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“Star Trek Discovery” Shaping up as Least Diverse Star Trek

Discovery has a diversity problem

Fans of Star Trek’s Values

At NCC-1031.COM, we’re all fans of Star Trek.  Most of us have been watching the shows for decades.  I personally subscribe to, and believe the following quote to be true: “everything I know in life I learned from Star Trek“.  Am I a Trekkie or Trekker?  Yes, but which?  None of your business, thanks.

Because we consider ourselves to be such big fans, it’s hard – painful even – to point out when the series, episode, or show, has gone astray, or speak of Star Trek in negative terms.  Especially when it presents us with such an optimistic future.  But the more news we see coming in about Star Trek Discovery, the more dismayed we get with regards to certain aspects of the series.  While the details about the show itself give reason to remain optimistic, some production decisions don’t.

People Now, of the Future

Star Trek: The Original Series introduced us to a diverse crew
Star Trek: The Original Series introduced us to a diverse crew

One of the core tenants of Star Trek has always been that it does an admirable job at trying to represent us all.  By that, I mean humans – of all ethnicities and genders.  It doesn’t do this perfectly, true.  At times it has been so off the mark its been offensive (Chakotay pan flute music, TNG episode “Code on Honor”).  But it tries, and has been a ground-breaker in this regard more than once.  Trek has an equality that has been held up as something we, humans, should strive towards.  Much of it’s wide appeal and massive cult following can be attributed to the fact that it is representative of humanity and non-assuming.

We’re now in 2017 and most mainstream entertainment has finally caught up to where Star Trek started off some decades ago.  It’s fair for one to assume that Discovery, the newest franchise of the series, would be looking to break ground on some real 21st century social issues.  Especially since the original showrunner and creator, Bryan Fuller, has made this a point on more than one occasion.

Unfortunately, when we look at the casting announcements so far, we’re immediately struck by just how non-representational the cast is.  To the point where its less diverse than most mainstream television is.  Certainly less than any previous series.  Frankly, this is embarrassing for a Star Trek show, and the production crew and those making the decisions aught to be ashamed of themselves.

A Real World Cast

For those that think cultural diversity in television is fake or unattainable, I want to stop and talk about my day job for a moment.

I work for a media company within their tech department.  There are 9 people on my immediate team.  Of those nine there are: 2 Black men (from very different African countries), 1 Caucasian man, 1 Italian man, 1 man of Middle Eastern decent, 1 man of mixed race (myself – 1/4 Black, 3/4 Caucasian).  Then there is 1 woman from Belgium of mixed race (1/2 Caucasian, 1/2 Black), 1 woman from Iran, and 1 Egyptian woman.  Of these people, 3 are Muslim, 1 is Christian, 1 is Catholic, and 4 are Atheist.  1 woman is gay.

This is a real-world 21st century inclusive team.  Not only are we all professionals in our field, our diverse cultures and origins give us a breadth of experience that a single culture doesn’t and can’t.  Out of the box doesn’t need to happen because there is no box.

My team excels beyond our on-paper record as a result of a diverse people and mindset.  If this is my real life experience, why can’t it also be that of Star Trek Discovery‘s supposed utopian future of equality?

By the Numbers

IDIC - Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination. A Star Trek mainstay
IDIC – Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination. A Star Trek mainstay

So far there have been 13 official casting announcements.  That’s quite a few for Star Trek, and we understand not everyone announced so far should be considered a series main character.  Of those 13 cast, a whopping 10 of them are men.  As we’ve written before, Star Trek Discovery needs more women – badly.  But not just that.  Of those 10 men, 7 of them are Caucasian, 1 Black, 1 Indian, and 1 Pakistani.  Add to that the fact that Chris Obi (Black male) and Shazad Latif (Pakistani male) both play Klingons.  This means that their ethnicities will be mostly hidden by their makeup!  Intentionally or not, there’s a point being made where the racially-different have been cast as aliens.

Now if Star Trek strives to represent us all, this is a far cry from it.  Last time we checked, the world’s population wasn’t made up of 54% Caucasian men.  Actually, males of all ethnicities combined only represent 48% of people.  If Discovery were to present Caucasians men more representationally, it would have between 1-2 Caucasian men and 2-3 Caucasian women.

This all isn’t to say that Star Trek should be playing a purely numbers game and be defined only in these terms.  But it needs to be more honest with itself when casting decisions are made – that it’s no longer following the tenants that were once prevalent and that contributed heavily to its popularity and longevity.  Either that or make conscious decisions in the other direction where casting is more inclusive – and stick to it.

The world is becoming more and more divided by political extremes and nationalism.  Star Trek desperately needs to address these, not only in plotline and content, but also in casting.

None of this should be considered an assault on any of the actors.  They’re all undoubtedly excellent in their craft.  There are also plenty of individuals that are just as good that fall within different cultures and ethnicities.

Time is Running Out

There’s still time for Discovery to head in this direction.  But with filming already going into its third month, and at least two episodes having been filmed already, time is running short.

Will the producers continue perpetuating  Hollywood’s well documented diversity problem, or will they turn things around and head more towards what Star Trek is supposed to be about?  A representation of us all, towards a shared goal of bettering ourselves and each other.

Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations.

Discovery loses nothing by having 3 or 4 Caucasian males instead of 7, and would gain so much if it were to add 3 or 4 more ethnicities.  It loses no viewers but potentially gains many more.  Especially when you consider that it has been picked up by Netflix for 188 countries!

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“Star Trek Discovery” Needs Women!

Star Trek Discovery Needs Women

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We’ve seen a number of comments on Twitter (including some that popped up as we were writing this), about the low ratio of women to men that have been cast in Star Trek Discovery so far.  We’re in full agreement with these comments and have posted a few of our own on the subject.

To date, there has been just three female characters cast.  Two actually, since the third actress hasn’t been officially announced yet.  There are eight males in the show that we know of so far.  That’s a pretty big difference in our opinion.  It’s actually the highest ratio of male to female casting of any Star Trek series since The Original Series.

Right now you may be thinking to yourself; there were only two on ‘The Next Generation’, two on ‘Deep Space Nine’, three on ‘Voyager’ and then two on ‘Enterprise’.  But most Trek shows have only 7-8 main characters.  Even still, that’s shameful – we’re especially talking to you, Enterprise.  All are far from parity, yet somehow still closer to equally-balanced than what Discovery is shaping up to be so far.  Besides, why would we hold those examples up as something to strive for when Star Trek can do better.

‘Star Trek’ Tried in the 60s – Now?

Looking back at Star Trek: The Original Series in the 1960s, it’s pretty clear there were certain ideas about gender roles, even if Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry didn’t necessarily subscribe to all of them himself.  The crew of the original USS Enterprise had only one primary female character (and she was a glorified secretary), plus a few others that were recurring.  As a matter of fact, Star Trek almost never happened because of traditional views about women.  In its original pilot episode, the second in command of the USS Enterprise was a woman.  Simply known as “Number One” (played by Majel Barrett, series-creator Gene Roddenberry’s then soon-to-be-wife), she took on what is generally considered a masculine trait; being logic-driven.  Studio execs wouldn’t have it and told Roddenberry to go back to the drawing board and lose the woman character.  It was their opinion that nobody would believe a woman could hold such a high position.

Even Star Trek: TOS script writer and story editor Dorothy Catherine Fontana needed to be credited simply as “DC Fontana” in an effort to hide her gender from the studio (and in fairness, a large segment of the viewing public too).

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Majel Barrett played Number One in the original Star Trek pilot episode
Majel Barrett played Number One in the original Star Trek pilot episode

Given the franchise’s early history of trying to push the gender envelope, but being held back, it’s extra important for Star Trek to do the right thing now, when it can.  But absolutely not only because it can, but because that’s what Trek is about – representation and equality.  Something for everyone to watch and identify with in some way.  IDIC – Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations.

One good thing that Star Trek Discovery‘s showrunners have done is acknowledge and own this 50-years old past.  It gives a shout-out to the pilot episode’s “Number One”.  Sonequa Martin-Green’s character, still not officially announced, will also be known as Number One.  That’s in addition to her actual name, Rainsford – Lieutenant Commander Rainsford.

Though at this time it isn’t clear if Rainsford is intended to be the same character or if the shout out-stops there.  None of this excuses the current imbalance.

Women Behind the Scenes

Like each previous franchise’s attempts to include various under-represented people(s), we know that Discovery has a fairly large writing staff, and many of them are indeed women.  And that’s great and as it should be!  Now let’s give the current and the next generation of women heroes and role models they deserve on-screen.  Not just behind the scenes, and not just the series lead role.

That’s what Star Trek has always meant to a lot of people – many of whom already have or will see themselves represented for the first time on-screen.  It’s the reason for the popularity and longevity of the shows.

Do you feel that Star Trek Discovery needs to add more women cast to the show?  Let us know by commenting respectfully at the bottom of this page.  Bigotry not welcome.

Star Trek Discovery Trailer Analysis & Review

Possibly the USS Shenzhou under Captain Georgiou
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New Discovery Teaser

CBS released a 60-second teaser trailer for Star Trek: Discovery on January 31, 2017.  In it we get a number of goodies to drool over, including: <click any link below to jump>

Klingon set design and construction, props, a Starfleet uniform, video display screen including an apparent new class of starship, the USS Shenzhou bridge, something that’s potentially VR, alien, or robot, what may be a diagram of the USS Discovery’s bridge, a possible re-write of Trek history, what may be Klingon uniforms, and other random show components.  We’re going to dissect the video, give your our thoughts on it.

If you haven’t seen the Star Trek Discovery January 2017 Teaser Trailer yet, we recommend that you watch it after reading this article.

Klingon Ship Interior is Featured in the Teaser

Some of you may remember when a series of Star Trek Discovery concept art images were accidentally released onto the Internet.  (A Google image search brings some up)  Those images are the creation of Mark Worthington, set designer.  The renderings first surfaced around summer of 2016 so it’s likely changes to the sets they represent have happened.  However there’s at least one thing that appears to have undergone few modifications since then.

We believe the below image from the teaser was taken during construction of a Klingon ship.  We can see three dark curved beams.  Then just slightly left of center we see a brown wooden curved beam in an opposite direction.

Star Trek Discovery - Set Design. Klingon Ship Bridge based on Mark Worthington's designs?
Star Trek Discovery – Set Design. Klingon Ship Bridge based on Mark Worthington’s designs?

Also above, we also see a series of unfinished stairs.  It’s important to note that there is design to these stairs.  They’re not purely utilitarian for construction purposes.  There’s also a large area open to the section below, which can easily be filled in during post-production using green-screen.

Now compare that to the below image by Mark Worthington.  It depicts the Klingon ship.  We’ve animated and highlighted curved areas that we believe represent the aforementioned pillars in the image above.  The two thinner inner curves are the brown wooden curves pictured above.  The thicker outer curves are the darker curved beams.

Also note the stylized stair cases which nearly match up with the image above.  We’re highly confident that the above image is set construction based on the rendering depicted below of a Klingon ship interior.

Star Trek Discovery - Highlighting the curved pillars
Star Trek Discovery – Highlighting the curved pillars

In case we need even further proof, here’s another picture of the same set but from a different angle and time of construction.  We can see that the three darker pillars on the left and three on the right form a mirrored view, just like in the rendering above.

Star Trek Discovery Klingon Ship Set Design
Star Trek Discovery Klingon Ship Set Design
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Here’s that same set, further along in the construction phase.  It’s more enclosed here and likely nearing its completion.  We tried touching up the image to get a better look at the interior, but there wasn’t enough information within the video to get a clear shot.

Star Trek Discovery - Klingon Bridge Set Construction Nearing Completion
Star Trek Discovery – Klingon Bridge Set Construction Nearing Completion

Starfleet Uniforms

We get a slight look at the new uniforms for Starfleet members aboard the USS Discovery and presumably the USS Shenzhou.

In our first image, we can see that this specific uniform appears to feature gold colour atop of blue.  The blue used is very Star Trek Enterprise-esque.  Of note is the collar at the top – much more formal than Enterprise uniforms, more in line with Star Trek movies.  We can only see one collar here.  Gold trimming encircles the arms and zipper, and the chevron is also gold plated.

The chevron takes on the same design as the newly-updated Star Trek Discovery logo, however with a detail addition at its center.  This specific insignia design is for Operations, so it’s possibly an engineer’s uniform we’re looking at here, though it could also be either security or tactical.

Star Trek Discovery Starfleet uniform of an Operations personnel.
Star Trek Discovery Starfleet uniform of an Operations personnel.
Starfleet Insignia Divisions - Credit:
Starfleet Insignia Divisions – Credit:
Star Trek Discovery - Starfleet uniform collar. Does the right side of the collar exist?
Star Trek Discovery – Starfleet uniform collar. Does the right side of the collar exist?

Here’s a closer view of the collar on the new uniforms for Star Trek Discovery.  Once again, we only get to see the collar on the officer’s left side – the right isn’t visible or doesn’t exist.

Below we’ve put together an edited image from a series of video frames to capture the uniform a bit more.  We’re really starting to wonder if this is a single-side collar uniform, or if it’s just blocked from view in all frames.  In any event, it’s a sharp collar, reminiscent of a current-day dress shirt.

Star Trek Discovery - Starfleet uniform has a current-day collar on the uniform. It may also be a single-side collar
Star Trek Discovery – Starfleet uniform has a current-day collar on the uniform. It may also be a single-side collar

Separate to the uniform, we notice the skin colour of this actor.  We do not feel that this actor is any of the announced cast so far for Discovery.  It’s either a to-be-announced cast member, or is an extra on the series.

Possible Star Trek History Rewrite

We want to take a moment and talk about the image below.  In the Discovery teaser trailer, it speaks of Gene Roddenberry’s first three written words: “STAR TREK is…” and hints that Discovery will continue that sentence.  The thing is, that sentence has already been finished – it already happened.  Star Trek has gone to air, and in many incarnations.  Trek history has been written.

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Star Trek do-over to rewrite history?
Star Trek do-over to rewrite history?

Again, we already know what Star Trek is and what it means.  But this seems to suggest that they’re about to change things so dramatically that we may be looking at a do-over.  Obviously this wouldn’t go over well for many Star Trek fans, so perhaps it’s just marketing mumbo-jumbo that we shouldn’t read too much into.

The USS Shenzhou Bridge

Next up, we get an ever-so-slight glimps of the bridge layout for the USS Shenzhou under the command of Captain Georgiou, played by Michelle Yeoh.  The letters “nzhou bridge” are just visible at the top left of the below screen capture.

There’s also a series of images of the USS Discovery here too.  We believe this to be an older design of the Discovery as Bryan Fuller said the ship’s design has been updated since the original Star Trek Discovery test footage trailer release.  These images don’t look all that different from that test footage, except the blue engine at the rear of the warp nacelles and a few other small details.

Star Trek Discovery - USS Shenzhou Bridge
Star Trek Discovery – USS Shenzhou Bridge

Unfortuately there’s not much we can gather from this very quick shot of the Shenzhou bridge design.  We can tell that, in typical Starfleet fashion, it has a circular or round design when viewed from above.  Below is the best we could clean it up.

Star Trek Discovery - USS Shenzhou bridge layout
Star Trek Discovery – USS Shenzhou bridge layout

Later in the video, we also get a visual representation of a Starfleet starship.  There’s no specific indication as to which ship this may be.  For now we will assume it is not the USS Discovery, but that it may actually be the USS Shenzhou.  Here’s a screen capture of that starship.

USS Shenzhou Schematic?
USS Shenzhou Schematic?

Here’s a closer view of whatever Starfleet starship this may be.  Again, we think it’s the USS Shenzhou, but can’t be certain.  In the image below, note that the area where a bridge would traditionally be located doesn’t protrude from the top of the ship (we’re presumably looking top down here).  Generally, Starfleet ship bridges are circular in nature because of the shape of the protruding semi-sphere atop the saucer section.  This doesn’t have that – just square and rectangular sections.

Possibly the USS Shenzhou under Captain Georgiou
Possibly the USS Shenzhou under Captain Georgiou

But on the other hand, there’s this….

The circular forward section on this ship schematic may be the bridge section shown elsehwere in the teaser for the USS Shenzhou's bridge section
The circular forward section on this ship schematic may be the bridge section shown elsehwere in the teaser for the USS Shenzhou’s bridge section

Robot – VR – Alien?

This thing below – we’ll admit that we don’t know what to make of it.  Frankly we’re really hoping that it’s not like the silly Romulan drone ship VR interface like the one seen in Star Trek Enterprise.  Given that we’re not seeing this from the front, we’re going to assume they’re hiding something from us.  Perhaps this is part of an elaborate alien helmet.  There’s also a possibility that it’s part of a robot costume, as we’ve been told by Bryan Fuller that robots will be in the show.

Star Trek Discover - Virtual reality headset, part of an alien species uniform, a robot?
Star Trek Discover – Virtual reality headset, part of an alien species uniform, a robot?
Romulan Drone Ship VR Interface from Star Trek Enterprise
Romulan Drone Ship VR Interface from Star Trek Enterprise

USS Discovery Bridge Diagram

Next up, we have a construction diagram for a bridge.  It’s likely either the layout for the USS Discovery or a closer view of the USS Shenzhou’s bridge.  We feel this is the Discovery bridge as it looks different from the Shenzhou bridge schematic shown earlier in the teaser.  There’s no reason why the Shenzhou would have an old and new construction diagram on set.

USS Discovery Bridge or USS Shenzhou Bridge? We think this is Discovery
USS Discovery Bridge or USS Shenzhou Bridge? We think this is Discovery

The construction schematic appears to also call for the ship hallways outside of the bridge to also be constructed.  In The Next Generation and Voyager, both ships had turbolifts to get to different sections of the ship, Captain’s ready-room and the meeting room aside.  Discovery doesn’t look like it’ll have a turbolift that directly exits onto the bridge unless those two sections to either side of the exit are turbolift entrances.

Starfleet Vessel Bridge

Now that we’ve looked at those bridge schematics, lets have a look at the below image take from the Discovery teaser.  In the background, we see the bridge of a ship.  From the image alone, it’s not possible to tell which ship this bridge belongs to.  Given the style, we can confidently state that it is a Starfleet vessel, so it’s likely either the USS Discovery or the USS Shenzhou.

Bridge of a Starfleet vessel
Bridge of a Starfleet vessel

There is also a member of Starfleet that can be seen in the background. It’s too difficult to make out what their uniform looks like, but it’s most likely the same design as was shown earlier in an image above.  It’s also unclear if the green surface towards the bottom-left is the ground, or if it’s something closer in the foreground obscuring the flooring of that area.

Alien Species Uniform, Likely Klingon

Here is the only good view we get throughout the teaser of what we may be seeing in terms of quality of wardrobe.

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It’s quite possible these are uniforms that will be worn by the primary Klingon cast members.  While they are a departure from what we’ve seen of the Klingons in Star Trek (with the possible exception of Into Darkness), we’d be happy to see Klingons in these.  Or some other alien species.  The quality of work looks very good.

Star Trek Discovery - Klingon wardrobe or some other alien species?
Star Trek Discovery – Klingon wardrobe or some other alien species?

Blinking Helmet

Just before we finish up, there’s this little piece that we’re trying to figure out.  It’s taken from about 32 seconds into the teaser.  There’s someone that appears to have a blinking head.  Our first impression was that this may be a robot, but they clearly have a human hand.  So it’s more likely that this is a piece of head gear technology that will appear in the series.

What the purpose of this head gear is remains a mystery.

The Captain’s Chair

Last but not least is the captain’s chair.  We won’t bother analyzing this because we figure it speaks for itself.  But it’s interesting that this is the closing shot when we know the main character of Star Trek Discovery is Lieutenant Commander Rainsford, not a Captain.  So why show the chair at all?  Perhaps this hints that Rainsford will take on a much larger role than her designation initially suggests.  A lieutenant commander “with caveats” as Bryan Fuller once put it.

USS Discovery Captain's Chair
USS Discovery Captain’s Chair

And for reference, here’s the same chair earlier in it’s construction.

USS Discovery NCC-1031 - Captain's Chair
USS Discovery NCC-1031 – Captain’s Chair

So what do you think?  Do you disagree with any of our interpretations, or have you found something we’ve missed?  Let us know in the comments section at the bottom.

Is Sonequa Martin-Green Wrong for Star Trek Discovery Lead?

Star Trek: Discovery - Sonequa Martin-Green

This article is an opinion piece.  Views expressed are those of the writer.

Roddenberry’s Humanist Star Trek

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was interviewed by Humanist magazine in its March/April 1991 issue.  At the time, Humanist wrote:

“Star Trek: The Next Generation is probably the most humanistic entertainment program that is on television-or, perhaps, ever has been on television. One of the underlying messages of both series is that human beings can, with critical thinking, solve the problems that are facing them without any outside or supernatural help.

Looking back at each Star Trek incarnate, all put forth a future that abides by Roddenberry’s world view.  You see Gene believed that humanity has within itself the ability to overcome its adolescent state.  By doing that, it would enter into its post-religious/supernatural, post-racist, post-war, post-money, post-scarcity, post-nationalist, evidence-based adulthood.  Not quit a utopia, but certainly closer to it then where humanity is now.

What Does This Have to do With Sonequa Martin-Green?

Since the announcement of her leading role, I’ve been following Sonequa on Twitter.  Over the past week or so, she has made a number of tweets that suggest she subscribes to the Christian religion.  I realize it shouldn’t, but this sets off alarm bells for me personally.  Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek is more than non-religious, it’s post-religion – even atheist.  Yet the leading actor for Star Trek: Discovery is publicly professing her religious views.

I present the following two tweets:

It sounds that Sonequa has more than a passing interest in Christianity – perhaps practices it in her daily life.  To know why this raises flags for me (personally), I’ll explain a bit more about myself.

Where I’m Coming From

I was raised (read: “indoctrinated”) as fundamentalist Christian.  Not as fundamentalist as some, but certainly more than others.  For me the earth was 6,000 years old, evolution was a lie, nearly everything in the bible was literal and true, and the second-coming was “any day now”.  This resulted in A – reduced critical thinking (don’t be a “doubting Thomas” – just believe), B – apathy towards schooling and education (why care or plan ahead if the second coming is near?), C – a denial of human impact on the planet (God wouldn’t let it happen; if he did, I’d believe it’s for the best … and I was Christian so I’d be ok), and D – a complete “othering” of non-Christians, which really meant I didn’t care about many of my fellow human beings even though I professed otherwise.

Star Trek was one of the few things that helped usher in a new era of non-religion for me.  Over my late teens and early twenties I struggled to reprogram the way my brain had been operating for my entire life up until that point.  The use of critical thinking as a default instead of just accepting things as truths.  A better understanding of science, the scientific method, and why our understandings can and should evolve and be refined over time.  Adjacent to all of this, it taught me to accept that people are different, and that diversity can be a good thing – bringing alternative perspectives and thinking to every-day situations and life.

I recognize the apparent contradiction in that Star Trek teaches diversity and acceptance, yet my concerns are with Sonequa’s religious views.  And not even necessarily her views – just my interpretations of them.

Sonequa’s Tweets & Faith

In the latter tweet above, Sonequa links to her Instagram account where she writes:

The Muslim Temple Mount in Jerusalem. I believe this monument is a powerful symbol of faith #coexistence. Muslims, Jews and Christians believe this is the site where Abraham was saved from sacrificing his son Isaac. Today only Muslims can enter, but the ground on which it stands is viewed as holy by many.

Sonequa appears to be treading lightly in this quote.  Quite diplomatically even.  However if one is to read between the lines, it can be interpreted as suggesting that the temple, where only Muslims may enter, should also allow the same for Christians and Jews.  For now, this should be left to Muslim leaders to decide – which they have.  In the first tweet, Sonequa sounds to subscribe to a literal belief that Jesus walked on water.

Being a former believer in the bible’s writings as being literal, I know that many fundamentalist Christians have deep-rooted views.  Their actions are often dictated by their religiously-driven morals.  Just take a look at some of the wacky Christian politicians doing crazy things like trying to deny women’s reproductive rights.  If Sonequa has fundamentalist views, will her role in Star Trek Discovery conflict with her personal beliefs?  And if so, to what end?  Perhaps cognitive dissonance?

Star Trek: Discovery - Sonequa Martin-Green
Star Trek: Discovery – Sonequa Martin-Green

On the other hand, it’s heartening to see that she wrote “#coexistence” for Christians, Jews and Muslims.  That’s closer to Star Trek’s philosophy, even if it is about religion – something Roddenberry saw as having a shelf-life for an all-grown-up humanity and possibly barrier to our future.  Plus, actors are actors and their job is to present something other than themselves.

Star Trek Philosophy Lives on in Woman of Colour

All talk of religion aside, I’m super stoked to finally see a woman of colour in the Star Trek Discovery leading role, regardless of any religious views held.  Truly, woman of colour are very under-represented in leading and important roles in science fiction.  It’s disturbing that it’s taken this long to happen, but I will admit to a certain satisfaction in Star Trek Discoery taking on this lead again.