Michelle Yeoh‘s character went through a lot in ‘Star Trek: Discovery‘ and in the second season that will all play out in a fun way for audiences. The actress has recently been sharing a bit about what Philippa Georgiou will be up to though fans who didn’t complete the first season might want to turn back now. It is hard to talk about Yeoh’s upcoming work without talking a major spoiler, so this is your warning that spoilers will be discussed.
When we last saw Philippa Georgiou, she was dead and replaced by Emporer Philippa Georgiou from the Mirror Universe. As she is now stuck in the Prime “Star Trek” universe, we see her joining Section 31 which is the black ops arm of “Star Fleet” that has long been part of the franchise though rarely addressed. What is interesting is that she won’t just be playing the ruthless killer from an alternate reality, but she’ll have to also try to play that iteration pretending to be the one from the Prime Universe as very few people know she died.
“We don’t want anybody else, apart from the selected few who already do know about the Mirror Universe [to know]. That has to be kept under wraps, or otherwise it would be just chaos in the Prime universe,” she said. “So Admiral Cornwell, Spock, Sarek, Tilly, the few — Saru — that know. So it’s like when I come onto the Discovery, Captain Pike has no clue. So I play [the] Philippa Georgiou that he’s met before, the kind, compassionate one. But, you know, the problem with the Emperor Georgiou, she cannot help herself from being mischievous. So Captain Pike is almost like … no. She didn’t? I don’t think she was flirting with me… You know? So she loves to play all these little tricks on people’s minds, and she manipulates them because she’s very smart.”
This could lead to some interesting situations as well as some fun moments between Yeoh and the rest of the cast who aren’t aware that this isn’t the same person who they’ve known for years. Of course, this way of living likely isn’t new for the character:
“I guess she’s had to live like that for her whole life. So it was the kill or be killed thing, where you’re always watching the other people, so you know every single body language that’s going on, so you preempt it. So she fixes things that are going wrong, but at the same time, she can’t help but have fun with it. So it’s such a deliciously devilish character.”
As to her new role of being part of Section 31, that is where Yeoh feels her new character shines:
“In the whole universe, this is probably her best toy. Because Section 31 has all the most updated gadgets, because they are the most informed, and she, as an engineer, she can hack into Section 31. And [the Section 31 member who recruited her] Leland thinks he’s in charge of the ship. But she finds out secrets. Because that’s what Section 31 does. It’s collected secrets all over the universe about certain people, and history, and things like that. And so, when you have [those] kind of secrets, it’s power. And for Philippa Georgiou, that’s perfect! So, if she has to be here, she wants to be in Section 31, and she wants to run it, right?”
It’ll be interesting to see how her take on the character in Section 31. This could also be used to show how the division is so influential in Starfleet and still able to keep its level of secrecy from the general populace.
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