'Star Trek Discovery' Reveals More Details About Sonequa Martin-Green's Character

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 - 11:45AM
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Star Trek Discovery
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 - 11:45AM
'Star Trek Discovery' Reveals More Details About Sonequa Martin-Green's Character
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It's official: Sonequa Martin-Green is playing the lead role in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery. In other news, the Earth is round and water is wet.

CBS has (finally) officially announced what everyone already knew, presumably waiting until after the season finale of The Walking Dead out of contractual obligations despite the fact that literally everybody on the planet saw it coming months ago.

Along with the announcement of what the official Star Trek social media team calls "the worst-kept secret in the universe", we also get some insight into the specifics of Martin-Green's character. Apparently, the character will be called "First Officer Michael Burnham", the typically male name Michael presumably another attempt from the show to live up to creator Gene Roddenberry's vision of a progressive society in which people of all races, genders, and lifestyles are accepted equally.



This will also be the very first time a Star Trek show will focus on someone who isn't a Star Fleet captain, which is a great decision for several reasons, chief among them being that we've seen a captain helm the show half a dozen times already. Making Michael Burnham a First Officer gives her room to be imperfect and to make mistakes in a way that the show hasn't tried with its lead characters before. Sure, Captain Kirk is a womanizing murderer, but he's always portrayed as a hero regardless. Picard is entirely free of any vice whatsoever, and after a while this kind of bland hero got so tedious that the writers decided to turn him into a cyborg to liven things up. Bottom line, when a captain screws up, everyone dies. A First Officer can make the wrong move and live with the consequences.

So it'll be interesting to see what new directions Discovery will go, and how it will portray a utopian future while also giving us enough character flaws and story arcs to sink our teeth into. As long as nobody travels back in time to save the whales, this show should be pretty awesome.
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