Hyperchannel 30: Passing the Bechdel Test / by Trek fm

Trek comic righting social wrongs of Trek canon | Star Trek actors join Reading Rainbow Live

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Trek comic righting social wrongs of Trek canon

Star Trek is all about diveristy and inclusiveness, but what exactly those words means changes over time. Comic writer Mark Farinas aims to correcting many of what he sees as massive social oversights in Trek canon through his artwork and stories on trekcomic.com. The first serial, entitled "No Good Deed," is set at the end of the Earth-Romulan War and features an openly gay captain. However, the captain’s homosexuality is not a plot point; it’s only a piece of characterization. The  second serial, "Weapons of Mass Destruction," began last week and features a group of outlaws on the planet Tellar that is led by a woman.

Find out more and read the comics.

Star Trek actors join Reading Rainbow Live

Unless you are completely disconnected from the Internet—and perhaps reality—you know that LeVar Burton's Kickstarter campaign shattered its $1 million goal in 12 hours. Now the one-month campaign has passed $3.6 million with three weeks to go. The new stretch goal is now $5 million and today Burton announced a series of events called Reading Rainbow Live! that will feature fellow Star Trek cast members. The shows will be available as premiums for those who contribute to the Kickstarter and guests will include Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Robert Picardo, Kate Mulgrew, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, Jeri Ryan, and... wait for it... William Shatner and Patrick Stewart.

Find out more and donate on the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter page.

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