Star Trek Sex: Analyzing The Most Sexually Charged Episodes Of The Original Series
Set phasers on steamy! The most sexually-charged episodes from the original landmark sci-fi TV show, Star Trek (1966-1969), often drew beloved characters such as Spock, Kirk, Bones, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, Chekov, Khan, and Nurse Chapel into plots that hinged on love, lust, and even a BDSM “Fifty Shades of Grey” sexuality.
Remember Captain Kirk and Spock's unique bromance? Over the years, much has been made about Captain Kirk's sexual prowess and healthy libido, but he was not the only crew member aboard the majestic Starship Enterprise that pursued pleasure. Recall Lt. Uhura utilizing sex as strategy? How about George Takei’s off-screen sexual life and social activism that rocketed at warp speed beyond anything filmed for the science fiction juggernaut?
Explore the primal motivations of these characters in a refreshing and humorous approach that refocuses the stories and situations through the lens of human and alien sexuality. This fresh perspective dips playfully into the drives and desires of the legendary characters played by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, and series creator Gene Roddenberry. Rediscover how the pop culture phenomenon of the original show, the feature films, and the other spin-offs from the fabled Hollywood franchise continue to impact pop culture today.
Illustrated. Index. Episode Listings.
About the author: Will Stape wrote for both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, two of the most popular TV shows in Hollywood history. His ST:TNG episode, Homeward, with Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), debuted in the Emmy Award-winning TV show’s final year. He then sold to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and saw his script, Charity, turned into Prophet Motive starring Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride). He's developed TV shows, and his journalistic articles and celebrity interviews appear in Sci-Fi Pulse, McCall’s Quilter’s Home, Hudson Reporter, Bayonne Style, Shine, and Yahoo! News.
"Star Trek has quite a bit to say about human sexuality if you’re willing to look. Star Trek Sex limits its focus to the original series, finding elements of romance, sexual repression, love triangles, attempted rape, arranged marriages, hedonism, prostitution, and even BDSM in the adventures of Captain Kirk and his crew.
"Stape takes his assignment seriously, and although there’s a little goofiness to some entries, he makes an impressive argument for a consistent ongoing sexual commentary lurking just beneath the surface of the original series. (His thoughtful analysis of The Man Trap was my personal favorite.)"
- San Francisco Book Review