We absolutely adore this LEGO Master Builder creation, recreating the iconic interracial kiss between William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols from “Star Trek: The Original Series.” The moment in question was high controversial at the time, but has become a touchstone for the social changes ushered by Gene Roddenberry‘s seminal science fiction series.
Gene Roddenberry would have turned 100 this year, and the Great Bird of the Galaxy’s memory is being honored with this creation and much, much more.
Samuel Hatmaker, contestant on “LEGO Masters” season 1, is behind this particular build, reimagining the iconic moment. In season 3 episode 10 of “Star Trek: The Original Series” “Plato’s Stepchildren,” Lt. Nyota Uhura and Captain James T. Kirk kiss in a memorable moment that first aired on November 22nd, 1968. This wasn’t the first interracial kiss on the series, either. In “Mirror, Mirror,” (season 2) first broadcast on October 6th 1967, Kirk and Lt. Marlena Moreau (BarBara Luna, Filipino-European ancestry) kiss on the lips, while Mirror-Sulu (George Takei) kisses Uhura’s neck.
Gene’s son, Rod Roddenberry, had this to say of the build on Roddenberry Entertainment’s official website:
“2021 represents a chance for us all to be better, to act kinder, to be more inclusive, and to basically Think Trek. What does ‘Thinking Trek’ mean? It’s about a mindset as much as it is ethics and ideas… Thinking Trek is seeing and acting on Star Trek’s philosophies in our own personal relationships, in daily life, and in the world.”
Thanks for the vid, Collider.
Mary Anne Butler
Mary Anne Butler (Mab) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), Bleeding Cool (where she was News Editor), and now Nerdbot as Editor-In-Chief. Over the past 10 years, she’s built a reputation at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. Though she be but little, she is fierce.