Some thoughts on Star Trek Beyond
Wil Wheaton

I find it a little disconcerting that you dismiss Jaylah (yeah, the character had a name) as “just a girl for Kirk to rescue.” She kicked ass through the entire movie. Others have pointed out her engineering prowess and so on, so I won’t belabor the point. Also, it’s unfair to reduce Uhuru’s role in this movie to “just Spock’s girlfriend.” She is on her own during most of the movie. She rescues herself. Twice. She kicks the asses of at least two very scary guys close to the beginning. Does a woman have to be alone and relationship-less to be considered a strong character? Just because she’s in a relationship with someone, does a woman then become “just” that person’s girlfriend? Really disappointed in this. Note: I know Wil didn’t say that about Uhura, but someone apparently did in the comments (I couldn’t immediately find it) and Wil mentioned it on with approval.

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