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Devil in the Dark: Shippy episode or SHIPPIEST episode? 
29th-Jun-2009 05:54 pm
spock and kirk
A few years ago I received the entire boxed set of Star Trek: The Original Series as a gift. My husband and I watched them all, one by one, and enjoyed them very much.

This was, ahem, before I had discovered Livejournal and fandom (excepting Harry Potter) and the attendant depravity. Rule 34, etc. It was a happy, innocent time, before I even realized that people, for instance, shipped Holmes/Watson (BTW, that sound you hear is my childhood dying)...

...or Kirk/Spock.

K/S is the traditional pairing abbreviation, but since the 2009 Star Trek: Reboot, the kids have got at it. Various portmanteau names abound. My favorite is SPORK.


Anyway, I watched "Devil in the Dark" last night. I'd seen the episode multiple times before, but never with my naughty!bad!wrong slasher eyes:

In one scene, Kirk is discussing going after the Horta, a monster that has already killed fifty men. He wants Spock to stay behind and work on another task - repairing a critical piece of machinery:

KIRK: Mr. Spock. I want you to assist Scotty in maintaining that makeshift circulating pump.

SPOCK: *sounding hurt* I... beg your pardon, sir?

KIRK: You heard me. It's vital that we keep that reactor in operation. Your scientific knowledge --

SPOCK: -- is not needed there, sir. Mister Scott has far more knowledge of nuclear reactors than I do. *pleading* You're aware of that.

KIRK: Mister Spock, you are second in command. This will be a dangerous hunt. Either one of us by himself is expendable. Both of us are not.

SPOCK: Captain, there are approximately one hundred of us engaged in this search, against one creature. The odds against you and I both being killed are 2,228.7 to 1.

KIRK: 2,228.7 to 1? Those are pretty good odds, Mister Spock.

SPOCK: And they are of course accurate, Captain.

KIRK: Of course. Well, I hate to use the word, but logically, with those kind of odds, you might as well stay. But please stay out of trouble, Mister Spock.

SPOCK: That is always my intention, Captain.


Then, as they are stalking the creature through a cavern:

SPOCK: Captain. Fresh readings within the hour in each of these tunnels.

KIRK: The chart says both of these tunnels converge a few thousand yards further. You take the left. I'll take the right.

SPOCK: Should we separate?

KIRK: Two tunnels, two of us. We separate.

Again, Spock is so very reluctant to be separated from his captain!

Suddenly, part of Kirk's tunnel caves in:

SPOCK: Captain? Are you all right? Jim? Jim!

KIRK: Yes, Mister Spock, I'm all right. We seem to have had a cave-in.

SPOCK: I could phaser you out.

KIRK [OC]: No. No, no, you'd better not. Any disturbance might bring down the rest of the wall. Besides, it isn't necessary. The chart said the tunnels meet further on.

SPOCK: Very well, but I find it extremely disquieting that your roof chose that particular moment to collapse. Please proceed with extreme caution. I shall quicken my pace.

KIRK: Very well, Mister Spock. I'll meet you at the other end.

(Just then a part of the wall vanishes, and their strange adversary emerges. The pair have a stand off, with the creature approaching when Kirk lowers his phaser, and backing off when he raises it. The communicator beeps.)

KIRK: Kirk here.

SPOCK: Captain, I just read some fresh signs. The creature is in this area. I'll take a lifeform reading.

KIRK: It's not necessary, Mister Spock. I know exactly where the creature is.

SPOCK: Where, Captain?

KIRK: Ten feet away from me.

SPOCK: Kill it, Captain, quickly!

KIRK: It's not making any threatening moves, Spock.

SPOCK: You don't dare take the chance, Captain! Kill it!

KIRK: I thought you were the one who wanted it kept alive, captured if possible.

SPOCK: Jim, your life is in danger. You can't take the risk. I remind you it's a proven killer. I'm on my way. Spock out.

Pooooooor Spock, so worried about his Captain. D'awww, they're so cuuuuuuuuute!

30th-Jun-2009 02:07 am (UTC)
30th-Jun-2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
Bwahahaha! That's a good ship name, too.
30th-Jun-2009 02:25 am (UTC)
You totally need to check out this K/S fanvid. Someone on my flist posted it last year.. and yeaaaaah.


Edited at 2009-06-30 02:26 am (UTC)
30th-Jun-2009 06:34 am (UTC) - Kirk/Spock is totally canon
I saw this a few weeks ago. OMG. So hot, it's scary.
30th-Jun-2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
That one is pretty pr0ntastic!
30th-Jun-2009 03:16 am (UTC)
I have to admit, it completely shocked me to follow the link and find a personal journal attached. I didn't even bother to check the username, I just assumed I was reading ontd_startrek. :P

Anyway, yes. It does seem rather shippy, doesn't it? ;)
30th-Jun-2009 08:21 pm (UTC)

Isn't that the greatest comm? I love how there have been all these "you kids, get off my lawn" posts in the general startrek comm. Honestly, I think an infusion of squeeing teenager is the best possible thing for the franchise in general. And TOS getting cool again with a new generation. It's fantastic!
30th-Jun-2009 06:31 am (UTC) - Kirk/Spock = soulmates!
Okay, I MUST see this episode. Still working my way through Season 1. But notice how often Spock and Kirk place each other as their highest priority, even above the lives of others. I swear Gene Roddenberry somehow managed to secretly sneak in the very first bisexual main characters in mainstream television, right under everyone's nose! =D

Edited at 2009-06-30 06:36 am (UTC)
30th-Jun-2009 08:26 pm (UTC) - Re: Kirk/Spock = soulmates!
I think the official line is that Kirk and Spock shared a deep love, ostensibly platonic. That's certainly how I read it, in my more innocent days. But one you put on the LJ shipper glasses, you see so much more!
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30th-Jun-2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
It checks all the Star Trek boxes:

Red shirt deaths
people standing and screaming at the monster rather than running away
guy in a cheesy monster suit
massively cheesy sets
Overdramatic mind-melding
Kirk/Spock UST
30th-Jun-2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Various portmanteau names abound. My favorite is SPORK.

Not a lot of people may know that said name also appears on a list of proposed "Vulcan names" beginning "sp" and ending "k" back in the days of TOS.

30th-Jun-2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Mr Spork!


I'm going to hear Mr Spork now, every time I watch the show.
30th-Jun-2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
I have SO got to rewatch TOS. I loved Devil in the Dark and one of my earliest memories was seeing Kirk running across the soundstage alien planet in The Squire of Gothos.

*is nostalgic*
30th-Jun-2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
We watched all of them in order a few years ago, but are now going back and catching the highlights. My husband is impressing me with his massive Trek knowledge; I had thought I was the big geek in the family. I had to thwack him to make him stop saying all the lines in "City on the Edge of Forever."
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