September 8, 1966, marked the beginning of a major cultural shift in the U.S. and around the world. That’s when the first episode of the original Star Trek television series aired. Featuring Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Scotty, and Uhura, the original incarnation struggled to gain ratings, but it grew into a wildly popular worldwide phenomenon.
There’s no official count of how many people call themselves “Trekkies” (or “Trekkers,” as the most ardent devotees prefer). But there are surely millions who are avid fans, prepared to debate who was the best captain, quote obscure lines of dialogue, and cite favorite storylines.
In honor of the recent passing of the beloved Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock—one of the most cherished characters—we present a short list of reasons you should date a Star Trek devotee:
1. You can learn a foreign (alien) language together. It’s true—Klingon began with a few guttural words of dialogue, but evolved into a fully developed lexicon.
2. You’ll always have an interesting party to attend. There is no shortage of Star Trek conventions, gatherings, and meet-ups. Somewhere in America, a Star Trek con is held every weekend.
3. Good news if you love to dress up. Trekkies can’t wait to don their Starfleet uniforms, accessorized with phasers and comm badges. Go all out with pointy ears, Klingon forehead ridges, or Data-like golden skin tones.
4. You can discuss the cultural influence of Star Trek. For instance, the first interracial TV kiss featured Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols). What’s more, when Nichols considered quitting the series, none other than Martin Luther King Jr. urged her to stay—she was, after all, a groundbreaking actress and character.
5. Count on many hours of cuddling while catching up on the Star Trek collection. With hundreds of viewing hours available from the numerous TV series and motion pictures, you’ll never be without something to watch together on Friday nights.
6. Pull out your best Star Trek quotes. There’s a phrase for almost every occasion: “Make it so…Highly illogical…Engage…Resistance is futile…I’m givin’ her all she’s got, Captain…Set phasers to stun…I’m a doctor, not a ______!”
7. You can debate the merits (or non-merits) of Pon Farr. This is the Vulcan mating ritual, which (on the downside) happens once every seven years, but (on the upside) includes fierce passion. Watch the episode “Amok Time” from the original series, and then discuss.
8. You’ll never lack for gift ideas. From coffee cups to action figures, socks to underwear, your Trekkie lover will be delighted to receive another item for the memorabilia collection.
9. Go boldly. One of the most iconic phrases in television history—“To boldly go where no man [or no one] has gone before”—this is not a bad motto for a budding romantic relationship.
10. You can evaluate the wooing techniques of Star Trek’s most notorious ladies men. See what can you learn–or avoid–by watching womanizers Captain James T. Kirk (the original series), First Officer William Riker (The Next Generation), Dr. Julian Bashir (Deep Space Nine), and Lieutenant Tom Paris (Voyager).
11. Together, tribbles are less troubling. In fact, every challenging situation is less troubling when you’re tackling them together. (See “The Trouble with Tribbles” from the original series.)
12. You’ll be reminded that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) was strong and sexy as the hairless leader. Spock made a bad haircut and pointy ears attractive. Multiple characters made ill-fitting Spandex look appealing. Many aliens with strange prosthetics managed to turn heads.
13. You’ll get valuable lessons in communication. Since it seems like romantic partners are often from different planets, watch the episode “Darmok” (The Next Generation) and learn about overcoming communication barriers.
14. Be inspired by Star Trek’s fundamental theme: Relationships matter most. Regardless of how many times the Borg threatened to assimilate other species or how many planets narrowly escaped annihilation, the strongest motivation for courage was always the bond between crew members, despite differences and past conflicts. Romantic partners would surely agree.
15. When you find your one-and-only Trekkie lover, you will live long and prosper. Sorry, we couldn’t resist.
Why else would one want to date a Trekkie?
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