7) Star Trek: Short Treks
Star Trek: Short Treks is the Garbage Plate (if you don't know what that is, you're welcome) of sci-fi snippets that range from the deliciously engaging to the, well, let's just say "acquired taste" category.
This anthology series is like the wild cousin of the Star Trek family, showing up at the reunion with tales so varied you can't help but listen, even if you're not sure you'll like what you hear. Some fans adore the unpredictability, savoring the short bursts of creativity that explore corners of the universe the longer shows can't reach. Others, however, find the inconsistency a bit of a buzzkill, craving the cohesive narrative and character development that comes with a full-length series. It's this box of assorted bites - not knowing if you'll get a piece you love or one that makes you go "hmm".
Short Treks dances to the beat of its own drum, boldly revisiting where no Star Trek series had revisited since The Animated Series - into the land of bite-sized storytelling. Each episode is a mini-mission, offering a glimpse into new worlds and untold stories, from the laugh-out-loud funny to the deeply profound. It's like flipping through a comic book of Star Trek tales, where one page might reveal a heartwarming story of Discovery's Tilly making a new friend in "Runaway", and the next, a hauntingly beautiful vignette of a lonely AI in "Calypso". By the way, both of these episodes are immaculate, especially Tilly's, and they absolutely deserve a few minutes of your attention span.
This eclectic mix is both the series' greatest strength and its Achilles' heel. Fans who crave the comfort of spending a whole season with their favorite characters might feel a bit adrift, left hungering for more after the short narrative snack. Yet, for every viewer scratching their head wondering what they just watched, another is applauding the boldness of experimenting with the fabric of the Star Trek universe. In the cosmic banquet of Star Trek series, Short Treks is the adventurous dish that not everyone will like, but everyone will talk about, making it a unique, if not universally beloved, part of the franchise's legacy.
Seriously though, go watch "Runaway" and "Calypso".