Fifty Shades Of Grey is the mega selling hot novel – and soon to be Hollywood movie – and pop culture phenomenon that’s been sweeping the world. No matter if you’re not interested in the book from author E. L. James, the constant buzz surrounding everything about it, from the casting of the movie to just how sexually mature mainstream movies and media should ultimately become is undeniably deafening. Star Trek may not come quickly to mind as having anything in common with the erotic novel, but compared with many sci-fi franchises – Star Wars for instance – it’s handled complex sexuality well and maturely for over four decades now. Star Trek deals with all kinds of highly sexually charged, erotic and even includes the enigmatic S&M world of bondage and domination that Fifty Shades is known and loved for by its many fans.
Star Trek: The Original Series – Fifty Shades of Sexuality
Creator Gene Roddenberry’s fabled Starship launched in 1966, and it’s still warping merrily along in the recent box office hit, “Star Trek: Into Darkness” – starring Chris Pine – directed by J.J. Abrams. From Kirk’s many women to the taboo seduction of Orion Slave Girls to the lovesick Nurse Chapel (Majel Barrett Roddenberry) who pined away for a distant in erotic potential Spock, Roddenberry’s complicated space opera and wagon train to the stars handled human – and alien – sexuality in a mature and even ground breaking way.
One of the more famous and important moments in all of Star Trek’s complex sexuality came in the third season episode, “Plato’s Stepchildren”, featuring a kiss between William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols. This would mark TV’s first interracial kiss, and although it’s made under duress being artificially coaxed from mind bending telekinetic aliens, the moment is nonetheless marked as a real milestone in television. Kirk and Uhura are forced to kiss under the sadistic control of wannabe Greek intellectuals, and when the time comes, the performances and the writing is so strong it’s an unforgettable moment in a memorable episode.
Out of all the many weird alien races depicted in the many years Star Trek has been telling fantastic stories, a lowly, little fuzzball ended up getting most of the love making action. Tribbles were little round powder puff looking things, and they were so eager to reproduce, they were born pregnant. Talk about a time convenient time saver.Tribbles are one of those things that even non Trekkers either know about or at least can recognize as being from the classic TV show.
Orion Sexual Ways
Orions are a race of savage pirates out to plunder all who crossed their rampaging path. They were never actually seen on the original series, but their slave girls were shown. Actress Susan Oliver played Vina – a mysterious human who is caged up with Captain Pike (Jeffrey Hunter) in the pilot, “The Cage”. Vina – through alien telepathic manipulation – is transformed into a sexy Orion slave girl, who performs a seductive dance for Pike in his erotically charged illusion.
As Starship Enterprise’s first officer, Spock (Leonard Nimoy) hails from the ancient planet of Vulcan. Though born and raised there, his heritage is one of mixed race – since his mother is a human being from Earth. Sarek (Mark Lenard) and Amanda (Jane Wyatt) raised their son to become one of the most prominent and always in control Starfleet officers. Despite the powerful mental discipline of the Vulcan race’s teaching, they can’t abandon their irresistible biology. Sex for Vulcans is a curious and timely concept – as it comes once every seven years. It’s called the Pon farr. When it takes a hold of Vulcan males, they experience a kind of emotional turmoil – gripped in total passion – almost like being in heat compared to lower lifeforms.