This year's New York Comic Con (NYCC) was a pretty big one for fans of the Star Trek Universe: including new trailers for the third season of Star Trek: Discovery and the premiere of Star Trek: Picard. But executive producer Alex Kurtzman didn't stop there, announcing that not only would new episodes of Star Trek: Short Treks be coming soon – the first one ("Q&A", written by Michael Chabon and directed by Mark Pellington) was available that day on CBS All Access.
Short Treks are 10-15 minute stand-alone short stories that allow fans to dive deeper into the key themes and characters that fit into Discovery and the ever-expanding Star Trek universe.
Following the initial release of "Q&A", the five remaining episodes are set to drop on the streaming service on the second Thursday of each month. The schedule begins with second outing "The Trouble with Edward" on Thursday, Oct. 10 – with December bringing a double-dose of Short Treks on Thursday, Dec. 12 (and a preview for this month's episode "Ask Not" below).
Speaking of December 12th… thanks to the fine folks at TrekCore, we now have our first-looks at the series' two animted outings: "Ephraim and Dot" and "The Girl Who Made The Stars" (original post below).
In "Ephraim and Dot", viewers are introduced to Enterprise repair drone DOT and mycelial tardigrade Ephraim; while in "The Girl Who Made the Stars", which offers a greater appreciation for Burnham's (Sonequa Martin-Green) second-season story.
Here's a look at this month's episode "Ask Not", featuring Anson Mount's return to the role of Captain Christopher Pike – except this time, it looks like he's on the wrong side of Starfleet:
Here's a look at the schedule for the next series of Short Treks, followed by the episode overviews that were released by CBS All Access so far:
"Q&A": Ensign Spock's (Ethan Peck) first day aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise doesn't go as planned when he and Number One (Rebecca Romijn) are unexpectedly stuck together in a turbo lift.
"The Trouble with Edward": Captain Lynne Lucero (Rosa Salazar) is excited to take command of the U.S.S. Cabot. That is, until she meets Edward Larkin (H. Jon Benjamin), an ornery scientist who believes he has found a revolutionary new use for tribbles. (Thursday, Oct. 10)
"Ask Not": When an attack on Starbase 28 leaves a surprise prisoner under Cadet Thira Sidhu's (Amrit Kaur) watch, she is faced with making a decision that may threaten her standing in Starfleet. Written by Kalinda Vazquez and directed by Sanji Senaka.
"The Girl Who Made the Stars" (Thursday, Dec. 12)
"Ephraim and Dot" (Thursday, Dec. 12)
"Children of Mars" (Thursday, Jan. 9)