Your Favorite ST Love Story!

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Red Ranger, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. Red Ranger

    Red Ranger Admiral Admiral

    May 20, 2005
    New York City, the greatest city in the world!

    It's simple. Which of the many love stories in all the ST series really spoke to you?

    I would have to say the first one, because of its tragic overtones. I'm speaking of Captain Christopher Pike and Vina, the lone survivor of the crash-landing on Talos IV, from The Cage and The Menagerie.

    Vina's reason for staying, that she was disfigured, was made more poignant by the ending of The Cage: that the Talosians let her think Pike stayed behind with her. And then, Pike's terrible accident with the Delta Rays gave him a choice, to be with the woman he loved, especially now that they both had so much in common -- both physically maimed.

    I just rewatched The Menagerie and this topic idea came naturally to me. And it's also the first official sequel in ST history, come to think of it.

    One more thing: try to limit your favorite love stories to canon, eh? So 'shippers, take a cold shower!

    Red Ranger
  2. Timewalker

    Timewalker Cat-lovin', Star Trekkin' Time Lady Premium Member

    May 26, 2007
    In many different universes, simultaneously.
    Kirk and Edith Keeler. She was his Kobyashi Maru -- the no-win scenario. He was in love with her, but had to let her die to save a universe.
  3. WendellM

    WendellM Commodore Commodore

    May 31, 2001
    Agreed. She was in the Depression, but she had a sense of the positive things to come. How could Kirk not fall for that sort of optimism (when he knew that it was right)? And then to have to watch it die...

    Gets my vote.
  4. Evil_Kirkneivel

    Evil_Kirkneivel Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jul 30, 2006
    The first one that came to mind for me was Picard and Lt. Commander Daren from the ST:NG episode Lessons (6.19). Wendy Hughes, the highly regarded Australian actress who played Daren, brought a naturalistic style to the role, and Patrick Stewart seemed seemed sincerely invigorated to be working with her. The chemistry between them seemed more than genuine.
  5. Navaros

    Navaros Commodore Commodore

    Aug 15, 2005
    Odo/Kira was the only one that I could take seriously, because it was literally gradually developed over years.

    And Quark/ Natima Lang, which I could take seriously because the writers had the wisdom to give them a past relationship, off-screen, that was very well sold by Shimerman's immaculate acting. This went a long way to helping disguise that it was just another lame 'formula episode.'

    Other than that, he "love interest of the week" episodes where the characters meet for the first time and the start of the episode, fall in love with around 20 minutes in, then the love interest is either dead or brainwashed or transported away by the end of the episode is just way too hokey, unbelievable & cliched for me to take seriously, thus all of them stick out to me as really bad 'formula episodes'.
  6. Amy Sisson

    Amy Sisson Writer Captain

    Jul 28, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Worf/Dax, easily. I loved "Looking for Par'Mach in All the Wrong Places." I loved "You Are Cordially Invited". I loved the fact that she could run Klingon circles around him!

    I agree with the poster above who enjoyed the chemistry between Picard and Nella Daren.
  7. Deckerd

    Deckerd Fleet Arse Premium Member

    Oct 27, 2005
    the Frozen Wastes
    I can't think of any that I actually thought was believable, except the obvious one in Enterprise which has been shipped to death.
  8. Rabittooth

    Rabittooth Commander Red Shirt

    Apr 6, 2008
    The Depths of the Realm

  9. JiNX-01

    JiNX-01 Admiral Admiral

    Dec 29, 2002
    If you mean the one I think you do... I'm telling you for the last time, it would never have worked between Porthos and Riker.
  10. Red Ranger

    Red Ranger Admiral Admiral

    May 20, 2005
    New York City, the greatest city in the world!
    Yuk! :wtf:

    Well, aside from Pike and Vina, my other favorite love story was a short one, but I always liked McCoy hooking up with the lovely Yonadan Natira from TOS ep For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky.

    Red Ranger
  11. Sector 7

    Sector 7 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 27, 2008
    Rural North Carolina
    Picard and his wife, Eline, from "The Inner Light". He grew to love her in time. It was a relationship which lasted for decades, even though technically it falls into the one-episode scenario.
    "Now we live in you. Tell them of us... my darling."- Eline
  12. TheLonelySquire

    TheLonelySquire Vice Admiral

    Jan 30, 2007
    You guys are way off! Easily the greatest love story in Trek lore is Kirk and the Enterprise. "Never lose you! Never!"
  13. Dale

    Dale Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 30, 2006
    Mt. Baldy, CA
    Squire, you're right.

    I did want to say, though, that I enjoyed the Kira/O'Brien lustful flirtation while she was carrying his baby. It was only a couple of episodes long but I dug that tension.
  14. Saxman1

    Saxman1 Commodore Commodore

    Oct 21, 2005
    Wow, that made me tear up. Seriously. Pike/Vina, Sisko/Yates and Kirk/Keeler are high on the list, too.
  15. Warp Coil

    Warp Coil Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    MD, USA
    I honestly don't think romance was one of Trek's greatest strengths. There isn't a single relationship in the history of the franchise that I ever found to be compelling. I think part of it is that so many of the relationships were aliens-of-the-week, or were written so inconsistently that there was no point in getting emotionally wrapped up (Picard/Crusher or Riker/Troi, who kept teasing the audience without any real advancement over the course of the series).
  16. Arpy

    Arpy Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 22, 2001
    Kirk/Keeler was my favorite.

    Odo/Kira was good in parts but I could never get over the feeling that they were just thrown together because they were two series regulars. And early on it was just painful...the Odo/Kira/Shakaar triangle. His choosing his love for her over the wholeness of Great Link made the romance astonishing. But Odo and Kira as friends was much more believable for me. His reaction to her at the end of "Necessary Evil" is one of DS9's greatest moments.
  17. Temis the Vorta

    Temis the Vorta Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Oct 30, 1999
    That's a tough question, since love stories are certainly not Star Trek's strength. I think Garak's unrequited love for Bashir is my favorite of all time. Seriously. :D
  18. Marcia12

    Marcia12 Ensign Newbie

    Jul 24, 2008

    I agree. I used to like Tom and BElanna from voyager. but they got stale real quick. A real tv couple needs obsticles and a reason for the fan to root for them. the writer's of Star trek just didn't get it.
  19. WillsBabe

    WillsBabe Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 27, 2002
    Spock and Leila Kalomi. I really feel for both of them.