Star Trek Discover Main Lead Character Announced
It’s been a long road, getting from there to here. The news has just come in. After a months-long search, Star Trek Discovery has finally cast its leading character role.
It’s been over 10 years since there have been new episodes of Star Trek to hit the airwaves. The creators of Discovery have taken their time with making final selections of who they want to crew the USS Discovery. We now, unofficially at least, know who the main lead will be; and it has gotten fans excited.
Sonequa Martin-Green, best know for her role in The Walking Dead, will be the face and new lead of Star Trek Discovery. The selection comes after hints by Bryan Fuller in mid-2016. Fuller has stated on numerous occasions that the main character would likely be a visible minority, and likely also a woman. This is in keeping with Star Trek‘s ideals.
Unlike previous incarnations of the tv series, Discovery won’t be focused mainly around the captain of the staring ship. Instead, Sonequa’s character will be a Lieutenant Commander, suggesting that the series will focus more on the daily crew interactions than on captaining a ship. “We’ve seen six series from the captain’s point of view,” Bryan Fuller explained. “To see a character from a (new) perspective on the starship; one who has different dynamic relationships with a captain, with subordinates, it gives us richer context.”
Deep Space Nine was the first series to stray from captain, making its lead, Benjamin Sisko, Commander of DS9. Of course Sisko went on to become a Captain half way through that series. However Lieutenant Commander is an even lower rank, taking Star Trek into a new arena.
Discovery’s Lieutenant Commander “Number One”
(Updated: December 14, 2016 21:15 EST) It has been reported by deadline that the leading character’s name will be Lieutenant Commander Rainsford. Before to today’s casting announcement, Discovery’s creators have been referring to her character only as “Number 1”. Long-time Trek fans will recognize that title as being that of Majel Barrett’s character in the first pilot episode of Star Trek. That was before James Kirk took command of the starship Enterprise for his 5-year mission. Fans have speculated that Discovery’s Number 1, and the Number 1 character of The Original Series, were one and the same person. Unless Discovery’s creators are rewriting canon, it’s unlikely Sonequa’s Number 1 will be the same character. Time will tell.
The move of selecting a minority woman as a lead role in a science fiction series is way past due, even in Star Trek terms. Selecting a black woman as the lead sets the franchise back on course. Breaking new territory has always been a hallmark of what Star Trek does. While this writer thinks it’s a long time in coming; better late than never.
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