Star Trek: Short Treks (2019) – Q&A, The Trouble with Edward, Ask Not, Ephraim and Dot, and The Girl Who Made the Stars

Captain’s log: 2254

Micheal Chabon pens the first Short Trek of the second season. This short traps Number One (Rebecca Romijn) and Spock (Ethan Peck) in a turbolift, shortly after the young science officer has joined the Enterprise crew – his first day in fact.

Trapped together, the two slowly get to know one another. It’s interesting pairing these two characters together, because initially in the The Cage, Number One was more like what Spock would become than Spock would. Something that is touched on when Spock smiles, something he very rarely did, not to mention raising his voice.

It’s just a sweet little character piece, and it first debuted on 5 October, 2019.

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Captain’s log: stardate 1421.9

Graham Wagner pens The Trouble With Edward which debuted on 10 October, 2019, and gave us a new look on those little fur babies that can overrun a starship, and scare Klingons, the tribbles.

Captain Lynne Lucero (Rosa Salazar) has just assumed command of the Cabot. Unfortunately, she is about to run into problems with a member of the ship’s science division, Edward Larkin (H. Jon Benjamin), who insists he’s come up with a use for tribbles.

As a food source.

Incorporating some human DNA, the tribbles begin to reproduce an exponential rate, and problems with her first command and Edward arise. One has to wonder how Edward got into Starfleet, and overall this is just a simple, slightly goofy story that revisits one of Trek’s oddest and endearing creations.

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Captain’s log: 2250s

Pike (Anson Mount) gets a moment to shine when he is revealed to be a prisoner on Starbase 28, in Ask Not. Written by Kalinda Vasquez, this Trek first dropped on 14 November, 2019.

Pike is being held under the watchful eye of Cadet Thira Sidhu (Amrit Kaur), who has the short plays out has to make a career defining decision.

I quite like this one, as it lays it all out there, the things that those who venture out with Starfleet are expected to do, the traditions and regulations they are expected to uphold, and all of it as we know, is worth it.

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Captain’s log: 2267 – 2285

Written by Chris Silvestri and Anthony Maranville,this Trek was directed by composer Micheal Giacchino, and is a wonderful little animated adventure featuring Ephraim, a tardigrade, inadvertently picked up by the Enterprise. This cartoon short first debuted on 12 December, 2019.

Ephraim is pregnant, and spends the length of the short, following the Enterprise through her decades of adventure until her destruction over the Genesis planet.

Definitely more of an homage, this Trek should probably not be taken as canon but instead a celebration of the classic adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise. I love the little nods to episodes, and moments, that define the ship, the series, and the universe.

And I love seeing an animated Enterprise.

I personally found this a wonderful little love letter to Star Trek.

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Captain’s log: 2230s

We come to the last of the Discovery Short Treks, there is one more, but it ties in directly with Picard, which will no doubt have it as an extra on the blu-ray release when it comes out from Paramount Pictures.

We are treated to one last animated short. Like Ephraim and Dot, this episode first debuted on 12 December, 2019. It was written by Brandon Schultz, and features Burnham’s father telling her a story as a young girl, to teach her to be brave in the face of the unknown.

The Human Adventure continues, but we will leave it hear for now, closing out the Trek entries on the blog until Picard comes to home video. I have watched them all, the series, the films, the reboots, some I like more than others, some I absolutely love, but for me, they will all be Star Trek, and have taught me to boldly go…

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