Some day we’ll stop treating sexual preference and gender orientations as a novelty, to where the media no longer feels the need to announce to the world that there will be a gay character or a female lead in the new installment to an old franchise. But that day is not here, so HEY GUYS! We’re getting a female lead and a gay character in Star Trek: Discovery!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new Star Trek series will be led by a woman, whose role will potentially be a diverse one as well. In other words, she’ll be a non-heterosexual person of color with just as much snark as this article? This female character will not, however, be the captain of the ship — because only Kate Janeway can be lady captain, b****es! Instead, the top-ranking member of the fleet will actually be a lieutenant commander, creator Bryan Fuller revealed this week, “but with caveats.”
We’re going deep into something that was for me always very tantalizing, and [we’re telling] that story through a character who is on a journey that is going to teach her how to get along with others in the galaxy. For her to truly understand something that is alien, she has to first understand herself.
Fuller’s idea is about the Star Trekkiest thing I’ve heard since the new movies brought the franchise back into our lives. It’s refreshing to hear, not to mention very relevant to today’s social climate.
Fuller also added that the series will feature about seven lead characters in total, including a few more aliens than the preceding shows have ever had before.
Star Trek started with a wonderful expression of diversity in its cast: a Russian, a black woman, an Asian, a Vulcan … we’re continuing that tradition and our lead of the show is going to be subject of that same level of who is the best actor and what can we say about diversity in every role we’ll have on the show. We wanted to paint a picture of Star Fleet that’s indicative of encountering people who are much more different than we are.
Fuller also confirmed that his Star Trek will feature a gay character in response to receiving hate-mail during his time on Star Trek Voyager after a rumor that speculated that one of the show’s characters could be outed. Fuller had already planned on including a gay character in the series, but it’s nice to know that someone like fellow executive producer Alex Kurtzman also pitched the idea.
Details about casting are to be determined, but news about the new Star Trek series getting a female lead is hardly surprising. Fuller — who is openly gay himself — recently used San Diego Comic-Con‘s 50th Anniversary Star Trek panel as a platform to stress that this series “could serve as an antidote to the current political upheaval.”
Star Trek has always used its science fiction platform to reflect upon social issues and moralities among its eclectic cast of characters. Fuller only means to continue this tradition while exploring new life in different worlds — one that many Star Trek fans have been yearning since the new movies restarted the franchise.
In the beginning, I know I came off as a bit…facetious? Condescending? Glib? Whichever term you prefer, please know that I am, in reality, very happy that some Hollywood creators are actively widening the representation scale beyond the “standard norm.” (Congrats for reading this far, by the way) However, when one is currently living in an age where everyone MUST have an opinion behind the safety of a computer screen, one can’t help but stumble upon a few…malcontented “fans” who simply believe the media is pandering to the SJWs of the world. (Hey you! You’re the reason why we can’t have nice things!) Call it what you want, but I will always see it as creators from up on high finally acknowledging that the population is more complex and wonderful than just straight, arrogant (not all) white dudes shoving their heterosexual “dongs” in our faces.