Today brings some more details on Sonequa Martin-Green’s Star Trek: Discovery character Michael Burnham, First Officer of the U.S.S. Shenzhou, from the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly.
EW confirms what TrekMovie and others have noted, that Burnham has a “close relationship” with Vulcan Ambassador Sarek (James Frain). The article also reveals Burnham was the first human (and yes, fully human) “to attend the Vulcan Learning Center as a child and then the Vulcan Science Academy as a young woman.”
Green goes into more detail on her character’s arc:
“I have an inner war and it’s a journey of self discovery and finding out what it means to be alive, to be human, to be a Starfleet officer, what it means to be a hero.”
“I have the Vulcan conflict in my life from Sarek and Amanda so there’s always going to be that inner conflict with me. But I think it’s relatable because we all have some kind of inner conflict going on — who we are versus who we present ourselves to be. There’s a lot to be discovered.”