Star Trek’s Most Romantic Moments

It’s Valentine’s Day and even though Paramount took our Christmas away, love is still in their air. Throughout the decades of Trek there have been many romantic moments and so the staff of thought we would pick some of our favorites.

So below are our picks for the most romantic moments from each of the series (and the movies).

The Original Series – Kirk and Edith Keeler take a walk
City on the Edge of Forever
Jim Kirk tells Edith about how the words “Let Me Help” were proposed to be more important than “I Love You,” but you know what he is really thinking.

Honorable Mention: Spock wooing the Romulan Commander in “The Enterprise Incident

Next Generation – Picard and Beverly have a campfire
Picard admits he had feelings for Beverly, but had to keep his distance after the death of her husband under his command.

Honorable Mention: Final Casablanca-like scene between Riker and Soren in “Outcast

Deep Space Nine – Odo and Kira have a date

His Way
Odo finally confesses his love to Kira, but thinks he is confessing to a hologram…but that cunning Vic Fontaine has got him telling the real thing.

Honorable Mention: Even though it breaks taboos, Dax cannot help but fall for her ex
in “Rejoined

Voyager – B’Elanna and Tom almost die
Day of Honor
Thinking she is about to die, B’Elanna finally ‘lowers her shields and tells Tom how she really feels (then gets rescued and three seasons later they get married).

Honorable Mention: The Doctor shows the Vidiian Denara Pel that he loves her for who she is on the inside in “Lifesigns

Enterprise – T’Pol gives Trip a peck at her wedding to another man
Shortly before T’Pol goes through with an arranged marriage she gives Trip a peck on the cheek and in that subtle moment you know that there is fire that still burns within.

Honorable Mention: Archer has to say goodbye to Riann in “Civilization

Movies – Decker, Ilia and V’Ger get together
Star Trek The Motion Picture
Decker finds that there is still some of his love Ilia left in ‘the probe’ and joins with her and V’Ger to create a new family-like entity. In the end Kirk lists the couple as not dead, but missing in action.

Honorable Mention: Anij slows down time to have a moment with Jean Luc in “Insurrection

Happy Valentine’s Day from
So what are some of your favorite romantic Trek moments?

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February 14, 2008 7:18 pm

interesting in particular number 1 as much as I liked the episode City on the Edge of Forever, I wish they had did it the way Harlan Ellison wrote it.

February 14, 2008 7:18 pm


Kirk and Edith Keeler is the best.

February 14, 2008 7:21 pm

#2 yes but it could have been better still

February 14, 2008 7:23 pm

Aww, hopefully I can be romantic like that one day….

February 14, 2008 7:26 pm


Kirk can’t hide his emotions that well.

I Love My Moogie
February 14, 2008 7:29 pm

Dax kissing a chick wins hands down!

February 14, 2008 7:29 pm


I agree, I don’t think anything can beat Kirk and Edith Keeler.

Christian Malley
February 14, 2008 7:30 pm

What about “Someone to Watch Over Me” for Voyager? The Doctor loves Seven..

February 14, 2008 7:40 pm

#5 its not quite the point is i was making. I have seen the episode countless times and while it is probably the best trek episode. What lessons the enjoyment of it for me is that i have read Harlan Ellison’s wonderful teleplay you would understand my dissatisfaction with the episode that ended up being filmed. I prefer the original by Ellison which was far superior. I revere Ellison’s works above all others so I am a bit biased on this point.

February 14, 2008 7:41 pm

Thanks Anthony even though we are all sad about the movie move, you help us remember the love.

Chaz McMarketing
February 14, 2008 7:46 pm

See, I would have gone with the time when John Lesher pushed the movie to May, and everybody else kissed his [censored].

Harry Ballz
February 14, 2008 7:52 pm

When I look at Kirk and Edith Keeler I’m conflicted about something….I recognize Keeler as THE love of Kirk’s life and yet in Generations, why is it Antonia that he pines after? Was it because of a stupid copyright issue of Harlan Ellison owning the rights to the character of Keeler so they took the easy way out? If that’s true, then it just reinforces to me what kind of DUNCES TPTB at Paramount are!!! ART should never be compromised by COMMERCE!

February 14, 2008 7:54 pm

Wow, this makes it painfully obvious that Star Trek doesn’t really have any good romantic moments.

February 14, 2008 7:56 pm

On a sad note, the scene in TNG “Inner Light” when Kalib’s (Picard) wife succumbs to old age. That is a truly emotional scene. Maybe not romantic but it captures the essence of connection between loved ones. And is that not what Valentines Day is about, the connection between two people. Which goes way beyond any romantic encounter.

February 14, 2008 7:59 pm

Best romances in trek give me a break this whole subject is wretched waist of of a topic and time. and guess what, there are going to 300 or more comments on a topic that is dumb beyond world of no value what soever. God what a freakin Trivial waist of time and space.

February 14, 2008 8:00 pm

aww nice list Anthony…totally #1 kirk and edith…and what TNG fans didn’t want picard and crusher together? missed opportunity i think..

happy v-day everyone, cheer up! at least we do have a movie to look forward to rather than nothing =)

February 14, 2008 8:07 pm

> Sisko telling Kassidy that he will be back tomorrow….or yesterday in DS9’s “What You Leave Behind” *sniffle sniffle*

> Sisko wooing Jennifer on the beach in DS9’s “Emissary”

> Worf and Dax marry in DS9’s “You are Cordially Invited…”

> Trip crying by T’pol’s side after the death of their baby Elizabeth in ENT’s “Terra Prime.” Now, that should have been the last moment of the series, not the subsequent debacle of an episode!

> Not romance, but love between father and son: DS9’s “The Visitor”- one of the most moving hours of episodic TV ever. Cpt. Sisko and Jake, role models for families out there.

Great choices yourselves, Staff!

Those who stereotype Jim Kirk as a player should remind themselves of Edith Keeler, and check themselves. :~) The man had his heart broken several times, particularly in that episode.

Great call on Decker/Ilia/V’ger….ST: TMP, despite its cerebral nature, had heart! Not to mention that romantic moment was the birth of a new lifeform, some might argue of a form of nirvana itself.

And great calls on the sexual-orientation open-mindedness moments in Trek. Very progressive for 1990’s television.

Harry Ballz
February 14, 2008 8:09 pm


what a coincidence, you just recited the creed of the unattached, and on Valentine’s Day evening to boot! Sounds like someone needs a hug!

February 14, 2008 8:18 pm

The ones listed are probably the best, but I too enjoyed “Someone to Watch over Me” and the end to “Virtuoso” was a great Doc and 7 moment as well

February 14, 2008 8:21 pm

ravikanth – i loved ‘the visitor’! makes me cry every time i watch it, one of the best DS9 episodes in my opinion, glad you brought it up!

February 14, 2008 8:27 pm

#14: I totally agree with you. The Inner Light has Picard at his most romantic. Just before his wife dies, and she tells him to always remember to take his shoes off at the door… oh man, does that scene get me everytime! That was a very mature love story.

Etha Williams
February 14, 2008 8:28 pm

Loved Spock and the Romulan commander! What a great ep…

And #15…no one is forcing you to read this….

February 14, 2008 8:28 pm

#18 Harry I am deeply sorry i keep thinking of that man with copd and his wife with ovarian cancer and then, reading all these comments about people gushing about what is the best trek romance, it just set me off. I This tore into me and set me off. As to me being unattached your quite right on that score.Love is something i gave up on a long time ago. I am to selfish and self centered for that and i wouldn’t wish myself on any woman.

February 14, 2008 8:36 pm

people love fictional romances, for some us its as close as we get toit in the real world. Life without it is hell, I know.

February 14, 2008 8:38 pm

#20. Thanks tosfangirl. Happy Valentine’s! “The Visitor” is the one episode of DS9 i show friends who haven’t seen DS9, or even Trek, at all before. The essence of what Trek can be at its most powerful!

February 14, 2008 8:39 pm

#14 Actually I think Valentines day is more about how much money you are willing to spend on someone. ie how much is your love worth. Nice sentiment, but when my boyfriend buys me flowers I am more pleased when he does it for a reason other than the fact that he was obligated to.

Harry Ballz
February 14, 2008 8:39 pm

Ah, Garovorkin…..why is it something tells me that’s not true?

I sense anger and sadness in your heart, my friend, and that can be dealt with and, eventually, put behind you. I also sense kindness in you.

I feel your pain and know what it’s like…..hey, I’ve been to “hell and back” so many times….I deserve air miles.

Hang in, look for happiness where you can find it and keep writing to tell us what you’re thinking…….I want to hear what you have to say. :)

February 14, 2008 8:41 pm

Picard and Vash in Qpid

Geordi and Leah Brahms

Data and Yar

Kirk and Miramanee

Kira and Vedek Biral

February 14, 2008 8:43 pm

Maybe love is worth it… maybe I sould be optimistic about my future. Hey I trust other Star Trek fans!

Hey! Is it worth it? Puleez do tell…

The Vulcanista
February 14, 2008 8:54 pm

Spock & Zarabeth

And yes, 29, it’s absolutely worth it! Even when it doesn’t work.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

February 14, 2008 8:54 pm


You earned my respect.

Katie G.
February 14, 2008 8:56 pm

Re: #27. Harry

The Doctor is “IN”.

Good work, H.

Anthony, how about a poll on the best woman for Kirk (or Picard, or even Spock)? You know, just to drive everyone crazy? (Can anyone see that evil glint in my eyes?)


February 14, 2008 9:03 pm

#29 totally worth it don’t give up!

..what about…mccoy and the salt monster? lol that was hot..

Katie G.
February 14, 2008 9:04 pm

Actually, A.P., how about the best man for Dax or Troi or Kira or Janeway or B’Elanna or Seven for that matter? Lots of ooze to choose from…


February 14, 2008 9:04 pm

#29 it also transcends time and space and from everything that i have been able to observe it brings out the best and all to frequently the worst in us. And sometimes it can be right in front of us and rather then walk toward and the light it brings, we recoil from that one moment that could have have made a difference in our lives, and we spend the rest of our days with a regret that burns and we wonder what might have been if we had walk to the light and the other way, might have been? all of you out there who read this and don’t laugh, if you find that moment and that music and that love, don’t make the mistake that I made long ago, don’t walk away from it. that is the worst of all choices. the one I made and can never get back. That is hell.

Katie G.
February 14, 2008 9:06 pm

Re: #33. tosfangirl




I Love My Moogie
February 14, 2008 9:09 pm

Why was Uhura & Scotty in STV omitted from the list? Scotty blushed like a schoolboy when Uhura stroked his face, how sweeter does it get than that? (and she brought him dinner too!)

February 14, 2008 9:10 pm

Garovorkin: Pretentious much?

February 14, 2008 9:16 pm

#37 uhura and scotty were kind of just thrown at us tho weren’t they? all of a sudden in st:V they’re dating? and then what? nothing! haha, didn’t hear anything about it after that. she probably got sick of his clingyness is what i’m guessing..he was always like that wasn’t he..just a wee bit.

February 14, 2008 9:17 pm

#38 no just lots to regret festering inside and yes i do come of as pretentious that was not my intent believe me. I know it sound foolish but with me it real

I Love My Moogie
February 14, 2008 9:20 pm

I thought Moogie & Grand Nagus Zak were a sexy couple.

February 14, 2008 9:25 pm

The irony is that most of those romance seen above did all end on a happy note we all know what happened to Kirk and Keeler, Dax and previous love, Decker and Illia got togetherness in a unique way I gues trek does put a litle of the real world word in things.

The Vulcanista
February 14, 2008 9:27 pm

#37 & 39

I always thought maybe Uhura had a little thing going on for Scotty all along. Nothing to base it in but pure fanwankery and some of Nichelle’s reaction shots on the bridge during scenes when Scotty was in command, if ya know what I mean. ;)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

Gary Seven
February 14, 2008 9:31 pm

#27: Harry Ballz – I’m reposting your comment below, but I wanted to say something: I have never seen such caring, such tenderness, such gentleness…from a man named Harry Ballz. Harry, I didn’t know you had it in you.
Harry Ballz states:
Ah, Garovorkin…..why is it something tells me that’s not true?

I sense anger and sadness in your heart, my friend, and that can be dealt with and, eventually, put behind you. I also sense kindness in you.

I feel your pain and know what it’s like…..hey, I’ve been to “hell and back” so many times….I deserve air miles.

Hang in, look for happiness where you can find it and keep writing to tell us what you’re thinking…….I want to hear what you have to say

February 14, 2008 9:42 pm

ther wa one bit of romance in trek Kirk and the android Rayna creat edby the immortal flint(who wanted the perfect immortal mate) who used kirk to teach her what love was about. she did nt know she was real flint didnt want that. When Rana had to choose kirk or Flint , she died because she could not bear to hurt either man. For trek romance thatone is a downer beyond all measure. #38 see anything pretentious here?

February 14, 2008 10:10 pm

re: #33 tosfangirl

mmmmm……salty……indeed, ha ha!

blake powers
February 14, 2008 10:34 pm

I’m sorry.. I’m the biggest patrick stewart fan here… him and that chick in the jeffreys tube is the best.

Joseph Brown
February 14, 2008 10:38 pm

There have been alot of good and great Trek romantic moments mentioned and I’m a bit surprised the episode I’m thinking of hasn’t been mentioned, “Change of Heart”. That’s the episode where Worf and Jadzia are sent to help a Cardasian double agent escape to the Federation, but Jadzia gets hurt and would probably die and Worf chooses to save his wife, instead of the double agent. Worf ends up being strongly reprimanded and probably loses the chance of ever becoming a captain. Even so, making sacrifices is a part of true love and this episode demonstrates this fact quite clearly.

Robert Bernardo
February 14, 2008 10:40 pm

I thought the most romantic moment was the act 4 scene between Zefram Cochrane and Companion/Commissioner Hedford in TOS’s “Metamorphosis”.

February 14, 2008 10:46 pm

How about the scene in “Shades of Grey” where Counselor Troi half-whispers “Imzadi” to Riker who is on the bed in sickbay?
That moves me, even now, as I write this. A beautifully acted scene in an otherwise unremarkable episode. This scene was one of the best in all of Trek, in my opinion.