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Finally, Those Star Trek: Short Treks Are Available Outside the U.S. and Canada

Now you too rejoice in the exploits of Tilly pulling this face, if you’re outside of the US and Canada!
Now you too rejoice in the exploits of Tilly pulling this face, if you’re outside of the US and Canada!
Image: Star Trek: Discovery (Netflix/CBS All Access)

Over the past four months in the run up to Star Trek: Discovery’s return, CBS All Access released four excellent mini-episodes under the Short Treks banner. Except they had a problem that was not quite as mini as the episodes: none of them were actually available outside of the U.S. and Canada. That’s finally changing.

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As a surprise announcement today—spotted by TrekMovie—confirmed that Netflix will now air all four Short Treks episodes starting...well, right now basically. You won’t find them by searching for “Short Treks” however—here they are sitting all pretty in the “Trailers & More” section of Star Trek: Discovery’s Netflix page in my UK account:

Star Trek: Discovery AND The Good Place on Netflix? It’s okay Americans, you can be jealous.
Star Trek: Discovery AND The Good Place on Netflix? It’s okay Americans, you can be jealous.
Image: Screenshot by James Whitbrook (io9/Gizmodo)
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It’s pretty much the perfect way to get set up for Discovery’s season 2 premiere, which drops on Netflix internationally tomorrow, January 18, and in the U.S. and Canada tonight. But even if you weren’t looking for something to get you in the Trek mood ahead of Discovery’s return, you should watch Short Treks anyway.

Each episode was a delightful reminder of the very best Star Trek has to offer—championing Roddenberry’s noble ideals with fun and a sense of intrepid wanderlust, all driven by deft character work and delightful performances. In recapping the series for io9, my only major complaint was that these stories were being treated as ancillary bonuses that not every Star Trek: Discovery fan could legally access. And now they finally are! You really should dive in and see what you nearly missed out on if you can.


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James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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DISCUSSION

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The Constable

The other three Short Treks were ok, but, man, I loved Calypso.

I thought it was one of the best Star Trek stories in years. It was two people exploring what it means to be human or conscious in the universe. It demonstrated the potential the franchise can have when the writers recognize that Trek isn’t just nostalgia or Klingons or Spock or explosions.

I hope it’s a sign that they’re figuring some things out, and isn’t just a fluke.