Thanks to the preview attached to this month’s short – “Ask Not” – we can offer a brief glimpse at the two different animation styles for the next shorts. This is the first new animated Trek since The Animated Series ended in 1974. The two shorts will be released on December 12.
The Girl Who Made The Stars
As we had assumed, this seems to be about the legend Michael Burnham recounted at the start of the Discovery season two premiere episode, “Brother”:
A thousand centuries ago in Africa, the /Xam Abathwa tribe gathered to share a story. The tale of a girl who dug her hands in the wood ash and threw it into the sky to create the Milky Way. And hidden there, a secret buried among the eternal stars, was a message. An enormous letter in a bottle made of space and time, visible only to those whose hearts were open enough to receive it.
Ephraim and DOT
Ephraim was the name Bryan Fuller had for what became “Ripper” the Tardigrade back when he was going to be a main character early on in the development of Discovery. And DOT is of course a reference to the repair robots (DOT-7 class) featured in the season two finale of Discovery. It looks like this short will show a chance encounter between a mischievous tardigrade and a lonely DOT-7.
Star Trek: Short Treks are available in the USA on CBS All Access. Season 2 is available in Canada via CTV Sci-Fi Channel (formerly known as Space) and Crave. Availability for the second season in other regions has not be announced.
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