Who Won the Week Episode 33: Riri Williams, Sulu in Star Trek Beyond, and representation in sci-fi

Jul 8, 2016, 3:06 PM EDT

Welcome to the latest episode of Who Won the Week, a weekly podcast in which Blastr staffers Adam Swiderski, Aaron Sagers and Dany Roth look back at the week that was and the stories that are blowing up the geek-o-sphere.

This week, we're joined by special guest Elana Levin as we take a look at a couple of news stories that have sparked debate about representation and diversity in sci-fi. First it's the announcement that the new Iron Man to whom Tony Stark will pass the mantle in the wake of Civil War II is a 15-year-old black girl named Riri Williams. Is Brian Michael Bendis' shaping of this story a positive thing? We discuss the ways it is ... and the ways it could be better. Then we look at the recent announcement that Sulu will be portrayed as gay in Star Trek Beyond. What does that say about Star Trek's legacy, and what does it mean for fans? 

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