GLAAD’s “Where We Are On TV” report got you down? Well, cheer up, kids, because the much-hyped, highly-debated Stargate Universe premieres tonight as a two-hour movie on Syfy, and the word on the Internet is that lesbian I.O.A. rep Camile Wray (Ming-Na) exceeds all expectations.
A quick refresher: SGU is the third incarnation of the Stargate franchise in which a multi-national exploration team finds themselves stranded on the ancient ship Destiny. Camile is an HR rep who becomes the highest-rankingIOA member left on the ship. She is separated from her long-time partner Sharon (Reiko Aylesworth), who will begin a series of hopefully recurring appearances in episode seven.
Camile is the first leading lesbian character played by an Asian American on American primetime TV, and one of only a handful of leading lesbian characters on American TV this fall. Her presence on SGU is a big deal not only because it’s groundbreaking, but also because it shows Syfy’s willingness to better their dismal GLAAD diversity score from last year. And they’re doing it with a franchise that has been inherently conservative compared to darker, edgier shows like Battlestar Galactica
Ming-Na recently spoke toio9 about coming out as the first lesbian on Stargate.
(Check out the full video interview at i09.)
Joseph Mallozzi long-time writer and producer in the Stargate world, wrote about Ming-Na on his blog last week:
If you tied together every promise network execs have broken with regards to gay characters over the years, you could fashion a rope long enough for the SGU crew to tug themselves home to earth. Still, I’m hopeful and excited about this one. Will you be tuning in to watch Stargate Universe?