Fandom: Star Trek (Reboot)
Categories: gen, Sulu
Summary: Hikaru Sulu dreamed of adventure. (Prompt from lady_ganesh, who wanted why Sulu became a pilot.)
( The answer is, I think, implict. )
Fandom: Star Trek: Reboot
Warnings: Linguistics nerdery ahead
( It's mostly about Uhura. But still very unfinished. )
Current Music: Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
These are things that are true, in my head, about Star Trek: TOS (not movieverse):|
Uhura and Sulu made out at a party once. It only made their friendship closer - they laugh about it now but it will never happen again. They are friends for always.
Uhura and Yeoman Rand were on-again, off-again for years - sometimes many months would pass between times when they were anything but vaguely social, sometimes they would be in Uhura's bed (in the old Enterprise, Yeoman Rand had a roommate - I'm pretty sure that's canon, but it's definitely in my head) almost every night.
One time, not long after the aliens made them kiss, they were in the mess and Uhura sang a song about rejection and looked kind of tired and sad, and Kirk felt like ten kinds of asshole, and later he took her aside and told her that, just to be clear, he fought it so hard and hated it so much because it was forced, because it was ugly and tawdry to be kissing her for the entertainment of malicious telepaths. That he respected her, admired her, that she was a brilliant officer and a beautiful woman but it just wasn't right like that, and then Uhura laughed gently and told him yes, captain, she understood. And she kissed his cheek and smiled and left, and he felt kind of foolish and lucky as hell to have that woman on his bridge, knowing she was smarter than he'd ever be.
Sometimes, Scotty sleeps in Engineering, curled up in a corner where the engines can sing him to sleep. Everyone knows. Nobody says anything.
Once, when Kirk came back from a mission broken and bloody, and McCoy put him back together as best he could but they still all knew they might yet lose him, Spock and Bones kept vigil by his bedside all night. They played chess, and Bones lost every game until, cursing Spock and every Vulcan in his lineage, he made him switch to Go Fish. Christine Chapel brought coffee and fruit juice and food, an unobtrusive ghost when it got late enough that they gave in and talked. Bones said how worried he was and Spock told him that Kirk was strong and had recovered from worse and had an excellent physician by his side, and logically, therefore, he'd be fine. They played a few more rounds in silence, then tossed the cards aside and just watched the monitor bars above Jim's bed. Bones fell asleep, slumped in his chair. Chapel watched from a shadowed doorway as Spock got a pillow and gently adjusted his position so he wouldn't hurt his neck, and covered him with a blanket.
In the morning, when McCoy thanked her for her kindness, for the pillow and the blanket, she looked at Spock, at his carefully composed expression, and told the doctor he was welcome, she was always glad to help. When Spock gave her a grave nod of thanks, she knew she wasn't really lying - that, too, was helping.
There was this one time Chekov and Scotty had a drinking contest. Scotty was drinking vodka, and Chekov had whiskey. No-one knows who won, but Uhura confiscated all of the pictures anyone took of the two of them curled up next to each other in the mess hall, both fast asleep cuddling near-empty bottles with matching, drunken smiles. Rumour has it she didn't destroy the pictures - she just made sure only she had copies.
Uhura is the less-angry Ivanova of the Enterprise. If it happened, she knows about it. But she keeps her secrets, and everyone else's, too.
Everyone loves Uhura. At Comms she's the voice and ears of the Enterprise, off duty she sings in the mess hall and talks and listens makes everyone feel better because she's there. But nobody ever wants to piss her off. It's not a matter of what happens when you do - nobody even knows what that would be, because it hasn't happened. But everyone has the feeling they don't want to find out.
Christine Chapel knows people talk about her - they talk about how she's so obviously in love with Spock, and they sometimes laugh, and sometimes wonder why she doesn't just accept he'll never love her back. She never lets on how much those people disgust her, because she knows they're fools.
Christine knows that Spock will never return her love. Never could. That's not the point. He does love her, in his way, and he respects her, which is something else entirely. In her heart she knows that if he could change, if he could become a man who would love her the way she loves him, he would cease to be a man she could love. She loves him. He respects her. And that's okay.
Scotty likes his captain, respects his captain, would die for his captain... but sometimes he thinks Kirk's a little silly, because Kirk still seems to think the Enterprise is his ship, just because he's her captain. And Scotty knows the Enterprise will never love her captain as much as she loves him. It's okay, though - he's not the jealous type.
Hikaru Sulu has a rich fantasy life. Secretly, he writes novels of epic, swashbuckling adventure that no-one will ever see.
OH MY GOD THE NEW STAR TREK MOVIE IS THE AWESOMEST THING IN THE HISTORY OF AWESOME SERIOUSLY YOU GUYS YOU HAVE NO IDEA|
Unless you've seen it, already, and even then, seriously, some people clearly do not get how awesome it is because they don't realise just how much they rocked out at some very important points.
Spoilery discussion may come later, but first, a couple of non-spoilery comments:
1) Words can not express my absolute joy and delight that the computer voice was still Majel Barrett Roddenberry. It's not Star Trek unless it contains Majel Barrett Roddenberry.
2) Tally: I cried twice, hyperventilated at least six times, and was bouncing in my seat at points with sheer thrill and joy.
3) And occasional swoon.
I want to point, again, to my essay: Series on the Edge of Forever: the Future History of Star Trek, because I want people to understand what a big deal Star Trek is and should be. Star Trek is part of history in ways that seriously deserve to be recognised.
A quotation I used, that shows a lot of why: "Civil rights came of age in the sixties, and so did I - right here in the South. You can pretty well imagine my environment, so let's say that Spock and Star Trek did as much to change my views as my watching civil rights workers being hosed down and badgered with police dogs." I've recently seen people bringing up Nichelle Nichols' story of being encouraged to stay with Star Trek by Dr. King, and I'm like... people, you ought to know this stuff. This is important history. Nichelle Nichols was an inspiration to many people, for good reasons.
Looking over it, I'd write a better essay now, but still.
Anyway. Yes. Stuff and NO SERIOUSLY PEOPLE THIS MOVIE WAS AWESOME BEYOND THE TELLING OF IT THERE IS MORE AWESOME THAN CAN BE CONTAINED IN JUST ONE POST AND SO MUCH SQUEE AND SERIOUSLY DID I MENTION I LOVED IT REALLY A LOT.
My seriously difficult efforts to remain unspoiled? So worth it, I loved every second of that movie.
So, about three years ago I promised someone - I now forget who - that I would share this when it was finished. I ended up not doing so, because I didn't get around to finding somewhere to put it online as a PDF, and I didn't want to try and fix up the formatting (with all the footnotes included, especially since endnotes make me cry in my special angry place) and it was all just too hard and then I got hit by a car a month after I handed this in.|
Well, now I have proper webspace.
Here's the thing: I keep thinking to mention this, and then changing my mind, and now realising there's no reason not to.
In 2006, I wrote an essay about Star Trek. Specifically about Star Trek and history - the way history shaped Star Trek, and vice versa. The essay has major flaws - I didn't address the subject of women in Star Trek pretty much at all, and the writing is not my best, and it's several years old so I'm several years better at history now.
But people might be interested. So, on condition that people keep those caveats in mind: Series on the Edge of Forever: The Future History of Star Trek. PDF. Includes bibliography.