'Star Trek: Discovery' spin-off 'Star Trek: Short Treks' announced by co-creator Alex Kurtzman at San Diego Comic-Con
Fans were treated to a sneak peek into the season two premiere as well as an announcement that the show will receive its very own spin-off.
Fans in attendance at the 2018 San Diego international comic con were given a sneak peek at the highly anticipated season two premiere episode of 'Star Trek: Discovery' during the CBS All Access series' Hall H panel with cast and executive producers. The second season is currently slated to return to the network in early 2019.
The panel was moderated by season two guest star Tig Notaro (Chief Engineer Reno) and featured conversations with cast members, including Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Commander Saru), Shazad Latif (Lt. Ash Tyler), Mary Wiseman (Ensign Sylvia Tilly), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Commander Paul Stamets), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell) and Anson Mount (Captain Christopher Pike). They were joined by executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin.
The first 'Star Trek' series since 'Star Trek: Enterprise' concluded in 2005; 'Star Trek: Discovery' follows the voyage of the Starfleet on their mission to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one officer, Michael Burnham, who must learn that to understand all things alien, one must first understand oneself. According to an official description, the series features a new ship and new characters while "embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers."
But the season 2 premiere was not the only surprise in store for the fans gathered. Co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman, who directed the premiere, also announced at the panel a plan for 'Star Trek: Short Treks.'
Kurtzman confirmed that the spin-off will feature four episodes that will roll out monthly beginning this fall, and that they would be stand-alone stories, each with a running time of approximately 10-15 minutes. Each will be "an opportunity for deeper storytelling and exploration of key characters and themes which fit into 'Star Trek: Discovery' and expand the 'Star Trek' universe.
Rainn Wilson, best known for his role as Dwight Schrute in 'The Office,' will be returning to portray Harry Mudd in a short that he is also attached to direct. Aldis Hodge (Leverage, Underground) will star in another as Craft, a man who finds himself the only human on board a deserted ship. The other episodes will include a deep dive into Saru's backstory as the first Kelpien to join Starfleet, as well as Sylvia Tilly's journey aboard the U.S.S Discovery and her friendship with an unlikely partner.
Speaking on the spin-off, Kurtzman said: "There is no shortage of compelling stories to tell in the ‘Star Trek’ universe that inspire, entertain, and either challenge our preconceived ideas or affirm long-held beliefs, and we are excited to broaden the universe already with 'Short Treks."
"Each episode will deliver closed-ended stories while revealing clues about what’s to come on in future Star Trek: Discovery episodes. They’ll also introduce audiences to new characters who may inhabit the larger world of 'Star Trek,'" he added.
Watch the trailer for season 2 of 'Star Trek: Discovery' here: