The following analysis has spoilers (and potential spoilers) for Discovery season three.
A couple of the big mysteries surrounding the third season of Star Trek: Discovery we have been tracking are…
- What is going on with Michelle Yeoh’s Georgiou and her visions?
- Who exactly is the mysterious Kovich, played by David Cronenberg?
A clip from the next episode of Discovery hints at some answers to both and introduces a huge, new element into the show.
Watch the clip from 309
At the end of this week’s episode of The Ready Room aftershow, they showed a clip of the next episode of Star Trek: Discovery. You can watch it below on YouTube, and it is cued up to 27:22 when the clip starts.
What was that about a Romulan mining ship?
Before we dig into everything about Georgiou and Kovich, let’s first discuss the import of something Kovich said. In order to explain what is ailing Georgiou, Kovich showed Dr. Culber a Betelgeusian named Lt. Commander Yor (deceased), whom he described as a “time soldier” from the “Temporal Wars,” presumably referring to the Temporal Cold War featured prominently on Star Trek: Enterprise. This was one of the elements of future Star Trek canon history we assumed would be referenced in season three as it’s set in the 32nd century.
The first thing that jumps out is that Yor is wearing a Starfleet uniform used in the early 2360s, as seen on early seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation. But Kovich revealed there is much more to Yor:
Yor here traveled forward from 2379 and across from an alternate universe created by the temporal incursion of a Romulan mining ship.
Kovich’s mention of a Romulan mining ship is a clear reference to the Narada from the 2009 Star Trek movie. In the year 2387 in the Prime Universe, the Narada was a Romulan mining ship under the command of Nero that engaged with Spock when he created the black hole that pulled them both back in time.
When the Narada emerged back in time (on Friday, January 4, 2233) and engaged the USS Kelvin, resulting in the destruction of that ship, it spawned an alternative timeline (or alternative universe or alternate reality if you prefer). This is the event that created the “Kelvin timeline“/Kelvin universe, which is the main setting for the three J.J. Abrams Star Trek films.
A Kelvin universe crossover
Even though there have been references to events from the 2009 Star Trek movie in Star Trek: Picard, notably the destruction of Romulus and the resulting Romulan refugee crisis, those all referred to events that happened in the late 24th century of the Prime Universe in the 2009 Star Trek movie.
Kovich is the first character in the Prime Universe so far to reference the Kelvin Universe. It remains to be seen how much Kovich knows about the Kelvin Universe, but if Yor went through the same kind of rigorous debriefing that Georgiou went through or he brought recorded historical information with him, Kovich may know quite a bit, including Spock Prime’s eventual fate.
More importantly, Yor’s arrival in the Prime Universe indicates that crossing over from one to the other is possible. Yor’s familiar uniform also indicates that Starfleet still existed in the late 24th century of the Kelvin Universe. Although by 2379 the Prime Universe version of Starfleet had already moved on to the uniforms seen in Star Trek: Nemesis.
All of this establishes that the Kelvin Universe is essentially no different from the Mirror Universe in terms of an alternative universe where crossings are possible. It opens up the door to many possibilities, both for the Star Trek Universe on TV and the feature films as well. Kovich did say that “Before Georgiou, Yor was the only individual known to have traveled across both time and dimensions.” So it’s possible that there are others who have crossed from Kelvin to Prime or vice versa, but not also through time.
Kovich diagnoses Georgiou
The whole point of Kovich’s Kelvin Universe reveal was to explain what was wrong with Georgiou. Since Kovich’s debriefing with Georgiou in “Die Trying,” the former Emperor has been suffering from some kind of debilitating disorder, which includes blackouts and flashbacks to her past in the Mirror Universe. The only thing we know about Kovich is that he’s an expert on the Terran Empire and Mirror Universe—and the timing of Georgiou’s problems starting immediately after her first encounter with Kovich suggested he was responsible.
However, the above preview clip of episode 309—combined with the teaser trailer for 309—indicates that Kovich was actually not responsible for Georgiou’s problems, as we had theorized. If he is to be believed, the timing of her blackouts starting right after her interrogation was just a coincidence. However, due to his expertise in the Mirror Universe, he is able to diagnose her problems.
According to Kovich, time travel can make you sick, as it “turns out our molecules are designed to function in the time in which they were created.” Of course, the entire crew of Discovery, including a number of other characters in Star Trek history, seemed to survive time travel without any debilitating effects. Georgiou’s problem is that she also jumped universes, and even though the crew of Discovery and various other characters have jumped from the Prime/Mirror Universe divide, they all eventually jumped back. One possible exception to this could be Spock Prime, who survived in the Kelvin Universe for around five years after jumping back in time from the Prime Universe, although he didn’t jump back in time nearly as far as Georgiou jumped forward.
Kovich revealed that “every molecule fights to either go back in time or jump a cosmic divide.” This can explain why Georgiou is having blackouts and flashbacks to her original time and original universe. What remains to be seen is how to cure her of this problem and what the significance is of the specific visions she’s having.
Kovich still could be tied to Section 31
The mystery of “who is Kovich?” remains. In the clip, the only clue he offers is that he “is a man of widely varied interests.” He also has access to classified files, such as the one about Yor, which is likely very highly classified. All of what we see in the clip still fits with our various theories, including our favorite, which is that he heads up the 32nd century’s version of Section 31 or Starfleet Intelligence as a whole. The fact that he already knew she was at risk of the same painful fate as Yor but didn’t tell her or Captain Saru, shows he has his own agenda, which is a very Section 31 type of thing.
And we cannot ignore that work is already underway to give Michelle Yeoh her own Section 31 spin-off show. The original plan was for that show to go into production after season three. So it makes sense that Georgiou’s season three storyline—which involves Cronenberg’s Kovich—is geared to set it 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 are available on Fridays internationally on Netflix.
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