‘Star Trek’ thrives by embracing ‘endless diversity’: Dragon Con 2022

What do you say to the unfortunate people on the internet who are thinking Star Trek Too progressive? ‘ Scott Beckett asked the Star Trek panelists seriously on Saturday during a panel discussion on Dragon Con Science Fiction and Fantasy Conference in Atlanta.

He later said that the 39-year-old software engineer from Atlanta grew up watching “Star Trek” and had strongly shaped his beliefs. “It kind of built my values ​​as a kid in a way because I didn’t have any other values, really.”

The politics of “Star Trek” is familiar territory for cast members such as Blu del Barrio, Wilson Cruz, Michelle Hurd and Anthony Rapp, who have played roles in Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard. The four actors spoke in front of a thousand screaming fans in downtown Atlanta.

“Star Trek is defined as infinite variety in infinite combinations,” Cruise said. “If this is true, and if that is our goal, then progress towards that should be modeled. That’s what science fiction does for us, it helps us imagine what it would look like… and that is political in nature.”

“Star Trek” is one of – if not the most – popular soundtrack to fan-led conventions. Hotel halls in Atlanta are filled with costumes of Vulcans and Klingons, and this year, more than a few Lieutenant Oora honors Nicholl Nichols, the original lead cast member of “Star Trek” who died July 30 at the age of 89.

The popularity of the drug at the conference has long preceded Paramount+, even surpassing the beginning of the Internet. He has survived the hard times of the “Star Trek” universe. Now, fans and insiders alike can expect to enjoy the current abundance of new “Star Trek” content.

“What I want are new fans,” said Leo Vicenten, assistant conference track director for “Star Trek.” “I want the franchise to grow and last and inspire people, because it’s important, and the things he talks about are social and important comments. Gaining new fans is probably the most important part of the process. Because other than that, you know, if you’re just satisfying old fans, they’re They get cranky, and then he goes and dies.”

Conservative commentary on Fox News and other outlets has opened an attack on Star Trek’s “wake-up” policy after the release of the new “Strange New Worlds” series in May, largely ignoring the original show’s leading offerings and calling for racial justice.

Notably, Paramount Global announced in August that streaming service Paramount+ added 4.9 million global subscribers in the last quarter. Paramount executives cited the popularity of “Stranger New Worlds” as a driver of subscription growth.

“I don’t think they necessarily feel that we … feel the weight of Paramount,” Heard said. “Paramount was smart to create and support and support this because we’re talking about moral truth.”

Heard described her political work in the Crown Act, a multi-state initiative to protect people from discrimination at work due to maintaining a natural hairstyle – a problem that disproportionately affects black women. Georgia does not have such a law.

Dragon Con unfolds annually in the nation of an increasingly contested political battlefield. Star Trek’s cultural and political stance inexorably – and at times deliberately – affects Georgia. For example, governor candidate Stacey Abrams made a cameo appearance on Star Trek: Discovery in May. The mention of that sparked delight from the Dragon Con fans.

“She’s a big fan of ‘Star Trek,'” said Raab. ‘Part of the reason I think she likes ‘Star Trek’ is all the reasons we’ve been talking about: What the world offers is the world you want to be a part of and see.

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