Star Trek is now a place where divergent timelines and representation receive equal weight in fan discussions. But as the series attempts to add LGBT representation to its mix, there are some
bumps on the road distortions in subspace communications.
Yesterday, the fanbase woke up to word that the Hikaru Solo of the Kelvin Timeline — played by actor John Cho — would be revealed to be both a father and raising the child with a same-sex partner in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond. But by the afternoon, original Sulu actor and Internet treasure George Takei revealed he objected to the revelation and voiced his concerns to Cho, writer Simon Pegg and other members of the production.
Earlier this morning, Pegg announced that he respectfully disagreed with Takei and used the mysteries of the time/space continuum to justify Sulu’s LGBT status over in Kelvin. And now, Kelvin!Spock Zachary Quinto has announced his stance on the matter.
“As a member of the LGBT community myself, I was disappointed by the fact that George was disappointed,” the actor told Pedestrian.tv (via TVLine). He also mentioned the current film series’ alternate timeline allows for certain changes to the characters.
The 2009 Star Trek established that the rebooted film series takes place in a divergent timeline following the arrival of the Romulan miner Nero and the original Spock from sometime around the end of the 24th Century into the mid-23rd. But many fans have also suspected the divergences creep further into the past to explain away some of the other differences between the original series and the reboot universe.
And in Star Trek, temporal mechanics are just as a contested topic as warp theory.
Meanwhile, back in the 21st Century, Quinto expressed a hope that one day Takei would “be strengthened by the enormously positive response from especially young people who are heartened by and inspired by this really tasteful and beautiful portrayal of something that I think is gaining acceptance and inclusion in our societies across the world, and should be.”