Binge-Worthy: Newcomers and Old Favorites Feature LGBT Characters and Queer Points of View

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Star Trek: Discovery
Star Trek has served as a backdrop for social commentary going back to Kirk and Uhura locking lips in the original series — which also launched the career of gay actor, author and activist George Takei in the role of USS Enterprise helmsman Sulu — so it’s fitting that the latest foray into the Federation includes a queer crewmate. However, the reinvention of an original character generated a fair amount of controversy — some called out an all-too-brief shot of John Cho’s Sulu with a same-sex partner in Star Trek: Beyond, and Takei took to Facebook to voice his own issues, stating that he wished El Paso-born creator Gene Roddenberry’s “original characters and their backgrounds would be respected. How exciting it would be instead if a new hero might be created … rather than reinvented. To me, this would have been even more impactful.” Beyond the Sulu drama, actor Anthony Rapp has confirmed that his character (an intense lieutenant whose mycological research ties into the show’s Klingon conflict) will reunite onscreen with fellow Rent-alum Wilson Cruz as his crewmate and long-term partner. Between this, the on-set pictures showcasing revamped Klingon designs and the stellar cast (including Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs, and fan favorite “man in the suit” Doug Jones), the newest Trek installment warrants watching.

Star Trek: Discovery is available to stream on CBS All Access.


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Kelly Nelson

Kelly Nelson is a digital content editor for the San Antonio Current.

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