Things I want from Star Trek: Discovery
- Multiple, complex characters of colour who have their own unique characteristics and are allowed agency and independence from white character’s storylines.
- Multiple queer characters whose queerness isn’t just something mentioned once in s5ep6 if you listen carefully in the first 10 minutes. Queer characters (who aren’t cis white men) whose queerness is something they celebrate.
- Disabled characters. I just want some canonically disabled characters in space. Maybe there are some things that can’t be cured even in the 23rd century.
- Neurodivergent characters. Autistic characters. Maybe there are some things a character might not want to cure.
- Trans characters. I want non-binary characters, and I want humans to be like ‘yeah of course gender isn’t binary!’ and I want trans actors playing canonically trans characters. I want their man/womanhood to be 100% be treated equally to any cis characters.
And last but not least….
- Cheese. I mean I love drama as much as the next guy, but Star Trek just isn’t Star Trek without outrageous amounts of cheese. It has to be progressive, it has to ask difficult questions. But it can’t take itself too seriously, because it’s also fun and silly and quirky. And a show can be both.
I know I’m not going to get everything I want. I know I’m probably only going to get one or two things off this list, but I feel like it’s even more important to have these things in a utopian sci-fi than it is in most other forms of fiction.
Because when you have multiple, complex and canonically queer, disabled, neurodivergent, trans, and racially diverse characters, you send a very clear message about the future. You say that in the future queer and transness will be totally accepted, and that it isn’t some abnormal deviation like our society treats it. You say that disability is nothing to be ashamed of, and in the future we’re going to have a society that accommodates and celebrates disabled people. You say that autistic and neurodivergent people aren’t some sickness to be cured, but another wonderful, accepted, and celebrated part of human diversity. And I mean really, if we’re honest, why are there any white characters at all? Because in 200 years time, with globalization and travel already where it is, surely there’ll be so much mixing of ethnicities that there’ll be barely any white people left in 200 years time likeI’mjusaying….