Have we seen Burnham's parents yet in flashbacks?

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  1. NewHeavensNewEarth

    NewHeavensNewEarth Captain Captain

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    I don't recall seeing them in flashbacks or even a photo in her room. You'd think they would show them at least once or a few times, but if a person is looking to connect the dots for Burnham possibly being the Red Angel, I guess that might be fuel for that. Or it's an omission simply as a writing tool. But if they've been in flashbacks, someone please refresh my memory. It appears to have been wiped.
     
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  2. King Daniel Beyond

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    I'm a little unsure when her parents died. I was sure it was a Klingon attack while they were visiting Vulcan (The burning school scenes in early episodes), but season 2 said that was the work of Logic Extremists (and what pushed her to say/do something so bad Spock stopped talking to her), so... when and where did her parents die?
     
  3. Ar-Pharazon

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    Ben Sisko's mother appeared as a normal woman while she was corporeal. Even if there's something to this theory, Michael's parents would probably seem normal.

    I certainly don't recall seeing them in any form.
     
  4. zar

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    I thought there was a flashback of Klingons killing them in the Qonos episode.
     
  5. Gov Kodos

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    'Will You Take My Hand' is where Michael tells about the Klingons killing her parents when they were at a Vulcan science outpost, Doctari Alpha. In 'Lethe', she talks again about that attack and subsequently being adopted by Sarek and Amanda. The attack on the Learning Center by the Vulcan Logic Extremists came later and was where she briefly died and Sarek shared his katra with her to help bring her back to life.
     
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    Oh yes! Not flashbacks, but she tells Ash the story.
    For some reason I thought the Vulcan school was on Doctari Alpha and Sarek chose to adopt her after the meld that saved her life.
     
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    That bit is very easy to get confused over. I think it wasn't until I watched the series through after the finale that I realised that the bombing was not where her parents were killed.
     
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  8. NewHeavensNewEarth

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    But have we seen them? Their faces? On one hand, I could see it being totally irrelevant. On the other, it seems like one of those countless ways that the writers like to slip in plot twists and surprises. It would be interesting to see flashbacks of how her parents influenced Burnham as a person, since she didn't arrive to the Sarek residence as a blank slate. She was much older than a toddler, and I wonder what specific memories she has of them. It would give insight into how she handled the transition into Sarek's household, including her dealings with young Spock.
     
  9. Succubint

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    No, I don't think we've seen any flashbacks of Burnham's family from that attack. She gives her account of what happened verbally a few times.

    The flashback where she is dying at school, was on Vulcan. Sarek mind melded with her to save her. The culprits were the Vulcan Logic Extremists. Their terrorist attack targeting Michael is what (apparently) led to her break her growing familial bond with Spock in order to protect his life.
     
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    I think the reason we haven't seen them is because they're not important beyond being dead, the parental relationship the show focuses on is with Sarek and Amanda, so they are the ones getting screentime.
     
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    Burnhams parents died in the Klingon raid on doctari. The flash back to the bombing was when the logic extremists bombed the learning centre on Vulcan
     
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    When I first heard about the Planet Doctari, I immediately thought of this...




    Man, I really watched waaaay to much TV as a kid.
    :biggrin:
     
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    Given tonight's revelation, I imagine we'll be seeing Burnham's parents before long.
     
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  14. Nerys Myk

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    Burnham has no parents. She's a shared delusion that crosses universal barriers.
     
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  15. Gov Kodos

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    So did Amy Pond. Maybe, the Red Angel is River Song? Finally, getting that Doctor Who Crossover.
     
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    Her parents were always illusions projected by the Keeper.
     
  17. Cyrus

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    If they show them, SMG will play both parents, Eddie Murphy style.
     
  18. Turtletrekker

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    There's precedent. William Shatner played Kirk's brother. Or, at least he played Kirk's brother's corpse.
     
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    well, they would have to introduce timey-wimey first, which...wait! It IS River Song
    Next Time on Star Trek Discovery: "Hello, Sweetie!"
     
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    The Emperor is one of River's registrations, or will be, that's how she knows those spoilers about Burnham's future.