Star Trek has long been a franchise known for its edge, from racial diversity to alien sex to the ideals of a socially liberal future. This isn't Game of Thrones, though. The violence, sex, and profanity used in the series have always been kept, at most, at a PG-13 level. Star Trek: Discovery just changed that, if only for a single scene.
MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD
In Sunday's new episode, "Choose Your Pain," Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp), and Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman) are figuring out how to save the Tardigrade creature powering the Discovery's spore drive. Stamets comes up with an idea to transfer some Tardigrade DNA over into his body and power the drive himself. As they work out the science, Tilly can't help herself.
"You guys, this is so f*cking cool," she says.
Tilly, realizing she's on duty on a Starfleet ship, quickly apologizes. Then Stamets replies:
"No, Cadet. It is f*cking cool."
Though we've slightly censored the words on SYFY WIRE, they were not censored in the actual episode, as the CBS All Access streaming service does not have to play by the same rules as the CBS broadcast network. It's a bit surprising that this happened under the overall CBS brand, as the network is widely viewed as the most conservative of the big four right now, but it did happen: We just got the first F-bombs in Star Trek history.
Does this mean the franchise is headed in a more R-rated direction? Probably not, as executives will still want to maintain a wider audience base for things like future Trek films. Having said that, though, it does point to Discovery's broader place as a trailblazer in the franchise: the first streaming service, more minority characters, and an overall edgier storytelling style. Where will this show dare to go next?
(Via Comic Book)