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“Star Trek”‘s Uhura And Spock Were Supposed To Hook Up Year Ago, Then William Shatner Pulled Rank

Well this is a surprise. We all know about the interracial kiss that rocked the world on “Star Trek” on November 22, 1968 but did you know that kiss was originally supposed to be between Uhura and Spock, not Uhura and Kirk?

In the episode ”Plato’s Stepchildren” from the original series, the crew land on a planet filled with telekenetic humanoids who had been living their lives as if they were in ancient Greece. When they ask that Dr. McCoy stay on their planet just in case they ever need a doctor, disagreements follow and the people use their powers to humiliate Kirk and the others by making them do silly dances and the like. They even make Spock express emotion. But the news-worthy bit came when they forced Kirk and Uhura to kiss.

As far as what we already know from history, the story was Kirk/Uhura was what was written in the script but after concerns from NBC executives, they thought to change the kiss to Spock/Uhura but William Shatner insisted they keep with what was written. But in a recent interview, Nichelle Nichols gave some details that cast a slightly different shade on this story. Read more on The Mary Sue…

President Obama & Lt. Uhura, Live Long And Prosper

Last night, Nichelle Nichols (aka Uhura from “Star Trek”) posted this incredible photo on her Twitter (I follow her, obvs) featuring her and President Obama throwing up the Vulcan salute for “live long and prosper.” In addition to being totally nerdtastic, it’s also quite moving. Martin Luther King Jr. once told Nichols that her role on “Star Trek” was important justice work and convinced her to stay on the show. And here she stands, years later, with the first African-American President. How could you not adore this photo? It would be illogical. [Twitter]

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