September 21, 2018 at 1:51 am #23445
October’s shaping up to be a busy month around here.
STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS, four stand-alone short stories, will begin rolling out on Thursday, October 4, in anticipation of the early 2019 return of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. Each short will run approximately 10-15 minutes and will be an opportunity for fans to dive deeper into key themes and characters that fit into the STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and expanding “Star Trek” universe. Each of STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS four stories will center on a key character, including familiar faces from STAR TREK: DISCOVERY: Mary Wiseman (Tilly), Doug Jones (Saru) and Rainn Wilson (Harry Mudd), in a short he will also direct, as well as a new character unfamiliar to fans, Craft, played by Aldis Hodge.
If this pops a number for them, how neat would it be to spread their wings in the next round of shorts and maybe follow up on DS9 or Voyager or Enterprise? (Bakula’s already on the CBS lot with his own NCIS spinoff, why not?) I know that’s a long shot, because these are essentially little promos for Discovery, but hey, a guy can dream. What’s plain, simple Garak up to these days? Let’s fulfill Bryan Fuller’s original concept about stopping at every point along the timeline. Do virtual sets if you have to.September 22, 2018 at 2:10 am #23463
That could only happen if Paramount and CBS get merged together again. Otherwise, they’d have to redesign Garak along with anything from the original show to make it look 25% different since neither CBS or Paramount own the visual rights completely.September 27, 2018 at 8:51 pm #24215
Has the video been taken down? It says it’s unavailable.September 28, 2018 at 12:21 am #24272
Region lock – that was hitting me a lot earlier tonight and then I remembered I was operating from behind a VPN.October 28, 2018 at 4:13 am #24767
Question: Po says that her race was born at the same time as their planet. If that is true, how would they really know?November 9, 2018 at 7:25 pm #24817
Has Calypso been released yet? I am not seeing it show up on any of my usual sources yet.November 11, 2018 at 7:55 pm #24820
Yes; it dropped on Thursday the 8th.November 12, 2018 at 4:44 am #24824November 12, 2018 at 4:45 pm #24828
Watched it and am not sure what I think about it. Is this going to tie in to the series somehow?November 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm #24857
I doubt it’ll tie in at all. It could if they really wanted to connect it, it sounds like the enemy the guy in Calypso described was the Federation. Discovery had been sitting out there alone for a millenia, and we know that with the spore drive time travel is possible. They probably won’t do anything with that thread, they’re not exactly impressing cynical Trek fans so who knows how long Discovery will stay on the air.
These Short Treks are only a ploy to keep people on CBS All Access until Discovery comes back. They’re filmed as cheaply as possible according to reports (which is why you don’t see any other actors roaming the ship) during whatever down time they have during filming of the main show on whatever sets aren’t in use. It seems like very little thought is going into them, story-wise.December 8, 2018 at 5:02 pm #24870
I just watched The Brightest Star, which focused on some of the backstory of Saru. I thought it was pretty interesting and I liked it. This was one where I definitely would have liked a full episode; it seemed to raise more questions than it answered.
I am hoping that future episodes will connect with these Short Treks somehow, in a cool way, and that they are not just truly inconsequential one-off vignettes.January 5, 2019 at 7:48 am #24909
Absolutely loved The Escape Artist, brilliant and funny. Can’t wait for the season premiere.January 7, 2019 at 5:12 am #24910
The Escape Artist might just be the best one, and between the costume easter eggs and the fact that we know Mudd’s already been horribly abusing a planet of androids who will eventually decide to strand him there [link], this shows that the writers are paying attention to the details of what’s gone before (but, chronologically, lies ahead).
That right there gets me really jazzed about season 2 of Discovery. Mudd can keep showing up as long as they keep playing this arc of how he gets to be TOS Mudd. Rainn Wilson’s already bending the accent toward the odd Vaguely Stereotypical Irish accent that Roger C. Carmel used in his appearances.
Also, I really liked the twist on the theme music. That was entertaining in its own right.
Okay, that being said: interesting mention of being in over his head with taxes. I thought the Federation was a cashless society? Or does the income from his various misadventures put him on the radar as owing something monetarily that the average Federation citizen wouldn’t ever be bothered with? Is the Federation a cashless society because its citizens are provided all of their necessities upfront, meaning that they are assured safe, comfortable shelter and plenty of food, but never see a dime from what they do as work? That’s a long-standing question whose answer could be innocently seeded into the background of future episodes…but I can also see where it’s an answer the writers don’t want to give because we live in an age of people jumping on anything and everything as a political message that attacks them personally.
Minor side note – latinum is already the common currency for, you know, folks who don’t live in cashless societies.
Overall, I think Short Treks was a worthwhile experiment. I’d like to see them continue with it, possibly even opening it up to script submissions from the public via a contest or something, the equivalent of the old TNG/DS9 era open door spec script policy.January 7, 2019 at 5:26 am #24911
they’d have to redesign Garak along with anything from the original show to make it look 25% different since neither CBS or Paramount own the visual rights completely
I recalled an article that actually debunked this, then went and found it [LINK]:
Today CBS provided TrekMovie with the following statement to clarify the design decisions:
CBS TV Studios does, in fact, have the right to use the U.S.S. Enterprise ship design from the past TV series, and are not legally required to make changes. The changes in the ship design were creative ones, made to utilize 2018’s VFX technology.
This clarification fits with comments made by production designer Tamara Deverell and visual effects supervisor Jason Zimmerman at the recent WonderCon Discovery panel, where they talked about how the USS Enterprise was changed to match the aesthetic of the show, and fit with the USS Discovery in terms of size.
Speaking to TrekMovie at the Hollywood premiere, co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman discussed their design approach, saying:
Alex Kurtzman: Obviously [Discovery] looks more modern than The Original Series, because we are in a modern world now and if we made the show look that way people would not feel that it was worth the money. That being said, every prop and costume design is filtered through what existed at the time. And do we create the new version of it or do we augment the original design in very subtle ways or do we just leave it alone? And when I say every prop and design choice I mean every prop and design choice. So, I think you will see a lot of tips of the hat to devices to The Original Series and the timeline. But, obviously we wanted to create a more modern experience and that necessitated certain adjustments.
The changes to the USS Enterprise are no different than other updates we have seen throughout the series from holographic projections, new uniforms, props and yes, even Klingons.
So, there’s no reason they can’t exactly duplicate the look of any era or any series, other than that they feel it needs to be updated. To a certain extent I am okay with that. Much was made of how Deep Space Nine, and then Voyager, each broke a record with the number of live video screens were built into their bridge sets. I doubt very much that the presence of those screens is meant to be literal, as in “there are 19″ 4:3 CRT tube monitors built into Cardassian/Federation architecture”, but as a stand-in for something much more futuristic. Even the ST:TNG Tech Manual, published in 1991, says that the 24th century touch-screens are holographic in nature, because tying the show’s fictional tech to something as just-around-the-corner as LED or OLED flatpanel touchscreens would make TNG “of the moment” and not “of the future”, if that makes any sense.
So: different Federation ships/tech, different Klingons, different uniforms… were creative choices, not legal ones. I don’t know if that relaxes or inflames anyone’s opinion of what’s being done now, but…if I want wooden sets with lots of big blinky lights, I’ve got a whole server folder full of Star Trek Continues and Star Trek New Voyages for that.
Or, you know, I can drive a few states away and push the big red “engage” button myself.
Ten days away from season 2.January 9, 2019 at 8:11 am #24926
Expect more Short Treks, sooner than you think. [LINK]
CBS Chief Creative Officer David Nivens mentioned last month that there will be more Short Treks. Today, Kurtzman told THR that CBS has ordered two mini-episodes, both of which will be animated, to debut in the spring after season two of Star Trek: Discovery finishes.
2018 saw an 8-month gap between the Discovery season one finale and the first episode of Short Treks. It seems for 2019, CBS is trying to keep the Trek content flowing to help ensure fans stick around on CBS All Access. With all the shows in development, it appears that CBS is sticking with its goal of having “a Star Trek something on all the time on All Access.”
In the THR interview, Kurtzman elaborated on his approach to expanding the CBS Trek TV Universe:
“Our goal is to not only expand the definition of Star Trek and what has qualified as traditional Star Trek, but also to tell stories that are both self-contained in a very short period of time that also connect to the larger picture of what we’re doing, not only in Discovery but in the world building of Trek in general, and you get to tell these very intimate, emotional stories that are side stories to characters. So you get the benefit of the experience in and of itself but then when you watch Discovery you’ll see that these were all setting up things in the world of season two.”
Now I’m curious to see what exactly Calypso was setting up.
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