Back in October when the Star Trek: Discovery spinoff series Star Trek: Short Treks premiered, it was only available in the USA and Canada. Today that changed.
Netflix adds Short Treks
Netflix is the home for Star Trek: Discovery for those outside of the USA and Canada. When Star Trek: Short Treks first premiered in October, it was speculated that Netflix would eventually pick it up after the first season wrapped up in January, which fits more in line with their preference for bingable content, especially since these are are short form content. And that appears to be what has happened. Now all four episodes are available outside of North America on Netflix. The release of Short Treks was timed to come the day before the Friday release of the second season of Star Trek: Discovery on Netflix. Discovery’s second season premieres tonight in the USA and Canada.
You can access the four episodes of Short Treks in Netflix under Star Trek: Discovery, where they are listed under as “Trailers & More.”
Short Treks being available on Netflix outside of North America has been reported by fans across the world on social media and Reddit. Short Treks remains available in the USA on CBS All Access. In Canada, Space subscribers can see Short Treks on the Space GO app, in addition to being available on Space.ca and participating On Demand channels.
Catching up on Short Treks
To catch up international fans, Short Treks is a series of mini-episodes set in and around the universe established in Star Trek: Discovery. Each episode is around 15 minutes long and tells a standalone story, but some have links to the second season of Discovery. However, at least for the second season premiere of Discovery, you shouldn’t feel you need to watch all four Short Treks to keep up on Discovery.
The four episodes are:
Written by Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman. Directed by Maja Vrvilo.
On board the U.S.S. Discovery, Ensign Tilly (Mary Wiseman) encounters an unexpected visitor in need of help. This unlikely pair may have more in common than meets the eye.
Teleplay by Michael Chabon, story by Sean Cochran and Michael Chabon. Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi.
After waking up in an unfamiliar sickbay, Craft (Aldis Hodge) finds himself on board a deserted ship, and his only companion and hope for survival is an A.I. computer interface.
“The Brightest Star”
Written by Bo Yeon Kim & Erika Lippoldt. Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski.
Before he was the first Kelpien to join Starfleet, Saru (Doug Jones) lived a simple life on his home planet of Kaminar with his father and sister. Young Saru, full of ingenuity and a level of curiosity uncommon among his people, yearns to find out what lies beyond his village, leading him down an unexpected path.
“The Escape Artist”
Written by Michael McMahan. Directed by Rainn Wilson
Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson), back to his old tricks of stealing and double-dealing, finds himself in a precarious position aboard a hostile ship – just in time to try out his latest con.
For more information and links to our Short Treks podcasts and reviews, visit TrekMovie.com’s page dedicated to Short Treks.