Mary Wiseman Says Her ‘Short Treks’ Episode Is A Classic Star Trek Morality Story

Another week has brought another milestone for the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. We have a rundown on the Discovery news as we count down to the NYCC panel on Saturday, October 6th.

Wiseman talks Short Treks “Runaway”

Thursday night the first episode of Star Trek: Short Treks will be made available on CBS All Access (9:30 ET) and on air on Space in Canada (9:00 ET). The “Runaway” short will focus on the character of Tilly and actress Mary Wiseman spoke to comicbook.com about the episode, contrasting it to her work on Discovery:

I don’t think that Tilly’s ever really had to face a crisis on her own. So, that was a really nice thing to get to do and to get to explore for the character.

Wiseman also discussed how “Runaway” has a classic Star Trek feel in terms of its theme:

You used to get these kinds of one-time adventures with the main character who gets into trouble and that is very much what it’s like. It was super fun for me. And the morality play aspect of it, Star Trek has such a long and proud legacy of that, and that’s one of the things about that, presenting a situation and turning it on its head. So that was really nice. And as always, Tilly’s kind of exploring, as everyone is, exploring the set in stone rules of what you’re supposed to do as a Starfleet officer or obviously in the command training program, and then the intention and heart of those ideals, and how you live with that and so the real heart of the matter, what it really means to be Starfleet, not just what it feels like the protocol says you should do.

CBS has also released a new image from “Runaway.”

Mary Wiseman as Tilly in Short Treks “Runaway”

Rapp talks new tone for season two and new work for Stamets

The official Star Trek site has also just posted another one of their STLV interviews, this time with actor Anthony Rapp. The Stamets actor noted how we should expect a different tone for the show in season two, saying:

Star Trek always has some darkness to it, but season two is less grim overall, I would think. There’s more time and space for the philosophical and relationship stuff to come to the foreground. There’s certainly some action. It’s not like we’re just sitting around talking all the time, but I feel like there’s a little more time and space.

Rapp also talked about what is new for Lt. Commander Stamets in the upcoming season: 

The big exploration is about how to move forward, given everything that’s happened, and where will I be going with my work, with my life. How is it to be here without Hugh? Then, those questions lead to more and more questions and then some answers. As far as Hugh, he will be back. His death was meant to be devastating, and it was. And we’ve been telling people since then, “Be patient. Be patient. Be patient, because our story’s not over.”

Tilly and Stamets share a fun moment, from the season two First Look trailer released in July

More Disco Bits: Everybody loves Jonathan, season two still being written

Here are more Star Trek: Discovery-related bits of interest from social media.

The joy of Frakes

Last weekend we reported that Jonathan Frakes wrapped up his third time directing an episode of Discovery, and in the days that followed he has received some more love from the cast and crew on social media, including Anthony Rapp and the costuming department led by Gersha Phillips.

Writers still at work on season two

With Frakes finishing the ninth episode of season two, there are just four left to complete. And apparently there is still some polishing of the final episodes still being done, as social media shares from the writing team of Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt show.

Listen to the admiral

We don’t know if she shows up in any of the four Star Trek: Short Treks episodes, but Admiral Cornwell actress Jayne Brook wants to make sure you watch.


Star Trek: Discovery is available in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.

Star Trek: Short Treks will be available in the USA on CBS All Access. It will air in Canada on Space and stream on CraveTV.

The first season of Star Trek: Discovery will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 13th.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news here at TrekMovie.

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Luke Montgomery

Super excited for tomorrow’s Short Trek!

Ralph

I’m looking on CBS All Access and don’t see it. Today is supposed to be the day.

It won’t be released until this evening, 6:30 pm PT/9:30pm ET

Tiger2

“And the morality play aspect of it, Star Trek has such a long and proud legacy of that, and that’s one of the things about that, presenting a situation and turning it on its head. So that was really nice.”

A morality play story on Discovery. Did you hear that Marina Sirtis? ;)

Who cares

Had Sirtis watched Discovery she wouldn’t have made that dumb comment.

Karl

Yes she would. She criticises all Trek that’s not TNG or TOS. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but she just craps on it all. It’s a particular shame as nearly every other cast member of every show is so warm towards the others.

Who cares

Just, what? I can pull a list of “morality play story” episodes from every one of the shows off the top of my head. Well it’s not like I think she’s really Deanna.

Michael Hall

We’ll see, Wiseman. We’ll see. 😊

Andrew SD

The timing could not be better. I just had a family member pass away and Star Trek has always been a comfort and an escape in these times. I’ll be watching Thursday.

Corinthian7

Sorry to hear about your loss Andrew.

odradek

Is Admiral Cornwell Section 31, or why does she order me to pirate content?

Karl

Think she’s ordering us non North American to use imaginative ways of sourcing this!

Levi 90028

What time is short treks going live?
Is it 5pm PST 8pm EST like Discovery or is it earlier or later?

MattR

I haven’t seen any mention of a time yet. It probably will just be at the same time Discovery episodes were released

I heard 9:30pm Eastern/6:30 Pacific.

As reported here:
https://trekmovie.com/2018/09/27/watch-new-trailer-for-first-star-trek-short-treks-episode-runaway/

It will be made available on All Access at 6:30PM PT/9:30PM ET

The episode was rather stupid, actually.