Star Trek: Discovery season 3 stars tease conflict between Burnham and "pissed off" Georgiou
The cast of the CBS All Access and Netflix series reunited, virtually of course, on Thursday (July 23) for Comic-Con: At Home to confirm that the new episodes will revisit one of last season's biggest conflicts.
The third season picks up in the aftermath of the Control encroachment, with Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) having now traveled more than 900 years in the past to leave more signals for her predecessors.
Though Spock (Ethan Peck) has encouraged the Enterprise crew to erase the Discovery from Federation history for safety purposes, Burnham is very much still alive and exploring new frontiers.
The former Emperor Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) was displaced out of her Mirror Universe for the second time as well, so she will be ready to go head-to-head with Burnham in their brave new world.
"I think she's really pissed off," Yeoh teased. "It's like, Michael Burnham, don't get in my way! Emperor Georgiou, Captain, Georgiou, she is one that always finds her way into adapting because she is a survivor with many skills, and a formidable ally or enemy.
"So, she goes in feeling very pissed off, but I'm sure, very quickly she'll find away around. Power is something, inherently, she has. She doesn't even seek it. She just has it. Scary, huh?"
Sonequa Martin-Green revealed that Michael Burnham has bigger concerns on her mind when the crew of Discovery are rejoined in the third season.
"First, [she wants] a salvation, of sorts," Martin-Green hoped. "We, the crew of the Discovery, in the finale, are deciding to sacrifice everything that we have for the future.
"So, there's the obvious hope that that works. That the plan works. Even logistically, that we land where we're supposed to! That we defeat Control, that we save the world, and save the universe. So, there's the inherent hope of that."
Of Burnham's more internalised goals, the actress said: "I think there's also a hope of continuing to discover myself, as Burnham. That'll always be there. That hope of unveiling, continual unveiling. Finding that perfect, sweet, sweet balance of all the forces that wage within me."
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Discovery co-creator Alex Kurtzman has previously warned that the events of the third season are likely to cause some major debate within Star Trek's very opinionated fandom.
"Every conversation about how we create Star Trek is filtered through [Gene] Roddenberry's essential vision of optimism, which can never really change because it is the spirit and soul of Trek for all of us. It's more important than ever," he explained.
"So there will be lots and lots of huge changes in season three – there will be things you recognise, there will be things you don't recognise... part of the fun of it is that we get to honour canon but shake it up hugely."
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