could you imagine The Enterprise having like a yearly inspection and Kirk bugs out every time because the best running ship in the fleet certainly doesn’t become so because they follow therules. He has to remind the crew a week in advance to actually call him Captain and use formal titles. Bones and Scotty’s shared bathroom which is one hundred percent a liquor cabinet/distillery cannot be a thing.
Sulu has to collect all of his plants out of everywhere that’s not the Botany Labs and hide the illegal ones he picked up during their journey in his quarters. Scotty has to remove all of his Scotty-Approved-Modifications from Engineering. Spock can’t work four shifts in a row and break the ensigns that challenge him in the gym to sparring matches. Bones can’t medically offer alcohol to anybody. Uhura needs to not curse every ten minutes, in any language. Chekov needs to focus more on his console and less on every pair of legs walking by his station.
Do you think any of the AOS crew would have problems with an age gap in a relationship (assuming everyone's age of consent yadda yadda) and if so, how much would be "too much" of a gap?
Assuming everything is consensual - this is not yadda, yadda - this is important. I get it though, Nonie. I’m pretty young, and I tend to gravitate toward older men, in particular.
Jim and Chekov give no shits. Love is love.
Uhura’s got to think about the practicalities. I feel like she is not necessarily attracted to younger men - it’s a maturity thing - so the possibility of an age-gap relationship comes as a surprise to her. I think she’d take things slow, at first. There’d be lots of long conversations, she’d want everyone on the same page. But she’s open.
Hikaru pursues it whole-heartedly. I think there’s a small age gap between he and Ben, probably about 12 years. Sulu is the sort of person who falls in love and then moves mountains for his partner. Sulu stops at nothing, not distance, not disagreements, and certainly not age.
Scotty, if you can tear his attention away from his technical journals, is a little more difficult to peg down. For all his bluster, he’s actually pretty shy when it comes to relationships. His hesitance, though, would be more self-doubt and trepidation than an actual problem with the age gap. It is another factor for him to work through, though. Am I enough for her? Would I be holding her back? He’ll come around, but it’ll take time.
Bones is the most leery of it, I think. He’s been around the block, has already had one marriage crash and burn, and he guards his heart fiercely. It’s not about the age, not really, but that’s going to be one more citation in a long list of reasons why, “it would never work, darlin’.”
Spock is a little more complicated. One, Vulcans have issues a mile wide when it comes to love and relationships. Two, and possibly most importantly, there’s the life-span difference to consider. I think a relationship of any sort is a hard sell for Spock, and an age-gap would certainly throw in another wrench. I’ll have to spend some more time thinking about this one.