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The History of Lgbtq Representation in Star Trek

For 50 years, the many incarnations of Star Trek have been boldly going where other shows wouldn’t.

The recent announcement that Hikaru Sulu (John Cho) will be gay in this weekend’s third installment of the Star Trek reboot films has garnered intense attention, contention, and debate. Many jilted fan boys have cried foul over director Jason Lin and writer Simon Pegg’s decision to pay homage to the original Sulu George Takei, claiming that it ruins the integrity of the character. Many have rejoiced in the “first” Lgbtq character in the franchise. Both of these camps are misguided. Star Trek has always been a place for Lgbtq representation — even when studios and public opinion refused to allow it to be overt.

Star Trek: The Original Series was groundbreaking in many ways. It was the vehicle through which one of the first televised interracial kisses occurred between Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols). The
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Dirk Benedict to Cameo in ‘The A-Team’

When official word came that Dwight Shultz, the original Murdock, would be appearing in the new A-Team movie we were anxious to know if any other actors would be involved. Well, good news A-Team fans, because the original Faceman, Dirk Benedict, will be making an appearance as well. While no details were provided, his official website did state he would be involved:

“Dirk has just announced to this website that he has two projects in the works beginning with a cameo appearance in the new “The A-Team” film, which is currently shooting in Vancouver Canada.”

This is great news and means the only member of the original cast to confirm is Mr. T. Hopefully he’ll come on board and make this the trifecta of casting for a film remake. Sadly, George Peppard will not be returning having passed away in 1994. However, maybe Melinda Culea, Amy Allen on the original series,
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The A-Team: Will the Movie Finally Get Made?

Getting the The A-Team movie off the ground has been as challenging as getting Mr. T's character, B.A. Baracus, on a plane. Now, with the release date set and a new director and scriptwriter in place, the project's finally coming together.

The A-Team, a hit TV show for NBC that ran from 1983 to 1986, stars George Peppard as Col. John "Hannibal" Smith; Dirk Benedict as Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck; Dwight Schultz as Capt. H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock, and Mr. T as Sgt. Bosco "B.A." (Bad Attitude) Baracus. The group of ex-Vietnam vets are constantly on the run for a "crime they didn't commit" while trying to help those in need.

Rounding out the cast in varying seasons are Melinda Culea, Marla Heasley, Eddie Velez, William Lucking, Lance LeGault, Carl Franklin, Jack Ging, and Charles Napier, with series narration by John Ashley.

Plans for the A-Team film version
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