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Michelle Yeoh's Star Trek Spinoff Is Official, and Will Explore the Dark Side of the Federation

Michelle Yeoh as Georgiou
Michelle Yeoh as Georgiou
Image: CBS

We’d heard the rumors, but now it’s official: Michelle Yeoh will helm her very own Star Trek series. But she won’t be taking to the Captain’s chair—CBS has altogether more secretive plans for her.

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Confirmed today (via Variety), CBS All Access has officially signed Yeoh to star in her own, so-far-untitled Star Trek series. “I’m so excited to continue telling these rich ‘Star Trek’ stories,” Yeoh said in a statement. “Being a part of this universe and this character specifically has been such a joy for me to play. I can’t wait to see where it all goes – certainly I believe it will go ‘where no WOMAN has ever gone before!’”

The show—written by Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt—won’t focus on Yeoh’s Star Trek: Discovery character Phillipa Georgiou, the noble Starfleet Captain we met at the beginning of the series; instead, she’ll get to dive further into the version of Georgiou from the Mirror Universe, former Emperor of the evil Terran Empire, who found herself brought over to Star Trek’s primary timeline in the back half of Discovery’s debut season.

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That means that aside from exploring this much more villainous interpretation of Georgiou, the series will dive into the character’s time as a recruit of Section 31: the shadowy Federation black-ops group first introduced in Deep Space Nine as a hidden branch of Starfleet tasked with doing the dirty work needed to maintain the Federation’s lofty utopian ideals. The organization and Georgiou’s admittance to it were first teased in a deleted Discovery scene revealed at WonderCon last year, and will play a role when Yeoh returns for Discovery’s second season, set to begin on CBS All Access later this week on January 17.

We’ll bring you more about this latest addition to the Trek TV world as we learn it.


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DISCUSSION

Why are they trying to make us like Space-Hitler from an Alternate dimension?

She’s a villain, not an anti-hero . She’s just a straight up genocidal dictator from the Goatee dimension, Section 31 is my least favourite aspect of the wider Star Trek lore and making a show about Space-Hitler joining them sounds like the opposite of what I want from a Star Trek show.

The most annoying thing about this is that Star Trek has already given us allegorical Nazi fascist stand ins and they were the Cardassians. The Cardassians were a fascist authoritarian society but they still managed to have for the most part nuanced characterisations. Dukat and Garak are the best characters in Trek history. Deep Space 9 did a pretty good job at ‘humanising’ the Cardassians and deepened their quite basic portrayal of authoritarianism in TNG.

Now if we had a show focused on Cardassians set on Cardassia Prime about the various factions of Guls fighting for control of the Obsidian order I would eat that shit up but it looks instead that we are getting a show about Space-Hitler.