The fear of STD's is why I get checked once a quarter. Sorry, hadda make the joke...lSorry, but I really hate any and all STD's. I had to say it.
I'm guessing that they mean in a social/cultural sense, rather than a science fiction sense. Trans or non-binary in species that overwhelmingly identifies as male or female as assigned at birth. Not a species that doesn't have the same understanding of biological sex and gender roles that we do.First ever non-binary character? I guess I imagined that TNG episode where Riker fell in love with a non-binary person.
It sounds like you need to come to an obvious realization.Emotionally, I struggled at times because I think of Star Trek Discovery as being "future" Trek. Intellectually, I know it's "past tense" Trek set before TOS. But everything about it screams that it's later than Voyager, and I'm repeatedly confused about the timeline when it forces me to confront that it's actually pre-TOS. I kept thinking it was an alternate timeline, a shard of the fracture from the 2009 Star Trek movie in the future. Except it's not, it's all "canonical", primary timeline, pre-TOS. And that breaks my brain.
I didn't want to admit this in Season 1. But after watching The Mandalorian, it's harder to take Star Trek's inability to comport new shows with old style. Seeing Discovery on screen with Enterprise is very weird; they're from completely different timelines.
I guess that's the problem with having a future aesthetic (Star Trek) vs. a lived-in aesthetic (Star Wars). You can make the Mandalorian with sets (virtual or otherwise) that look like they came out of 1977, but if you did that for Star Trek, and made Discovery's or Enterprise's sets look like TOS, people would think it looked antiquated. Which is too bad, because TOS had some incredible design aesthetics, and the fan series (Star Trek Continues, among others) have recreated these with modern visual effects very effectively. I do think Discovery should have tried to find some kind of middle ground that adhered to the design of TOS but fit modern times.Noone in there right mind is going to attempt a ST series or movie with (limited) old style special effects. You are never going to get something that is pre-TOS to look retro. It would be considered too dull. That also pertains to the overall look and feel, since they can't see a need for that aspect of continuity.
I liked what they did with the Enterprise in season 2. If Discovery had had that look from the start I think there would be fewer criticisms.I do think Discovery should have tried to find some kind of middle ground that adhered to the design of TOS but fit modern times.
To be fair, I do have a high regard for Discovery's second season. I will be revisiting that in the next two weeks, so I will post some of my thoughts. But when it aired, I loved it.At least on this forum it seems I'm mostly alone in my high regard of DISCO (which is fine--nothing new).
To this particular point, it should be noted that all the clues were there giving away Lorca's secret identity right from his very first episode -- things like Cornwell's postcoital discovery (pardon pun) of Lorca's chest-scars (revealed to be caused by Mirror Universe agonizers) to him eating "calamari" in his quarters while speaking with Burnham (in actuality Kelpien, complete with dippin' sauce), etc.The turning of Lorca to a mirror universe character is very abrupt. He's a good captain that we see through most of the season. Maybe a little gruff, but he seems typically Starfleet. It seems they made him the bad guy to have a twist at the end of the season, which is the kind of writing ("let's shock the audience!") I hate.