New details on the backstory of Michael Burnham have emerged, courtesy of this month’s SFX Magazine.
James Frain, who portrays Sarek in Star Trek: Discovery, filled in readers on Burnham’s background and why Burnham became part of Sarek’s family. “We see Sarek as a younger man,” he said, “and we discover that he has been made responsible for Michael’s upbringing – her parents were killed while being hosted at the Vulcan Academy when there was a Klingon attack. So we feel responsible for her, take her in, and I raise her in my family as a Vulcan.”
Meanwhile, TrekMovie provided a little more information on Burnham, filling in her educational and professional background. “I’m a xenoanthropologist,” said Sonequa Martin-Green (Burnham). “I also had another field of study while at the Vulcan Science Academy. I’m the only human to have gone to the Vulcan Learning Centre and the Vulcan Science Academy and excelled at that. As a xenoanthropologist, I’m also essentially and inherently a first contact specialist as well.”