On ‘Amok Time’ I don’t remember if it was Gene Roddenberry, Gene Coon or [writer] Ted Sturgeon who came up with the idea of the Vulcan seven-year mating cycle, but the way we established it, Vulcans mate normally anytime they want to. However, every seven years you do the ritual, the ceremony, the whole thing. It’s a biological urge. This every seven-years business was taken literally by too many people who aren’t stopping and understanding. I mean, every seven years would be a little bad, and it would not explain the Vulcans of many different ages, which are not seven years apart.
Dorothy Fontana, interviewed in The Fifty-Year Mission Volume 1: The First 25 Years, by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (2016).
To paraphrase and extrapolate from [Andrew Greeley]: [Kira] was a woman who ‘had lived a very painful life, in which she did many terrible things and many terrible things were done to her.’
But she had also done many brave and loving things, and many were done to her. She exposed deceit; she destroyed villains whose wickedness was inherent in their evil character, not forced on them by circumstances; she took great risks for friends and for causes greater than herself. She helped free enslaved people, and despite losing the great love of her life, she at least had found it and found joy and overcame her pain.
And the Prophets forgave her. (And she was a darn good role model).
Frank W. Oglesbee in “Kira Nerys: A Good Woman Fighting Well” in Extrapolation 45.3 (2004).
I never knew what a friend was until I met Geordi. He spoke to me as though I were human. He treated me no differently from anyone else. He accepted me for what I am. And that I have learned is friendship.