The third episode of the new Star Trek: very Short Treks’ series of comedic (and very non-canon) promotional shorts is now online, continuing CBS Studios’ celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Animated Series. This week, very Short Treks jumps into the 24th century, featuring the voices of Star Trek: The Next Generation stars Gates McFadden and Jonathan Frakes.
The third episode is a twist on a classic TNG storyline, with the logline “First Contacts, like first dates, can be awkward.” Jonathan Frakes plays Riker with Gates McFadden as Dr. Crusher, with Dana Snyder voicing the alien Bragu and Sarah Sherman as Mucara. “Worst Contact” was written by very Short Treks executive producer Casper Kelly.
Like with all the shorts in the series, “First Contact” is animated in the style of Star Trek: The Animated Series. Watch it…
The remaining two cartoons will be released on startrek.com and the Star Trek YouTube channel weekly on Wednesdays through Oct. 4 at 10:00 A.M., PT/1:00 P.M., ET.
Sept. 27 – “Holograms, All the Way Down” (written by Prodigy co-EP Aaron Waltke)
Oct. 4 – “Walk, Don’t Run”
ICYMI: Episodes 1 & 2
Episode 1 launched on Star Trek Day, with Ethan Peck as Spock. Set on the original USS Enterprise with characters from Star Trek: The Animated Series, “Skin a Cat” features comedian Pete Holmes as the captain.
Episode 2 also features Ethan Peck but this time taking the lead on Pike’s Enterprise, joined by Strange New Worlds stars Bruce Horak as Hemmer, Celia Rose Gooding as Uhura, and Gia Sandhu as T’Pring. Discovery star Doug Jones also makes a surprise appearance as Saru.
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