TV Review – Star Trek Short Treks: Runaway

TL;DR – A beautiful character piece that makes the most of the short run time.

Score – 4 out of 5 stars

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


Today we are going to be doing small mini-reviews for all the Star Trek Shorts, starting with an exploration of what it means to step forward and change your life.

So to set the scene, it is after Will You Take My Hand? and Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman) has officially entered the Command Training Program, which is a huge achievement, which is completely lost on her mother Siobhan (Mimi Kuzyk). As this is going on a standard cargo run is interrupted by a stowaway and the two are about to crash together.

Star Trek Short Treks: Runaway. Image Credit CBS Studios.
Mary Wiseman shows the growth of Tilly throughout the episode, and how she truly is command material. Image Credit CBS Studios.

This is very much a character episode, as it really explores the world of Tilly, the things that motivate her, and the things that hold her back. In some respects, you can understand where Siobhan is coming from because no parent wants to see their child in pain, but she has not seen the growth that Tilly has had. All of this is demonstrated by a fantastic performance by Mary Wiseman who really came into her own during Season One, and I am really interested to see where she takes Tilly in Season Two.

While this is what we would normally call a bottle episode, because it takes place on established sets, it does not mean that they haven’t also taken some risks. You see this in the accidental food explosion in the mess hall, and also in the camouflage tech/biological process of Me Hani Ika Hali Ka Po (Yadira Guevara-Prip).

Star Trek Short Treks: Runaway. Image Credit CBS Studios.
There is a great back and forth between Po and Tilly that really helps the character aspects of the show shine. Image Credit CBS Studios.

In the end, do we recommend Runaway? Yes, we do. It is an episode that really shows the strengths of the short run time, and as long as I assume that Tilly was not teleporting Po across the sector at the end, then it is all good.       

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
– Maja Vrvilo
Written by – Jerry Lumet & Alex Kurtzman
Created by – Bryan Fuller & Alex Kurtzman
Starring – Mary Wiseman, Yadira Guevara-Prip & Mimi Kuzyk

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