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Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu - Star Trek - The Original Series

Hikaru Sulu from Star Trek - The Original Series played by George Takei

Hikaru Sulu is a fictional male Human in the Star Trek - The Original Series television series who was played on screen by George Takei, John Cho. Hikaru Sulu holds the rank of Lieutenant within the USS Enterprise NCC-1701A.

The original Sulu was from Japan but for the remake, they cast a Korean with George Takei's blessing as Sulu represented East Asian not just Japan. Sulu was a martial arts expert but wasn't in the close knit of main characters, he was more a peripheral character. Sulu is not an actual Japanese name, it comes from the Sulu Sea and got inspiration from that to give the character his name. The Sulu Sea is a mass of water between Malaysia to the south west and the Philipines to the North and East.

When both Capt. James Tiberius Kirk and Spock are both unavailable to take up the Captains seat, it falls to Sulu to take the helm as he did in Star Trek, Into Darkness when the two most senior officers were not onboard the Enterprise.

In the original timeline series set of films, Hikaru Sulu is a captain of the USS Excelsior three years prior to the events of Star Trek VI, the Undiscovered Country. In the original timeline, he is a father with a daughter Demora Sulu which has not gone unnoticed in the new set of films.

Rebooted Film Series

John Cho as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu

In Star Trek Beyond, they revealed that the character was gay and was married to another man. Although it might be seen as moving with the times now that being gay as being acceptable, the change in the character has annoyed a lot of people. The reason why the character was chosen because in the original series, the character was played by George Takei who came out in 2005. Whilst welcoming a gay character, George Takei was angered by this because his character in the original series was written as a straight character. George preferred that a new character be created instead rather than one who sexuality was changed. Ref:Hollywood Reporter

Hikaru Sulu Facts

Alien RaceHuman
AllegianceThe USS Enterprise NCC-1701A
SpaceshipUSS Enterprise NCC-1701A
ActorGeorge Takei, John Cho
Last UpdatedSaturday, February 2, 2019

Copyright: Paramount

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