Star Trek: Polyamorous Power Couples
Star Trek is a successful franchise of both movies and television series. Over the years I have had opportunity to view all of them. I followed Next Generation, Deep Space Nine,and Voyager during their runs, and loved it. Looking back, I think polyamory could have brought more stability and greater power in particular unions.
Commander William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) & Lieutenant Worf (Michael Dorn) – Commander Riker and Counselor Troi had a long running romance that followed the evolution of the characters. Their on again, off again romance was peppered with few other relationships. One significant relationship evolved between Counselor Troi and Lieutenant Worf. I wonder if Riker and Troi had practised polyamory they could have welcomed Worf into their relationship, if he could have provided a stabilizing effect. Worf’s strong sense of loyalty may have strengthened their bond, and provided extra attention for needy Troi. Worf’s son Alexander may have also enjoyed a human father figure found in Riker.
Deep Space Nine:
Chief Miles O’Brien (Colm Meaney), Keiko O’Brien (Rosalind Chao) & Doctor Julian Bashir (Alexander Siddig) – Chief O’Brien and Keiko move together to Deep Space Nine after tenure with the Enterprise. Aboard Deep Space Nine, Miles and Julian become close friends – finding in each other what they could not in a partner. While neither of these men are gay, had Keiko been interested in Julian, there may have been more hands to take care of the kids! Plus, when is it ever a problem to have a doctor in the family?
Lieutenant B’Elanna Torres (Roxann Dawson), Lieutenant Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) & Ensign Harry Kim (Garrett Wang) – Tom and Harry become friends long before Tom wins B’Elanna’s heart. Together Tom and Harry look for sexual exploits outside of their fraternal relationship, with a lack of commitment that eludes to a “primary” relationship. Once Tom becomes interested and involved with B’Elanna, Harry is left behind. If B’Elanna had looked at both Tom and Harry as a unit, she may have been able to find elements of commitment and maturity in Harry that were lacking in the spontaneous Lieutenant Paris. Voyager’s distance from home may have given the crew the ability to bend traditional rules surrounding relationships (it worked with almost any Star Fleet directive).