The new season of Star Trek: Discovery is only two episodes in, and already we can feel the tension between Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and her adoptive brother, Spock (Ethan Peck). This is all before Spock has even appeared in the flesh — we've seen flashbacks of them as kids (and heard Peck's recorded voice), but Peck has yet to make his grand entrance. That hasn't stopped some rather ... unsavory theories from sprouting up about these two.
What is certainly clear from the first two episodes is that Burnham's relationship with Spock is no all-expenses-paid trip to Risa — there's definitely something wrong between them (with James Frain's Sarek in the mix as well, probably adding to the tension), and this is clear from the first moment that the two of them saw each other as kids. What definitely is not happening, though, is any kind of romantic tension. Not happening. At all.
Martin-Green cleared this up during an appearance on The Talk. She does say that Burnham's relationship with Spock is "comp-li-ca-ted," being sure to use all four syllables, but she completely shoots down any notion that it is complicated because of romance or attraction. Thank Sha Ka Ree for that.
When discussing their estrangement, Martin-Green says, "There is a theory I want to talk to you all about ... people are saying that maybe they had a sexual relationship, and that's why they're estranged? NOT TRUE."
Through laughter (possibly mixed with disgust), she clarified further for those in the cheap seats: "I saw that, and I saw a few articles about it ... I am here today to say no-no."
These are mostly Vulcans we're dealing with here, not Lannisters. As to what their "complicated" relationship is really about, well, we've only gotten little glimpses and hints here and there. The history of Spock, Burnham, and Sarek will continue to be explored as the season goes on, and it is somehow tied to the Red Angel story. How it all fits together is anyone's guess, but that's part of the fun.
Star Trek: Discovery boldly streams on CBS All Access at 8:30 on Thursdays. Burnham and Spock boldly remain completely platonic.