Star Trek: Short Treks is back! During today’s Star Trek Universe panel at New York Comic Con, executive producer Alex Kurtzman surprised fans by announcing that the next set of Star Trek: Short Treks begins rolling out today. The first new short, “Q&A,” is available to stream now on CBS All Access. The short is written by Star Trek: Picard showrunner Michael Chabon, who is also the Pulitzer-prize-winning author who wrote the Short Trek “Calypso.' The short is directed by Mark Pellington. “Q&A” follows Ensign Spock’s (Ethan Peck) first day aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, which doesn’t go as planned when he and Number One (Rebecca Romijn) are unexpectedly stuck together in a turbo lift.
Star Trek: Short Treks are approximately 10-15 minute standalone short stories that spotlight key themes and characters from Star Trek: Discovery and the growing Star Trek universe. The five remaining new Star Trek: Short Treks will debut on CBS All Access on the second Thursday of each month, starting with “The Trouble with Edward” on Thursday, October 10th. Fans will also get two new episodes in December, both arriving on Thursday, December 12th.
The full schedule for upcoming installments of Star Trek: Short Treks on CBS All Access follows:
- “Q&A” - available to stream now
- “The Trouble with Edward” - Thursday, October 10th
- “Ask Not” – Thursday, November 14th
- “The Girl Who Made the Stars” – Thursday, December 12th
- “Ephraim and Dot” – Thursday, December 12th
- “Children of Mars” – Thursday, January 9th
The first season of Star Trek: Short Treks consisted of four episodes used as lead-ins to the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. At the TCA Winter 2019 Press Tour, Kurtzman said he hoped to continue with them and that they may be applied to upcoming series outside of Discovery.
“I'd love to expand beyond,” Kurtzman tells ComicBook.com. “I mean, Discovery has been the foundation. [The first season of Short Treks] was a test. We wanted to see if they worked, and they ended up working really well. And so, the idea that we can apply those to all of our shows. Maybe we'll do one before Picard. Maybe we'll do one before Section 31. Maybe we'll do one before the animated, just so that we can start getting audiences talking and thinking about what we're doing, and setting up mysteries. That's the other really fun thing about those is we get to set up these mysteries that play out over the course of the season.”
Are you excited about the return of Star Trek: Short Treks? Let us know in the comments. "Q&A" is now streaming on CBS All Access.