A Writer’s Perspective on Star Trek Discovery
My husband introduced me to the latest series in the Star Trek franchise. Personally, I was hesitant to watch, not because of the content. It was the idea that I had to pay to watch. Now that we gave up our cable subscription and switched over to streaming television, it makes sense.
What has impressed me about Discovery is its diversity. If you haven’t watched yet, you might be surprised to see the number of women in key roles along with all the minorities in the cast. As a writer of diverse fiction, I love this! Watching the day to day interaction and missions of the cast resembles how the real world functions.
Anybody remember the original Star Trek? The non-white, non-male crew had limited roles. Of course my husband mentioned Spock. Sorry, he doesn’t count. Yes, he’s Vulcan but he still appears as a white male.
Fast forward to Star Trek: The Next Generation. A few more women and Whoopie Goldberg has a reoccurring role. Let’s not forget Levar Burton’s role.
By the time we get to Voyager the diversity has improved with a female captain. But it’s not until Discovery that men are now in the minority. I don’t envision a female dominated world (or planet), but it does allow the imagination to expand.
The head of the vampire coven doesn’t have to be a male. Maybe the sorcerers are led by the first sorceress. Perhaps the alpha of the pack is a female (read Something More: Another Falls Creek Romance, #4).
Have you seen Discovery? If so, what do you think? What are some of the traditional character roles in fiction you’d like to see twisted?
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