TrekMovie has a sneak peek of few items relating to Commander Burnham in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery, which will also be featured in SFX Magazine:

Article quote from Martin-Green about her character’s area of expertise:
“I’m a xenoanthropologist, 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.”

James Frain (her adoptive father Sarek), explains why Burnham might not be able to handle contact with the Klingons:

“…we see Sarek as a younger man, 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.”

Source: TrekMovie

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