9. Number Three, Number Six and Baltar Commune — Battlestar Galactica (2006)
The bed is huge, the sheets are rumpled and it's obvious that more than sleeping has been going on when humanoid Cylons Number Three (Lucy Lawless) and Number Six (Tricia Helfer) wake up with human Gaius Baltar (James Callis). The Season 3 episode is called "Hero."
In case anyone didn't catch the true nature of their relationship, all becomes clear when Number Three breaks it off in a later episode titled "The Eye of Jupiter." In true lovers' style, Number Three calls a halt to the relationship when Number Six gets jealous.
Number Six: I'd like to think that we three have shared something, transcended the barriers that separate people, and yet somehow, the more time goes on, the more I find myself on the outside looking in.
Baltar: Well, that's not the case at all, is it? Because, we three, we're integral, we're part of —
Number Three: We're finished.
Though the relationship was never fully explored in Season 3, it plays into the upcoming TV movie Battlestar Galactica: Razor, which airs Nov. 24, 2007 on Sci Fi. It appears that this seductive moment says more about Number Six than we'd previously realized.
8. Miriam and Sarah Swap More Than Kisses — The Hunger (1983)
Although this film tackles the classic horror subject of vampires, The Hunger is actually science fiction, and no, I'm not kidding. Witness the film's faux scientific explanation for what makes a vampire a vampire.
But today, there is only one reason why this muddled movie is remembered. Even straight reviewers like Roger Ebert took note of the scene. He called The Hunger "an agonizingly bad vampire movie, circling around an exquisitely effective sex scene."
When vampire Miriam Blaylock (Catherine Deneuve) entices scientist Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon), the moment is erotic, naturally. Believe it or not, though, I also like this scene because of its emotional reality. Any woman who has ever had to take a deep breath before plunging uncertainly into a kiss will recognize Sarah's pauses, awkwardness and sheepish blushes.
Of course, there's much more worth watching. Wine is spilled, shirts must be taken off, beds must be discovered, and, well, much more happens than can be summarized in one sentence. I suggest getting the film and fast forwarding until you see Sarandon show up at Deneuve's front door. Ignore the rest.
7. Dax and Lenara Defy Taboos — Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995)
In the same year that Talia and Ivanova didn't dare share a peck on the cheek, Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) and Lenara Kahn (Susanna Thompson) defied all sorts of taboos.
Members of the alien Trill, they have been reborn lifetime after lifetime with the help of symbionts who retain memories of their past lives. In one of those lives, Dax was male, Lenara was female, and they were happily married until Dax was killed.
In the Season 4 episode "Rejoined," Lenara arrives on Deep Space Nine to carry out a scientific experiment. They haven't seen each other since Dax died. Needless to say, unfinished emotional business is bubbling just below the surface.
The situation is complicated by the fact that Trill culture forbids people who shared a past lifetime to "rejoin." The two face banishment if they can't keep their hands off each other. Not surprisingly, frustration builds and discipline crumbles.
In the end, Lenara decides she can't defy Trill society, and she leaves the station and a heartbroken Dax. For her part, Dax was ready to give up everything for the woman she loved.