One of the most beloved episodes of the classic Star Trek series from decades ago is “The Trouble with Tribbles.” The episode saw the U.S.S. Enterprise suddenly getting dangerously crowded after the arrival of a quickly reproducing little puffball of a creature known as a Tribble. Now those cute little guys are making a comeback in a new Star Trek: Short Treks installment starring Alita: Battle Angel actress Rosa Salazar and Bob’s Burgers voice star H. Jon Benjamin. Watch the new Star Trek: Short Treks trailer below to see what happens with the tiny terrors, even though you’ve probably guessed by now.
If you haven’t heard of Star Trek: Short Treks, they’re a series of 10-15 minute stand-alone short stories that allow fans to dive deeper into the Star Trek universe. The latest round of Short Treks kicked off last weekend during New York Comic-Con with a short called Q&A focusing on Ensign Spock’s Ethan Peck first day aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. That one is already available on CBSAll Access now, but tomorrow brings the second installment, “The Trouble with Edward,” and here’s the short trailer:
In “The Trouble with Edward,” newly minted Captain Lynne Lucero Rosa Salazar is excited to take command of the U.S.S. Cabot. But that changes when she meets Edward Larkin H. Jon Benjamin, an ornery scientist who believes he has found a revolutionary new use for Tribbles. Every new Star Trek fan knew exactly how this was going to turn out as soon as Tribbles were mentioned, and the trailer shows us just how out of hand the situation will get.
It’ll be interesting to see how they dispatch with the Tribble infestation this time. In the original Star Trek series, the crew got lucky that a surgically-ered Klingon had contaminated the ship’s grain supply with a virus that interferes with an organism’s ability to digest food. Once the tribbles got into the grain, they were a little easier to wrangle in and transport onto a Klingon vessel instead.
This Short Trek clearly has a comedic angle, which is nice to see in a typically dramatic and action-packed show like Star Trek. “The Trouble with Edward” was written by Graham Wagner and directed by Daniel Gray Longino, and it will be available starting October 10.
At the end of the second season of Star Trek Discovery, Michael Burnham Sonequa Martin-Green, the starship Discovery, and her crew were launched 930 years into the future. And if this teaser trailer for the upcoming third season is any indication, things are looking pretty bleak for the Federation.
Watch the Star Trek Discovery season 3 trailer below.
Star Trek Discovery Season 3 Trailer
It’s only a minute of footage from the upcoming season debuting on CBS All Access next year, but it’s a thrilling glimpse at an unknown future. The Federation flag only has six stars on it for crying out loud. Plus, there’s a group of evil Andorians, as well as flashes of Cardassians, the Lurian and the Trill, not to mention whatever the hell is going on with all those multiple Michaels at the beginning of the trailer. Time jumping makes everything go crazy!
Here’s the official synopsis for the new season of Star Trek Discovery:
After making the jump in the second season finale, season three of Star Trek: Discovery finds the U.S.S. Discovery crew dropping out of the wormhole and into an unknown future far from the home they once knew. Now living in a time filled with uncertainty, the U.S.S. Discovery crew, along with the help of some new friends, must together fight to regain a hopeful future.
The third season of Star Trek Discovery arrives on CBS All Access sometime in 2020.
Star Trek: Short Treks
While fans wait for the new season of Star Trek Discovery, they’ll be treated to a new line-up of Star Trek: Short Treks, the 10-15 minute stand-alone short stories that allow fans to dive deeper into the Star Trek universe. The first new short, titled “Q&A,” was was written by Michael Chabon, directed by Mark Pellington, and released on CBS All Access today. The short follows Ensign Spock’s Ethan Peck first day aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, which doesn’t go as planned when he and Number One Rebecca Romijn are unexpectedly stuck together in a turbo lift.
Following today, the five remaining new Star Trek: Short Treks will drop on CBS All Access the second Thursday of each month, and there will be two dropped online in December. Here’s the schedule and titles for all the upcoming Star Trek: Short Treks:
“The Trouble with Edward” – October 10 “Ask Not” – November 14 “The Girl Who Made the Stars” – December 12 “Ephraim and Dot” – December 12 “Children of Mars” – January 9
“Supergirl’s” David Ajala will be joining the adventures of “Star Trek: Discovery” on the other side. His casting was announced Saturday at the massive Star Trek Universe panel at Comic-Con; attending on behalf of “Discovery” were Sonequa Martin-Green and executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michelle Paradise, and Heather Kadin.
In the Season 2 finale, Michael Burnham Sonequa Martin-Green and the crew of the Discovery jump 950 years into the future through a wormhole to neutralize the malevolent AI known as Control, the threat assessment system behind the Starfleet organization Section 31. It’s a bold move that now completely removes it from the canon of the original universe and takes place much farther into the future than any series in the Star Trek franchise.
This of course opens up the storytelling possibilities for the new season. Kurtzman confirmed that big changes are afoot. “There will be things you recognize and things you won’t… We honor canon and shake it up hugely. We’re not erasing anything, so don’t worry about that.” Despite this upheaval he reassured that everything would continue to be “filtered through Roddenberry’s essential vision of optimism.”
Martin-Green and Kurtzman also revealed that the Discovery crew may not have landed where they intended on the other side of the wormhole, but that scenes were shot in Iceland. Unfortunately, the panel would not divulge who the captain of the ship will be this season.
The panel also introduced new cast member Ajala, who stays in the CBS family after appearing in “Supergirl.” He will play a character named Cleveland “Book” Booker who will “break the rules a little bit. We do that right from the start of the season.”
David Ajala and Sonequa Martin-Green, “Star Trek: Discovery”
Meanwhile, “Short Treks” is where “Star Trek: Discovery” fans will be able to get their fix for the world while Season 3 is in the works. The panel offered up a sneak peek of some of the six “Short Treks” episodes that will be coming sometime hopefully this year.
Among the offerings is an episode that strands Spock Ethan Peck and Number One Rebecca Romijn in an elevator, to hilarious effect, and leading to Spock asking her, “Do you like eggplant?” Captain Pike Anson Mount will also be back.
Even more exciting is an episode that introduces Tribbles to a crew who are initially taken in by these adorable furry creatures and, inconceivably, even features a little girl trying to eat a tiny Tribble from a spoon. That’s definitely a violation of the Prime Directive. H. Jon Benjamin “Archer,” “Bob’s Burgers” also appears in this episode.
Kurtzman said that three of the “Short Treks” will be animated. One will be directed by Michael Giacchino, one by Olatunde Osunsanmi, and one will be a “Picard teaser” that gives background on Jean-Luc Picard Patrick Stewart 15 years before the events of the upcoming new series.
The episode titles are “Ask Not,” “Q&A,” “The Trouble with Edward,” “The Girl Who Made the Stars,” “Ephaim and Dot,” and “Children of Mars.”
“Star Trek: Discovery” Season 3 and “Short Treks” are currently in production.
At today’s massive Star Trek Comic-Con panel, it was revealed that Pike Anson Mount, Spock Ethan Peck and Number One Rebecca Romijn will be appearing in Star Trek: Short Treks, the online spinoff shorts from the new Alex Kurtzman produced series. We will also see the return of our furry friends known as Tribbles.
There will be six new Short Treks with two of them being animated, three featuring the Enterprise crew and the final one will be a teaser for Star Trek: Picard that will give you some background 15 years before the new series.
Kurtzman said that at first, Short Treks was an interesting experiment and way to buy some time while producing the visual effects-laden Star Trek: Discovery. “They have stories we couldn’t get to tell you and that we wouldn’t get to see in the episode,” he said. “Some of them were connected to season two even though they seemed like they were independent.”
A teaser of the new Short Trek episodes was shown watch below and featured a look at the six episodes with Spock and Number One stuck in an elevator together, Pike in a bit of a bind and a hearty helping of Tribbles — which aren’t as cute as we thought.
The episodes will debut this fall. The titles include “Ask Not,” “Q&A,” “The Trouble With Edward,” “The Girl Who Made The Stars,” “Ephaim And Dot,” and “Children Of Mars.”
Star Trek: Discovery follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series features a new ship and new characters while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.