4. Julian Bashir and Ezri Dax (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Oh, where to start with Julian Bashir and Ezri Dax? Bashir, one of our favorite space doctors, has had a crush the size of a Klingon Bird-of-Prey on Jadzia Dax for ages but suddenly shifts gears when Ezri, the new host of the Dax symbiont, walks into the scene. It's like if your best friend started dating your ex's cousin the week after the breakup - awkward, right?
The whole thing felt like the writers were playing relationship roulette with the Starfleet roster, and we couldn't help but raise an eyebrow (or two, Vulcan-style) at the speed of this new romance. It wasn't just about moving on fast - it felt like Bashir's long-standing torch for Jadzia was snuffed out with a quick puff, only to be relit for Ezri before the smoke even cleared.
And then there's the matter of Ezri Dax herself. Don't get me wrong - Ezri is a fantastic character with her own quirks and charm, but jumping into a relationship with Bashir so soon after inheriting the Dax symbiont? The result was a mix of "Huh?" and "Why?" from the audience, who couldn't decide if they were watching a love story or a rebound therapy session.
The controversy wasn't just about the timing - it was about how the relationship seemed to dishonor the memory of Jadzia, turning what could have been a thoughtful exploration of grief and moving on into a space opera version of a whirlwind romance. We were kind of left feeling like we'd been through a wormhole and spat out into an alternate universe where relationship norms defy the laws of gravity.