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Title: Five Times Spock’s Birthday Really Sucked, and the First Time It Was Totally Awesome
Author: dark_orion
Universe/Series: TOS
Rating: G
Relationship status: Preslash/First Time
Word count: 1894
Genre: Angst (-ish)
Tropes: Five Things
Warnings: none (I make Spock sad a lot. Does that count?)
Additional Pairings: none
Summary: As a Vulcan, Spock doesn't really celebrate birthdays, but anytime there's been any kind of to-do, it's led to something awful, right up until it doesn't. (Written quick and dirty as a Happy Birthday for Leonard Nimoy. Happy B'Day, Mr. Nimoy! For a present you get the first Trek fic I've ever written! Um...sorry.) (Also, thanks to everyone who's read and commented on my Kirk essay! I'll reply soon, I promise, but it might be after I've made the thirteen-hour drive back to school from home this weekend. Urgh.)

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Captain James T. Kirk: The Anti-Womanizer, Season 1 (Part 1)
by dark_orion

So, I'll admit it--before I started watching TOS, I thought the same things about Kirk that so many other people do. I believed him to be a testosterone-driven skirt chaser who couldn't keep it in his pants and thought women were only good for sex and eye candy. I believed it...because I had no reason not to--I was a teenager, had never seen a full episode of the original series, and had heard it from all corners of pop culture that this was indeed James "T for Tomcat" Kirk.

The major turning point? Slash. I got into slash completely by accident. I can't remember my first slash story or even fandom, though I suspect it was through Smallville, looking for C/L, which turned out not to be Clark and Lana (oh, gag, the horror in retrospect) but Clark and Lex. Whatever the beginning, because slash lives in the subtext, between the lines, I began to pay more attention to my shows, looking for slash, and as an end result, I also started paying more attention to characterization in general.

Then came K/S, which I only got into in the first place because I wanted to write a masters thesis on slash--and how could you do that without being familiar with the granddaddy of them all? I watched what episodes I could online (at the time, I think I found "Miri," "The Cage," "The Man Trap," and part of "Mirror, Mirror"), but quickly decided that I needed to own the DVDs--I was hooked that quickly.

The more I watched these episodes, the more convinced I became that every preconceived notion I'd had about Kirk was wrong. Far from being the testosterone-driven skirt chaser, James Kirk is extremely respectful of women, more so than pretty much any other man on the ship, does not fall in love at the drop of a hat (excepting of course instances of poor third season writing), does not indulge in one-night stands of his own volition (not onscreen at least), is quite the gentleman who enjoys the courting process, and only really outright seduces women when his or his crew's lives are at stake.

But you shouldn't just take my word for it, and I won't ask you to. In honor of the inestimable Bill Shatner on his birthday, I've gone through every episode of the original series, taken enough notes to make my fingers cramp, and recorded pretty much every significant interaction Kirk has with a woman during the course of the show.

Now, at this point, I'm just trying for an accurate read on Kirk's interaction with women, so I've been trying not to let my slash goggles get in the way, but there are times when I use Kirk's relationship with Spock--and with McCoy and others--as a measuring stick by which to analyze how Kirk interacts with women. Fair warning, though, there are going to be times ahead where I honestly cannot make sense of Kirk's reactions without taking into account at least a degree of K/S, but I'll send up a flare when I get to those points.

I want to make clear that I'm not trying to deny that Kirk is interested in women. On the contrary, I believe very much that he finds women attractive, that he has been in love with women in his life. I'm just trying to correct the widespread misinterpretation that Kirk is some kind of callous horndog who treats women as his natural inferiors.

Also, I don't want anyone to think that I'm trying to talk down to or be patronizing of anyone, because I'm going to go through this as step by step as I can, and I'll probably be repeating myself, simply because similar circumstances recur within the show itself. I just want to be as detailed as possible and leave as little out as I can.

I'll be going through the episodes in the order that they came up on my DVDs, so first out of the gate...


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Season 1, Part 2
 
 
 
 
 
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Interpretation of ST:XI: Slash goggles, on!: Addendum
by dark_orion

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Feeling: contemplativecontemplative
Hearing: Seal: Fast Changes
 
 
 
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Interpretation of ST:XI: Slash goggles, on!
by dark_orion

So, I realize I’m about, oh, several eons late with something like this, but I’ve had these thoughts chasing themselves around in my head since the movie came out, and if I don’t find a way to make them shut up, I’m going to lose my ever-lovin’ mind. Or one of my family members will finally kill me at the next whiff of "but if the Narada showed up after Spock's birth..." Either way, you know, death.

I've got really long (embarrassingly long, really) notes on all this stuff (because I guess I have nothing better to do *cough* final project *cough*), so I forewarn: rambling will ensue. I am also fond of tangents. This will not be a straight shot from here to there, but rather a meandering stroll through a labyrinthine maze. So...there's that. I'll try to mark major topics, so if you're just not interested in, say, my theories on Terran/Vulcan politics, you can skip ahead to the slash. You know, the fun stuff.

Also, last point, I'm going to try my damndest to stick to the events and timeline of XI, at least when I'm not comparing TOS to XI to point out a difference or am referencing something that takes place before the events of XI, since the two timelines would be the same up to the Narada incident. Which means I'll be evaluating characters and their relationships based solely on their portrayal in the new film. Except... Spock!Prime sort of throws a wrench into that kinda, doesn't he? Goddammit.

So, here goes.

Split into four parts by topic, as it was way to big for one post in lj. Dammit.

(Why Is Spock Such an Emo Asshole in ST:XI?)
(Parsing Spock and Uhura's Relationship: The Academy Years)
(Why Jim Kirk Is Still the Better Match for Spock, in Any Timeline: The Persistence of T'hy'la (a.k.a. The Fun Stuff))
(These Filmmakers Are Sneaky, Subversive Little Weasels: Everyone's a Spirk Shipper!)
ETA 2: Now with (ADDENDUM!)


Also, I seem to be having a little trouble with the images, at least from my connection. If you are having similar issues, the gallery for the whole commentary is here.

ETA: Hi, guys. Sorry to those of you who've been witness to some kerfuffles going on in the comments. It's gotten a little intense, so I apologize to all of you. I hate to have to go all "mom" here, but from here on, I'm instituting a zero tolerance policy for disrespect (e.g. name-calling, personal attacks) here. Please, please, don't think I mean that you can't disagree with me. I kind of love it when you do, because we've had some really in-depth discussion here that I think benefits all of us involved. It's fun, because who doesn't love any excuse to talk about Trek here? But when we start to get into just being outright mean to each other on a personal level, that's taking it too far, right?

The overwhelming majority of you guys have been awesome, and completely and totally cordial and polite even when letting me know when I'm wrong, wrong, wrong. We're bickering like Kirk and Spock, and it's great. I thank you guys for that, and I hope it continues. I'm just nipping some things in the bud before they get nasty.

'Kay. As you were. Nothing to see here, folks. :)
 
 
Hearing: The sound to TOS "The Deadly Years"
 
 
 
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Interpretation of ST:XI: Slash goggles, on!, Part FourCollapse )

ETA: Hi, guys. Sorry to those of you who've been witness to some kerfuffles going on in the comments. It's gotten a little intense, so I apologize to all of you. I hate to have to go all "mom" here, but from here on, I'm instituting a zero tolerance policy for disrespect (e.g. name-calling, personal attacks) here. Please, please, don't think I mean that you can't disagree with me. I kind of love it when you do, because we've had some really in-depth discussion here that I think benefits all of us involved. It's fun, because who doesn't love any excuse to talk about Trek here? But when we start to get into just being outright mean to each other on a personal level, that's taking it too far, right?

The overwhelming majority of you guys have been awesome, and completely and totally cordial and polite even when letting me know when I'm wrong, wrong, wrong. We're bickering like Kirk and Spock, and it's great. I thank you guys for that, and I hope it continues. I'm just nipping some things in the bud before they get nasty.

'Kay. As you were. Nothing to see here, folks. :)
 
 
Hearing: The sound to TOS "The Deadly Years"
 
 
 
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Interpretation of ST:XI: Slash goggles, on!, Part ThreeCollapse )


ETA: Hi, guys. Sorry to those of you who've been witness to some kerfuffles going on in the comments. It's gotten a little intense, so I apologize to all of you. I hate to have to go all "mom" here, but from here on, I'm instituting a zero tolerance policy for disrespect (e.g. name-calling, personal attacks) here. Please, please, don't think I mean that you can't disagree with me. I kind of love it when you do, because we've had some really in-depth discussion here that I think benefits all of us involved. It's fun, because who doesn't love any excuse to talk about Trek here? But when we start to get into just being outright mean to each other on a personal level, that's taking it too far, right?

The overwhelming majority of you guys have been awesome, and completely and totally cordial and polite even when letting me know when I'm wrong, wrong, wrong. We're bickering like Kirk and Spock, and it's great. I thank you guys for that, and I hope it continues. I'm just nipping some things in the bud before they get nasty.

'Kay. As you were. Nothing to see here, folks. :)
 
 
Feeling: accomplishedaccomplished
Hearing: The sound to TOS "The Deadly Years"