I think there's a chance that we'll meet the Terran Emperor while our heroes are trapped in the Mirror Universe. Will it turn out to be someone we know?
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I'm a little disheartened that no one has mentioned Impossibly Handsome Bridge Crewman! Or perhaps someone else from Lorca's past that fills out his storylien a bit more for us.
Personally I love all of these ideas, though I do think that Cornwell is perhaps the least interesting option (she's already a pretty badass personality, though far from corrupt). My vote is for Georgiou or Saru, precisely because, as kev may and chrissam42 have mentioned, they would center the narrative on either our protagonist or on issues of race and culture.
Haha, yes, I would like to see all of these iterations. I wonder what Kelpians are like in the Mirror Universe? Perhaps they are the predators here. Emperor Saru certainly would be a fun character.
@chrissam42 - Another good guess! Now I'm even more curious. What if it's Mysterious Robot Bridge Crewwoman Airiam's Mirror Doppelganger?!
My wife, while we were watching the episode, exclaimed "The emperor is Saru!!!" and we both had a good laugh. But it's somewhat plausible: the emperor is "faceless" which would be important if it were an alien in a xenophobic society; and Saru was never mentioned in the "who is everybody in this universe" discussion.
It would also really mess with Burnham who is after all our main protagonist here, her hero turned into a vicious despot would have an emotional effect on her.
@Glenn - now THAT would be more entertaining to me! And it's interesting how they merely told us that Mirr-Dopp Burnham was the captain of the Shenzhou, not how she got the post. We assumed murder, or whatever. But maybe it's because Georgiou left the ship by rising up through the political ranks. True, it doesn't serve the ongoing Lorca/Cornwell subplot, but it would be a fun way to see Georgiou again.
I think Georgiou is also a strong candidate.
That would be my first guess too, given her past with Lorca and her refusal to let that interfere with duty she would be a strong ruthless leader.
Whoa. Yes, please!
I think we are definitely going to meet the Terran Emperor and it will definitely be someone we know. That kind of bait is too delicious to waste on a nobody.
And the agonizer booth will seem like a walk in the park to Lorca when he casts his eyes on Emperor Cornwell