Tuesday, June 2, 2020


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Thanks to CBS Home Entertainment for providing ageekdaddy.com with a complimentary Blu-ray featuring the nine episode collection of STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS that had previously only been available via viewing them on the CBS All Access subscription streaming service. Now Trekkies can add these stand-alone short stories to their home entertainment video library. Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

This two hour collection of shorts includes three U.S.S. Enterprise-focused stories with the crew depicted in Star Trek Discovery Season 2 and who it was just announced will be getting their own Star Trek television series. Learn more about Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), Spock (Ethan Peck), and Number One (Rebecca Romijn) as these pre-Captain Kirk characters are expanded beyond the original Star Trek [1966-69] TV pilot that never aired. A great example of how the Star Trek universe is continually expanding!

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Additionally, four episodes in this collection contains short stories involving the crew of the Discovery from the CBS All Access exclusive Star Trek series. These shorts include Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson), Ensign Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman), Commander Saru (Doug Jones) and Craft (Aldis Hodge). Plus there are two cartoons included in STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS with animation unlike any done before for the Star Trek franchise.

All together the following shorts are included in this video collection:

The Brightest Star
The Escape Artist
The Trouble with Edward
Ask Not
Ephraim & Dot
The Girl Who Made the Stars

The great thing about Blu-ray and DVD releases are they often include bonus content and STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS doesn't disappoint. Included are 10 featurettes! There is more than 50 minutes of special features included on the Blu-ray and DVD release of STAR TREK SHORT TREKS:

COMING OF AGE - Tied to the "Runaway" short, the first installment of the new Short Trek format was written by executive producers Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman about Ensign Tilly finding a stowaway on the Discovery with whom she can relate. I this behind the scenes interview Kurtzman, Director Maja Vrvilo, and actress Mary Wiseman talk about the use of the short to give audiences further insight into Tilly's character.

SHALL WE DANCE - Writer Michael Chabon and Director Olatunde Osunsanmi discuss the challenges of creating compelling story with only one on-screen character their short "Calypso."

FIRST CONTACT: KAMINAR - A deep dive into "The Brightest Star" short, Star Trek Discovery actors and writers discuss the backstory of Saru.

COVERED IN MUDD - Tied to "The Escape Artist" short, an interview with the actor who depicts Harry Mudd,  Rainn Wilson (The Office), about his also directing this Short Trek.

ENSIGN SPOCK'S FIRST DAY - Writer Michael Chabon talks about writing for Ensign Spock and finding hidden talents in relation to the "Q&A" short.

HERE COMES TRIBBLE - Fans will dive into "The Trouble with Edward" short as prop master Mario Moreira discusses bringing back the beloved Tribble in Star Trek: Short Treks.

SCORE! -  A behind-the-curtain discussion with Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino about taking the reins on "Ephraim and Dot" and composing for Short Treks.

BEDTIME STORIES - Writer Brandon Schultz, director Olatunde Osunanmi and actor Kenric Green (Mike Burnham) discuss the development of "The Girl Who Made the Stars" animated Short Trek about a bedtime story.

THE MAKING OF SHORT TREKS - An in-depth discussion with executive producer Alex Kurtzman about how and why this new concept of Star Trek shorts were created.

TWO AUDIO COMMENTARIES - Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet provide commentary for the "Runaway" while actor Anson Mount provides commentary on "Ask Not."

STAR TREK SHORT TREKS is now available on Blu-ray or DVD from Best Buy. Purchase it using an affiliate link above and this dad blogger will receive a small commission from Best Buy at no additional expense to you. Your support of ageekdaddy.com is appreciated!

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