Thursday 20 September 2018

Short Treks trailer, and titles and dates announced

CBS have announced the full details of the forthcoming four episode run of the Discovery spin-off Short Treks mini-episodes. Continue below for episode descriptions, release dates, and credits. But first, check out the trailer (US geo-locked alas, but the Instagram version should help you if you can't see on YouTube):

Each episode will be 10-15 minutes long, and we're getting one a month, starting in just a couple of weeks:

Runaway, 4th October
Written by Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman. Directed by Maja Vrvilo.
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. 

Calypso, 8th November
Teleplay by Michael Chabon. Story by Sean Cochran and Michael Chabon. Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi.
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. 

The Brightest Star, 6th December
Written by Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt. Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski.
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. 

The Escape Artist, 3rd January
Written by Michael McMahan. Directed by Rainn Wilson.
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. 
Here's a preview image encompassing all four episodes (I imagine more stills will be released shortly):

We can probably assume the Harry Mudd episode will also feature Orions, thanks to this photo shared by actor/director Rainn Wilson recently:

Here are a few more screencaps from the trailer too:

Meanwhile, from the set of Discovery proper, director Jonathan Frakes shared this fun photo of him with Doug Jones (as Saru):

And while we're talking the rest of Trek-TV, new Picard series writer Michael Chabon recently shared this doddle-map from the production of that series:
Supreme Guardian of All #Trek Canon (and beloved colleague) #kirstenbeyer dropped some cosmographical science on the #untitledpicardproject writers’ room today. (Yes, I am having #somuchfun.) [Note to deep exegetes and wild speculators: this map represents only (and very roughly!) the status quo at the close of Voyager, the latest-set, as you know, of all the pre-existing tv series, and was executed purely as a visual aid for the edification of Professor Beyer’s colleagues.]

For an overview of everything Discovery, including behind the scenes coverage, and details of tie-in products, visit my Star Trek: Discovery guide page.


Dan Gunther said...

I'm curous: how will these be released in Canada (and the rest of the world as well)?

8of5 said...

I don't think it's been announced yet, but the implication from an interview about CBS's Star Trek plans overall recently seemed to be that anything that is a direct spin-off from Discovery (like short Treks) would be under the same licensing arrangements as Discovery itself, while anything completely separate (like the Picard series, animated series, etc) might be up for grabs to other distributors/broadcasters. Sooo, I would assume these will go to Netflix and Bell Media outside the US (if they opt to have them maybe?).

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