Star Trek: Short Treks: Runaway
October 5, 2018 3:01 PM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Sylvia Tilly attempts to have some coffee in peace. She fails.

Memory Alpha is predictably thin here, given how recently the episode aired.

Memorable Quotes:
"It's called the 'Command Training Program.' It trains you. For Command."
- Tilly

"That amount of caffeine is not ad-"
"Is my best friend, so shoosh!"
"Have a glorious day."
- Tilly, talking to the food dispenser

"Ice cream. It's primarily sugar. Sugar is awesome."
- Tilly

Poster's Log:
I mostly liked this, especially the food fight scene, but I do not feel it stuck the landing. Per the usual, Star Trek talking about evolution is dismal, and the reveal Po was a queen felt forced. Also, their final conversation seemed pretty upbeat considering her whole family was dead.

Regardless, seems like a good way to bridge the gap until Discovery S2, and I'm there for pretty much any Tilly story now.

Pointless STO Comparison: Mary Wiseman is slated to appear in Star Trek Online, debuting on 10/9. I'm excited.
posted by mordax (12 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
Is this viewable anywhere other than CBS's pay service?
posted by Frayed Knot at 3:37 PM on October 5


Not as far as I know, sorry. :(
posted by mordax at 3:41 PM on October 5


I wish that had been 40 minutes longer but I enjoyed it.
posted by yonega at 5:52 PM on October 5 [2 favorites]


I'm puzzled why these aren't being shown elsewhere in the world on the platforms where Discovery was available to us. That said, there are still torrents.

I love Tilly. For me she was the absolute delight and stand out of Discovery, so spending time with her was delightful. This seemed really thin, but at least a bit more like Trek than most of Discovery.
posted by crossoverman at 11:48 PM on October 5 [1 favorite]


Kind of want Star Trek: Tilly now
posted by Query at 6:27 AM on October 6 [4 favorites]


I liked it and appreciated how tightly written it was. Wish other shows would do this.
posted by fuse theorem at 2:00 PM on October 6 [2 favorites]


I liked everything except for the whole "planet is my twin" thing.

There's a couple of possible interpretations. The one I think they meant was that the planet Xahea and the species Xaheans were formed at the same time.

But Po keeps referring to the planet as "her twin," like her specifically. So the alternate interpretation is that each Xahean is born at the same time as her planet, which is nonsensical, unless she means that the planet has some sort of incredibly complex intelligence built in and that each Xahean is born with some kind of connection to that intelligence which manifests as a personality. Which could be interesting, if they explored it at all.

Maybe they're going for a metaphor, like people who refer to "Mother Earth," and I am just overthinking this. But the way the dialog is written, Po seems to be assigning personality to Xahea. It feels weird and clunky and distracting from what is otherwise a really fun little episode.
posted by JDHarper at 8:58 AM on October 7 [2 favorites]


But Po keeps referring to the planet as "her twin," like her specifically.

I decided the whole 'Xahea and Xaheans came about at the same time' thing had to be a sincerely held religious belief. It'd be weird even for Trek's soft SF. Given that, the twin stuff sounded to me like her personal relationship with the ecology, tinged extra purple by the fact that the planet is her responsibility after all.

But yeah. Weird. I feel like that's where this whole deal kinda goes off the rails. (I was still there for Tilly talking about familial relationships though.)

Kind of want Star Trek: Tilly now

Me too.

Wish other shows would do this.

Yeah, it's neat to see little character sketches in between full episodes. (Stargate: Universe had web episodes this reminds me of a bit, and I liked those too.)
posted by mordax at 11:48 AM on October 7


Look, I love disco and I love Tilly, but this was awful.
posted by bq at 9:40 AM on October 12


I'm puzzled about where Tilly transported Po to, at the end; the establishing shot at the beginning shows the Discovery taking on cargo from...somewhere? but doesn't show a planet; the computer announces, at the end, 'coordinates locked in; ready for transport' which is rather open - they show Tilly setting the coordinates for 2345.9033, which felt like a weird shot to include, unless that's a reference I'm missing. I'm assuming that they started this minisode in orbit around Xahea, bringing cargo up from the planet, and then ended it with transporting Po back to the planet, because otherwise I'm not sure how the logistics of the return-transport makes sense. It would have been nice to have maybe one line or one establishing shot to confirm that sense of place, but.

I don't really want to hold this up to the standard of a full episode -- there's only so much you can do with a limited cast in fifteen minutes -- but this didn't really work once it got to the stage of discussing royalty and mangling evolution. I'm very on board for a quarter-hour of Tilly chatting with people, but it felt like the writers didn't give Tilly or Po that much to talk about in the final third.
posted by cjelli at 10:53 AM on October 12


Rewatching, I notice that in the first minute they spent like no money on animating the NPC's walking out of the bay. Since this is a bonus, I TOTALLY APPROVE of this budget choice.
posted by mikelieman at 8:38 PM on October 12


"Hormonal space rabbit"!
posted by mikelieman at 8:48 PM on October 12


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