“’LET ME HELP.’ A hundred years or so from now, I believe, a famous novelist will write a classic using that theme. He’ll recommend those three words even over ’I LOVE YOU.’”
Star Trek, The City on the Edge of Forever (1x28) The lines above come from the very following episode (1x29).
Bryan Fuller worked for different Star Trek shows multiple times, I wouldn’t be surprised if he intended this as a tribute to Kirk and Spock… ?
The first one seems quite obvious since the original line is truly iconic, but the second is a way more subtle, as probably very few people payed attention to those lines and their potential double-meaning. It also might be a mere coincidence, but given Fuller’s reputation (his Star Trek background and his… affection towards Hannigram) I don’t really think so.
And what better than a tribute to the original space husbands™ through Hannibal and Will?
(edit: see also this)