There are four Star Trek: Short Treks mini-episodes being released leading up to the January 17th premiere of the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. The first, “Runaway,” was released earlier this month. The second, “Calypso,” arrives in November and the trailer for it, along with a new promotional image, was just released.
Jump forward to the 33rd century with “Calypso” trailer
Of the four Short Treks, “Calypso” stands out as it doesn’t focus on one of the characters of Discovery but instead introduces a new character named Craft played by Aldis Hodge, who wakes up on a deserted ship with his a computer AI as his only companion.
IGN was given an exclusive first look at the “Calypso” trailer.
One thing that stands out in the trailer is the title card stating “1,000 Years After Discovery,” which sets this Short Treks episode very far into the future. We see an empty USS Discovery that is seemingly long-abandoned (and dusty), and onboard is a new AI interface which is much more advanced than anything we’ve seen in a 23rd-century starship, leading to lots of questions.
The story was written by Discovery writer Sean Cochran and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon. Chabon, who wrote the script as well, is also a writer and executive producer on the new Picard show in development, set in the year 2399. It was directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, a director and executive producer on Star Trek: Discovery who helmed the episodes “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry” and “What’s Past is Prologue.”
“Calypso” will arrive on CBS All Access and Space in Canada Thursday, Nov. 8.