Michelle Yeoh To Head Section 31 Star Trek Series

by Erik Amaya

 

Michelle Yeoh is getting her own Star Trek series.

Deadline reports a series revolving around her Phillipa Georgiou character and the Federation’s infamous Section 31 is a go with executive producers Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt set to run the show.

“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,” said Star Trek boss Alex Kurtzman in a statement.

Yeoh’s relationship with Star Trek began when she was cast as the captain of the U.S.S. Shenzhou for the first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery. Ill-informed fake-fans of the series began a firestorm over the news that an Asian woman would sit in the center seat of the new series. Nonetheless, Georgiou made quite an impression and despite the character’s death, Discovery employed Star Trek magic to bring Yeoh back as the captain’s Mirror Universe counterpart, Emperor Philippa Georgiou. Trapping the character in Prime Universe, Georgiou went her own way until a deleted scene revealed a Section 31 member reaching out to her.

The character is slated to return to Star Trek: Discovery later this week. Indeed, Georgiou is expected to be a continuing presence on the series, so the Section 31 concept will feature more of an assemble cast. Think of it as a Star Trek version of the CBS drama The Unit, centered on a clandestine organization dedicated to protecting the Federation’s high-minded ideals by ignoring them entirely. The group was introduced in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but was said to be formed concurrently with the United Federation of Planets.

The Section 31 series joins other upcoming Star Trek projects including a series focused on Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) after the destruction of Romulus depicted in the 2009 Star Trek feature, an animated comedy called Lower Decks, a second animated series geared toward younger viewers, a Starfleet Academy series and a potential program focused on infamous Star Trek nemesis Khan Noonien Singh. All of the projects are part of a plan to have a new Star Trek show streaming on CBS All Access at all times; though CBS admitted the second animated series may end up on another outlet.

Star Trek: Discovery, meanwhile, returns to CBS All Access this Thursday.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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