Details On Michael Burnham’s Backstory Revealed in SFX Mag ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Cover Story

TrekMovie has been given an exclusive first look at the October issue of SFX Magazine which features a cover story on Star Trek: Discovery. The feature has interviews with some of the stars of the upcoming CBS All Access series, and among the reveals are some new insights into the main character Michael Burnham played by Sonequa Martin-Green.

First contact is Burnham’s specialty

Speaking to SFX, Sonequa Martin-Green (Burnham) described her character in more depth:

I’m a xenoanthropologist, I also had another field of study while at the Vulcan Science Academy. I’m the only human to have gone to the Vulcan Learning Centre and the Vulcan Science Academy and excelled at that. As a xenoanthropologist, I’m also essentially and inherently a first contact specialist as well.

Burnham has a good reason not to like the Klingons

James Frain (Sarek) revealed more about how his relationship with Burnham comes about:

…we see Sarek as a younger man, and we discover that he has been made responsible for Michael’s upbringing – her parents were killed while being hosted at the Vulcan Academy when there was a Klingon attack. So we feel responsible for her, take her in, and I raise her in my family as a Vulcan.

SFX Discovery issue on sale next week

There’s more from Sonequa Martin-Green, James Frain, Anthony Rapp, and Doug Jones in the October SFX issue. You can pick up the new issue of SFX in the UK on August 16th. It will also be available digitally the same day, and on newstands in the US later in the month. You will be able to buy it at the SFX backorder page.

SFX October issue with Star Trek: Discovery cover story

Star Trek: Discovery premieres on September 24th on CBS with all subsequent episodes on CBS All Access in the US.  In Canada Star Trek: Discovery will premiere  on Bell Media’s CTV and the Space Channel on the same night. Netflix will launch Star Trek: Discovery on Monday, September 25 to countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.

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