As we’ve been expecting, CBS has announced (via StarTrek.com) that all the Star Trek: Discovery related shorts will be released on a Blu-ray (and DVD) set on June 2 in North America. Also not surprising is that the Star Trek: Picard prequel “Children of Mars” is not included, we assume that will be a bonus feature when Picard season 1 is released on home video.
Here’s the details we have so far.
The set will include all the Short Treks from the first season, and all the Discovery-related shorts from the second season, these are: “Runaway,” “Calypso,” “The Brightest Star,” “The Escape Artist,” “Q&A,” “The Trouble With Edward,” “Ask Not,” “Ephraim & Dot,” and “The Girl Who Made the Stars.”
The set includes more than just the episodes, there’s also some nice bonus features including new audio commentaries on two of the episodes.
- COMING OF AGE – Tied to the “Runaway” short, the ﬁrst installment of the new Short Trek format was written by executive producers Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman about Tilly ﬁnding a stowaway with whom she can relate. In this behind-the-scenes interview, Kurtzman, Director Maja Vrvilo and star Mary Wiseman talk about the use of the short to give the audience further insight into Tilly’s character.
- SHALL WE DANCE – Writer Michael Chabon and Director Olatunde Osunsanmi discuss the challenges of creating a compelling story with only one on-screen character in the familiar setting of the U.S.S Discovery for the “Calypso” short.
- FIRST CONTACT: KAMINAR – A deep dive into “The Brightest Star” short and creating Saru’s backstory with the Star Trek actors and writers.
- COVERED IN MUDD – Tied to “The Escape Artist” short, an interview with star Rainn Wilson about directing the Harry Mudd short and his experience on both sides of the camera.
- ENSIGN SPOCK’S FIRST DAY – Writer Michael Chabon talks about writing for Ensign Spock and ﬁnding hidden talents in relation to the “Q&A” short.
- HERE COMES TRIBBLE – Fans will dive into “The Trouble with Edward” short as prop master Mario Moreira discusses bringing back the beloved Tribble for the shorts.
- SCORE! – A behind-the-curtain discussion with Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino about taking the reins on “Ephraim and Dot,” and directing and composing for Star Trek: Short Treks.
- BEDTIME STORIES – Writer Brandon Schultz, director Olatunde Osunsanmi and actor Kenric Green (“Mike Burnham”) discuss the development of “The Girl Who Made the Stars,” the animated Short Trek about a bedtime story.
- THE MAKING OF SHORT TREKS – An in-depth discussion with executive producer Alex Kurtzman and more about how and why the new concept Short Treks were made.
- TWO AUDIO COMMENTARIES – Featuring Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet providing commentary for the “Runaway” short, and star Anson Mount providing commentary for the “Ask Not” short.
More details TBA
International release dates have yet to be provided, and it’s not up for pre-order yet on Amazon. We’ll update this article if/when we get more details.
What a gigantic waste of money. All of the shorts should simply be part of the series releases.
We’re in the Money .. so they hoped ..
paramount has spent hundreds of millions making these trek shows, movies etc… it’s not unreasonable to want some of it back… the amount of entitlement is sometimes amazing with trek fans
…a dvd of ‘shorts?’ No way, Tom. Agree to disagree here. These belong in the special features of DSC disks. Shameless money grab. It’s not entitlement, it’s common fiscal sense.
I was hoping that they’d wait until the series is finished, then include all the shorts- including ones they haven’t made yet on disk. Of course they probably will do that anyways.
Maybe St Discovery IS finished, and won’t be picked up another season. I say that because I have yet to see one promo, or anything about how TPTB perceived the third season- since it’s been finished for over a year!
Oh, for crying out loud. Discovery is NOT finished. Fans are so dysfunctional sometimes.
sometimes? lol… they are outright insane for some reason… and delusional… they can’t fathom how anyone can enjoy something they don’t like
The Trouble With Dribbles, season 3 only finished filming last month. So you’re either being willfully ignorant, or you’re trying to troll. Either way it’s not cool.
All of the focus is on Picard right now. I suspect that we will be hearing more about Discovery in a couple of weeks once season 1 of Picard ends.
I’m not a fan of Star Trek Discovery at all, but I agree with Legate Damar.
Considering that DSC season 3 likely ties in with Picard season one somehow, I’m not surprised they are being sparse with information.
Same goes for S31, as any information on that one in turn would give revelations for DSC season 3.
AND they want to stay focused on Picard while it’s releasing new episodes. Stay calm, DSC will be back.
What makes you think there will be a tie-in between Picard and Discovery? I know that there was some speculation that the Zhat Vash hated AI because of control, but now that we know about the Admonition, that doesn’t seem very likely.
Speaking of Discovery Short Treks, when is Discovery Season three going to air? We’re two weeks out from the Picard finale, and Discovery is SUPPOSED to run immediately following the end of Picard Season one, and yet I’ve heard: Crickets.
The season just finished filming. Chill out.
Why are so many Trek fans so out of touch with reality?
That last line of yours was a joke, Rios, right? :)
How long does it take for SFX / post production? I thought a year; please correct me if I am wrong
Pretty much, they’ve said it takes up to 9 months (for VFX, etc) for an episode to be ready.
Matt Wright, I’ve never quite been able to reconcile that 9 months for post benchmark with the premiere of S2 of Discovery.
Yes, there was more than 9 months from the start of production in spring of 2018 to season premiere in winter 2019, but they only wrapped production of the season finale in December 2018.
So, that aligns with Heather Kadin’s messaging that Discovery S3 (which wrapped production in February) could be ready for distribution in early May.
One wonders though if post-production timelines will be impacted by coronavirus work restrictions. It’s not generally a work-from-home technology.
They start a lot of VFX way before filming, is how it adds up
no… discovery season 3 was never scheduled to premiere after picard… never… that was just something fans thought might happen. the only thing i’ve heard about season 3 was from frakes who directed some and said this new season is joyful
If the coronavirus crisis is shutting down production of new shows, and that means the next show(s) now won’t be available as soon as previously expected, CBS might decide to wait a while for Discovery 3 or Lower Decks 1, whichever they planned to run first, to spread out the shows a little more.
We’re two weeks out from the Picard finale, and Discovery is SUPPOSED to run immediately following the end of Picard Season one, and yet I’ve heard: Crickets.
Don’t know where you got that. The only thing we’ve heard is that something will be released in May:
— Source: https://trekmovie.com/2020/01/15/star-trek-producers-say-section-31-and-2-more-live-action-shows-in-the-works/
You’re right. And I think it should be emphasized that “ready to go by May” doesn’t mean it’ll definitely air by then. It just means it might air by then or sometime after, but most likely not TOO much after.
They could even split up Lower Decks S1 into two parts with DSC in the middle if they need more time to complete post on the later episodes. :)
Definitely getting this.
Fantastic news, but I really hope an international release announcement is imminent too.
This is dumb. Why isn’t Children of Mars on this??
It better be on the Picard DVD. But seriously, if they are gonna release season one and two together, why not make it complete?? Are we really just gonna miss one episode??
This may be the first time I don’t bother purchasing a DVD. I have all of the Trek shows on DVD or BluRay, but this one seems pointless, unless the other one is on the Picard DVD. Even still, it seems incomplete. I can understand why WebTrek wasn’t included on the season two TNG DVD, since it was not an actual episode of TNG, but just an episode of Webster that crossed over with TNG. As nice as it would’ve been to have that on the DVD I can understand why they didn’t. It wasn’t part of the series.
But Children of Mars actually is part of the Short Treks series. I know it’s actually just a frickin anthology series but still, it’s part of the show, so why leave the stupid thing out?? I don’t know, as long as they are released in completion I suppose that’s all that matters, but it’s sure another way of stealing money from us ain’t it. We already are paying for the shows through CBS All Access, this is just basically extortion.
Ugh keep Children of Mars for the TNG DVD sets. Good decision on their part.
One thing is clear at this stage: Trekmovie is not an honest source of information on Star Trek. Having no other franchises to cover due to its name, they are hyping and promoting some of the worst sci-fi (much less Star Trek) that’s ever been produced.
Or, Soren, perhaps they are balanced critics of a show that’s not for you.
The consensus of professional critics (not Trek-focused) for Picard is very positive. In fact, TrekMovie has been more negative on some episodes than the pro reviewers.
I don’t always agree with their reviews, but they have integrity and independence.
Soren, there is plenty of Trek that you like on DVDs, Netflix and Amazon.
Great, the Star Trek loved by generations shunted off to a graveyard future. As for TG47’s comment about ‘professional’ critics, access media shills engaged in a giant circle jerk with their effette Hollywood chums about sums it up. Critics mostly have no idea what the general like and certainly no clue about the unique qualities Trek once possessed which set it apart from most other sci-fi. The debased mess we’re now seeing on screen deserves nothing but contempt.
“I don’t like it, so either everyone has to agree with me or their view is not deemed credible.”
Seriously people like you on the internet is why I hate the internet sometimes. Get a grip, if its so contemptible why are you still watching it?
And yet here you are.
What does that prove? I came here only to comment. I haven’t been on this site properly for months.
I only wonder what are your trusted sources for Trek… I bet they said Kurtzman was fired at least three times, and yet… You somehow trust them.
Been like this for a few years now. Not that anyone will see this since my comments seem to reside in “Awaiting Moderation” purgatory.
I disagree that current Trek is “some of the worst sci-fi”. It isn’t even in the same zip code as the worst sci-fi, in my opinion. Maybe you’re not old enough to remember the lousy sci-fi shows we suffered through in the ’80s. “Misfits of Science”, anyone? “Powers of Matthew Star” anyone? “Voyagers!” anyone? “Space Rangers”, “Space: Above and Beyond” or “SeaQuest DSV” in the ’90s? Hell, there hasn’t even been anything on Discovery or Picard as bad as TNG’s “Code of Honor” or “Justice”.
On the other hand, I think this site to be a labor of love for those who caretake it. Regardless of any feelings we may have about a certain show/film, they obviously love Trek in most all of its incarnations. Personally, I can’t stand DSC thus far, but the reviews of it here have been even-handed and fair. I have to say that this site and IMDB are my favorite entertainment websites. Keep up the great work, Trekmovie. This fan appreciates it.
Yes Trekmovie has definitely been well balanced with their reviews. They seem to enjoy Picard a lot more than Discovery but they are still pretty hard on some of the things they don’t like about it.
That’s the way it SHOULD be. I don’t understand people sometimes, some feel if you don’t praise every inch of the show you’re a hater that shouldn’t be watching it at all while others like Soren act like if you even acknowledge anything good about the newer stuff then you clearly have no idea what ‘real’ Star Trek is.
I wish ALL these people just like and hate whatever they want and not act like everyone has to think like them, especially since most of us don’t look at it in black or white terms.
They should save these to include with the Pike/Number One/Spock 1701 DVD sets!!!!!
Cmd Bremmon, while the timing is coincidental, I’ve been thinking that putting out whatever DVD content CBSAA can makes sense right now. People will be looking for more content.
We watch Trek on CTV Sci-fi channel which means that the full Trek library isn’t available to us on demand.
By chance, I’d taken out the two Trek movie collections from our public library last week. With the libraries closed, they have been indefinitely renewed. Otherwise, I’d likely be ordering a set online.
What in the world is with this company and not releasing in 4k? They did this the last time to.
I’m pretty sure the current leg of Star Trek shows are mastered at 2K HDR. Given the huge amount of VFX, it would probably double the budget to get these in 4K. They could always upscale of course.
Source for this info?
Also, leave it to those in charge of star trek to not look into the future and future proof their content. Just like when they remastered TNG for HD. Why do at HD? You’re already spending the money, have all the people together and are in the process. Do it in 4k or 8k and have it future proofed. Versus, let’s only do this in 2k because that’s all we need right now and we can spend money later on 4k.