Reviewer: OzTrekkie Signed
Chapter 1: Chapter 1
This is my confusion over the alternative reality. I understand a different set of events created a different set of circumstances and thus an alternative reality. One of these differences is apparently having Spock be in a relationship with Uhura. But on Memory Alpha it uses the phrase "Spock maintained a relationship with Uhura". Abrams may have created the alternative reality to avoid continuity issues, but is he saying here that Spock already had a relationship with Uhura BEFORE the timelines split? And that the difference is that he MAINTAINS a relationship with Uhura in the reboot reality. So, basically he's saying that Spock and Uhura before the first season of TOS were in a relationship. That still seems like he's messing with the original timeline to me. What part of Uhura going up to Spock in The Man Trap and attempting, unsuccessfully, to flirt with him indicates that they were ever even that close? Not to mention she says something along the lines of "Kirk is the closest thing you have to a friend". Doesn't really seem like ex-girlfriend talk.
Also, for the reboot, I'm not sure that I would use the phrase "serious relationship" necessarily. They obviously have a pre-existing relationship, and yes it is canon in the 2009 film, but there doesn't seem to be much discussion about exactly what the relationship is. Spock obviously doesn't discuss a lot with Uhura despite his affection for her and they certainly aren't bonded. Plus, particularly is Spock hasn't reached sexual maturity yet there's no indication that the relationship is physical beyond kissing (Not to mention he might be bonded to T'Pring before Vulcan is destroyed). I'm not sure Uhura would necessarily introduce Spock as "This is Spock, my boyfriend".
The relatonship seems kind of obligatory action movie romance to me, there's nothing particularly creative about it. Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto are great actosr, I just don't think it really suits the character development from, you know, over 45 years of TOS. Abrams seemingly has decided to continue this subplot in Into Darkness which is causing me some annoyance. I can't really imagine where it's going, or how much time they can now commit to Spock and Kirk's "epic romance". I understand that it's an alternative reality but I can't raelly reconcile it in my mind. Author's Response:
Thanks for your response!
No, the timelines split the moment Nero went through time, so from the attack on USS Kelvin. Spock was 1 year old then and Kirk was just being born, so no way Spock and Uhura were in a relationship then. :)