Star Trek: Short Treks

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Star Trek: Short Treks
Created by
Based onStar Trek
by Gene Roddenberry
Theme music composerJeff Russo
Composer(s)Jeff Russo
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Ted Miller
  • April Nocifora
  • Brendan Steacy
  • Boris Mojsovski
  • Franco Tata
Editor(s)Steve Haugen
Running time15–18 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkCBS All Access
Original releaseOctober 4, 2018 (2018-10-04) –
present (present)
Related showsStar Trek: Discovery

Star Trek: Short Treks is an American science fiction anthology web television series, created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, that premiered on October 4, 2018, on CBS All Access. The series is a spin-off from the series Star Trek: Discovery, and consists of several shorts that utilize settings and characters from that series and the wider Star Trek universe. Episodes are between 15 and 18 minutes in length and were mostly produced by cast and crew members from Discovery.

After signing a deal to expand the Star Trek franchise on television, Kurtzman announced Short Treks as the first such project in July 2018. The first four episodes aired from October 2018 to January 2019, between the first and second seasons of Discovery. In January 2019, it was announced that the series had been renewed for two additional animated episodes that are set to air following the conclusion of Discovery's second season.


In each episode of Star Trek: Short Treks, a stand-alone story is told that serves "as an opportunity for deeper storytelling and exploration of key characters and themes that fit into Star Trek: Discovery and the expanding Star Trek universe."[1]

Cast and characters[edit]



"The Brightest Star"[edit]

"The Escape Artist"[edit]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Runaway"Maja VrviloJenny Lumet and Alex KurtzmanOctober 4, 2018 (2018-10-04)
Following a discussion with her mother, Sylvia Tilly encounters a young Xahean stowaway named Me Hani Ika Hali Ka Po. Tilly, who is accustomed to taking orders from others, decides to make decisions by herself, to help Ka Po return home in time for her coronation.
2"Calypso"Olatunde OsunsanmiStory by : Sean Cochran and Michael Chabon
Teleplay by : Michael Chabon
November 8, 2018 (2018-11-08)
The USS Discovery, after drifting in space for a thousand years, has evolved to the point that its computer system has become sentient and named itself Zora. She retrieves a passing escape pod carrying a man named Craft. Zora reveals that she has been ordered to hold her current position for the past millennium. Zora initially keeps Craft aboard the ship (she wants company and is beginning to fall in love with him) but eventually lets him take Discovery's last shuttle to return to his home on Alcor IV.
3"The Brightest Star"Douglas AarniokoskiBo Yeon Kim & Erika LippoldtDecember 6, 2018 (2018-12-06)
Young Saru, of the planet Kaminar, is curious and wants to learn about life outside the pre-warp society of his village. Unhappy with the knowledge that he, like all Kelpiens, will eventually be harvested as food by the predatory Ba'ul, Saru manages to send a distress signal into space, which is answered by Lieutenant Philippa Georgiou. Saru departs his homeworld with Georgiou, knowing that he may never return to his planet.
4"The Escape Artist"Rainn WilsonMichael McMahanJanuary 3, 2019 (2019-01-03)
Harry Mudd is captured and is being brought to a Federation ship to claim his bounty but Mudd is known to be an escape artist...



On June 19, 2018, after becoming sole showrunner of Discovery, it was reported that Alex Kurtzman had signed a five-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios to expand the Star Trek franchise beyond Discovery to several new series, miniseries, and animated series.[2] On July 20, 2018, it was announced during Star Trek: Discovery's San Diego Comic-Con panel that a series of four short anthology episodes, titled Star Trek: Short Treks, would be released on CBS All Access beginning in December 2018. The shorts were expected to be between 10 and 15 minutes in length with one being directed by Rainn Wilson.[1] On September 20, 2018, the names of each episode were revealed alongside the announcement that the series would premiere on October 4, 2018.[3]

On January 8, 2019, it was announced that the series had been renewed for two additional episodes. Both of these installments were set to be animated and expected to premiere following the conclusion of Star Trek: Discovery's second season.[4] On January 30, 2019, it was announced during the Television Critics Association's annual winter press tour that one of the animated episodes would be directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi and the other by Michael Giacchino.[5] On February 4, 2019, Kurtzman was interviewed by during the Television Critics Association's annual winter press tour and revealed that producers were considering further installments of the series that would tie into upcoming Star Trek series such as Picard and Star Trek: Lower Decks.[6]


Alongside the initial series announcement, it was confirmed that the series would include individual episodes each separately starring Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd, Aldis Hodge as Craft, Doug Jones as Saru, and Mary Wiseman as Sylvia Tilly.[1]


In Canada, the series is broadcast on Space before being made available the following day on Crave.[7] Internationally, the series became available on Netflix in January 2019 in all territories outside of North America where Star Trek: Discovery was already able to be streamed.[8]


Critical response[edit]

In a positive review, IGN's Scott Collura mostly praised the series after the release of the first four episodes saying, "The Short Treks have been an interesting experiment that have mostly worked, and it seems with this final installment that the Trek production team was just starting to nail the formula down."[9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2019 Golden Reel Awards Broadcast Media: Short Form Music / Musical TBA (for "The Brightest Star") Pending [10]
Costume Designers Guild Awards Excellence in Short Film Design Gersha Phillips (for "The Brightest Star") Pending [11]


  1. ^ a b c N'Duka, Amanda (July 20, 2018). "'Star Trek: Short Treks' Set On CBS All Access, 'Discovery' Season 2 Trailer Unveiled, Rebecca Romijn Joining The Cast – Comic-Con". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Otterson, Joe (June 19, 2018). "Alex Kurtzman Sets Five-Year CBS TV Studios Pact, Will Oversee Expanded 'Star Trek' Universe". Variety. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  3. ^ Nemetz, Dave (September 20, 2018). "Star Trek: Discovery Sets Premiere Dates for Short Treks Series — Get Plot Details and Watch a New Teaser". TVLine. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (January 8, 2019). "'Star Trek': Second Animated Series, More 'Short Treks' Coming to CBS All Access (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  5. ^ Pearson, Ben (February 4, 2019). "Composer Michael Giacchino to Direct an Animated 'Star Trek' Episode". /Film. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  6. ^ Lovett, Jamie (February 3, 2019). "Star Trek: Alex Kurtzman on the Future of 'Short Treks'". Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  7. ^ Wright, Matt (January 16, 2019). "'Star Trek: Short Treks' Premieres Thursday On Space In Canada, No International Date For Netflix". Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  8. ^ Lovett, Jamie (January 20, 2019). "'Star Trek: Short Treks' Now Streaming on Netflix in International Markets". Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  9. ^ Collura, Scott (January 4, 2019). "Star Trek: Short Treks - "The Escape Artist" Review". IGN. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  10. ^ Pedersen, Erik (January 18, 2019). "Motion Picture Sound Editors Reveal 2019 Golden Reel Nominations". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  11. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (January 10, 2019). "'Mary Poppins Returns,' 'A Wrinkle in Time,' 'Star Trek: Discovery' Among Costume Designers Guild Nominees". Variety. Retrieved January 16, 2019.

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