while this movie is more about Kirk.
Maybe it's just my impression but it seems to me that most of the interactions that got focus on are the ones that happen in his presence or when the characters interact with him.

I know that he's Damon Lindelof's favorite and I get why this had to be a Kirk's movie but I also hope that the last one will be more an ensemble. I also like it more when Spock is allowed to be a protagonist on his own and he isn't used only as Kirk's friend (or Kirk's friend to be) that is one of the reason why I'm glad he has Uhura.


Still I think Spock's speech on the way to the klingon planet is one of the most touching scenes of both movies.
It could as well be him telling her "I love you" without using those words and without making him OOC. Also I like that they didn't pretend that what happened to vulcan never happened and didn't affect him.
Though you will probably understand the S/U and Spock's arc better if you read the comics.
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Old May 27 2013, 04:26 PM   #251
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Malaika, I hear you and thank you so much for stating that they do hold hands not once but twice as I did not see either. I saw the movie in 2D..we don't have an IMAX near me. I am actually going back today to see it with a friend in 3D so maybe I will see more this time around.
Also, thanks to your response I will endeavor to see the kiss/sealed helmet scene differently and I will endeavor to see Spock's confusion as not you're my student and I'm your professor this is highly inappropriate, but as rather him wondering why the heck he missed out on another kiss as she waited to seal his stupid helmet first. I need to look for his head tilt.
Ummm, where are these Comics???? I need them NOW! I did see that the STID book by Alan Dean Foster is coming out (or has come out) so I will get that and as with FanFic there is always more with the written word and I really shouldn't have expected as much on screen---my disappointment is lifting...
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Old May 28 2013, 02:19 AM   #252
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No luck on 3D either...we caught it in 2D again...but I have to say I did enjoy the movie more on 2nd viewing. I sat on left side of theatre -wonder if this makes a difference as this is my usual side and the theatre was much fuller---about 50/55 people this time. Hopefully, I will be able to catch it in IMAX but regardless I liked it more and am so happy about that.
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I do

But I'll write more in my review, I promise. Sorry!! I just saw it again today with one of my girlfriends and then we went to Silver Diner and came out convinced that they're absolutely shyte at writing the romance.

I want a chance at writing the thing, dammit! I swear I can do a better job

btw, I did like the Kirk/Marcus stuff.

*don't kill me!!*
I will be very interested to read your review! Where are you going to post it?

<whispers> I liked Kirk/Marcus too...walks quietly away
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I was okay with it in the first movie. I'm against it now. The change in my view is mainly because of how Saldana plays it. I'll write more about this in my review.
Well, I wouldn't give up on them just yet. I saw some problems with how they were played as well, but I had more issues with Zach's performance (throughout the whole film) that Zoe's. She did have a couple of not so great moments, and I'm thinking of one in particular. I'm curious to see if some of what you saw is what I saw too.

I don't know. It just seemed like both of them weren't really into it this time. I know it's acting, but they didn't really seem to give it their best effort. That's too bad.

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I do

But I'll write more in my review, I promise. Sorry!! I just saw it again today with one of my girlfriends and then we went to Silver Diner and came out convinced that they're absolutely shyte at writing the romance.

I want a chance at writing the thing, dammit! I swear I can do a better job

btw, I did like the Kirk/Marcus stuff.

*don't kill me!!*
I will be very interested to read your review! Where are you going to post it?

<whispers> I liked Kirk/Marcus too...walks quietly away
I think Kirk/Marcus could work out well, but I kind of liked her with McCoy. They had that one scene together, and although they didn't interact a lot, it was really nice. Besides, does Bones ever get the girl? I'm starting to feel bad for him.

I think I'm going to need to start another thread.

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Old May 28 2013, 12:23 PM   #255
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I think Kirk/Marcus could work out well, but I kind of liked her with McCoy. They had that one scene together, and although they didn't interact a lot, it was really nice. Besides, does Bones ever get the girl? I'm starting to feel bad for him.

I think I'm going to need to start another thread.
Do it!! There's a gazillion threads on the ship, lets have some more threads for the shippers
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