Details revealed for new Star Trek Discovery mini episodes

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Star Trek: Discovery won't be back until 2019 (you can check out the thrilling trailer here) but CBS is tiding fans over with four new mini-episodes being released ahead of season two, each focusing on a different character. After being announced at San Diego Comic Con in July, StarTrek.com has revealed details behind all four episodes.

First up is Tilly-centric Runaway on the 4th October, which as been written by Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman and directed by Mana Vrvilo. Here's the synopsis...

“Runaway” (Thursday, Oct. 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 follows on the 8th November, with a telplay by Michael Chabom, story by Sean Cochran and Michael Chabom and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi.
“Calypso” (Thursday, Nov. 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.”

On the 6th December is The Brightest Star, focusing on first officer Saru (Doug Jones). Tbis has been written by Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt and directed by Douglas Aarniokoski.
“The Brightest Star” (Thursday, Dec. 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.”

Rounding off these four stories is The Escape Artist on the 3rd January, featuring the returning Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd. It has been written by Michael McMahan and directed by Wilson himself.
“The Escape Artist” (Thursday, Jan. 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.”

All episodes of Star Trek: Discovery have been released on Netflix worldwide (including the UK) 24 hours after airing in CBS Access in the US. We presume the same will happen with these releases.

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Debuting in 1966, Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek survived cancellation and returned with a series of films featuring Jame T Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise. It spawned four massively successes TV spin-offs and movies and ruled cult TV in the 1990s. After Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, it spawned a film prequel / reboot under the guise of JJ Abrams but returned to its TV roots in 2017 with Star Trek: Discovery...

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