The latest episode of the Star Trek animated short series Very Short Treks recently dropped and brought back some fan-favorite characters for a song and dance about love. The episode, titled “Walk, Don’t Run,” simultaneously pays homage to the 50th anniversary of the original animated series while also working in the goofy humor that Lower Decks is known for. You can check out the short, which features Scotty angrily taking off his pants, on YouTube.
Star Trek: Very Short Treks was first introduced on Star Trek Day and was billed as “anything but canon,” allowing the creators to have plenty of creative freedom with characters and character interactions. “Walk, Don’t Run” takes full advantage of this with appearances from George Takei as Sulu, Jonathan Frakes as Riker, Carlos Alazraqui as Scotty, and Cristina Milizia as M’Ress.
Tendi from Lower Decks (voiced by Noël Wells) tries to honor the original animated characters, but her wording causes Scotty to get a bit riled up.
“Walk, Don’t Run” pokes fun at both Lower Decks and Star Trek: The Animated Series, with a particularly funny part having Scotty call out Lower Decks for having an orgy scene on the Holodeck. Of course, he then runs around with his pants off to drive his point home. Fortunately, Riker and Sulu show up to bring everyone together with a song.
As goofy as the Star Trek: Very Short Treks have been, it’s hard to hate Sulu singing his signature “Oh My,” and rhyming with “oh pie, oh, fry, oh why,” in a musical number. With the short ending (mostly) peacefully, it’s a good way to close out the Very Short Treks series on a positive note. Fans have had mixed reactions to the shorts overall, but the non-canon nature of the show means that even the most serious fan can’t really be mad at them.
Star Trek: Very Short Treks now has all five episodes available to watch, with the first short featuring Ethan Peck as Spock on the original USS Enterpise. The episode, titled Skin a Cat, also features Pete Holmes as the captain of the ship.
Peck returned for the second episode as well but was on the deck of Pike’s Enterprise instead, with Bruce Horak as Hemmer, Celia Rose Gooding as Uhura, Doug Jones as Saru, and Gia Sandhu as T’Pring also making appearances.
The third episode of Star Trek: Very Short Treks was set in the 24 century and starred Jonathan Frakes and Gates McFadden as the USS Enterpise makes first contact with a society that has just developed its warp engine. Finally, the fourth episode is set on a holodeck and features a myriad of cameos from across Trek history, making it a great episode for fan service.
With Star Trek: Very Short Treks being over, fans can now look forward to the upcoming fifth and final season of Discovery. The animated Lower Decks is also currently airing its fourth season on Paramount+, with the next episode set to air on October 5. Make sure to stay tuned for more Trek news.