The second season of Star Trek: Discovery won't be out until 2019, but do not despair! As was announced at San Diego Comic Con 2018, a four-part series of shorts set in the Discovery universe will tide you over until we get to see how Michael Burnham and Christopher Pike get along.
Appearing on CBS All Access, the series is called Star Trek: Short Treks. According to TVLine, the first of these fun-size Treks will come out on October 4th. Further shorts will warp out of the spacedock every month after that. Each episode will run from 10 to 15 minutes long, and will focus on a single character. We've already met three of the four focus characters on Discovery — Tilly (Mary Wiseman), Saru (Doug Jones), and Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson) will all take the spotlight. The second short will feature someone we haven't met yet, a character named "Craft" played by Aldis Hodge.
Take a look at the teaser for the shuttle-sized series below, and then check out the titles and dates for each installment after the spore-drive jump.
According to TVLine, this is what we can expect and when we can expect it.
- "Runaway" (October 4) — “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" (November 8) — “After waking up in an unfamiliar sickbay, Craft (Aldis Hodge) finds himself on board a deserted ship, and his only companion and hope for survival is an A.I. computer interface.”
- "The Brightest Star" (December 6) — “Before he was the first Kelpien to join Starfleet, Saru (Doug Jones) lived a simple life on his home planet of 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” (January 3) — “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.”
Based on the above, it looks like these shorts will take place in different parts of the timeline. The first short definitely refers to Tilly as Ensign Tilly, a rank she got at the end of the first season. That leads us to think her short takes place in between seasons, while Saru's short seems to be a flashback about his Kelpian childhood. The one we're probably most excited for, however, is the last one — Wilson's Mudd is a blast, and his big first season episode ("Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad") was a definite high point.
Get ready to go to black alert on October 4th. Allamaraine!