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For the story with the same name, please see the girl who made the stars.

When a lightning storm in space scares a young Michael Burnham, her father aims to ease her fears with a mythical story about a brave little girl who faced her own fears head on.

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Background information Edit

  • 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 one of two animated Short Treks in the second season.
  • To date, this is the shortest episode of Short Treks, clocking in at just under eight minutes.
  • Alex Kurtzman stated that this episode and "Ephraim and Dot" are both "tied to Discovery, but in interesting and surprising ways." [2]
  • This short, along with "Ephraim and Dot" which premiered at the same time, are the first animated episodes in the Star Trek franchise since the last episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series, "The Counter-Clock Incident", first aired in 1974.
  • The official episode description describes the spatial disturbance seen around the space station as a "lightning storm in space". That exact phrase was a plot point in Star Trek, where the uniqueness of a phenomenon described as such tipped off James T. Kirk that what he was seeing was linked to the incident in which his father was killed. Lightning-like phenomena in space were also seen in the region the USS Discovery found itself in "Calypso".
  • Young Michael has a plush doll strongly resembling Ephraim, the tardigrade from "Ephraim and Dot".

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Africa; aluminum; Being; bow and arrow; constellation; elder; Elder, the; elephant; explorer; farming; firefly; first people; galaxy; Girl, the; girl who made the stars, the; hunter-gatherer; lion; navigation; night beast; nightlight; NX-class; shadow; queen; rhinoceros; stars; starbase; stuffed animal; tardigrade; warrior; zebra

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Star Trek: Short Treks
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Next episode:
"Ephraim and Dot"
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