If the introductory Short Treks installment was a taste of the familiar, the latest effort proudly declares "and now for something completely different!" But is different a good thing? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton dance up a storm while taking on the franchise's second bite-sized story, Calypso, which sees a stranger waking up aboard an abandoned Discovery 1000 years after the glory days of Burnham and crew. His only companion? The ship's newly sentient computer. So, does this unconventional Short Trek deliver where the previous one fell, um, short? And what mysteries does it introduce to Discovery? Plus, as an added bonus, the duo consider the current world of streaming content and debate who, between CBS and Lucasfilm, has the creative upper hand.
Now that Star Trek: Lower Decks is in the process of becoming a reality it's time to consider the doors animation opens for the franchise going forward, and the lessons learned from the attempts of yesteryear. This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton awkwardly exchange blank expressions while digging into the considerable potential of Trek's latest announced incarnation. What aliens would be cool to see? How could this comedic new venture play with canon? In addition, the duo take a look back at Star Trek: The Animated Series and highlight what worked, what didn't and which elements of the show would be worth bringing to Lower Decks.