On Thursday, November 4th, CBS will release the Star Trek: Short Trek episode “Ask Not”, the third of six in the series. It will be a stand-alone episode starring Anson Mount as Captain Pike, Ethan Peck as Spock, Rebecca Romijn as Number One, and Armit Kaur as Cadet Thira Sidhu. CBS has already released two in the series for streaming, and has three more in the making, release dates for the following episodes are predicted to be in mid December and early January.
The Star Trek: Short Treks‘ purpose is to provide better insight into characters in Star Trek: Discovery, and to expand the Star Trek universe. The Short Treks provide support to better storytelling and elaboration on parts of the timeline that are not well known to fans. “Ask Not” is chronologically placed in the very beginning of the alternate timeline, also known as the Kelvin timeline.
There are very few details regarding the plot, but the trailer reveals an attack to the USS Bowman and Captain Pike being relinquished of his command. With the prisoner put under her responsibility, Cadet Thira Sidhu is faced with a choice: release him or keep him confined, but her decision may have devastating effects on her career, or possibly even the Federation.