8.28.2010

Uhura/Sulu

"Early in the five-year mission, there were hints that Sulu found Uhura attractive. When she temporarily took over the navigation station during combat with a Romulan vessel in 2266, he paused a moment to check her out as she sat down before returning his attention to the battle. While under the effects of polywater intoxication that same year, he made his way to the bridge armed with a sword and grinned when he saw Uhura, declaring her a "fair maiden" (despite her protest that she was neither) and promising to "protect" her. Nothing apparently ever came of his romantic interest in her, but they did eventually become friends. Uhura was willing to keep his secret when he didn't want to admit to being lost while on a hiking trip in 2287. (TOS: "Balance of Terror", "The Naked Time"; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

In the mirror universe, however, Sulu's crush on Uhura was much more blatant, and very dangerous for the Uhura of this universe when she found herself trapped there. Mirror-Sulu made no secret of his attraction; he openly propositioned her on the bridge when Kirk and Spock were absent, insisting that she would "change her mind" about him if she gave him a chance. Uhura later took advantage of mirror Sulu's lust when she needed to distract him for a moment, briefly pretending to return his interest and then slapping him in the face and drawing a knife once the moment had passed. (TOS: "Mirror, Mirror")"

Long before I shipped Uhura & Spock, I was quite fascinated with the notion of Uhura & Sulu.  Needless to say, such fiction was rare, and while there may be a few more pieces now, it's still not a common pairing.  Either way, I think fans of these two have plenty to work with.

Furthermore, I think this is great opportunity to bring Sulu into the forefront.  I always admired this character, and when I first learned John Cho was going to play him in the Reboot, it was all I needed to know.  I can't think of a more perfect time and place than the Narrative to explore this pairing.  It's like exploring Blasian love in retro-nerd style.

7 comments:

  1. Yeah...Sulu tried to mack on Uhura quite a few times. He was gangsta with it on "Miror, Mirror" too. Cracks me up every time I see it.

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  2. And that picture of them is just perfect. The Mirror uniform was pimp.

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  3. I think it's interesting (and stupid) how they tried to shunt her off onto Scotty in one of the ST movies (can't remember which) instead of Sulu. There had never been any hint of Scotty and Uhura, yet there was with Uhura and Sulu and the Asian man still couldn't get any play?

    Typical...

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  4. *nods* Bullshit of epic proportion.

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  5. Uhura/Scotty?! There wasn't even the slightest inkling that would happen before that god-awful movie came out. Sulu was the logical choice. The man's voice was kick-ass and even if Georgie wasn't interested in that gorgeous woman, Sulu was.

    If NuSulu doesn't get some action somewhere, I'm going to exhibit some rage.

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  6. call me silly, but how exactly do you pronounce her name?!

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