Imagine suddenly waking up in the sickbay of an unfamiliar starship—in your underwear—and having no idea how and why you ended up there.
The trailer for the next of four Short Treks airing before Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery takes off next year has appeared out of deep space. Calypso boldly goes into much scarier territory than the previous vignette, Runaway, which followed a self-doubting Ensign Tilly as she realized she had more in common than she thought with an alien fugitive. This is also the furthest the franchise has ever ventured into the future.
Craft (Aldis Hodge) is an entirely new character who finds himself on an abandoned discovery 1,000 years after the events of Discovery. Who is he? We don’t know. Who left him behind or beamed him there? We don’t know. Is he as human as he looks? We don’t know.
What is obvious in the trailer is that he opens his eyes up sweating and panicking as if he just escaped a nightmare (though he really is waking up to a nightmare), manages to find something remotely edible, and starts some sort of relationship with a shipboard computer.
You also have to wonder whether Craft is another time traveler traversing the Star Trek universe.
Blasting an eon forward in time means that Calypso is exploring uncharted territory that goes beyond even Enterprise’s vision of the 31st century. You often see this glimpse into the future in Star Trek Online, even with its Discovery content update. In the game, 2049 is a time of post-supernova devastation in the Alpha Quadrant, with the Federation and Klingon Empire at each other’s throats. The Borg have also started to infiltrate. Too bad this isn’t canon, because it could answer the meteor shower of questions and fan theories that will soon take over the internet.
Calypso will land on CBS All Access on November 8. Speculation activated.