|First Appearance||DSC 01 (24 Sep 2017)|
|Portrayed by|| • Sonequa Martin-Green|
• Arista Arhin (Young Burnham)
(The root of all realities)
Michael Burnham was a Human raised on Vulcan. After a Klingon attack on Doctari Alpha left her orphaned, Burnham was taken in by Ambassador Sarek and his wife, Amanda Grayson, and raised as their foster daughter. Her presence on Vulcan was not without controversy, and a radical group of Logic Extremists, who held a xenophobic view of Vulcan culture, bombed the Learning Center in Shikahr where Burnham was being educated. The attack succeeded in killing her, albeit temporarily, as she was revived by Sarek, who used a dangerous mind meld technique to graft a part of his katra onto hers, forging a permanent telepathic bond between the pair.
On Stardate 1207.3, Burnham was a Starfleet Commander, and first officer of the U.S.S. Shenzhou NCC-1227; the ship was present at the Battle of the Binary Stars, the opening battle of the Federation-Klingon War of 2256-2257. Desperate to find a way to prevent a war, Burnham mutinied against her captain, Philippa Georgiou, in the belief that a pre-emptive strike against the Klingons would earn their respect. Little did Burnham realize, the war was all but inevitable, with the self-appointed Klingon messiah, T'Kuvma, intending to start a war to reunite the Klingon Great Houses against a common foe. Burnham's actions ultimately led to the death of her captain and several of her crewmates, the loss of her ship, and the war that she had hoped to avoid. She was court-martialed, stripped of her rank, and sentenced to life imprisonment, and in the eyes of many bore the brunt of the blame for the war that now threatened the entire Federation.
Notes and References
- Fuller, Bryan et al (Executive Producers). "The Vulcan Hello". Star Trek: Discovery, season 1, episode 1 (Production number 01). Directed by David Semel. Story by Bryan Fuller & Alex Kurtzman. Teleplay by Bryan Fuller & Akiva Goldsman. CBS Entertainment. 24 September 2017.
- Fuller, Bryan et al (Executive Producers). "Battle at the Binary Stars". Star Trek: Discovery, season 1, episode 2 (Production number 02). Directed by Adam Kane. Story by Bryan Fuller. Teleplay by Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts. CBS Entertainment. 24 September 2017.
- Fuller, Bryan et al (Executive Producers). "Context is for Kings". Star Trek: Discovery, season 1, episode 3 (Production number 03). Directed by Akiva Goldsman. Story by Bryan Fuller & Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts. Teleplay by Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts & Craig Sweeny. CBS Entertainment. 1 October 2017.