When it comes to the Star Trek film and TV franchise these days, the slogan should probably be, “To Boldly Go Where a Few Latinos Have Gone Before…”
Three new trailers for three separate Star Trek series on Paramount+ recently hit online, so we wanted to give fans a reminder of which characters on their respective shows are Latino.
First, Star Trek: Discovery released a teaser trailer for its upcoming fourth season, which is scheduled to premiere later this year. The series stars Wilson Cruz (TV’s My So Called Life) as Hugh Culber, a lieutenant commander and physician and one-half of the first openly gay couple in the Star Trek universe. Hugh is killed in the first season but is brought back to life in Season 2.
In the trailer, the crew of the Discovery are facing an “invisible anomaly” that is threatening the ship. “Whatever it is, we’ll figure it out together,” Hugh says in the trailer.
In the animated comedy series Star Trek: Lower Decks, actress and comedian Noël Wells (Mr. Roosevelt), who is part Mexican, lends her voice to D’Vana Tendi, a junior officer who works in the medical bay of their starship.
In the teaser trailer for the upcoming second season, which is scheduled to debut August 12, D’Vana is surprised when a multiheaded snake monster attacks the ship. She also wonders how her fellow crew member Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid) is doing in the main bridge. “He must be having the time of his life,” she says before the scene cuts to Brad screaming in terror.
Finally, a very vague teaser trailer for the second season of Star Trek: Picard also hit online earlier this week. There are no characters shown during the one-minute spot, but the series features Chilean actor Santiago Cabrera (Transformers: The Last Knight) as Cristóbal “Chris” Rios, a former Starfleet officer and the pilot of La Sirena, which is a type of civilian starship. He also plays the emergency holograms that are seen his ship.
“What hooked me and what I loved about it was the psychology behind a man who is alone and happens to be with these versions of himself,” Cabrera told Syfy last year about his character. “It’s better when you can reveal something about a character without saying too much.”
Season 2 of Star Trek: Picard is scheduled to premiere sometime in 2022.