So…is the ending for “Requiem form Methuselah” actually canon Kirk/Spock? Because if there’s another way to interpret that I’m not seeing it. It went about like this.
Spock: [Hanging out, watching him sleep…?]
McCoy: Gee Spock, it sure sucks that you’ll never experience how Love makes you do crazy, probably unethical things. [leaves]
Spock: [continues to just sort of stand there]
Spock: [does crazy, probably unethical thing to Kirk’s brain]
I’m not putting it well, but the last scene of the episode is Spock gently touching Kirk’s face and whispering “forget.” With the framing of McCoy’s diatribe on Love it’s just like um…. ALSO MIND-WIPING YOUR SUPERIOR OFFICER WITHOUT HIS KNOWLEDGE OR CONSENT IS A SEVERELY SKETCHY SORT OF ACTIVITY. Just thought I should put that out there.
But yeah, that was a weird episode. Everyone was acting…weird. Like, we just assumed Kirk was being mind-controlled or otherwise compromised for most of it. Maybe it was plague. And McCoy was just McCoying it up and being generally awesome. ”I see your cold indifference and raise you one Bubonic Plague! Medical misery FTW!”
This episode was…weird. And not, I think, extremely good. But yeah, the ending was just sort of… “well, that happened.”