Kal Penn has mastered the art of playing the lovable nerd. We’ve had stoic, commanding, and adventurous captains before, but we’ve never truly had a nerdy captain. Often the “nerd” character gets relegated to sickbay in the case ofVoyager’s Doctor or Deep Space Nine’s Doctor Julian Bashir. Why not let the nerd take the captain’s chair for a change?
A Kal Penn-portrayed, lovable nerd captain’s biggest hurdle would be learning to deal with other people. Perhaps the character never meant to become a captain and with a truly blue shirt background must now learn to command on the job. Discovery is a scientific sounding name after all…
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