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Star Trek Discovery Lead Character Revealed!

 
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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”

Star Trek Discovery's main leading character, Number One, to be played by Sonequa Martin-Green
Star Trek Discovery’s main leading character, Number One, to be played by Sonequa Martin-Green

(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.

Be sure to tell us what you think of the casting decision in the comments section below.

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  • LMan A Eman

    I think it is asinine to go out of you way to make your main character a minority for the sake of it being a minority. This might have a good opening season but I’d bet by the end of season 3 it will have all time low ratings. Pretty terrible to go way out of your way to destroy the franchise.

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  • Super Cass

    Not me. I think it does exactly what Star Trek has always done, was meant to do, and is a major part of the reason it’s popular. Push the boundaries, get in people’s faces, make them uncomfortable in a good way, and be representative.

    Contrary to what you say, it’s a great way of going about breathing life back into the franchise again, and creates a good set of roles models for people that have few.