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.)
Look, whenever I got my ass kicked, whether it was my literal butt ass or my emotional heart ass, I did the same thing. I got back out there, and I made ‘em regret they ever messed with me in the first place. Think of the best, strongest warrior version of yourself. Give that warrior a name. Never tell it to anyone. Mine is Axehead Lundgren. Come on, Morgan! Then whatever he’s doing to the warrior, he’s not doing to you, so you find his weakness, and you tell your warrior to go get him.