After establishing herself as one of the most brilliant performers in Star Trek : Discovery maps the new frontiers of the 32nd century, she will be back to play the former totalitarian ruler of the Terran Empire from the Mirror Universe who will return to a more familiar territory in this spin-off. She will return to the Star Trek of Section 31, a morally questionable intelligence agency operating under the shadow of the Federation.
With Star Trek: Part 31 still waiting for the announcement (and an official title), plot specs are currently under wraps, but there’s still plenty of information out there about the series destined to become the 12th Star Trek TV show.
Here’s everything you need to know about Philippa Georgiou’s Further Adventures, aka Star Trek: Part 31.
Star Trek: Section 31 Release Date
Although the series was first announced in 2019, following the success of Star Trek: Discovery and Michelle Yeoh’s character, Emperor Philippa Georgiou in particular, the project has seen little progress.
In fact, in March 2021, reports centered around interviews at Variety with Star Trek executive producer Alex Kurtzman and CBS All Access executive vice president of original content, Julie McNamara, started to come out. The reports seem to suggest that no new Star Trek series will launch until either of the current five of these ends.
These include Discovery, Picard, Lower Decks, Prodigy, and Strange New Worlds. With the latter not even airing, this seems to suggest that it might be quite some time before Part 31 arrives.
There is hope though. Shazad Latif – who plays Ash Tyler on Discovery – said in May 2021 that there was still a “little rumble” about the show. “Just a little yes, a little question, but I don’t know. I think it depends on people’s schedules,” he told Digital Spy.
Writer and producer Alex Kurtzman had more positive news in July of that year, confirming in a Producers Guild of America panel on Star Trek: Discovery that the show is still in the works and is only experiencing the now-usual delays.
“We actually have some [Section 31] scripts. Covid just changed the game for everyone and every show,” said Kurtzman. “We were on a very specific schedule which was then really messed up because of covid. Even Discovery season four started a few months later than planned, Picard too. Everything is pushed… So, we are actually on a good track with Section 31 and I am very optimistic about it.”
The short answer is: Part 31 is still ongoing, but we don’t know when it will be released. We can expect 2022 to be the earliest release date.
Star Trek: Section 31 Expected Plot
As the show has not yet been put into production, there are still no details on the storyline. What we do know is that Section 31 is Starfleet’s ‘black operation’, running along similar lines to Romulan Tal Shiar and the Cardassian Obsidian Order, carrying out dirty work of espionage and sabotage that doesn’t always live up to public ideals.
Part 31 has appeared across various Trek series, with one of the bridge crew on Enterprise revealed as a former member, and a full storyline involving Dr Bashir in later seasons of Deep Space Nine. Most recently, a secret organization appeared in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, with Michelle Yeoh’s character and Michael Burnham’s tragic lover, Ash Tyler, joining them at the end.
This set things up perfectly for the new series, with the ruthless Georgiou leading the dark arts crew of Star Trek.
Star Trek: Section 31 Cast
Apart from Michelle Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou, no other details on the cast has been confirmed yet. As previously mentioned, Ash Tyler’s character has been recruited into the organization through the storyline in Star Trek: Discovery, so this could mean that Shazad Latif will return back to his role.
Another character we have come across is the mysterious Leland, played by Alan Van Sprang, who leads the ship Part 31 in the Discovery storyline. He’s a co-star with Captain Christopher Pike, whose own show Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is set to launch later this year, so there’s likely to be a crossover between the two.
this will of course depend on what timeline follows the show, as Leland was taken over by Control and met a rather gruesome ending at the hands of Georgiou (and Control) at the climax of Discovery’s second season.
Where To Watch Star Trek: Section 31
It is hard to know at this point. Paramount+ is the one-stop shop for modern Star Trek in the US (replacing the now defunct CBS All Access).
Outside of the US, you’ll find Picard and Lower Deck on Amazon Prime. Discovery was previously available on Netflix, (LA’s Finest Season 3) but it has now been pulled from that platform and set to premiere on Paramount+ when it launches internationally in 2022.
With that in mind, it looks like Paramount is planning to pay off its international contract and bring all of its series home to its own streaming service, so it’s likely to arrive exclusively on Paramount+ as well.