With the news that CBS is going to bring another incarnation of Star Trek to the small screen (albeit on its streaming service), some questions immediately leap to mind.
For instance, what parts of the Trek universe will be included? Will Starfleet still be around? And will there FINALLY be some gay characters?
It always comes back to that, doesn’t it?
In Star Trek’s 50-year history, there has never been a gay, lesbian or bisexual character (except in the “mirror” universe of Deep Space Nine, but let’s not get into that).
Instead, there have been “metaphors” for homosexuality—like the cringeworthy The Next Generation episode The Outcast, which spotlighted a race of aliens that had no gender.
While we wait and see if the new show truly does boldly go where no Trek has gone before, let’s take a look at what might have been, with this “lost” gay episode of the original series.
Originally produced at KLCX-FM and featured on countless radio stations back in the ’90s, the clip features snippets of Kirk and Spock spliced together to create an unexpectedly erotic narrative.
Crude? Yes, but time has diluted the shock value, and it’s better to think of this as the “Lost” gay episode of Trek than the actual lost gay episode of Trek, which was killed due to fear and ignorance.