The fi­nal fron­tier

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CBS All Ac­cess’ “Star Trek: Dis­cov­ery” has cast orig­i­nal “Rent” star An­thony Rapp as Lieu­tenant Stamets, a “fun­gus ex­pert and Starfleet sci­ence of­fi­cer” who hap­pens to be gay, ac­cord­ing to Vul­ture. The pow­ers that be be­hind the up­com­ing se­ries promised in Au­gust that it would have a gay char­ac­ter, and it seems they’re mak­ing good on that. Ear­lier this year, “Star Trek Be­yond” de­picted John Cho’s ver­sion of the char­ac­ter Sulu as be­ing gay, though orig­i­nal Sulu ac­tor Ge­orge Takei (who is gay IRL) in­sisted that his ver­sion was not. Now we wait for the ap­palled Tweet­storms of an­gry old-school Trekkies.

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