This morning’s Discovery update has Rapp takling about how the show is handling his character being gay, more insight into Lorca, details on the PaleyFest panel this weekend and a little detail about that code from “Context Is for Kings.”
Lorca has big plans for Michael Burnham
The latest official character video focuses on Captain Gabriel Lorca. Actors Jason Isaacs and Sonequa Martin-Green and executive producer Aaron Harberts giving more insights into why Lorca brought Burnham on board the Discovery.
Rapp: On Star Trek divisions between people have ‘melted away’
In a new interview with the Daily Beast actor Anthony Rapp (Lt. Stamets) talks about how Discovery is handling portraying his character being gay:
Well, I think that the writers and producers knew they were going to cast a black woman as the lead and that’s not just virtue signaling. It’s game-changing to have a black woman in the lead, and those facts are not a factor in the Star Trek universe. In the world of Star Trek, the fact that she’s female, the fact that she’s non-Caucasian, has no effect on how anyone in Starfleet treats her. What matters is what you do and what you say. That’s the aspect of the vision of the future that is more utopian—that these divisions, these silly divisions between people on Earth, have pretty much melted away. And no one’s really concerned anymore with where you come from, or what your ethnic heritage is, or what your gender is. Or in the case of Stamets, what your sexual orientation is. All of that is sort of settled and then it’s just a matter of: are you a good person or are you a bad person? Are you good at your job or bad at your job? Do you do things that send the Federation into war or not? We’re all very mindful and celebratory of that. You have to make a conscious effort to do this, because you have to balance out years and years and years of sameness in depictions. So yeah, it’s something that we’re very proud of.
PaleyFest panel details
As reported before, this weekend there will be a special PaleyFest panel for Star Trek: Discovery in New York on Saturday (same day as the NYCC panel). Now the Paley Center has released details on the panel. On stage will be actors Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Shazad Latif, Doug Jones, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Mary Chieffo, and Wilson Cruz. Joining them will be executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, and Heather Kadin. There will also be an exclusive sneak preview of Discovery. General public tickets cost $50 with discounted tickets available to Paley members. You can buy tickets at ticketweb.com.
Discovery has a virus?
In “Context Is for Kings” Lt. Stamets has Burnham analyze some data. Well an eagle-eyed fan at MovieCode on Tumblr spotted something familiar with the code shown on Discovery and apparently it is from the Stuxnet virus. Maybe the bigger issue is, does the USS Discovery still use Windows?
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusive in the US on CBS All Access with new episodes released Sundays at 8:30 pm ET. In Canada Star Trek: Discovery airs on the Space Channel at the same time. Discovery is available on Netflix outside the USA and Canada with new episodes made available Monday at 8 am BST.
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