Last week Alex Kurtzman, the overseer of all things Star Trek on TV, gave updates on all the currently announced projects. In the update he mentioned the next batch of Short Treks, which were just filming up in Toronto. Thanks to some folks on social media, we have some news on one of the live-action mini-episodes.
Director Mark Pellington quietly posted two images from his time directing a Short Treks in late-May. Including one with stars Ethan Peck and Rebecca Romijn. His episode is titled “Chaos Theory.” Also noteworthy is that in one of the Instagram posts he used the hashtag #chabon, implying that Michael Chabon likely wrote the short.
Chabon wrote “Calypso” in the first wave of Short Treks last year, and is part of the writers’ room for Star Trek: Picard. Pellington is a new name to Trek; he’s a producer and director, most notably of music videos, but also of two NBC series: Blindspot and The Enemy Within.
Interestingly, Anson Mount (Captain Pike) is not mentioned or present in the photo. It looks like it’s similar to other Short Treks, such as “Runaway” in terms of being a character piece, and may be a little side story that features just Number One and Spock—two characters that we’d certainly like to see interact more.
Speaking about the shorts in general, Kurtzman has said:
What I love about the Short Treks is that to me they are an experimental training ground, and a place to experiment with different things. Directors who we’ve never worked with before, tones we’ve never tried before.
He also coyly noted that he’s heard fans about seeing more of the crew of the Enterprise of 2257.
I would be remiss in saying you’re going to see Spock again on Discovery because we’ve obviously jumped so far into the future that it wouldn’t make sense…. but the the idea of bringing Ethan [Peck] back, and Anson [Mount] and Rebecca [Romijn] and the Enterprise, I mean, we loved it so much, that to find a way to do that is definitely something we’re thinking about a lot.
Speaking with TrekMovie in March Ethan Peck was also coy about the idea of a short with him, saying: “Yeah, I think it would be pretty cool.”
Looks like they’re making it happen.
Star Trek: Discovery and the related mini-episode Short Treks are 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.