…but I wasn’t trying to make some grand statement about Spock x Uhura with my latest post about Uhura in The Final Frontier.
Let me clarify that I don’t mean that Scotty x Uhura is as deep a relationship as Spock x Uhura. It isn’t. I merely meant that I think both relationships didn’t have a lot…
Okay a few things:
First, here are the scenes from before Spock and Uhura kissed in the turbolift that built up to it:
- It’s very brief, but Uhura also gives Spock a look at the trial of Kirk, before flicking her gaze to Kirk.
- Spock assigns Uhura to the Farragut because he fears being seen as favoring her. Uhura rightly calls him on that and gets her earned place. Spock would not fear this unless there was a reason.
- Spock and Uhura share a look before the turbolift closes and he has to go to rescue the elders from the Katric Ark this look says (I care about you, please come back).
So, there was build-up. It is subtle, but it’s there.
There was also plenty of subtext in TOS, despite the studio execs stopping Gene from fully going there, from the “Why don’t you tell me I’m an attractive young lady.” to Uhura actually singing about Spock’s sexual prowess while he played along and smiled afterwards.
There’s also the episode where he quoted a line of poetry to her. She Walks in Beauty Like the Night.
In comparison, Scotty never recited poetry to Uhura, never flirted with her, never had any interaction with that could be interpreted as anything other than platonic until…
Sybok’s mind-control. And even then Uhura was the aggressor.
As for Uhura’s fandance…
There was nothing empowering or nice about any of it.
It was, Nichelle is old and harmless now, let’s throw her a few bones.
We can’t have her be sexual with any voluntary initiative or consent, because she’s black, soooo let’s soften it by making it Scotty (he’s also harmless) and have it be mind control.
Let’s also allow her to show off that banging body she still has despite being over 60(!).
That way, she’s sexy but not in any way that will upset people.
We can look at her body and people can stop wondering why she hasn’t had a love interest for all these years.
FYI, the saddest part????
This shit STILL HAPPENS.
Halle Berry plays Storm.
HALLE “one of the most stunning women in the world” Berry.
She’s had zero love interests during the course of that franchise. Not a wink, no flirting, NOTHING.
So, I hope you can now see why I don’t think it’s totally a-okay for you to ask me, a black female fan who’s tired of this head-patty “just take your crumbs and be happy!” bullshit, and be “chill” about that.
No side-characters for me. That’s what Hollywood always shuffles us with.
Uhura is with Spock, the most popular guy in the franchise. And they actually work.
THAT is actual progress.
Now, you ship her however you want, but don’t ask me to chill when I know it’s because for too many fangirls it’s because it doesn’t feel right for them to see a black girl get with anyone it’s above her place to be with.
It’s “OMG LOOK AT THE TWO CUTE SUPPORTING CHARACTERS IN LOVE!!!! AREN’T THEY ADORABLE?! THEY BOTH WEAR RED AND SCOTTY IS SOOO ADORKABLE WITH HIS SCOTTISH ACCENT AND HIS JOKES….UHURA WOULD BE A TEN BUT SHE’S BLACK AND AFRICAN SO, IT TOTTTTALLLY MAKES SENSE THAT SHE WOULD BE WITH THIS GUY, WHO IS A FIVE. SOOO I AM SO GLAD THAT THEY BOTH FOUND LOVE WITH EACH OTHER.”