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The series begins roughly a decade before Captain Kirk’s five-year mission — as portrayed in the original “Star Trek” from the 1960s — and in a separate timeline from the rebooted movies, the series follows the crew of the USS Discovery as they encounter new worlds and civilizations, delving into familiar themes and expanding upon an incident that has been talked about within the franchise’s universe, but never fully explored.
It’s a future/past Star Trek, where the tech is more advanced than TNG but the story is before the original series. It’s quite fun, and since it films in Toronto, people like Kat Barell (Nicole Haught) show up from time to time. And yes, they do explain how Spock has a sister we’ve never heard of.
Initially, we only see background queers:
But after the first season it gets much better for queer females.
In season three, the ship is thrown into the future where everything is even weirder.
Queer Plotline Timeline
In season 2, we find out that the Alternate Universe is very very very pansexual. We also meet Jet Reno, the lesbian engineer.
In season 3, Adria joins the crew. A rare human/Trill symbiotic, they cannot remember everything, but over the season comes to terms with their own gender identity.
Notable Queer-Centric Episodes
- Season 1 Episode 7 “Magic To Make the Sanest Man Go Mad” – While everyone’s working through a Harry Mudd-esque Groundhog’s Day episode, two women are dancing at a party. In the background.
- Season 1 Episode 15 “Will You Take My Hand?” – The Terran (mirror universe) Emperor, pretending to be a Starlet captain, is going to blow up the Klingons. To get the information she needs, she hires a pair of Orion sex workers.
- Season 3 Episode 4 “Forget Me Not” – In a flashback, we learn that Adria was dating a young man named Grey who was the prior symbiote with Tal. Adria can see Grey in their mind, and believes they’re hallucinating.
- Season 3 Episode 13 “That Hope is You, Part 2” – Shocking everyone, Grey can be seen by others on the planet Xahean, which has the ability to alter the appearance of beings. Through this, the crew of the Discovery believes they can save Grey.
- Season 4 Episode 4 “Choose to Live” – Grey is removed from Adria’s consciousness and transfered to his own body.