Star Trek Discovery is pretty groundbreaking…
Not just because the ship looks incredible, the strong female lead and a gay couple – with a storyline… but now they’ve gone into the final frontier – the f-bomb and beyond.
Yes, some fans were left stunned after Monday night’s episode (episode 5) when not one but two F-bombs were dropped, by two characters. Cadet Tily (Mary Wiseman) was the first person to ever say the word, followed by Lt. Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp).
Rapp told Indiewire that it was “f**king cool” to say f**k… saying, “We were aware of it, and we embraced it, and we had a blast with it” .
since when did they use the work fuck in #startrek ?
— Scott Mitchell (@switch_mitch) October 17, 2017
I cannot tell you how fucking relieved I am that “fuck” is now canonically #StarTrek.
— ooOOOOoona McCormack (@unamccormack) October 16, 2017
Can’t believe they used “fuck” on Star Trek. Jean Luc would never have done so. #StarTrek
— C Tannam (@CTannam) October 16, 2017
The other first was the scene between Lt Stamets and his partner, Doctor Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz) having a normal, but cute, conversation in their living quarters. Previously there has only been snatches of gay couples in the Star Trek universe, but they got a full scene, being normal, brushing their teeth together…
Speaking about his character, Rapp said,
“I’m really excited and happy when a gay character is a part of a story — especially when a gay character is created in a complex and human and non-stereotypical, interesting way, and that has certainly been the case with Stamets,
“And you get to see his relationship. There was a little glimpse with Sulu in Beyond, and it was a nice nod.
“But in this case, we actually get to see me with my partner in conversation, in our living quarters, you get to see our relationship over time, treated as any other relationship would be treated.”
The couple even got a nod from George Takei, Star Trek’s original, Sulu
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 16, 2017
You can catch up with Star Trek Discovery on Netflix in the UK.