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Star Trek: Short Treks

Star Trek: Short Treks

  • Premiered: 
    October 4, 2018
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  • Network: CBS All Access
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Spinoff of Star Trek: Discovery 
  • Subject Matter: Science Fiction
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Plot Synopsis

STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS is a short-form web series, giving an opportunity for fans to dive deeper into key themes and characters that fit into the STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and expanding STAR TREK universe. Each of the four stand-alone stories centers a key character, including these familiar faces from STAR TREK: DISCOVERY: Mary Wiseman (Tilly); Doug Jones (Saru); Rainn Wilson (Harry Mudd) in a short he will also direct; and a new character unfamiliar to fans, Craft, played by Aldis Hodge. In anticipation of the early 2019 return of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, the first four installments rolled out as follows:

"Runaway" (October 4, 2018 at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT): Onboard the U.S.S. Discovery, Ensign Tilly (Mary Wiseman) encounters an unexpected visitor in need of help. However, this unlikely pair may have more in common than meets the eye. Written by Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman. Directed by Maja Vrvilo.

"Calypso" (November 8, 2018): After waking up in an unfamiliar sickbay, Craft (Aldis Hodge) finds himself to be on board a deserted ship, his only companion and hope for survival, an A.I. computer interface. Teleplay by Michael Chabon. Story by Sean Cochran and Michael Chabon. Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi.

"The Brightest Star" (December 6, 2018): Before he was the first Kelpien to join Starfleet, Saru (Doug Jones) lived a simple life on his home planet Kaminar with his father and sister. Young Saru, full of ingenuity and a level of curiosity uncommon among his people, yearns to find out what lies beyond his village, leading him on an unexpected path. Written by Bo Yeon Kim & Erika Lippoldt. Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski.

"The Escape Artist" (January 3, 2019): Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson), back to his old tricks of stealing and double-dealing, finds himself in a precarious position aboard a hostile ship -- just in time to try out his latest con. Written by Mike McMahan. Directed by Rainn Wilson.

The second season of STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS premiered on Saturday, October 5, 2019 on CBS All Access. In the season opener, "Q&A," Ensign Spock gets trapped in a turbolift on his first day aboard the USS Enterprise -- with his new superior officer Number One. While waiting for the turbolift to be repaired, Spock asks Number One numerous questions, and the pair bond over their similarities.
On Tuesday, June 2, 2020 CBS Home Entertainment released STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS on DVD and Blu-ray with all nine of CBS All Access stand-alone short stories in one collection for the first time ever plus over 50 minutes of EXCUSIVE special features. The collection of shorts includes three U.S.S. Enterprise-focused shorts featuring "Star Trek: Discovery": Season Two favorites Anson Mount ("Captain Christopher Pike"), Ethan Peck("Spock") and Rebecca Romijn ("Number One"); all four of the original shorts, starring Rainn Wilson ("Harry Mudd"), Mary Wiseman ("Ensign Sylvia Tilly"), Doug Jones ("Commander Saru") and Aldis Hodge ("Craft"); and two animated shorts from the "Star Trek" universe with animation unlike any done before for the "Star Trek" franchise. Run Time: 1 Hour, 58 minutes. A Must Own for STAR TREK Fans! Buy and binge now! (Click the red "Buy DVDs" button on this page.)

Blu-ray & DVD Shorts:
- "Runaway"
- "Calypso"
- "The Brightest Star"
- "The Escape Artist"
- "Q&A"
- "The Trouble with Edward"
- "Ask Not"
- "Ephraim & Dot"
- "The Girl Who Made the Stars"

- COMING OF AGE: Tied to the "Runaway" short, the first installment of the new Short Trek format was written by executive producers Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman about Tilly finding a stowaway with whom she can relate. In this behind-the-scenes interview, Kurtzman, Director Maja Vrvilo and star Mary Wiseman talk about the use of the short to give the audience further insight into Tilly's character.

- SHALL WE DANCE: Writer Michael Chabon and Director Olatunde Osunsanmi discuss the challenges of creating a compelling story with only one on-screen character in the familiar setting of the U.S.S Discovery for the "Calypso" short.

- FIRST CONTACT - KAMINAR: A deep dive into "The Brightest Star" short and creating Saru's backstory with the Star Trek actors and writers.

- COVERED IN MUDD: Tied to "The Escape Artist" short, an interview with star Rainn Wilson about directing the Harry Mudd short and his experience on both sides of the camera.

- ENSIGN SPOCK'S FIRST DAY: Writer Michael Chabon talks about writing for Ensign Spock and finding hidden talents in relation to the "Q&A" short.

- HERE COMES TRIBBLE: Fans will dive into "The Trouble with Edward" short as prop master Mario Moreira discusses bringing back the beloved Tribble for the shorts.

- SCORE!: A behind-the-curtain discussion with Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino about taking the reins on "Ephraim and Dot," and directing and composing for Star Trek: Short Treks.

- BEDTIME STORIES: Writer Brandon Schultz, director Olatunde Osunsanmi and actor Kenric Green ("Mike Burnham") discuss the development of "The Girl Who Made the Stars," the animated Short Trek about a bedtime story.

- THE MAKING OF "SHORT TREKS": An in-depth discussion with executive producer Alex Kurtzman and more about how and why the new concept Short Treks were made.

- TWO AUDIO COMMENTARIES: Featuring Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet providing commentary for the "Runaway" short, and star Anson Mount providing commentary for the "Ask Not" short.