Jun 032020
 

Star Trek: Short Treks I suppose is a decent bridge between seasons and if you’re a big fan of Star Trek: Discovery and its characters, these might be entertaining short episodes.

 

 

Star Trek: Short Treks
(2018-19)

Genre(s): Science Fiction, Adventure, Drama
Paramount | NR – 118 min. – $25.99 | June 2, 2020

Date Published: 06/03/2020 | Author: The Movieman


SEASON INFO:
Directed by: Various
Writer(s): Bryan Fuller & Alex Kurtzman (created by)
Cast: Aldis Hodge, Doug Jones, Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, Rebecca Romijn, Mary Wiseman, Michelle Yeoh, Yadira Guevara-Prip, Rosa Salazar, Rainn Wilson


DISC INFO:
Features: Audio Commentaries, Featurettes
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1


Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.39
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 47.21 GB
Total Bitrate: 34.97 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A


Paramount provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE — 3.5/5


Synopsis: Star Trek: Short Treks brings fans of the Star Trek universe together on an exploration of the themes and characters. Witness the Star Trek: Discovery storyline expand with episodes featuring Rainn Wilson (Harry Mudd), Ethan Peck (Spock), Anson Mount (Captain Christopher Pike), Rebecca Romijn (Number One) and more. Experience nine shorts which deliver nearly two hours of live-action and animated adventures.

Quick Hit Review: I’m not a big Star Trek fan and thus don’t really care one way or the other on any changes or inconsistencies there may be between the various shows or movies. So these Short Treks mini-episodes are alright I guess though outside of maybe Anson Mount’s Pike, didn’t really care about these characters on Discovery so here they don’t do anything for me.

I suppose if you are a big fan of Star Trek: Discovery, these segments perhaps fill the void at the time streaming in between seasons, however while the first season episodes were ~15-minutes, the second season generally say running times cut in half and were even less ambitious (not that season one was).

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.5/5


This release comes with a semi-glossy slip cover. All 9 episodes are contained on a single disc.

Audio Commentaries:

  • ‘Runaway’ – Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet
  • ‘Ask Not’ – Actor Anson Mount

The Making of Short Treks (4:25) — Featurette on the origins of these short stories.

Every episode is accompanied with short featurettes with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew:

  • Coming of Age (7:30) – ‘Runaway’
  • Shall We Dance (8:51) – ‘Calypso’
  • First Contact: Kaminar (5:09) – ‘The Brightest Star’
  • Covered in Mudd (4:52) – ‘The Escape Artist’
  • Ensign Spock’s First Day (10:16) – ‘Q&A’
  • Here Comes Tribble (3:43) – ‘The Trouble with Edward’
  • Score! (6:09) – ‘Ephraim & Dot’
  • Bedtime Stories (7:45) – ‘The Girl Who Made the Stars’

 


VIDEO – 4.5/5


Paramount releases Short Treks onto Blu-ray presented with a 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio. This pretty much looks on par with the regular series, detail is good while colors are more on the muted side as this is a dark looking show, because Star Trek needs to be edgy and moody. In all seriousness, though, not a bad looking picture, free of major instances of aliasing, artifacts or other flaws.

AUDIO – 4.25/5


Each short comes with a well rounded DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, providing for clear dialogue and some modest depth, though many of these are one location/set scenes with some action shots thrown in for good measure. Nothing outstanding, but still effective enough.

 


OVERALL – 3.75/5


Star Trek: Short Treks I suppose is a decent bridge between seasons and if you’re a big fan of Star Trek: Discovery and its characters, these might be entertaining short episodes, though the “second season” ones are really brief (5-7 minutes each). At the right price point, <$20, might be worth picking up.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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