Star Trek: Short Treks Get Trailer, Release Dates & Synopses

Characters explored in the 10-15 minute shorts include Tilly, Saru, and Harry Mudd.

We learned at San Diego Comic Con that, while Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 won’t be premiering until next year (no new Spock incarnation until then), we will be getting some stories set in the Disco universe this fall. CBS All Access has made a series of Disco shorts, known as Star Trek: Short Treks, that are set to “air” starting on October 4th, on CBS All Access.

Each “trek” will run for 10-15 minutes and focus on a single character, including: Mary Wisemans Tilly, Doug Jones’ Saru and Rainn Wilson’s Harry Mudd. (Sadly, no L’Rell, though we did gather some details about what she will be up to next season at SDCC…) Underground‘s Aldis Hodge will play a new character named Craft in the second short set to premiere.

Check out the just-released teaser trailer…

CBS All Access also announced the titles and synopses (via TVLine) for each of the four Short Treks episodes.

Star Trek: Short Treks Episode Guide


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.

Original air date: Thursday, Oct. 4

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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.

Original air date: Thursday, Nov. 8

“The Brightest Star” 

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.

Original air date: Thursday, Dec. 6

“The Escape Artist”

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.

Original air date: Thursday, Jan. 3

For information about what’s next for these characters and the rest of the Disco crew in Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, check out our news hub.

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