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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mr robot kill process review

(We’re going to kickstart our weekly discussion of USA’s Mr. Robot season 3 by answering one simple question: who had the biggest mental breakdown in this week’s episode?)

Just when you thought Mr. Robot couldn’t amp up the tension any more after last week’s single-take episode, Sam Esmail’s ambitious hacker show delivers once again with the visual and auditory cacophony of “Kill Process.” Taking place immediately after the events of “Runtime Error,” this week’s episode substitutes last week’s sleek distress for cut after cut, after cut, after cut.

Elliot’s mental state quickly deteriorates, with his mental battle against Mr. Robot soon turning physical (with echoes of the third act of Fight Club), as he rushes against the clock to stop the impending Stage 2. But the breakdown of the week goes to our beloved Angela, who on the verge of tears last week, as she resumed her steely-eyed zealotry of the Dark Army. And we finally gain some insight into how the once-normal character in the series has quickly turned into one of its most unhinged.

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american horror story cult great again

(Every week, we’re going to get the discussion going about American Horror Story: Cult by answering one important question: who is the main villain of the episode?)

American Horror Story: Cult has reached its end. Honestly, the seventh installment of Ryan Murphy’s horror hit was indeed a challenge to get through at times. But Tuesday’s episode, titled “Great Again,” provided a worthwhile finale to the polarizing season.

If you stand it side-by-side with September’s premiere, the book-ended nature of the story being told offers a full-circle look at a conflict with no clear-cut solution. It was a story inspired by the political fallout from 2016’s Trump/Clinton election debacle and it got stuck in the muck for a while in the middle of the season. With the loose-ends getting tied up (mostly), Cult ended on a high note. A rather nasty high note, at that.

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Game of Thrones marathon

Marvel Studios has been hosting marathons of their superhero movies for years. Back in 2015, watching every film released up until that point (including Avengers: Age of Ultron) took 29 hours. Adding up the runtime of the movies released since then, including Thor: Ragnarok extends the length to over 41 hours. But even that staggering commitment would pale in comparison to watching every single episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones, and one movie theater has decided to give fans the opportunity to see their favorite show play on the big screen all in one massive chunk. Get the details about this upcoming Game of Thrones marathon below.
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assassination of gianni versace trailer

Following up to the acclaimed first season of American Crime Story is a daunting task. How do you match the tour-de-force performance of Sarah Paulson and the tight character beats of The People v. O.J. Simpson? By leaning into the lurid, if the trailer for the second season of FX’s true-crime anthology series, titled The Assassination of Gianni Versace, is anything to go by.

The murder of Gianni Versace is embroiled in Hollywood sensationalism. He was a renowned and openly gay fashion designer who was murdered by a spree killer who was enamored with him. The American Crime Story trailer hones in on the troubled relationship between Versace (Edgar Ramirez) and his killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss).

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deadly class first look

Deadly Class is the latest comic book to make the jump from the page to screen and Syfy could have a real winner on their hands. Rick Remender and Wesley Craig’s soul-searing tale of high school life in an academy for young assassins has been one of my favorite comics since it debuted in 2014, and a first look at the television adaptation’s cast reveals a group of kids who are in for a very rough couple of years.

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Waco trailer

In 1993, a standoff at the compound of the Branch Davidians religious sect in Waco, Texas made headlines when the FBI, ATF, and the members of David Koresh’s group collided with fatal results. Now the events leading up to that fateful standoff are receiving the dramatic treatment with Waco, a star-studded 6-part miniseries event for the newly-renamed Paramount Network.

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john oliver wax presidents

Remember that time that John Oliver spent $13,700 in a bidding war for wax figures of U.S. presidents against Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Rachel Maddow? That super wonky and pricy move begat Oliver’s movie trailer for his ideal Warren G. Harding biopic, featuring Anna Kendrick and Laura Linney acting the hell out of their wax co-star.

And because we’re nearing the closing months of 2017, it’s only fitting that Last Week Tonight pulls off something even more admirably ridiculous. Think of this as a highly anticipated sequel to “Harding,” in a shared cinematic universe of world-saving wax presidents, led by a resolute Tom Hanks.

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star trek discovery into the forest I go 1

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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Like many of the failed video game adaptations before it, Hitman doesn’t have a golden track record on the big screen. But perhaps a TV series adaptation of Hitman could finally hit its target.

Hulu has picked up a Hitman series adaptation, teaming up with Fox 21 and John Wick creator Derek Kolstad to adapt the best-selling video game from IO Interactive. This will be the third attempt to bring the acclaimed series to life, after 2007’s Hitman and 2015’s Hitman: Agent 27. Maybe the third time’s the charm.

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