It’s finally official. After months of unfounded rumours and weeks of building speculation, Star Trek: Section 31 is to be the subject of its own spin off TV series. While many rumours surrounding the series continue to be circulating, you’re probably wondering what we do know. While we can’t confirm or deny any rumours, here are some of the key details of what is known to be true:
Michelle Yeoh to head up the cast
“I’m so excited to continue telling these rich ‘Star Trek’ stories,” she recently explained. “Being a part of this universe and this character specifically has been such a joy for me to play. I can’t wait to see where it all goes – certainly, I believe it will go ‘where no WOMAN has ever gone before!’”
Michelle had a recurring role in Discovery as Captain Phillipa Georgiou. Her ‘initial’ character was killed off during the two-part pilot, however, when her ship, the USS Shenzhou was destroyed. She later appeared in the series during flashbacks, and on a more permanent basis as the Mirror Universe version of herself, Emperor Georgiou who eventually returned to the Prime Universe and was recruited into Section 31. Fans got to ‘officially’ watch the story beginning to unfold during WonderCon in 2018, where a bonus scene revealed her joining Section 31.
An all-star production
The series is being produced by CBS Television Studios, in conjunction with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.
The executive producers are Alex Kurtzman, Rod Roddenberry, Heather Kadin, and Trevor Roth.
The series’ writers are Bo Yeon Kim, Erika Lippoldt
Co-executive producers are Aaron Baiers, Bo Yeon Kim, Erika Lippoldt.
Kim and Lippoldt have served as executive story editors for Star Trek: Discovery, working on both seasons. Their writing credits include the season one mid-season finale “Into the Forest I Go” and the Saru-centric Short Treks episode “The Brightest Star.”
Is Star Trek About to Get Darker?
In the ever-expanding portfolio of Star Trek on television, Alex Kurtzman likes to see each show as unique, evolving with its own unique style and tone.
The official press release goes on record as stating that “CBS All Access goes black ops with Michelle Yeoh for new Star Trek series based on Section 31.” Does this mean the show will stay in line with the franchises optimism, or are things about to get darker and more sinister?
After being asked whether this would be the show that kills off Star Treks hopeful and optimistic outlook, writer and executive producer, Bo Yeon Kim was quick to dismiss: “Oof. That is NOT what we are aiming to do. We will never lose sight of what Star Trek represents.”
While an expected completion and airing date is yet to be confirmed, Star Trek fans around the world will be eagerly anticipating the release of Section 31. Shrouded in perpetual mystery, the Section 31 organization that forms the centerpiece of the series is set to satisfy the taste buds of curiosity.