Tonight’s episode, “Choose Your Pain” ends with an intimate conversation between gay partners Lt. Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Science Officer Dr. Culber (Wilson Cruz) brushing their teeth before bed. Watch the exchange the liberal writers are patting themselves on the back for here:
As if the show were a cute sitcom rather than space age science fiction, the two utter sweet nothings to each other, like “One tends to worry when they’re doomed to love a brilliant but reckless maniac,” and “I also knew you’d leave me if I let anything else endanger that creature.”
Entertainment Weekly explains, “One thing that’s unique about Discovery compared to previous Star Trek series is the show will go deeper into characters’ interpersonal relationships instead of only focusing on their duties.” Because apparently that’s what Trekkies are interested in seeing when they turn on Star Trek. That and a villain supposedly exemplifying Trump and his supporters.
Despite the media coverage over the gay character, co-executive producer Aaron Harberts ironically asserts, “We’re at a point in time where people aren’t defined by their sexuality.” Actor Rapp also expressed his excitement that “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.”
It’s hard to view the new Star Trek as brave in an age where support for the gay movement is at an all time high, and every news company, movie, TV show, and entertainer is bashing the sitting Republican President.