I just finished reading the TMP novelization. This comes during the final scenes, when they find Vejur’s “brain”:
What the fuck. Like, humankind is at the brink of extinction, they have seven minutes left to save everyone and Jim not only finds the time to notice Spock calling him by his first name again, no he even finds it comforting. As if he didn’t care about global extinction after he finally has his boyfriend back.
I’m finally getting around to reading Gene Roddenberry’s novelization of The Motion Picture. I will skip over the well-known T’hy’la part and go straight to the chapter where Spock returns to the Enterprise and steps on the bridge, much to Jim’s delight.
So. Is this a reaction to a friend you haven’t seen in a while? Not for me, even though I do get excited when I see friends again after a long time.
Why is there talk of “friendship and affection”? While affection certainly doesn’t have to mean love, the term “friendship” already includes “affection”, doesn’t it? So why use both terms? Because there is more to it than mere friendship?
Also: “superior even to the wild physical love which affected Vulcans every seventh year during pon farr.” Holy hell, what is this? The connection between these two is superior to pon farr? (Well, okay, we knew that since Amok Time.)
This doesn’t necessarily imply that they have ever been engaged with each other sexually, no, it goes beyond that. But do they need to be sexually involved?
Basically, what Roddenberry tells us here is “Fuck sex this is much better!”
I don’t consider Spock to be asexual (TOS has shown us he is capable of experiencing sexual attraction outside pon farr), but I can easily see these two together without ever needing to get physical.
(But I also find it rather easy to imagine they did go down that road after TMP.)
The marriage was a quiet one, but the news was still greeted with astonishment on Earth. Sarek took it calmly. One particularly annoying newspaper, which published a slight alteration on Amanda’s headline—”I Married A Little Green Man!”—received an interesting riposte from Amanda, when she was interviewed on one of the broadcast news services shortly thereafter: “There is nothing little,” she said with great dignity, “about my husband.”