Star Trek: Discovery’s Michelle Yeoh on her Section 31 spinoff and Mirror Universe buyout

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With Star Trek: Discovery’s two-part “Terra Firma,” Michelle Yeoh leaves the series after playing a leading role for three seasons – in varying capacities. She started out as Captain Philippa Georgiou, the mentor of series frontman Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), and though this character was killed in a surprise move during the two-part series premiere , she quickly returned in a dark version of Mirror Universe. But now that Georgiou has also left the series, catapulted back in time – at least it seems – in “Terra Firma,” she’s starring in her own spin-off that would have been a Section 31 show. We spoke with Yeoh about his time at Discovery, what to expect from the upcoming series, and what it was like to say goodbye to his three-year-old shipmates.

Rehabilitate the emperor

When we first met Georgiou, she was Emperor Georgiou of the Terran Empire, a ruthless dictator who was soon dragged into the First Universe against her will. From there she joined Section 31, the mysterious agency of the Black-Op Federation, and then she was dragged into the future with the rest of the Discovery team. So the question has always been whether someone from the Mirror Universe like her could really be redeemed for her past actions. “It was a trip that I think she really, really needed to be able to take,” Yeoh said. “We always said it was nature versus education. She came from a background where it was about violence. It was a matter of fear. It was about whether you didn’t kill, you would be killed, and that was the only way to survive. And when she got to the First Universe, she brought this with her because she thought it was the only way to do it. In all her life, this is how she came to power and this is how she became the Emperor. I think time went by and she looked… Because she’s a very shrewd, very intelligent character. She learnt. She noticed. She sees things.

This journey for Georgiou to be less bad, if not downright a Starfleet goody-two-shoes, culminated in the two-part “Terra Firma” when she tried to turn her Mirror Universe daughter (Mirror Michael Burnham of course) into a best path as she had taken.

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“I think on her trip to the First Universe, when she went through the portal, she realized that if I don’t make a change, my whole empire, my whole universe is going to be destroyed and I have to go.” from here, ”she said. “And where’s the best place to start than the person closest to you?” Michael. ”

Georgiou’s Future Show and Section 31

In her latest Disco episode, Georgiou learns that the only way to cure the illness she suffers from is to travel through a portal created by the mysterious character named Carl, who turns out to be the classic time travel machine known as the name of the Guardian of Eternity from the original Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Eternity” To viewers, this may seem like the end of the character’s journey on Discovery, but for Yeoh, it’s the start of a whole new adventure.

“She’s such an amazing character that I know we really want to see,” says the actress on the spinoff show she’s heading to. “I really want to see how this person can have redemption. I think when she goes through the portal, Carl tells her, you can die in there, but that’s the way you use it. Can you change Can you tell the difference? And if you cannot tell the difference in the past or in the future, then you have no way. It’s up to you to decide. And I know for a fact that we love this character. My team, my executive producers, my writers have been so amazing. I think we’ve come to a point where we’ve loved this character so much, and there’s so much potential in the stories and adventures that she can have.

Obviously, Yeoh and the Section 31 crew have big plans for the character, but the actress isn’t ruling out returning to the Discovery sets one day, either.“So I hope this isn’t the last you’ll see from Philippa Georgiou,” she laughs. “It can not be. When she walked through that portal, when she said goodbye, even to Michael Burnham, is that really goodbye? I do not know. I honestly believe that if one day Michael Burnham and all of the future were [danger], she would scratch and fight back to play a part in how to be part of their salvation.

Tears on the bridge

Still, leaving her teammates behind wasn’t easy, and Yeoh becomes emotional when she recalls her last day on Star Trek: Discovery. She says that by doing something like a movie you spend three months with people and then you move on, on a show like this you spend years together and can really bond.

“Oh my God, it’s like the only thing I hate,” she said. “I was like, ‘Okay, when we read the script, no one is allowed to cry. No one has the right to do anything. But the start, I was like a little whiner, I don’t know what, because the whole team and the cast, they had put together a video of what Philippa Georgiou meant to them and it was a very, very day. special indeed. And I think Mother Nature also had such a great plan because when we went to the set to do our last scene of walking through the portal, it was just a barren, rocky environment. And then it started to snow and it snowed and snowed and snowed, and it was magic.
You can watch Star Trek: Discovery on Thursdays on CBS All Access in the US

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