Star Trek: Short Treks (2019): S02E05 – The Girl Who Made the Stars


Star Trek: Short Treks is an American anthology web television series created for CBS All Access by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman.

It originated as a spin-off companion series from Star Trek: Discovery, and consists of several shorts that use settings and characters from that series and the wider Star Trek universe.

The shorts are around 10 to 20 minutes long.

After signing a deal to expand the Star Trek franchise on television, Kurtzman announced Short Treks as the first such project in July 2018. The first four episodes aired from October 2018 to January 2019, between the first and second seasons of Discovery. The shorts were mostly produced by cast and crew members from Discovery, including composer Jeff Russo who provided an updated main title theme and original underscore for the series. Filming took place in Toronto, Canada, on the set of Discovery.

In January 2019, two new animated shorts were revealed, with four additional live action episodes announced in June 2019. The second season of shorts aired from October 2019 to January 2020, between the second season of Discovery and the first season of Star Trek: Picard, with the last short serving as a teaser for the latter series. The animated shorts were created by visual effects house Pixomondo, while a roster of new composers supervised by Michael Giacchino provided the music for the second set of shorts.

Each episode of Star Trek: Short Treks tells a stand-alone story that serves as an “opportunity for deeper storytelling and exploration of key characters and themes that fit into Star Trek: Discovery and the expanding Star Trek universe.”

The second set of Short Treks were released between the second season of Star Trek: Discovery and the first season of Star Trek: Picard.


Young Michael Burnham’s father eases her fear of the dark by telling her a story about a young African girl. In the story, the girl’s people fear the dark because of a predatory Night Beast, but she braves the night and discovers an alien that gifts her new light. The girl uses this to create the stars, and grows up to be a warrior queen.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Olatunde Osunsanmi.
  • Writer(s): Brandon Schultz.
  • Release Date: 12 December 2019.
  • Running Time: 8-18 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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