Star Trek Discovery premieres this Sunday its third episode, an episode that will make history as it would mark the appearance of the first openly gay character in the franchise –although Sulu had a subtly scene where we saw him leaving with his husband and daughter at the Yorktown base- Lt. Stamets, interpreted by Anthony Rapp (Rent).
In here you can check the scene if you don’t want to wait until tomorrow for it, if you haven’t seen episode one or two, it’ll be full of spoilers, so be careful with it.
Although there’s no indication of Stamets’ sexuality in Context Is King –the upcoming episode- his relationship with another member of Starfleet will become a story point in the series starting next week.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rapp talked about what was like for him to play this part.
“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 [of a relationship 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.”
Although what we know of Stamets’ investigation is that it involves fungus spores, we also know that it’ll be fundamental for Starfleet against the Klingons. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be an easy person to get along with.
“He’s a really, really smart guy and as smart guys go, he sometimes can be a little difficult to deal with because not everybody’s as smart as he is. So, he’s got a little bit of an edge sometimes, which is fun to play.”
We don’t know what’s coming next for Michael now that she has finally reached the USS Discovery, but here’s a little preview for tomorrow’s episode and beyond.
Discovery airs every Sunday nights on CBS All Access streaming service for the US and Canada and on Netflix on Monday for the rest of the world.
Source: Entertainment Weekly.