“I wrote the Kirk/Spock relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really,” Roddenberry said in a letter recently uncovered at CBS Studios. “For reasons that have very little to do with television and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Spock ended up with Kirk. If I could redo it, it would have been Kirk and Scotty as best friends, and Spock the minor comic relief.”
“I know, I’m sorry,” he added. “I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.”
Letter from Gene Roddenberry recently uncovered at CBS Studios.