“When Kashyyyk sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending wookiees that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing death sticks. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good humanoids.”
I wonder if we could commission a “Precious Moments” line of Warp 11 figures? They could feature me having sex with 4 precious little groupies. Kiki trying on a precious little studded leather bra. John drinking from a precious little bottle of Jack Daniels and Brian Cruising a precious little gay bar. I’ll get the Kickstarter going later next week.
In the mean time get the original Here if you dare!
As I mentioned before, Warp 11 was initially spawned as an idea for a weekly Internet TV show we were doing back in 1999 called the Prime Directive. The show was a half an hour long and the band was created to fill about 4 minutes of said show each week. We also did things like Trek News, Trek Haiku and short skits like the one you’re about to see here. In this episode I lost my command shirt and had to wear a red shirt. Many Red Shirts were killed in the making of this video I can assure you! Enjoy!
While the creative team—and the man currently playing Hikaru Sulu, John Cho—of Star Trek Beyond may have decided that including a scene of Sulu with his same sex partner wasn’t a big deal, George Takei had a different response.
The actor who originated the role told the Hollywood Reporter, “I’m delighted that there’s a gay character. Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.”
Cho called Takei to tell him about the move, and Takei tried to explain his misgivings. “I told him, ‘Be imaginative and create a character who has a history of being gay, rather than Sulu, who had been straight all this time, suddenly being revealed as being closeted.’”
In Other News… Brian Is Gay in Warp 11 and It’s Not a Big Deal.
The news comes from the Australian paper the Herald Sun, which says that the movie—rightfully—treats Sulu’s private life, in which he has a male partner and a child, as no big deal. According to John Cho, the decision was of course a nod to the original Sulu, everyone’s favorite Facebooking dad, George Takei. “I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations,” Cho told the Herald Sun.
A LGBTQ+ main character has been missing from Star Trek for decades (depending on how you characterize Jadzia Dax’s relationship with the love of one of Dax’s former lives in “Rejoined”). But no such complicated background is at issue here. Sulu’s gay and no one in the Star Trek universe judges him for it.