We truly are in a golden age of Star Trek. Speaking exclusively to The Hollywood Reperter, producer Alex Kurtzman discussed additional Star Trek animated series joining Star Trek: Lower Decks (which already has a two-season order) and the live action series that are on their way. The next two Short Trek episodes are animated and will debut between Discovery seasons 2 and 3.
"Our goal is to not only expand the definition of Star Trek and what has qualified as traditional Star Trek, but also to tell stories that are both self-contained in a very short period of time that also connect to the larger picture of what we're doing, not only in Discovery but in the world building of Trek in general, and you get to tell these very intimate, emotional stories that are side stories to characters. So you get the benefit of the experience in and of itself but then when you watch Discovery you'll see that these were all setting up things in the world of season two."
Kurtzman is keen to expand the boundaries of Star Trek wehile remaining true to the core spirit of the show, and animaytion appears to be at the vanguard of that push.
"There's other animated things that we're building that are an entirely different perspective and an entirely different tone [from Lower Decks]. What's exciting about it is not only looking at each animated series as what's the different tone, but what's the different technology we can apply to these things so that visually they're entirely different?"
We will follow thse developments closely as they grow.