As season two of Star Trek Discovery continues to get closer, Short Treks is back with an unexpectedly beautiful episode “Calypso.” With “Runaway” last week, we were feeling a bit underwhelmed. This episode has us pretty ecstatic. Especially because it teaches that the truest expression of love is letting go of the little man that walks around inside you.
Behind the Camera
Olatunde Osunsanmi is back as director! With “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry,” “What’s Past is Prologue,” and “Point of Light,” I am quickly becoming his biggest fan. This man should get his own Star Trek series where he just directs every episode.
The folks on the writing side are also stupidly great. This is our first peek at what Michael Chabon will be bringing to the Star Trek universe. He was tapped as a writer for the recently announced series focusing on Picard. He’s also the author of one of my favorite books, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. I am beyond thrilled about him coming to the Star Trek universe. And “Calypso” has exceeded my high hopes.
In Front of the Camera
Just like with last month’s Short Treks, there aren’t a lot of characters in “Calypso.” And that absence is used to great effect to really emphasize a haunted melancholy. And Aldis Hodge is pitch perfect as Craft. He hasn’t been in Star Trek before now, but he’s been in a lot of other things. Twenty episodes of “Underground,” and nearly as many episodes of “TURN: Washington’s Spies.” He also played Jack in the Black Mirror episode “Black Museum.”
Annabelle Wallis is plays the voice of Zora, and is now the voice I want my Google Home to use. She also had a role in the 2017 film “The Mummy” from show runner Alex Kurtzman. I found that movie to be unimpressive, but given that last month’s Short Trek featured the writer from that film, it seems to be a reliable well for Star Trek to mine for talent.
And finally, the only character in this episode is Sash Striga as the holographic version of Zora. She seems pretty new to acting, with her only other credit being several episodes of “Letterkenny.” Unfortunately she doesn’t get any lines in this Short Treks episode, but she was still somehow damned charming.
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