Star Trek: very Short Trek episode 3 “Worst Contact” has dropped.
Star Trek continues to release its new animated short series on YouTube dubbed “very Short Treks”. The anthology series is designed after the animation from Star Trek: The Animated Series and it’s being done to honor 50 years of the animated franchise. In recent years the franchise has tried to do more with Star Trek and its animations, going on to create the shows Lower Decks and Prodigy; both of whom utilize animation to great effect.
The third episode of very Short Treks features the return of Jonathan Frakes and Gates McFadden as commander William Riker and Doctor Beverly Crusher. The two stars have once again returned to their roles after previously coming back for the final season of Star Trek: Picard.
The third episode also holds the distinction of being the first episode that doesn’t feature Ethan Peck’s Spock as a primary character. He was the centerpiece of the second episode, “Holiday Party“, and he also appeared in the premiere, “To Skin a Cat“.
"“Worst Contact”Produced By: Awesome IncCreated By: Casper KellyExecutive Producers: Casper Kelly & Ashley KohlerSupervising Producer: Brandon BettsProducer / Director: Aaron HawkinsCast (In Order of Appearance):Jonathan Frakes (Riker)Dana Snyder (Bragu)Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher)Sarah Sherman (Mucara)"
very Short Trek’s third episode highlights the issues with First Contact.
In this new episode for very Short Treks, Crusher and Riker are forced to deal with a situation where the customs of a recently warp-capable alien race are less than ideal. It’s a very heavy episode of sophomoric humor and ends in a rather explosive example of conflict resolution.
There will be some who find this distasteful and humorless, but it’s important to remember that these new shorts are not canon.