The fourth 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 has a holodeck adventure written by Star Trek: Prodigy writer/co-executive producer Aaron Waltke, featuring the voices of a surprising number of Star Trek stars.
“Holograms All the Way Down”
The fourth episode has some fun with holodecks, with the logline “It’s Holodecktastic!” Even though it is the shortest of the “very Short Treks” so far, the new episode features the voices of the most Star Trek stars.
“Holograms All The Way Down” starts off with a play on the holodeck framing story of the Star Trek: Enterprise series finale “These Are The Voyages.” From there it keeps running that premise, and through a number of Star Trek characters spanning the whole franchise, featuring the voices of:
- Connor Trinneer (Trip)
- Jonathan Frakes (Riker)
- Armin Shimerman (Quark)
- Noël Wells (D’Vana)
- Angus Imrie (Zero)
- George Takei (Sulu)
- Doug Jones (Saru)
- Bruce Horak (Hemmer)
- Ethan Phillips (Neelix)
It’s no surprise that Aaron Waltke crammed so much Trek lore and characters into one short as he is a Trek super-fan (listen to him take our All Access Star Trek “Trek Questionnaire”). Waltke wrote what are likely the most lore-filled episodes in the first season of Prodigy: “Kobayashi” and “All the World’s a Stage.”
There is one more very Short Trek to go: “Walk, Don’t Run” will be released Wednesday, October 4 on startrek.com and the Star Trek YouTube channel at 10:00 A.M., PT/1:00 P.M., ET.
ICYMI: Episodes 1-3
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 he’s 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.
Episode 3 is set in the 24 century with Star Trek: The Next Generation stars Jonathan Frakes and Gates McFadden.
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