Star Trek, the creation of TV legend Gene Roddenberry, unexpectedly became one of the biggest television and movie franchises of the last 50 years. The series came back to life in 1979 with Star Trek: The Motion Picture, 11 years after the original series was cancelled. Several more films followed and finally, in 1987, a new series took to the airwaves, Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The Next Generation, with its $1 million per episode budget, became the most successful syndicated show of its day. The original series lasted only three years, yet decades later science fiction fans the world over are anxiously awaiting the release of the newest Star Trek motion picture, a reboot of the original series, and the second film released with new young versions of the original sixties characters Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and company.
There are many reasons for the enduring popularity of the Star Trek franchise, with its futuristic fun and morality. In the Star Trek future, all of humanity gets along, with hundreds of races and species co-existing in geo-political harmony. Social interactions and relationships are of special interest in the 23rd and 24th centuries.
In the 50-plus years of the Star Trek phenomena, no one demonstrated more expertise or had more interpersonal love, hate, lust, conflict, friendship, partner, and one-night-stand relationships than Captain James Tiberius Kirk. Here are some things that the notoriously suave and debonair captain of the Enterprise might say about dating.
1. Go Boldly Where No Man Has Gone Before
Captain Kirk never met a woman who was too big of a challenge for him to pursue. In this instance, his middle name Tiberius, a former Roman Emperor, is fitting. The companion statement to the above could be the dating version of, I came, I saw, and I conquered.
2. Pause if You Don’t Know What to Say
Captain Kirk was famous for long, exaggerated pauses in places where he … wasn’t … sure … what to say. Some might say it was for dramatic effect, others might suggest that Kirk was just stalling for more time. In either case, pausing to think before you speak can be an effective dating strategy.
3. It Doesn’t Matter if You Are Blue or Green or Covered with Scales
Jim Kirk considered all women to be beautiful and most women felt that way in his presence. From Nurse Chapel to the ever loyal Uhura, from Vulcan to Andoria and beyond, women of all shapes, sizes, and origins were fair game for Captain Kirk. Some of the hottest women Kirk encountered were women of color: blue, green, gold, bright colors, indeed!
4. Women Love a Scamp
Jim Kirk would say that women love the kind of man who, as a boy, ran a classic Corvette convertible off a mountain top just for thrills. They like men who are willing to bend or break the rules if it will get them what they want. Just ask the creator of the Kobayashi Maru test!
5. Women Love a Man in Uniform
There’s not much more to be said about this time-honored tradition.
6. Women Love a Man Who Can Fight
Not only was Captain Kirk an expert in hand-to-hand combat, he could take his lumps as well as dish them out. The captain won most of his one-on-one battles (or at least his stunt double did). When the Captain lost, his friends and comrades-in-arms were on hand to pick him up, dust him off, and save the day.
7. Speaking of Friends
Kirk would say that friendship is the most powerful force in the Universe. Loyalty and trust are also forged in friendships. No relationship is worth a darn without these important component parts, dating or otherwise.
8. Be Careful Where You Plant Seeds
Even in the 24th century, birth control is a topic for consideration. Kirk had never known that he even had a son until it was almost too late.
9. Sometimes the Needs of the One Outweigh the Needs of the Many, or the Few
This iconic statement and its variations were repeated by Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock several times during the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and its sequel, The Search for Spock.
In the film, Kirk watches his best friend and second-in-command, Mr. Spock, sacrifice himself to save the lives of everyone onboard the Enterprise, with Spock saying that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.
Spock maintains that the lives of his many shipmates are worth more than his own, and willingly dies in the effort to save them. After Spock’s death, Captain Kirk decides he will risk everyone and everything to bring Spock back to life.
This is certainly the devotion and dedication that a woman would like to see from her man, the Star Trek version of moving heaven and earth to please a mate and keep them safe. Kirk demonstrates by his words and deeds that he is literally willing to travel to the ends of galaxy and fight the devil himself for his companion-in-arms, his brother, his shipmate, and best friend. What woman wouldn’t find that to be a huge turn-on?!