When it comes to the prospect of more Star Trek, we are all Tilly in this frame.
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We’re returning to the Alpha Quadrant a bit sooner than we expected: although Star Trek: Discovery won’t air until next year, we’re getting to explore the lives of four of its characters in a few weeks’ time, as part of the Short Treks short series.

While we knew that the four Short Treks shorts would begin airing this year after Discovery’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, CBS has now officially confirmed that Short Treks will begin releasing from October 4, with each one of the 10-15 minute episodes airing on a monthly basis between now and Discovery’s return.

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Each story will follow a different character from the cast of Discovery—Ensign Tilly (Mary Wiseman), Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson), Saru (Doug Jones), and a new character played by Aldis Hodge named Craft. Here’s the plot synopses and release dates for each short, courtesy of TV Line:

  • “Runaway” (Thursday, October 4)—Onboard the U.S.S. Discovery, Ensign Tilly (Mary Wiseman) encounters an unexpected visitor in need of help. However, this unlikely pair may have more in common than meets the eye.
  • “Calypso” (Thursday, November 8)—After waking up in an unfamiliar sickbay, Craft (Aldis Hodge) finds himself on board a deserted ship, and his only companion and hope for survival is an A.I. computer interface.
  • “The Brightest Star” (Thursday, December 6)—Before he was the first Kelpien to join Starfleet, Saru (Doug Jones) lived a simple life on his home planet of Kaminar with his father and sister. Young Saru, full of ingenuity and a level of curiosity uncommon among his people, yearns to find out what lies beyond his village, leading him on an unexpected path.
  • “The Escape Artist” (Thursday, January 3)—Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson), back to his old tricks of stealing and double-dealing, finds himself in a precarious position aboard a hostile ship — just in time to try out his latest con.

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Yay for more Tilly, and specifically more Tilly first! Here’s an incredibly brief teaser for the series, which perhaps takes the “short” in Short Treks a bit too seriously:

Short Treks will air on CBS All Access starting October 4.

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