TV Review – Star Trek Short Treks: The Escape Artist

TL;DR – What happens when you let Rainn Wilson run riot, well you get a fascinating moment in Star Trek history.  

Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Star Trek Short Treks: The Escape Artist. Image Credit CBS Studios.


We finish our run through the Star Trek Short Trek mini-episodes by looking at the episode that brings back one of the best guest cast members from Star Trek Discovery’s first season.

So to set the scene, we open inside a ship crewed by a Tellarite bounty hunter Tevrin Krit (Harry Judge) who is having a very good day because he was about to come into possession of Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson) a man who has done great harm to his family. It is with joy that he takes Mudd from the broker (that gave me odd Breen vibes) to the nearest Starfleet vessel to claim the significant bounty, as Mudd pleads for his life every step of the way.

Star Trek Short Treks: The Escape Artist. Image Credit CBS Studios.
Rainn Wilson owns the character of Harry Mudd in a way you don’t often see. Image Credit CBS Studios.

Right from the start, this episode is an absolute delight down to the exceptional commitment of Rainn Wilson to his role. He is swinging for the fences, hitting the ball for six, or any other appropriate sporting metaphor that you can think of. As well as this, it is clear that he is having so much fun with the role in an episode he also directed.

We also get to jump around some of the edges of Star Trek society, bring us back to The Orions, and visiting Klingons, and more. This helps give the world a bit more texture, and the little vignettes interspersed throughout the story were fun to watch. As was the little touches connecting the performances of Harry Mudd between Discovery and The Original Series.

Star Trek Short Treks: The Escape Artist. Image Credit CBS Studios.
We also get to see some of the edges of the Star Trek universe. Image Credit CBS Studios.

In the end, do we recommend The Escape Artist? Yes, of course, we do. With this episode, we get a masterclass in someone owning a character in a way you rarely get to see. It is as times bonkers, at times funny, at times absurd, but at all times a riot.      

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
– Rainn Wilson
Written by – Michael McMahan
Created by – Bryan Fuller & Alex Kurtzman
Starring – Rainn Wilson & Harry Judge with Barbara Mamabolo, Jonathan Watton, Dan Abramovici & Myrthin Stagg       


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