Actor Zachary Quinto weighs in on Star Trek Beyond...
The latest chapter in the 'Star Trek' saga is here, and it is full of shake ups that show the truth this series has always prided itself on. The second film in the series, 2013's Star Trek Into The Darkness, lost some of Trek's heart while trying too hard to be an action film. But, from what we hear across the net, Beyond has found a way to excite action fans while remaining true to the core group of Trekkies.
First of all, it was revealed earlier that the character of Sulu is gay in the new Star Trek timeline. It's a huge step for the series in terms of representation, but not really if you look at their history. Star Trek has always found a way to shake up the world's thoughts on current issues, and in a world with aliens and humans becoming families nothing has ever been off limits.
The only person who seemed to have any issues with the announcement of Sulu's sexuality was George Takei who portrayed the character of Sulu in the original films. It seems strange to the cast and crew that he would take issue with the decision, as he has always spoken in favor of LGBTQ rights.
Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock, chimed in on the discussion saying: "The idea of taking this already beloved character and adding another dimension is so powerful for young people, and so powerful as a gesture to the LGBT community, who has long advocated for representation in the Star Trek universe."
The cast has also had to endure two huge losses since the second film was released. The loss of Leonard Nimoy, who lost his battle to COPD, and Anton Yelchin, who lost his life tragically so recently. The cast hasn't even had time to process the loss of their Checkov and according to Zachary Quinto, "I still can’t believe he’s not going to show up for the premiere. He was truly one of the most delightful and enchanting people."
Finally, in speaking on Nimoy, Quinto was able to memorialize him in the film. There are spoilers ahead, so please stop reading if you don't want to know anything about the film beforehand.
There is a scene in Star Trek Beyond where young Spock goes through Spock Prime's (Leonard Nimoy) belongings because the news has been issued that he has passed away. We don't know about you longtime Trekkies, but we were already sad that Nimoy wouldn't pop up in this film but he is really gone. He finds, in Spock's possessions, a photo of the original crew and that was a beautiful momento to all the fallen cast of the original Trek films.