Fans addicted to the latest iteration of Star Trek—Star Trek: Discovery—will have to wait until 2019 for new episodes but in the meantime they can sate themselves with four new stand-alone stories, Short Treks, coming this fall.
The four mini-episodes will each run 10 to 15 minutes and dig deeper into the backstories of favorite Discovery characters.
Rainn Wilson will return to play Harry Mudd in a short he will also direct, and Aldis Hodge will star in another as Craft, a man who finds himself the only human on board a deserted ship.
Additional episodes include a deep dive into Saru’s (Doug Jones) backstory as the first Kelpien to join Starfleet, and Tilly’s (Mary Wiseman) journey aboard the U.S.S. Discovery and her friendship with an unlikely partner.
“There is no shortage of compelling stories to tell in the Star Trek universe that inspire, entertain, and either challenge our preconceived ideas or affirm long held beliefs, and we are excited to broaden the universe already with Short Treks,” said series co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman in a statement. “Each episode will deliver closed-ended stories while revealing clues about what’s to come on in future Star Trek: Discovery episodes. They’ll also introduce audiences to new characters who may inhabit the larger world of Star Trek.”
The new shorts and season-two sneak peek were made public at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday during a Hall H panel moderated by season-two guest star Tig Notaro, who will play Chief Engineer Reno.
[Images courtesy of CBS Interactive/Jan Thijs]