'Star Trek: Discovery' Season 3 Episode 10 Spoilers: Will Philippa Georgiou make Earth Prime her new home?
Philippa Georgiou's trip to the past may be a purge, of sorts, of all she was holding onto from the Mirror Universe
Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) never wanted to be a part of Earth Prime. She was happy — or, at least, as happy as a Terran can be — running the Terran Empire back in the mirror universe as its Empress before both Michael Burnhams (Sonequa Martin-Green) brought everything crashing down. One Michael betrayed Georgiou at the height of her power, while the other dragged Georgiou into the Prime universe, where she's been stuck ever since.
Philippa has wanted nothing more than to go home to the life she knew - but if last episode is any indication, sometimes you just can't go home again no matter what cosmic beings step in to intervene.
In the last episode of 'Star Trek: Discovery', we learned that Georgiou's molecules were trying to send her home - back to a universe that Georgiou was far removed from both in time and in space, and that kind of homesickness on a molecular level appears to have been erasing her from reality. Kovich (David Cronenberg) claimed that there was no cure for this — but the Sphere directed Georgiou to a seemingly random point in space, where she found a Q-like entity who directed her through a literal doorway to her past, and now Georgiou is trying to rewrite history.
Though she's been returned to the height of her power, Georgiou is finding that she's not quite as comfortable on her throne as she once was. Her time on Earth Prime has taught her compassion for her enemies and allies alike, and that humans aren't the universe's supreme race after all. She's unable to even bring herself to kill her adopted daughter, the Mirror Universe's Michael Burnham, even when she catches Michael red-handed before Michael can betray her. It's possible that Georgiou's trip to the past is not a chance to become Empress again — but to realize that Earth Prime is now her home.
The problem that arose comes because Georgiou's molecules are trying to bring her back to a home that isn't there anymore. If those molecules could accept Earth Prime as their home, then Georgiou no longer has to worry about fading out of existence. Georgiou's trip home might just be some sort of metaphysical closure, one that allows herself to purge her own genetics of the past she can't return to.
It's possible that all this time, Georgiou's unwillingness to let her past go is responsible for her condition — but now that she's able to truly see the Mirror Universe for the warped, unacceptable nightmare that is it, she may finally be able to let go, and become an Earth Prime resident in full — right down to her bones.
The next episode of 'Star Trek: Discovery' titled 'Terra Firma, Part 2' airs on December 17 on CBS All Access.