everyone needs to read ‘collision course’ by william shatner because it’s full of teenage spirk feels but the ending part is just perfection
kirk chases after his new boyfriend (who he’s known for two weeks and calls “stretch”) just to wish him luck because he’s not ready to say goodbye yet
spock also wishes jim luck then these two awkward dorks mess up a handshake/vulcan salute by going for one gesture then switching to what the other is doing to match
they keep walking together before coming to a fork in the road but they don’t want to separate so kirk decides to reminisce with a very suggestive line about the night they met and spock says he won’t ever forget
they agree their time together has been fun and tell each other "see you around” even though they have totally different schedules because they still don’t want to truly say goodbye and also spock calls him jim for the first time ever
like dear god what is this pride and prejudice shit before my very eyes and why did shatner make it so tragically romantic
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just wanna rant about how star trek is great at representing the immigrant struggle. it has so many characters that have spent their lives in cultural grey areas, not knowing who they are and where they belong because of it. the first that comes to mind is worf, who feels alienated from both the culture he was raised in and the culture he's from originally. then there's spock, who is forced to choose between cultures as a child and ends up never being able to reconciliate with his father after he leaves this culture behind. odo and garak, who are both seperated from their people, but not by choice. data, who feels like he has no culture at all (quote from birthright part 1).
as a second generation immigrant there is so much to relate to here. i don't feel at home in the country i was born and raised in because my parents taught me different values and ways of life than what is normal here. i don't feel at home in either of my parent's home countries because i don't even speak their languages. in many ways, i don't feel like i have a culture at all. and i don't have the luxury of having my path laid out for me, there are always people giving me conflicting culturally derived advice from all sides. i can only rely on myself. it can be isolating.
then i see my parents, neither of who left their home countries by choice. they do their best to be at home here and make ny siblings and i feel like we are too. but i can tell by the way people look at them and talk to them that they're still seen as outsiders. i can hear the way my dad lights up when he talks to his family in his native language on the phone. he misses his home badly but he can't go back. my mom gets insecure, she worked really hard to get rid of her accent and sometimes she overcompensates by being very critical of her cultural origins. it's never enough. we'll never really fit in here.
the thing is, none of this necessarily has to do with explicit bigotry. i'm scared of it, yeah, but it hasn't directly affected my life often (i got lucky). and star trek really shows that. the federation is a liberal society where people are generally open minded and unnecessary cultural biases are mostly gone. and yet the characters still go through these things. that's really validating. you're not crazy for feeling this way.
in the end star trek is really about found family and that's true for real life as well. if you've got people who have your back and who love you no matter what, life without a cultural safety net becomes so much more bearable
thanks for coming to my ted talk here have this picture of a birb i saw
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