Crazy Eddie wrote:
When playing Dungeons & Dragons we use random tables!
But you know what, would I think it was cool if Scotty's assistant in engineering was transgender and nobody batted an eyelid? Hell yes.
Considering how little we know about Keenser...
Or, for that matter, the Ensign who took Chekov's post on the bridge.
In the comics Keenser is male. Darwin is female all right.
I agree that the background characters on the bridge are not too bad. We're generally just missing women in speaking roles and senior positions. They missed numerous opportunities - Marcus, Spock's new commanding officer, Cupcake's assistant, a female deputy chief engineer, leaving out Chapel and Rand again, or flipping the role of the parents so the mother is more active.