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Twelve-year-old classmates Kima and Lil find themselves at odds with each other on a day that will change their lives forever.


Kima and Lil introduce themselves separately in voice over while they start of their day before going to school. Both girls are in a dormitory in San Francisco, and are speaking with their parents who are working on Mars on a large holographic display in their identical rooms. Kima and her mother make funny faces at each other, while Lil's father apologizes that due to his work he will not be able to see her in person this year for First Contact Day. Lil hangs up on him.

The girls and several other children of similar age in red blazers then head to the school shuttle stop that will take them to school. Lil, upset with her father, bumps Kima and knocks off her backpack. Due to the time it takes Kima to collect her things, she is late and the school shuttle departs without her.

The scene changes to show the atrium of the school, where Lil sits alone while other children chat or study in groups. Kima, late, runs up the stairs while the others head to class and encounters the principal, who gives her a disapproving look and notes her tardiness. She enters her classroom, the lesson already in progress, and purposefully bumps Lil on the way to her desk in the back.

Lil draws a caricature of their teacher, Mrs. K, and sends it to Kima's workstation. Kima doesn't appreciate the drawing, and then gets in trouble when the teacher sees it and thinks it is Kima's.

In the school library, Kima lies in wait and trips Lil as she walks past. The scene then changes to the hallway, where Lil shoves Kima to the floor. The girls begin to fight while their classmates look on. The fight escalates, with both girls throwing punches before they're broken up by their teachers.

In the school atrium, Kima and Lil are sitting, separately, waiting to be disciplined. The principal begins to approach before his holographic PADD lights up with a red signal. One of the school's secretaries approaches him, crying, her PADD similarly lit. After they look at each other, the secretary rushes over to one of her colleagues at a desk. An audible emergency alert starts and the room's lighting switches to red. The information screens simultaneously switch to the Federation News Network.

As other students stream into the area, the screens are broadcasting news footage of a major attack on Mars by "rogue synths" and that an estimated three thousand Martians and Starfleet personnel are dead. As the students and staff watch, the Martian colonies and their orbital facilities are attacked by synth ships. A chyron over the footage reports that Starfleet has dispatched a task force at high warp to Mars while another screen shows a still image of Admiral Jean-Luc Picard with a chyron reporting that he finds the attack "devastating." Lil turns to Kima and sees she is crying. In their dismay, the girls take each other's hands.

Background information[]


  • The title of this episode was first revealed in a trailer released on 20 July 2019, at San Diego Comic-Con.
  • The release date was announced on 5 October 2019 at New York Comic-Con. [1]


  • This is the first Short Treks episode where the title is displayed after the episode, instead of after the opening credits.
Based upon TNG credit

The TNG credit

Split screen

The split screen segment

  • This is the second episode to feature a split screen presentation of events for the audience that is not some form of communication between the characters seen. This happens as the girls leave their dormitory rooms. The first was DIS: "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2".
  • This is the only episode from the first and second seasons of Short Treks to not be included on the Blu-ray and DVD release of the series. It is included on the Blu-ray and DVD release of the first season of Star Trek: Picard.


Filming locations[]

  • Scenes for this episode were filmed at the Daniels building at the University of Toronto. [2]


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Akoszonam; Andrée Putman: Complete Works; anti-grav rigger; Attack on Mars; Bajoran; bicycle; black hole; blood; Building a New Millennium; Class C shuttlecraft; computer; drawing; E01; Earth; emergency alert; Federation tug; First Contact Day; Federation News Network (FNN); Golden Gate Bridge; hand-to-hand combat; lab; library; locker; Magee-class (unnamed); Mallet-Stevens; Mars; Mars Orbital Facility; mass; Mons Olympus Station; Mrs.; neutron star; quality systems supervisor; Rafael Moneo; red alert; rogue; school shuttle; school shuttle stop; stellar cartography; supernova; synth; synth ship; task force; Utopia Planitia Ship Yards; Vulcan; warp field; WSA; WSA 01; WSA uniform

Meta references[]

day; dolphin; gun; head; hero; "Heroes"; king; kissing; shame; swimming; queen; wall

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