Entire Second Season Of ‘Star Trek: Short Treks’ Now Streaming For Free As Part Of Emmy Campaign

The second season of Star Trek: Short Treks is a 2020 Emmy nominee for Outstanding Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series. Executive producer Alex Kurtzman has been doing the “For Your Consideration” rounds promoting the show to Emmy voters. And today CBS looks to build more buzz for Short Treks by making all six episodes available for free.

Watch season two of Short Treks for free

CBS All Access announced all six shorts in the latest season of Star Trek: Short Treks will be available to watch for free until August 31, as part of the campaign in support of the Emmy nomination.

All six shorts are now available to watch for free on CBS.com, CBS mobile apps and YouTube, as seen below. As with all CBS All Access videos, they are available exclusively in the USA.

“Q&A” – Ensign Spock’s (Ethan Peck) first day aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise doesn’t go as planned when he and Number One (Rebecca Romijn) are unexpectedly stuck together in a turbo lift. Written by Michael Chabon. Directed by Mark Pellington.


“The Trouble with Edward” – Newly minted Captain Lynne Lucero (Rosa Salazar) is excited to take command of the U.S.S. Cabot until she meets Edward Larkin (H. Jon Benjamin), an ornery scientist who believes he has found a revolutionary new use for tribbles… Written by Graham Wagner. Directed by Daniel Gray Longino.


“Ask Not” – When an attack on Starbase 28 leaves a surprise prisoner under Cadet Thira Sidhu’s (Amrit Kaur) watch, she is faced with making a decision that may threaten her standing in Starfleet. Written by Kalinda Vazquez. Directed by Sanji Senaka.


“The Girl Who Made the Stars” – When a lightning storm in space scares a young Michael Burnham, her father aims to ease her fears with a mythical story about a brave little girl who faced her own fears head on. Written by Brandon Schultz. Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi.


“Ephraim and Dot” – Ephraim, a humble tardigrade, is flying through the mycelial network when an unexpected encounter takes her on a bewildering adventure through space. Written by Chris Silvestri & Anthony Maranville. Directed by Michael Giacchino.


“Children of Mars” – 12-year-old classmates Kima and Lil find themselves at odds with each other on a day that will change their lives forever. Written by Kirsten Beyer & Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman. Directed by Mark Pellington.


Star Trek has 6 nominations for 2020

The final round of Emmy voting begins next week and runs through the end of the month. The winner of Short Form Emmy will be announced on September 17th. The first season of Star Trek: Picard is also nominated for five Emmys.

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Region locked, why did I even try

Yeah, those bastards! As Spock once said: go to hell!

Not available in the UK, of course.

That’s a shame. Not available in the UK or Germany or the rest of the European Union and other countries, of course.

I guess we are not allowed to vote for the Emmys either. But right, this sounded like it may be the chance to finally see them…

Nobody but Academy members get to vote for the Emmys.

CBS is stuck in 20 years ago as far as that is concerned.

“Children of Mars” is the best one.

Locked again… What is the point anymore?

Cue the complaints about region locking because people don’t understand how distribution rights work.

No, I dont. Please explain me why the cant give the licences outside US to show the short treks the same day as in US. And if they cant sell the licences, please explain me, why we cant watch it for free.

Think you misunderstand Jeff. We not complaining about distribution rights, we complaining that everyone else outside N.America is simply forgotten about. Putting aside Lower Decks due to the pandemic, the short treks could have been distributed long before now. Like Wehmut says, why can’t we watch these for free? Is it because we need to buy them on dvd here at close to £20? The fan base exploded at paying less than that for subscription for an entire season, yet we pay more than double to buy short treks on dvd. How about standing up with us and supporting us, your fellow trek enthusiasts round the world, instead of your “I’m alright Jack” approach

Phil, it really seems that CBS is stuck in the problem that Netflix isn’t really a fit as a platform for their shows.

Netflix treated Season 1 as trailers and didn’t buy season 2.

I do wonder why CBS isn’t or cannot just sell views of the Shorts on YouTube for a pound or per episode.

I had to do this for another US series that wasn’t available in Canada on streaming.

It makes me wonder if there is some kind of condition in the contract with Netflix that prevents them from selling directly to consumers if there is any Discovery-related content even if Netflix won’t distribute them itself.

That’s not why the complain dum dum.

Because Crave (in Canada) and Netflix (outside North America) have separate deals with the various shows, having CBS All Access make the Short Treks available for free to anyone would be stepping on the rights that Crave and Netflix have for the paid viewing of those shows. It’s really not any more complicated than that.
For CBS to make them free for everyone, they would probably need to pay a fee to Crave and Netflix to cover any incured costs for doing that, and they probably don’t want to do that.

again, we understand all that – what we’re complaining about is that netflix has done a shitty job with it, mishandling short treks S1 and seemingly not bothering with S2. additionally, with discovery they had announced a deal for star trek in general, but then Picard came on prime, not netflix. netflix didn’t even make a different show in the database for short treks, just shoved them under discovery. they showed the talk show for discovery S1 but didn’t bother, again, with S2. no one has made wil Wheaton’s show (ready room?) available in europe. and so on.

it’s not about “CBS sold the rights outside the USA”, nor is it about people misunderstanding that CBS doesn’t have the distribution rights outside the USA.

it’s that the talks are botched, and seemingly having troubles. netflix didn’t just get all new trek automatically as part of their discovery deal, even though they announced it like they would back then. they don’t have short treks S2. they don’t have lower decks.

at least the Canadian situation is through one provider and they actually show everything. but the European situation is a shambles, with many thinking Amazon buying up Picard’s rights has upset netflix, with netflix potentially “taking it out on us” by not going along with new distribution yet obviously they still have the rights as well. they’re the ones preventing short treks and lower decks from streaming in europe, not CBS.

I’m sure CBS would love people in Europe to be watching lower decks right now, I’m sure they would’ve loved for us to have seen the short treks before picard premiered. I’m sure they would’ve loved for us to have seen the first season of Short Treks when it premiered in the USA, instead of hastily added under “trailers and more” a few weeks before discovery S2.

so, no, it’s not about misunderstanding how distribution rights work internationally. we understand that just fine. we just don’t like the current situation we’ve ended up in, with fragmented distribution rights and seemingly stalled talks.

You can watch Wil Wheaton’s Ready Room show completely for free on startrek.com. The Ready Room show during season 2 of Discovery was available on Facebook (and you don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch it).
I vaguely remember reading that Netflix had some kind of first-look deal for any additional show directly related to Discovery, but not for all new Star Trek. That’s why CBS was able to sell Picard to Amazon Prime. Most likely, they are also free to sell Lower Decks to whomever is interested since it’s not related to Discovery. On the other hand, if that deal with Netflix still stands and if Netflix is still interested Strange New Worlds is likely to end up on Netflix since it is a direct spinoff of Discovery.
One probable scenario is that Netflix will release season 2 of Short Treks (but probably not Children of Mars) right before the debut of Discovery season 3. Basically what they did with the first batch of Short Treks.

My first time seeing “Ephraim and Dot.” That was wonderful. Made my day.

Meanwhile, screw the majority of the world eh?

The majority of media providers are stuck in the past with an archaic broadcast licensing system.

Welcome to the Flat Earth Web.

Where can one find Season 1 of the Short Treks?

“The Trouble with Edward” is it is f-crap.

I’m pretty sure to get Emmy nods you have to not be producing a dreary unwatchable mess.