Friday, October 28, 2005

Oh my.

Sulu's gay. Can't say it surprises me. But it certainly doesn't explain why he's so damn weird.

My favorite George Takei story comes from William Shatner's hilarious Star Trek Movie Memories. The original shooting script for Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khanhad promoted Sulu to captain, giving him his own ship. Shatner noticed this and asked Takei if he wanted it changed. After all, with all the action on the Enterprise, Takei's role would be a cameo.

"But, Bill", George replied, "I'm a captain!"

George never gave up his dream of becoming a fictional captain. He finally acheived it in Star Trek VI: the Undiscovered Country and that was all the leverage he needed. For the next decade he pestered Paramount for his own show. All the pitches began with, "Sulu is the captain of the Excelsior and...".

At one point, the powers that be explained to him, "George, we're focusing on the Next Generation timeline now. That's 100 years after your show."

"That's what's so perfect about it! You see, Sulu's ship gets caught in a time warp..."

George, I don't care if you're gay or straight. All I care is that you remain just as wacky as you are right now.


Walker said...

So is Knives!

KNIVES said...

Only for tired old queens like you, lover. Now go fix me a sandwich!