Endless list of underrated animated female characters 6/?:Captain Amelia
Zoe Saldana photographed by Sebastian Kim for Lucky Magazine (February 2014)
I always thought this had a very strong meaning and symbolism, especially in that episode, but also in TOS in general. In the episode, a “disease” (that looks more like it has the effect of a drug of some kind) makes every infected crew member reveal their deepest urges. Spock is the one that stops in front of the inscription “love mankind”, while Kirk sees the one “sinner repent”…
For me, that “The Naked Time” is one of the first episodes of the first season of TOS shows that the ambiguous relationship between Kirk and Spock was intentional.
“Love mankind” has multiple meanings for Spock. He is half human, though his Vulcan and Human sides are always at odds with each other. This constant trouble, reluctance of accepting his “dual” nature was by many compared with the struggle and “dual lives” homosexuals dealt with in the 60s. Throughout TOS, there are many more examples that relate to this: the fact that Vulcan is a highly conservative and severe society, which he escapes through StarFleet (which is mainly composed of humans) against his Father’s wishes (hum…); the fact that amongst Vulcans, he is respected because of his family and accomplishments, but also viewed as “tainted” by human emotionalism (hum…); the fact that when he tries to achieve Kolinahr, he fails in part because of his mind link with Kirk; the fact that he never marries or seeks a relationship with a woman (except when he is either drugged or not himself) (hum…); the fact that after he dies the first person he recognizes is Jim (I start to see a pattern); the fact that he always endeavors to protect Jim, above anybody or anything else: he takes bullets for him, he helps him forget Miramanee, he wants Jim to kill the Horta even though it’s an endangered species… And I could go on and on.
In that same episode, Spock tells Jim that when he feels friendship for him, he is ashamed (hum…). Just after seeing that “Love mankind” inscription. All of Spock’s struggle can be summarized in these two words: love mankind. Both embody his internal fight with his two halves, and his unresolved business and his emotional attachment to mankind, and more specifically, to a single man: James T. Kirk.
And Jim also sees an inscription in that episode: Sinner repent. Well, that is also an interesting one. The religious connotation of the statement, the allusion to sin, in that context, is at best odd. Kirk is not portrayed as a religious man, but religion condemns many kinds of behaviors, which are seen as improper or going against nature. Homosexuality is certainly not the only one, but in that context, as he is searching for Spock, it is a peculiar thing for him to see. Which sins does he have to repent from? Lust, desire towards someone he is not supposed to be attracted to? Homosexuality or at least, homosexual behavior seems more likely than gluttony or wrath or envy, especially in that context. The connotation of the statement, though unclear, remains quite thought provoking. And what Kirk confesses to Spock, that he is not allowed to notice anybody on board, that he is in a way married to his ship (even stating “Now I know why it’s called ‘she’.”), that he feels incredibly lonely… Yes, he mentions the yeoman, but he doesn’t imply that he feels any of it for her. What he says, is that as captain, he isn’t allowed to have any other relationship than the one with his ship. As captain, he is forbidden to love who he wants (hum…). And he says all that just after Spock confesses that he feels friendship for Jim. Hum. Oh, and that’s also when Spock snaps out of the disease, when Jim starts to be in distress.
Sometimes, I really do wonder how any of this was ever allowed to air. I know they tried very hard to portray Kirk as a ladies’ man, but the thing is, if you listen, if you really think about what they both say, what their exact phrasing and wording are in some situations… Well, you don’t need to be Einstein to figure it out.
Let’s not forget he allows the Enterprise to be destroyed in the third movie in order to save Spock. And we know (because he says it many, many times in TOS, even in “The Naked Time”) that he would protect his beloved ship at all costs. But for Spock, he sacrifices her.
Hell, he was not even willing to do that for Edith Keeler. You could argue he couldn’t do that for her. But look at it this way: if Kirk had realized that he had to let Spock die to save the world, would he have done it? When Spock dies, he risks everything to bring him back. I’m pretty sure he would not have given up trying to save Spock. He would have found a way to save both the world and Spock. If there is something we learn in TOS, it’s that, for Kirk, when Spock is concerned, the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many.
At the end of the day, no matter how many “conquests” Kirk has, he always comes back to the Enterprise without them. But always, always with Spock.
darlin’ tuck in your shirt, darlin’ sit up straight, darlin’ don’t forget to smile
Leonard loved his family; loved every inch of neurosis and charm and hot weather tempers and peachy good kindness. They were a family, and family always meant holding each other up when times got tough, and knowing when to smack in some sense when some sense was needed.
You’ve got to get comfortable with fear; nothing’s worth doing unless you’re a little bit scared. People call women the weaker sex. It’s a total cliche - a man in a powerful position is considered assertive, whereas a woman is a ‘bitch’. You have to stand up to that and be ready for things to be hard and for things to be serious.
i love the way jim looks at spock
like with spock, he’s the sun. everything that burns inside of him glows for a purpose. it has something to shine on, and that’s what makes it shine.
like without spock, he’s all burned up. only ash and ember. without anything to shine on, he’s a dead star.
jim looks at spock not like spock is who he’s looking for, but like spock is his reason for looking at all