That's right, the next gesture is from Voyager, of all places.
Voyager is widely regarded as one of the least of the Trek series, and for good reason. About half the cast is woefully underused, and the other half changes their principles and attitudes wildly on a weekly basis to suit the needs of whoever is at the writer's desk at the time.
Also, there's that time when a potentially invasive, never-before-seen species is abandoned on an uncharted planet, presumably because everyone was just too embarrassed to acknowledge the transmutational lizard sex that created it.
In “Drive,” Voyager is passing by a cluster of civilizations that are having a warp capable small craft race as a celebration of their peace treaty, and welcoming outside challengers.
Tom is a pilot, so this is a chance for a once in a lifetime experience for him. In the excitement, well, he sort of forgets that he and B'Elanna had plans for the weekend.
Tom stays oblivious to the whole problem until it spills out in the middle of the race. When he finds out that B’Elanna is doubting his love, here's the big moment: he stops the shuttle craft dead on the track and refuses to start it again until they work things out.
How is that insane? It has to be noted once more that Tom is a pilot. Ships and racing are his passion and identity, and today he’s the first human ever to compete in this interplanetary event, but at the first hint of losing B’Elanna, he puts the game aside, no agenda, no hesitation, not even an undertone of “Fine, now are you happy?” It's what every romantic gesture should be, honest.
When B’Elanna is shocked to find out she means that much to him, he tries to explain that he's always tried not to be too sentimental around her, because he always thought, as a half Klingon, it wouldn't be her style.
"You always seem to have other priorities."
Giving Tom his opening for the most romantic line in this whole mediocre series.
So what happens next? Tom and B'Elanna get engaged and then go stop a bombing intended to sabotage the race and the peace it represents.
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