Star Trek: Discovery’s Ethan Peck explains Spock revelation will be ‘affirming for a lot of marginalised people’
*Warning, contains spoilers.
Spock finally made his grand debut in the most recent episode Star Trek: Discovery, where it was revealed that the Starfleet officer is dyslexic.
The character, played by Ethan Peck, has a Vulcan form of neurodiversity and was seen struggling with numbers in the installment titled Light and Shadows.
However, with assistance from Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), who managed to make sense of the figures, the pair discover he had coordinates for Talos IV and they prepare to head to there.
Speaking about Spock’s dyslexia, Ethan explained: ‘I think it will be very affirming for a lot of marginalized people in that way, because I think it’s really healthy for those that might not be typical, you know, to have a role model out there who’s dealing with it themselves.
‘I think it can be really comforting and help one identify with themselves.’
The actor added to Comic Book that he had a lot of anxiety taking on the role of Spock, admitting: ‘You can’t just go all fully emotional because he’s still half Vulcan and it’s going to come out in a way that’s still alien.
‘And so figuring out that balance really took a lot of focus and we dealt with it with great care and while we were filming I was like, “Is this working? Is it believable? Does it feel like Spock?”‘
Star Trek: Discovery airs on CBS in the US and on Netflix in the UK.
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