Sex in J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’? Chris Pine, Rachel Nichols, Zoe Saldana Engage Full-Speed Ahead

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CHICAGO – While “sex” and “Star Trek” typically aren’t found together in the same sentence, we learned this week from the official trailer for the new J.J. Abrams film that he’s clearly acquainting one with the other. But there’s more.

Chris Pine, who stars as the new (young) Captain Kirk, went so far as to tell Marc Malkin of E! Online that all the buzz about a particular striptease in the new “Star Trek” film from actress Zoe Saldana will live up to the hype.

From left to right: Star Trek stars Chris Pine, Rachel Nichols and Zoe Saldana
From left to right: “Star Trek” stars Chris Pine, Rachel Nichols and Zoe Saldana.
Image credits from left to right: Michael Buckner/Getty Images, Kevin Mazur/
and Dimitrios Kambouris,

“It’ll become famous,” Pine told Malkin about the Zoe Saldana scene. “[The film is] trying to be sexed up for a new generation that really isn’t used to seeing ‘Star Trek’. It’s a whole new beast.”

As for who Pine himself is pining for in the film, we briefly saw in the trailer released this week that the woman he climbed in bed with while wearing his best drawers was in fact actress Rachel Nichols, according to Malkin. It’s one of the film’s two love scenes.

While Pine wouldn’t say Nichols is tough to look at, he said (at least to Malkin) that even that kind of work is still very much work nonetheless.

“It was a lot of fun, but I think that day actually was a 20-hour day,” Pine told Malkin. “By the end, the novelty wears off. After many sandwiches and meals through the day, all you want to do is brush your teeth and go home.”

“Star Trek,” which is slated to release on May 9, 2008, stars Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Eric Bana as Nero, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Winona Ryder as Amanda Grayson, Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura, Karl Urban as Leonard “Bones” McCoy and John Cho as Hikaru Sulu.

“Star Trek” also stars Bruce Greenwood as Christopher Pike, Ben Cross as Sarek, Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov, Leonard Nimoy as the old Spock, Greg Ellis as chief engineer Olsen and Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk.

StarRead about the multi-staged “Star Trek” trailer launch in Nov. 2008. editor-in-chief Adam Fendelman


Anonymous's picture

Short sighted opening line.

Star Trek has always had sex involved in it either overtly or with subtlety. The original Star Trek was all Aliens and Sex all the time. If the episode didn’t have Kirk charming his way into some babe’s tiny skirt, then it likely had some chick throwing herself at Spock only to have him deny her.

NOT having sex as a factor in this movie would be ignoring a good chunk of Star Trek’s history. I am pretty sure that is why they decided to add so much…including the naked orion slave girl. .'s picture

Good point

You make an excellent point. But yes, the keyword from the way it was done in the past is definitely “subtlety”. Now it’s clearly being doing more “overtly” while it’s bringing itself up to speed with today’s Hollywood standards.

Anonymous's picture


I just fail to understand your statement that “Sex” and “Star Trek” aren’t normally seen in the same sentence. Star Trek has had sexual overtones since it’s inception. And I don’t agree with your statement of whether or not it was Subtle or overt. Based on what else was on Television at the time of Star Trek and even into Star Trek: The Next Generation many would actually have considered Star Trek very overt. It was the first show to feature an interracial kiss while Star Trek: Deep Space Nine included the first same sex kiss on network television. I will take into account that you were not around in the 1960s and likely you may have been 8 when Star Trek: The Next Generation was first released. You may want to take a look at those series again and see that “Sex” and “Star Trek” are used quite often in the same sentence. I think you may discover a lot of people questioning your statement there.

Anonymous's picture

Perhaps he’s being

Perhaps he’s being ironically with his statement in that most people wouldn’t commonly associate sex with Star Trek given the ‘nerdiness’ of the programme. Lighten up.

Anonymous's picture

And the romance was always

And the romance was always heterosexual, no same-gender relationships. It’s 2009, we get a new Star Trek movie and whallah! No same-gender relationship, much beyond that same-gender sex.

VRANGER's picture

Sex and Star Trek

As has been mentioned above, evidently Adam is COMPLETELY ignorant of Star Trek.

One episode of the original series had the obvious aftermath of a sexual encounter in Kirk’s cabin with the lady in question standing at his mirror brushing her hair while he sat on the bed pulling his boot back on! This at a time when most TV shows still had married couple in twin beds!

That was one of MANY. Chapel was hot for Spock the whole series.

Kirk was defended in Court Martial by a former lover.

Kirk was “in the clinches” with alien women MANY times.

The pilot had Captain Pike right in the middle of a sexual fantasy with a green Orion slave girl! ROFL

Its sweet that you want to write about Star Trek, but maybe you better let the grown ups do that.

Clifford's picture

Sex in Star Trek

The whole startrekkers don’t get any sex is soo weird, and oold. I know some who have been quite successful, personally. Besides, if you bother to check the facts TOS was for the times (around 1967) bold in both themes and pictorial sexuality – recalling Theodore Sturgeon’s script for Spock getting into a horny season, and the green-skinned lady who danced seductively, and all the under- and overtones. So check the facts please before you just repeat ancient stupid prejudice.

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