Star Trek Discovery Gay Characters

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get personal, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: how Star Trek: Discovery, and series star Anthony Rapp, feel more necessary than ever following the allegations against Kevin Spacey.)

Lt. Stamets of the starship Discovery has taken on a bolder meaning in recent weeks.

The actor behind the Star Trek: Discovery character, Anthony Rapp, revealed that Kevin Spacey once tried to sexually coerce him when Rapp was just 14 years old. Learning about the act of sexual misconduct was shocking enough on its own, but what made things even more shocking was Spacey’s initial statement about why he did it. To paraphrase his statement, he acted this way because he was drunk and in the closet.

It’s important to note that Rapp, who is gay, is playing a gay man in a relationship on television at a time when an actor like Spacey has sought to use what is supposed to be a brave moment — coming out — as a way to deflect from his predatory relationships. This poses a threat to strides the LGBT community has made across the board towards inclusion and positive representation, and exposes people once again to the stereotypes that being LGBT is synonymous with being a sexual predator. Thankfully, it’s Rapp’s own presence in Star Trek: Discovery, as well as his relationship with Wilson Cruz’s Dr. Culber that illustrates for viewers that whatever Spacey believes about being gay is absolutely untrue.

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The last 2017 episode of Star Trek: Discovery, “Into the Forest I Go,” has put several things to bed, while only keeping us gleefully agitated until the next half of the season. Let’s just hit spore drive and jump right into it.

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The penultimate 2017 episode of Star Trek: Discovery, “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum,” is one that should definitely go towards Doug Jones’ “For Your Consideration” Emmy package, since he was the true MVP this week. Let’s go through the ways Jones knocked it out of the park.

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Twilight Zone reboot

You’ve gotta hand it to CBS All Access: they’ve just made it extremely difficult to avoid subscribing to their subscription streaming service. A new report says that Jordan Peele – the former Key & Peele star and the architect behind Get Out, one of 2017’s best movies – is working on a reboot of Rod Serling‘s seminal sci-fi anthology series The Twilight Zone for All Access alongside one of the showrunners of Netflix’s The Defenders.
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No Activity trailer

When Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, the guys who brought us Anchorman and Step Brothers, reteam to bring us a new TV show, it seems like a big deal. When that series – called No Activity – is a parody of cop shows, and stars people like Ferrell himself, Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad, Fargo), Jason Mantzoukas (The League), Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live), and more? Count me in.

Watch the No Activity trailer below.
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Normally, I don’t look at other outlets’ reviews before I write my own. But in the middle of searching for the name of the Wyclef Jean song used in this week’s episode, “Magic to Make the Sanest Person Go Mad,” I came across the headline for IndieWire’s review, which simply stated, “‘Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad’ Delivers the First Truly Great Episode of the Series.” I couldn’t agree more.

As Saturday Night Live’s Stefan would say, tonight’s episode had everything — neon green glo cups, Harry Mudd, chintzy ‘60s Star Trek-esque costuming from Mudd’s mafia princess fiancée Stella and her mafioso father, trippy pseudo-science adventures, complicated feelings — and it all happened in a hole in the wall in space called the U.S.S. Discovery.

Let’s get to everything this episode had to offer, and why whoever wrote this episode needs to be the be the one that the rest of the series looks to for guidance.

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Star Trek is highly regarded as one of the most influential shows in television history. Creator Gene Roddenberry’s groundbreaking (and sometimes controversial) series addressed moral and social dilemmas, the pursuit of knowledge, understanding and accepting different cultures, the importance of exploration, and hope for a better future. For over 50 years, the phenomenal sci-fi franchise has kept the dream of going boldly where no man has gone before alive and kicking.

Star Trek: Discovery, the newest entry in the historically trailblazing franchise, has found a strong audience for its first season and has already been renewed. However, the series premiere began with Starfleet First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) committing mutiny, starting an intergalactic war with the Klingons, and causing the violent death of her beloved Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh). So yeah, Discovery started out a bit differently than we expected.

The general sentiment among many fans is that Discovery is a good show, but it’s not a Star Trek show. While some fans are praising Discovery, others are rather disappointed, claiming that Star Trek is not supposed to be about war, violence, or killing. Many are asking what happened to Roddenberry’s original vision of hope, optimism, and peaceful exploration. I’d argue that Discovery is a fresh, updated take on Rodenberry’s classic ideals, modified for our modern age, which is exactly what the franchise needs right now.

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This week on Star Trek: Discovery, we got back into Vulcan territory with “Lethe.” Michael (and Tilly and Ash) had to save a stranded Sarek in a remote nebula, thanks to a “logic extremist” (read: Vulcan terrorist) who was against Sarek’s love for humanity. We got some much-needed backstory on Michael and Sarek’s relationship, but I can’t help but feel like there are some…inconsistencies with how the relationship is being presented. To go along with the episode’s theme of nature versus nurture, perhaps the social and political environment that this very modern show was birthed from just doesn’t mesh with the original series’ nature, which is to present an allegory for humanity at its finest. Walk with me on this mental journey. As Sarek and Michael would say: my mind to your mind, my thoughts to your thoughts.

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Star Trek: Discovery is boldly going on to its second season. Six episodes into its first season, CBS All Access has officially renewed the Star Trek TV series starring Sonequa Martin-Green.

But Trekkies’ long wait for season 1 — which was delayed after showrunner replacements and budget issues — may be repeated come season 2, which executive producer Alex Kurtzman predicts won’t hit the small screen until 2019.

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Some of you might associate the late Michael Jackson with the Halloween season thanks to the King of Pop’s legendary music video for “Thriller,” which was famously directed by John Landis and featured not only some memorable choreography, but excellent makeup effects. But a new CBS special called Michael Jackson’s Halloween could make you rethink that association. A trailer for the special has come online, and strap in, because you’re not going to believe that a major television network is going to broadcast this for millions of people.
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