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Michael Burnham and the Vulcan Connection. Spock/Uhura’s Daughter?

There’s a lot of speculation of a Vulcan connection surrounding Star Trek Discovery’s lead character Michael Burnham. In the trailer, it appears as if a young Burnham is raised on Vulcan. But it goes beyond those ‘on point’ eyebrows and pixie haircut.
Michael Burnham - Vulcan Connection
In the trailer Burnham seems to talk with a Vulcan inflection at times. But she also shows emotion backing up speculation that she could be human, raised by Vulcans.
But as I lay awake last night considering all the possibilities, a theory of my own popped into my head. To use our new favourite meme:
rain robinson you can't stop a girl speculating
Yes I know we’ve only seen a few minutes of footage but it’s fun to guess. This is pretty far out…..
What if Michael Burnham is Spock and Uhura’s child from the future??…. Stay with me!….
Theory

Star Trek writers love having characters with internal conflict/mixed heritage such as Spock, B’Elanna Torres, Troi etc. So I suspect they might do the same with Burnham.
Then I was thinking about Uhura from the movies, how well written and utilised her character was but there is scope for more.
When Burnham recommends firing at the Klingons, she was feisty but in control and it reminded me of Uhura. Discovery has taken lots of inspiration from the Kelvin Timeline. It would be conceivable that they may wish to recapture some of those Uhura traits in another character.
That got me thinking. What if she was the future child of Spock and Uhura?
Spock and Uhura
I couldn’t post a picture of Spock and Uhura kissing. I just couldn’t.
Now we have a ‘sort of’ confirmation that Discovery is set in the Prime Universe. Wouldn’t it be amazing if this series had some connection to the Kelvin Universe. Some of the best episodes of Star Trek centre around a connection to another series/timeline. Think of  episodes like DS9 Trials and Tribulations, VOY Flashback, ENT Regeneration and TNG Relics.
Here’s how I would pitch it.
Discovery runs for a couple of seasons doing it’s thing, establishing itself.
Burnham has no idea who her parents are, she’ll come across as an orphan child with a Worf complex. Sarek is her father figure and mentor.

Then the forth Kelvin movie drops. It’s about Spock trying to finish Ambassador Spock’s work. That includes finding a way to save Romulus.

Lets have a quick look at the timeline:

2233 – Narada/Nero incident
2255 – Start of Star Trek Discovery
2258 – Star Trek 2009 movie
2265 – Start of TOS (Where no man has gone before)

So Spock (Kelvin) is trying to save Romulus (Prime) using time travel, slingshots or funky transporter tricks. He is trying to get to the 24th Century but in a moment of certain peril, he and Uhura (who is pregnant) find themselves thrownback to 2233 (goddammit Captain Braxton).
They realise that they have an opportunity to save Vulcan instead.
In a heartbreaking scene reminiscent of James Kirk’s birth scene in Star Trek ’09, Spock and Uhura sacrifice themselves to save the world leaving their child with Sarek and Amanda Grayson.

Their daughter would be mostly human but I suspect with the state of Vulcans in the Kelvin universe it would be important for Spock to have his child raised as a Vulcan. So he sends her back to be raised by his own family….remember in the Kelvin universe Spock gets on with his daddy so thats ok!

All of this would unravel later in the series in conjunction with the movie.

Either way, speculating makes me feel excited about the series. It also helps me allay any fears I have about this being a TOS Prequel.
I’ll admit I wanted a 24th/25th Century prime timeline series but there’s still a lot to play with in this time frame and as Picard says “things are only impossible until they are not.”

  What do you think?

 

Also See:


Star Trek Discovery Cast


Discovery FAQs

Star Trek Discovery Trailer Reaction

 

Star Trek Discovery’s 1st Trailer has finally arrived and here is Trekkie Girl Sam’s  reaction!

Trailer Reaction

What an evening! I had been watching the Twitter feeds all night. Upon hearing that Les Moonves (CBS CEO) explain that some “short clips” would air, I presumed there would be a planned release from Star Trek/CBS whereby all social media channels would drop the clip at the time of the Upfronts to avoid crappy leaks. Unfortunately crappy leaks happened. I shouldn’t have looked, but I’m only human!
But in case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s the actual trailer.

Here’s my reaction, it’s extra authentic as I failed to hit pause on the record!:

BTW that was a highly emotional response for a Brit!
Everything about this is impeccably Star Trek. It truly feels like Star Trek is back, but new. I hate, hate, hate to use this term but ‘as a woman’ it feels even more like my Star Trek.
Even though Star Trek has had some incredible female leads in the past, the casting and gender seems less forced. Not sure why I feel that way after one small trailer. Maybe it’s because the genders of the officers isn’t a selling point of the show this time?

I’m intrigued by Lt Saru’s character, I believe he’ll be Star Trek’s new darling. He has that Spock/Data/Doctor vibe about him.

The Klingons…. I don’t actually have much to say about the Klingons at this point. Yes they look different, but Klingons look different every decade. It’s an interesting time between the Federation and Klingon Empire and with so many Klingon characters cast in discovery, I’m happy they are regaining centre stage again.
I always struggle when people complain about the superficial elements of Star Trek, most fans of the show are so because of the superior storytelling. In which case the appearance of the show is either irrelevant or serve as an improvement to the franchise.

Witnessing how dedicated the actors are to their characters and to the franchise, certainly helps:

Initial Teaser image

This morning during the CBS Upfronts (a network presentation to showcase their upcoming shows) they treated us to this picture, and this was our initial reaction:

Star Trek Discovery 1st image

This planet and it’s costumes conjure a feeling of familiarity and our thoughts immediately went to Nimbus III – The Planet of Galactic Peace from Star Trek The Final Frontier.

There’s also something very Vulcan about it (like it has the Vulcan Instagram filter on!). Reminds us of Enterprise: The Forge.

However Trekmovie.com has reported that the scene from the new image was filmed in Jordan. We all know Vulcan can only be filled at Gorn Rocks!

Or Sisko digging in the sand avoiding his emotions whilst morning the death of Jadzia searching for the prophets?

It could even be something completely unique?

Update: There has since been  new images released on StarTrek.com

Other News

Number of episodes per season has increased to 15 per season – yay!
CBS also announced that an after show would accompany Star Trek Discovery named ‘Talking Trek’. Twitter is ablaze with host suggestions from your favourite Star Trek bloggers 😉

For frame by frame stills, check out and praise the good folks of Trekcore for their efforts!

Netflix special trailer:

 

Update on Release Date?

Still saying ‘fall’ (autumn). But like I say in the video, they’re doing a great job. Take all the time you need!

Also See:


Star Trek Discovery Cast


Discovery FAQs