The following analysis has spoilers (and potential spoilers) for Discovery season three.
Over the last couple of months, we have been analyzing a number of mysteries related to Star Trek: Discovery season three, but there has been one curiosity that has been a bit of a head-scratcher. There have been a handful of moments so far this season which showed a growing familiarity between Linus the gregarious Saurian, and Phillipa Georgiou, the former Emperor of the Terran Empire in the Mirror Universe.
Saurian love connection?
We saw our first hint of a connection between Linus and Georgiou in the second episode of season three when Phillipa takes interest in Saurian’s eyes, saying to him, “You must have an enormous visual spectrum.” She followed that up with “We should talk” and lead him off, arm in arm. In episode four last week, we saw them nod to each other before sitting together at Saru’s dinner party. And at the end of the episode, we saw Linus bring Georgiou popcorn for movie night, which she accepts with her usual snark.
All of this led to us posing the question in our review for 304: “Is there something going on between Georgiou and Linus?”—a topic we also picked up in the latest episode of our All Access Star Trek podcast.
And now there may be a sort of answer, or at least a big clue. It comes from the official CBS Star Trek Logs Instagram account, which publishes an audio crew log after each episode airs. For episode 304 they published a personal log from Linus, who shared the “wonderful news” that Georgiou accepted his gift of popcorn and he recounted his attempts to garner the Emperor’s favor after the faux pas of “shedding on her favorite uniform.” Linus says in his personal log that after he “nearly lost hope of ever receiving her attention again,” he could “die in happiness” after that moment with the popcorn, and he is looking forward to the next movie night. So at the very least, it appears our favorite Saurian has a thing for a certain Terran.
You can listen to the full log below…
Love is in the air on the Disco
The Linus/Georgiou story feels thematic. There seems to be a lot of romance going on in the third season of Star Trek: Discovery. After a rough patch in season two, Paul Stamets and his partner Hugh Culber appear happy again. There is clearly something going on between Michael Burnham and the 32nd-century courier Cleveland “Book” Booker. Last week we were introduced to Adira and her dead boyfriend Gray, who has now returned to her in the form of Trill symbiote visions. And Doug Jones has even hinted that Saru will have some romance in season three.
Where is this going?
Is this just a crush or could there be a genuine connection between this unlikely pair? It’s possible that the Emperor has some hidden agenda here. Or perhaps she is taken by Linus, impressed by his fearless open nature… and those amazing eyes of his. If the Section 31 show lead by Michelle Yeoh’s Georgiou ever gets off the ground, could we see David Benjamin Tomlinson’s Linus join in on her adventures?
What say you? Do you see this Terran/Saurian love connection happening, or is this all another misdirection or loose thread that will never be tied up?
New episodes of Star Trek: Discovery premiere on Thursdays on CBS All Access in the U.S. and on CTV Sci-Fi Channel in Canada, where it’s also available to stream on Crave. Episodes will be available on Fridays internationally on Netflix.
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