Brief Treks – How Youngsters of Mars Units Up Star Trek: Picard

Short Treks - How Children of Mars Sets Up Star Trek: Picard

Ryan Britt

Jan 19, 2020

Brief Treks units up a giant twist for Star Trek: Picard. The director says it was in regards to the feelings of the second, not difficult Trek canon

As a part of the lead-up to the extremely anticipated new sequence Star Trek: Picard, the fictional universe has teased {that a} large catastrophe on the planet Mars units into movement a sequence of occasions that can profoundly impression Jean-Luc Picard. However what do photo voltaic system-wide crises appear to be by means of the eyes of faculty kids? The newest mini-episode of the anthology sequence Brief Treks depicts two 24th-century grade faculty rivals who’ve their lives modified after they each lose their dad and mom in an sudden assault on Mars. When you’re enthusiastic about Picard, the small particulars on this episode are superb, however for director, Mark Pellington, this story wasn’t about advanced Star Trek-y canon, however as an alternative, in regards to the very actual feelings skilled by these two younger women.

“I feel it’s a terrific story that connects the world of Star Trek to our world right now,” Pellington explains. “Earlier than doing this Brief Treks and ‘Q&A’, I’d by no means actually achieved sci-fi earlier than. However, I used to be advised these shorts have been very filmmaker pleasant.”

In different phrases, though “Youngsters of Mars” represents a large sea-change in the established order of Star Trek, Pellington was decided to verify none of that mattered to telling this particular story. In actuality, youngsters are fuzzy about world occasions, so it is smart that on this episode, the 2 women — Kima (Ilamaria Ebrahimtk) and Lil (Sadie Munroe) — would not perceive the importance of an android rebellion on Mars. For them, this is able to merely symbolize the lack of their dad and mom. 

“The concept was to see what would occur if there was a 9/11-like occasion on this world,” Pellington explains. “You possibly can have knowledge simply streaming out from individuals’s our bodies, reside uncooked knowledge could be despatched proper to anybody who may watch it. The query for the Principal of the varsity was, do you retain it on? The concept is that photographs and textual content could be popping out so quick, that nobody would have time to report on it. It might simply exist.”

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Within the bigger context of Trek, the large Easter egg on this episode is the textual content “Rogue Synths Assault Mars,” which slyly references the truth that artificial lifeforms have revolted on Mars, destroying the Utopia Planitia Shipyards. For Trekkies, this implies the place the place Starfleet starships are constructed has been severely undercut within the decade or so earlier than Picard begins. However, for the Lil and Kima, Utopia Planitia is solely the place the place their dad and mom as soon as labored. 

“With 9/11, all people simply stared on the display screen and watched it occur,” Pellington says, and factors out that this occasion has philosophical implications for the considerably pacifist way forward for Star Trek. “What’s violence on this time interval? What’s the ethical code? After I directed “Q&A,” I talked to Ethan Peck about how a lot emotion Spock can present, which made me surprise how people even behave presently. Do individuals struggle? How does the universe really course of the ideas of warfare?”

“Youngsters of Mars,” isn’t essentially answering these philosophical questions, however it’s actually posing them. And, for the occasions of Star Trek: Picard, the concept Mars — mainly in Earth’s yard — is ravaged by violence is jarring, and for the world of Star Trek, actually very new. What “Youngsters of Mars” does although, is one thing Trek has nearly by no means tried; to humanize these big occasions from the opposite facet. Typically talking, when planets are attacked or starships destroyed, Star Trek hasn’t lingered on the harmless residents impacted by these occasions. However this time, it has. It’s unclear if Kima or Lil will seem in future episodes of Star Trek: Picard, however Mark Pellington thinks that’s form of irrelevant.

“It’s a professional query to ask. Possibly they may seem as adults within the new sequence. You’d must ask the large man! Alex Kurtzman would know! However for now, we simply tried to inform the story of those two younger women. Possibly we’ll see them once more. I actually don’t know.”

Brief Treks – “Youngsters of Mars” is streaming now on CBS All-Entry.

Star Trek: Picard’s first episode hits CBS All-Entry on January 23, someday round 9:00 AM jap commonplace time.