CBS is getting bullish on Star Trek. The franchise's newest series (and surprise hit, at least with this longtime fan) Discovery is in the works; Patrick Stewart is returning for his own show; and Alex Kurtzman is developing multiple other Trek projects besides.
The network is also poised to release a quadrilogy of short Star Trek films, under the apt moniker Star Trek: Short Treks, which will fill in background on a range of characters in the Discovery universe. The four one-offs will be exclusive to CBS All Access, and will drop monthly between October and the Discovery season 2 premiere. They'll all centre on a different character - familiar faces Tilly, Saru, Harry Mudd, and new character Craft (Hidden Figures' Aldis Hodge) - and run between 10 and 15 minutes in length.
Here's a short teaser, plus all the relevant details and synopses, as per Deadline:
Runaway – Thursday, Oct. 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.
Written by Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman. Directed by Maja Vrvilo.
Calypso – Thursday, Nov. 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.
Teleplay by Michael Chabon. Story by Sean Cochran and Michael Chabon. Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi.
The Brightest Star – Thursday, Dec. 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.
Written by Bo Yeon Kim & Erika Lippoldt. Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski.
The Escape Artist – Thursday, Jan. 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.
Written by Michael McMahan. Directed by Rainn Wilson.
Star Trek: Discovery itself is set to launch its second season in January 2019. If you've got All Access (and in this day and age, who doesn't?), you can slake your Star Trek lust with these shorts in the meantime.