Star Trek: Discovery is about to start up again. Short Treks just finished, to high acclaim. A new Captain Picard series is in pre-production, alongside an animated comedy from Rick & Morty's Mike McMahan, a Starfleet Academy series, and others. It's a good time to be a Star Trek fan, and it just got better: one of those shows will be a Discovery spinoff starring Michelle Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou.*
According to Variety, the new show will be written by Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt, both executive story editors and writers on Discovery, and will - along with all this new Trek material - be produced by Alex Kurtzman's company Secret Hideout, alongside CBS and Roddenberry Entertainment. Kurtzman's take:
"Michelle has shattered ceilings, broken boundaries, and astonished us with her grace and gravitas for decades. As a human, I adore her. As an actor, I revere her. Erika and Boey are remarkable, exciting writers who bring a fresh perspective to the world of Star Trek, and we’re all thrilled to explore the next wild chapter in the life of Captain Philippa Georgiou."
“I’m so excited to continue telling these rich Star Trek stories. 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!’”
Aside from the obvious radness of a Yeoh-led Star Trek show, building on her rekindled popularity thanks to Crazy Rich Asians, a Georgiou show could be quite an interesting and unique addition to the franchise. At the end of Discovery's first season, the character was inducted into the ethically-dubious Federation intelligence agency Section 31, which was a recurring element of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and one of the more intriguing unexplored bits of canon. Her induction is a deleted scene, technically, but that storyline will apparently be incorporated into both the new show and Discovery's second season.
That season premieres this Thursday (!). Get in amongst it.
* Technically, the Mirror Universe version of Philippa Georgiou, which makes this all the more interesting.