A new video about interspecies relationships tries to tackle the tricky dating pool that has become Star Trek.
There are just some things about Star Trek that are weird. Replicating food out of thin air? Weird. Holodecks where you can totally hook up with light bent into shapes? Weird. Klingon dentistry? Non-existent. Yet, the biggest thing that comes across as weird is the interspecies relationships that pop up between Humans, Vulcans, Klingons, and the like.
It’s largely been something that’s just accepted. It’s the idea that if you have the same bibs and bobs as a species, you’re somehow compatible to make babies with them. Yes, there was an episode Star Trek: The Next Generation that sought to explain this away by claiming an ancient alien race seeded many planets with their DNA, and over time different evolutions sprung forward from this.
It’s still baffling that species are able to mate so regularly and with such little issue. That’s why Certifiably Ingame’s video on the matter is so captivating. He does a good job catching people up on all the unique pairings, some you know, others you may have forgotten and he even delves into which DNA may just be the most dominant.
You can have one hint, it’s not the Klingons. At least not with the evidence he shows.
Relationships are often glossed over on Star Trek, that’s why series like Deep Space Nine was such a welcome addition to the pantheon. So if relationships are rarely seen, you can understand how little is actually given to the offsprings of these relationships.
Why are some of these pairings possible? That’s something that’s rarely talked about in Star Trek. Why are Vulcans and Romulans unable to donate their blood to one another but can produce children together? That’s why videos from fans like Certifiably Ingame are so welcomed because they at least ask the larger questions that the series often times ignores or forgets.