It’s easy to fall in love with Star Trek. The show and its various film series portray a positive future for humanity. This future is filled with hope and signals to the current denizens of planet earth that a positive tomorrow lies ahead. Trek is also fairly confident that technology will help us solve many of the problems we currently face, and that one day all humans will just “get along.”
Behind all the phasers and warp drives and beneath the beautiful Federation is something smaller. That is, a building block that is created when two people “get along well” and enjoy each other’s company. Instead of sci-fi technology and pointy-eared aliens from the stars, the true story of Star Trek is friendship.
Kirk, Spock and McCoy
Other sci-fi franchises are obsessed with a single family, and when that one family goes bad. Trek is different. Unlike Star Wars, whose story follows the Skywalker family through its ups and downs, Trek features many generations of people working together. And at the core is friendship.
Over the years, many authors have attempted to break these friendships down into their essential components and somehow calculate them. Collider author Monita Mohan categorized some of the more famous Trek friendships – Kirk and Spock, Geordi and Data, Sisko and Jadzia Dax, Janeway and Chakotay, and a few others. Mohan noted that some of the more recent entries in the Trek Friendship List, like Mariner and Boimler from Star Trek: Lower Decks, “go together like chalk and cheese, but nothing seems to tear them apart.”
ScreenRants Ben Sherlock made a similar list. His list included the duos Picard and Dr. Crusher, Archer and Shran, Odo and Quark and some others. maria fan, Writing for StarTrek.comcompiled a list of female friendships that Dr. Crusher and Troi, Kira and Jadzia Dax, Janeway and Seven and a few others.
writer Sarah Cooke took a different perspective, and wondered which Trek characters would be friends even if they lived centuries apart. In her article, she listed Michael Burnham and Jadzia Dax, Spock and Sisko, and Tilly with Wesley Crusher. Cooke said this last couple would click because they’re both “highly intelligent but a little socially awkward.”
Kira and Jadzia Dax
Fans, too, have been wondering who they think is the greatest duo in the franchise. In a very long Reddit conversationHer fans included Kirk and McCoy, Nog and Jake, Harry Kim and Tom Paris, and Garak and Bashir. This final pairing was described as “deep and complex.”
To understand a little more, Heavy interviewed Author Robb Pearlmanwho along with his friend Jordan Hoffman wrote a book about friendship in Star TrekWhen asked who he thinks are the most important friendships in Trek, he said he goes “old school.”
“I think Kirk (William Shatner) and Spock (Leonard Nimoy) are the gold standard for friendships,” Pearlman said. “I think…over and over again, from ‘The Original Series’ to the last movies, including the reboots, the relationship between these two characters really illustrates the complexities of friendship.”
Pearlman cited the stories in which Kirk rescued Spock, as in Star Trek III, or when Spock rescued Kirk, as in Star Trek Into Darkness, as prime examples of the characters sacrificing themselves for one another.
“The caring and love you feel for someone who might have started out as just a work friend but who you really understand … has become an integral part of your life — and sometimes your death,” Pearlman said.
The author also gave the relationship between Bones (DeForest Kelley) and Spock as the second-ranked friendship. Pearlman said they were “enemies” who cared deeply for each other. This only grew over time and was amplified when Kirk was in the mix.
Jake and Nog
Pearlman said there are so many friendships throughout the franchise that it really was a tough decision. Another great example of this bond was Jake (Cirroc Lofton) and Nog (Aron Eisenberg). They didn’t start out as friends.
“One of the things about Jake and Nog is that in the beginning neither of them had the burden of responsibility for Starfleet,” Pearlman said. “They were children. They could explore the station and they could explore themselves. And then they grow and they mature.”
“I think they exemplify the purity of friendship,” Pearlman said. “And they are a great example of a friendship that develops over time. They started as children, but as they grew up they remained friends and connected through their experiences, even as their paths took them in different directions.”
Picard and Guinan
As Pearlman said, these friendships develop over time, which sometimes means centuries. In a recent episode of Star Trek: Picard, the old admiral (Patrick Stewart) told Guinan (Ito Aghayere) that she was his “oldest and dearest friend.”
“And I pointed to the screen and said, ‘Aha!'” Pearlman said. “There you go!”
Pearlman’s book “The Star Trek Friendship Book: You always were and always will be, my friend‘ will be available on May 10, 2022. Pearlman co-wrote the book Jordan Hoffmanand it was illustrated by JK Woodward.
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