As sci-fi geeks and unknowing civilians world over are aware, Star Trek has left a seismic cultural imprint. I thought that this cult classic was a thing of the past, an awesome heirloom available for nostalgia-induced Netflix streaming.
Not so fast! CBS Studios announced yesterday that a new season will be released in January of 2017. The series will feature new characters and new far-out civilizations, and as always will explore explosive contemporary themes. In the past, Star Trek has been credited with provoking thoughtful discussion about race, gender, and the environment. Some even point to the nerdcore canon as being the inspo for the first cell phones. Pretty wild to say the least.
Now, young Trekkie (or Trekkie-to-be?), you may or may not be aware of the fact that during each season of the series, a whole new crew is introduced. There’s been Sgtar Trek, Star Trek: Next Generationm Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Stark Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise. And now, it’s time for CBS to pick out a new captain. And I have ideas.
Who do I think should be the new captain? A white frat boy with an ego the size of Texas? Uhhhh NO HELLO JEEZ WAKE UP AND SMELL THE PUMPKIN SPICE! This is a feminist magazine for Christ’s sake. Get with the program! Of COURSE I’m going to say a woman should occupy this role of intergalactic leadership, because women are divine, and you should get with the program because it’s not 10,000 BC anymore. DUH.
This wouldn’t be a Star Trek first: there was a female captain on Star Trek: Voyager back in 1995, the badass Kathryn Janeway – played by Kate Mulgrew, a.k.a Red from Orange Is The New Black. Isn’t it time for another?
Before I get on some tangent about the SCUM Manifesto and start smearing menstrual blood all over everything (lol FEMINISTS, am I right?), let me hop-to and nominate 10 women who are perfect for the role.
2. Salma Hayek
3. Lorraine Toussaint
4. Lupita Nyongo
5. Viola Davis
6. Helen Mirren
7. Mariska Hargitay
8. Gillian Anderson
9. Susan Sarandon
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