TV Review – Star Trek Short Treks: Calypso

TL;DR – When it is working in on the relationship between the two characters it shines, but it does present some interesting implications that I am not so sure about.  

Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars

Star Trek Short Treks: Calypso. Image Credit CBS Studios.


We continue our dive into the world of the Star Trek Discovery Short Treks by looking at the episode that is to date is the furthest we have been on the official timeline (depending maybe on that one Voyager episode).

So to set the scene, The USS Discovery has been sitting in a nebula for 1000 years when a surprise escape pod comes across it in the dark. When Craft (Aldis Hodge) awakes he find no one on board bar just a voice called Zora (Annabelle Wallis) who explains where he is and he lets her know that the world has dramatically changed.

Star Trek Short Treks: Calypso. Image Credit CBS Studios.
Annabelle Wallis brings Zora to life. Image Credit CBS Studios.

At the heart of the episode is the relationship between Craft and Zora, the growing relationship between a computer and a human, something with a physical body and something without. Now, this is not the first show to explore this realm, see Mass Effect and others, it was a beautiful exploration of love. It was full of beautiful moments like Taco Tuesday and dancing on the bridge, which is one of the most touching moments in all of Trek.

It is a show that is deeply steeped in The Odyssey and much like the wayward sailors of the past, nothing gets to last, because while Craft does have feelings for Zora, he also has a wife back home. This is also where I hesitate with the episode, and to be clear this is just personal preference. Just for me, everything in the real world is so dark at the moment, that The Federation is that one bright light on the hill that I can hold on too. So while I know there have been a couple of pitches about a series dealing with the fall of the Federation this is something that I hope they don’t explore because now more than ever I, and I think more than just me, needs that hope.

Star Trek Short Treks: Calypso. Image Credit CBS Studios.
Calypso brings the world of Greek tragedy to the stars and it is beautiful to watch. Image Credit CBS Studios.

In the end, do we recommend Calypso? Yes, yes we do. At the heart of it is a beautiful performance about love and loss in a broken world. Now while I did have some reservations, not of that impacts on what is a stand out episode both visually and narratively.         

By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.

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Trailer – Click Here to View (all trailers have heavy spoilers)
Credits –
All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Star Trek Discovery
Directed by
– Olatunde Osunsami
Written by – Sean Cochran & Michael Chabon
Created by – Bryan Fuller & Alex Kurtzman
Starring – Aldis Hodge, Annabelle Wallis & Sash Striga with Audrey Hepburn & Fred Astaire   


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