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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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 Discovery season 2 2019

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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A William Shatner Star Trek Discovery cameo is in the works…in William Shatner’s mind. The actor, who originated the role of Captain Kirk on the 1960s Star Trek series and went on to reprise the role in seven more feature films, is eager to return to the character. And if that means defying Kirk’s death in Star Trek: Generations, then so be it.

Because Shatner has an idea to bring his Captain Kirk back on deck in CBS All Access’ new Star Trek TV series.

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Okay, what was with that ending of the latest Star Trek: Discovery episode? Did “Choose Your Pain” turn Star Trek into a horror show?

“Choose Your Pain” is, as the title suggests, filled with tons of pain, including the minor pain of seeing another Stamets continue to look in his bathroom mirror while the real Stamets walked away. The only levity found in this episode, aside from the first usage of the f-word in Star Trek history, was Rainn Wilson’s highly enjoyable Harry Mudd. Seeing this Star Trek OG character was a sight for sore eyes. Speaking of sore eyes, let’s get into the types of pain caused by both the Klingons and Starfleet.

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In this week’s episode of Star Trek: Discoveryaptly-titled “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry,” the unofficial theme was definitely “Who’s got it worse?” Because there were plenty of losers in this episode. The most definite loser — aside from the poor folks who died in the space mines—was the poor mega-tardigrade.

This week, the crew had to find a way to save crucial Starfleet mines — and the families who work them — from Klingon fire. Many had died already, thanks to Stamets not knowing how to set a proper course with his new instantaneous warp technology. Actual navigation was the other issue — with such new bio-based tech, how could one successfully chart a course to a far-off planet? Enter the tardigrade, the monster from last episode. It turns out that it’s not a killing machine after all; it’s actually a docile creature that can interact with the spores that fuel the warp technology. But the animal’s navigation skills come at a cost — they basically have to torture it to get their warp to work. Why?! Leave the poor animal alone! Was this possibly one of the darkest moments in Star Trek TV history? Because I don’t remember even tribbles being tortured.

Now let’s go over exactly who else got the short end of the stick this week in our The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry review.

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