Image: Hikaru Sulu via Memory Alpha
While the creative team—and the man currently playing Hikaru Sulu, John Cho—of Star Trek Beyond may have decided that including a scene of Sulu with his same sex partner wasn t a big deal,George Takei had a different response.
The actor who originated the role told the Hollywood Reporter, I m delighted that there s a gay character.
Unfortunately, it s a twisting of Gene s creation, to which he put in so much thought.
Cho called Takei to tell him about the move, and Takei tried to explain his misgivings.
While Takei s timeline doesn t work out—Beyond is in an alternate universe and a prequel—his point may be that Sulu s existed in the public consciousness so long that having him come out in this chronologically late movie seems like he was closeted before.