At the risk of jinxing it, we are living in an era of peak Star Trek right now. Hear me out. There is currently a prequel Star Trek series with two seasons under its belt, and a third on the way. We’ve also got Star Trek comics coming out from IDW with limitless possibilities. There’s a Picard sequel series that just launched its first trailer. Let’s not even mention the possible Quentin Tarantino written and/or directed Star Trek offshoot feature film. Peak Star Trek!
And if that wasn’t enough, CBS All Access has just unveiled the trailer for Season 2 of Short Treks. The anthology series that works as a companion to Star Trek Discovery, featuring mini-episodes of standalone stories. The trailer was unveiled at the San Diego Comic-Con 2019.
Discovering Star Trek
Star Trek is arguably the most popular property in the Science Fiction genre. The franchise is responsible for establishing the genre in the film and television mediums since its inception. It has gone through many iterations, with the most recent resurgence being the new CBS show, Star Trek: Discovery.
Discovery sees a brand new ship in the Star Trek universe, set before, and overlapping with, the events of Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS). While Season 1 of the show dealt with a brand new story and setting, Season 2 re-introduced very familiar concepts into the world, such as the character of Spock. (Ethan Peck)
Season 2 was very much a departure from the grit and darkness of Season 1, due to another original character being introduced. Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), who took over the Discovery, was the first captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise before James T. Kirk (William Shatner) took over in TOS. The bright, funny and adventurous tone of Season 2 of Discovery marked a turning point for the franchise. It showed that the series could still have fun while embodying the spirit of creator Gene Roddenberry.
A Short Trek For The Franchise
Between Season 1 and 2, Star Trek Discovery launched four, 15-minute mini-episodes, entitled Short Treks. The season saw standalone episodes that didn’t directly intersect with the main storylines of the seasons. However, they did featured minor supporting characters from the main series. The episodes worked to bridge the gap between seasons and allowed fans to spend more time in the universe.
Many of the Short Trek episodes featured characters from Discovery, fleshing out their back stories even more. One particular Short Treks episode titled Runaway did feature more prominently in a Season 2 episode, with the character of Me Hani (Yadira Guevara-Prip) returning to guest star.
Second Trek Offers More
The Trailer of Season 2 of Short Treks was launched at the San Diego Comic-Con 2019 (SDCC) and features a lot more than what we got from the first season, both in concept and content.
The trailer right away features more prominent characters from Season 2 of Discovery, such as Captain Pike, Spock and Number One (Rebecca Romijn). Beyond familiar faces, the trailer also seems to bring back known and established Star Trek storylines with a new spin.
One of the episodes seems to be lighthearted in nature, and possibly a bottle-episode, with Spock and Number One stuck in a turbo lift together. Is it me, or did it feel like there was some sexual tension there?
I’m personally excited for the Tribbles episode, as I’m sure it’s going to create a lot of trouble on board the ship. Tribbles were cute furry creatures introduced in a TOS episode entitled The Trouble With Tribbles. The episode was featured again in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine when Sisko (Avery Brooks) and his crew traveled back in time onto the ship in TOS, during the events of the Tribble episode.
It’s unsure when this episode takes place in the timeline, but it’s definitely going to be a source of hilarity, but also fright? The Tribbles are back, but this time they seem to be craving— flesh! Apparently.
A Star Trek Experiment
With six new episodes, Season 2 of Short Treks will feature three stories involving the crew of the Enterprise, as mentioned above, with the remaining three being more, experimental in nature.
Two of the six episodes will be animated, supposedly tying in, and leading up to the upcoming Star Trek animated comedy series, Star Trek: Lower Decks. The animated series just confirmed its voice cast at SDCC.
The remaining episode of Short Trek Season 2 is the most interesting. One of the episodes is said to be a prequel to the new Star Trek: Picard show, which just dropped its first trailer at SDCC 2019. Picard is set to be a sequel to the events of Star Trek: The Next Generation series.
It looks like Short Treks are going to serve as a launching pad to the many new and more Trek to come.
Star Trek: Short Treks Season 2 will premier in the fall, only on the CBS All Access streaming service.
Which Short Trek episode are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments below.
Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.