[NYCC ’17] Michelle Yeoh Assures Georgiou Will Be Back, Sonequa Martin-Green Talks Burnham’s Struggle

There’s some major news coming out of the big Star Trek: Discovery panel at this year’s New York Comic Con.

The panel included the cast of Star Trek: Discovery: Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Shazad Latif, Doug Jones, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Mary Chieffo, Wilson Cruz along with executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Heather Kadin and Akiva Goldsman.

Members of the Star Trek: Discovery cast and crew on stage at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City
Members of the Star Trek: Discovery cast and crew on stage at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City (TrekNews.net)

Captain Georgiou will return

Michelle Yeoh, who played Captain Philippa Georgiou in the first two episodes of the series, made a surprise appearance, initially asking the panelists a question about her character as if she was a fan in the audience, before revealing her identity. After taking off her mask, Yeoh was greeted warmly on stage by the cast with hugs and genuine surprise. She told the audience that she came to New York today to say ‘thank you.’

Doug Jones, Sonequa Martin-Green and Michelle Yeoh surprised by Michelle Yeoh
Doug Jones, Sonequa Martin-Green and Michelle Yeoh surprised by Michelle Yeoh (TrekNews.net)

“I’m not going to let them kill me,” Yeoh told the audience inside the Theater at Madison Square Garden. She confirmed that we have not seen the last of Captain Georgiou. She also warned Jason Isaacs “if you don’t look after my baby girl, I will come and kick your (Lorca’s) ass.” Adding “And you know I can do that,” which received massive applause.

Jason Isaacs discusses Captain Gabriel Lorca
Jason Isaacs discusses Captain Gabriel Lorca (TrekNews.net)
Michelle Yeoh
Michelle Yeoh (TrekNews.net)

Sonequa Martin-Green discusses Michael Burnham’s struggle

Martin-Green discussed the series, saying “the writing is exquisite, it’s a playground for us, it’s very easy to let our imaginations run wild with what is put on the page.” On the topic of her character Michael Burnham, she said that she’s “not at home on Vulcan,” and that she’s “not at home here (on earth) and is trying to find her place.” Martin-Green noted that the struggle is the nexus of her character. She went on to reveal that Burnham would have to use her emotions to make decisions on a path towards redemption.

Sonequa Martin-Green and Doug Jones
Sonequa Martin-Green and Doug Jones (TrekNews.net)

More notes from the Star Trek: Discovery panel New York Comic Con

The panel was moderated by NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, who said that she has been a lifelong Star Trek fan because it pushed the envelope on conventional thinking. When by Jason Isaacs about when she was in space if she felt like more of an American or more of a member of mankind, Jemison said she felt “closer to the universe at large.”

Dr. Mae Jemison with Sonequa Martin-Green and Doug Jones
Dr. Mae Jemison with Sonequa Martin-Green and Doug Jones (TrekNews.net)

Jason Isaacs, who plays Captain Gabriel Lorca on the series, told the New York City audience that he believes “Star Trek is at it’s best when it gives people something to talk about after the credits.”

Anthony Rapp, who plays Lieutenant Paul Stamets, talked about being part of the first gay couple on Star Trek (television), saying he’s “proud to be a member of the first gay Star Trek couple” along with Wilson Cruz’ Dr. Hugh Culber and happy that “it doesn’t matter on the show.”

Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman talked about the aesthetic of the Klingons and their story on Discovery, saying “We wanted to shift everyone’s perspective of what the Klingons are.”

Akiva Goldsman discussed Discovery‘s connection with The Original Series, saying “We don’t start there. We get there.”

Doug Jones talks Saru
Doug Jones talks Saru (TrekNews.net)
Wilson Cruz and Aaron Harberts
Wilson Cruz and Aaron Harberts (TrekNews.net)

Doug Jones, discussed his character Lieutenant Saru, saying he’s “excited to bring a brand new original species to life that does not have pre-existing fan expectations.” He acknowledged that his character is trailblazing for the Kelpien species. He also noted that he’d love to have an episode where Saru went back to his home planet to explore the Kelpian species.

The cast and crew bid farewell to the NYC audience
The cast and crew bid farewell to the NYC audience (TrekNews.net)

Stay tuned for a full recap of the press conference that the Discovery cast and crew took part in, immediately following the panel.


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  • Trent

    Of course Captain Georgiou. will be back look at her death scene for the clue !

    • cdr

      i hate looking at her death scene… or any scene that makes me remember she is dead at all, really. what “clue” are you talking about? the bloody klingons actually ate her D: i think she will be back in the mirror universe. but i’m really curious about this clue you mentioned.

      • Trent

        She got stabbed under her emblem left side but when they cut back to her body the knife was stuck in the right side .No way they would make a continuity error like that ,unless she is going to pop up again.As for Klingons eating people first don’t buy it ,second how would they know who was the Captain?

  • If Georgiou comes back and is still alive, to me it will feel a bit unrealistic. At this point I don’t feel there has been enough foreshadowing for anyone to really have latent hopes that she’s secretly still alive.

    The comment about eating her was not made in front of other humans to try to frighten or disgust them. It was made casually amongst their own kind. Therefore, she likely really was eaten by them.