The Brightest Star -- Young Saru
The third installment of Short Treks explores the culture and lives of Saru's species, the Kelpians. To discover they quite literally gather kelp as a past-time, is somewhat reductive but the rest of their reality is actually quite interesting.
The Brightest Star -- The Harvest
The literary allusion here would be to H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine" with the Kelpians playing the Eloi to the Ba'uls' Morlocks. The details of the annual culling of the population are left largely ambiguous, a necessity considering the abbreviative nature of Short Treks, and left me with a LOT of questions.
The Brightest Star -- At Prayer
Saru's youthful rebellion against his father's dogmatic faith in the name of scientific knowledge is a revelation and yet makes so much sense. The Saru we have come to know is incredibly by-the-book but capable of innovative thought when the book goes out the window... err, porthole. The major point of fact we come to understand here is that every moment Saru wears his Starfleet uniform, he is in a fight against his Kelpian nature.
The Brightest Star -- The Federation's Hello
A lot of questions regarding the communication device Saru creates. Is he able to read the messages? Are we seeing a translated text? Was it a communication device to begin with? If not, how could he have turned it into one? Since his family seems to live in one dwelling, how did his father not notice that Saru didn't dispose of the Ba'ul ship piece like he was supposed to? Further on that, how was Saru meant to dispose of it in the first place? An electronics recycling site seems unlikely in the Kelpian settlement.
The Brightest Star -- Siranna
The most meaningful part of this narrative is seeing Saru in his familial context, deferential to his father and affectionate towards his sister, Siranna. Onboard Discovery, Saru is a solitary soul, isolated by nature as well as by choice. Among his people, he is one of many and yet is still set apart by his intellectual curiosity.
The Brightest Star -- Georgiou
The Bottom Line: This could easily be expanded to a full episode of Star Trek: Discovery. I wouldn't mind a mission that takes them back to Saru's homeworld and seeing how he explains he disappearance to his family and community. Furthermore, I kind of want to know about the Ba'ul and what they do with the sacrificed Kelpians. Unless they eat them because then I don't want to know.