Star Trek: Prodigy

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Star Trek: Prodigy
Star Trek Prodigy Logo.png
Genre
Created byKevin & Dan Hageman
Based onStar Trek
by Gene Roddenberry
Voices of
Theme music composerMichael Giacchino
ComposerNami Melumad
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
ProducerMacGregor Middleton
Running time24 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkParamount+
Original releaseOctober 28, 2021 (2021-10-28) –
present (present)
Chronology
Preceded byStar Trek: Lower Decks
Followed byStar Trek: Strange New Worlds
Related showsStar Trek TV series

Star Trek: Prodigy is an American animated television series created by Kevin and Dan Hageman for the streaming service Paramount+ and the cable channel Nickelodeon. It is the tenth Star Trek series and was launched in 2021 as part of executive producer Alex Kurtzman's expanded Star Trek Universe. Prodigy is the first Star Trek series to target younger audiences,[1][2] and is also the franchise's first animated series to solely use 3D animation. It follows a group of young aliens who find the USS Protostar, an abandoned starship.

Brett Gray, Ella Purnell, Jason Mantzoukas, Angus Imrie, Rylee Alazraqui, and Dee Bradley Baker voice the young crew of the USS Protostar, with Jimmi Simpson, John Noble, and Kate Mulgrew also providing voices for the series, the latter reprising her role as Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager. Kurtzman first mentioned the series in January 2019, and it was confirmed a month later. The Hageman brothers were set as creators and showrunners, and Nickelodeon ordered two seasons of Prodigy that April. Ben Hibon was announced as director and creative lead in August 2020, and it was revealed in February 2021 that the series would debut on Paramount+ before airing on Nickelodeon. It is produced by CBS Eye Animation Productions and Nickelodeon Animation Studio in association with Secret Hideout, Roddenberry Entertainment, and Brothers Hageman Productions.

Star Trek: Prodigy premiered on Paramount+ on October 28, 2021, and began airing on Nickelodeon on December 17. The first season of 20 episodes will continue from October 27, 2022, and a second season is in production.

Premise[edit]

In 2383, five years after the USS Voyager returned to Earth at the end of Star Trek: Voyager, a motley crew of young aliens find an abandoned Starfleet ship, the USS Protostar, in the Tars Lamora prison colony. Taking control of the ship, they must learn to work together as they make their way from the Delta Quadrant to the Alpha Quadrant.[3][4]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Brett Gray as Dal R'El: a 17-year-old "maverick" of unknown species who takes the role of captain on the USS Protostar[5]
  • Ella Purnell as Gwyndala: a 17-year-old Vau N'Akat nicknamed "Gwyn" who dreamed of exploring the stars while growing up on her father's prison asteroid[5]
  • Jason Mantzoukas as Jankom Pog: a 16-year-old Tellarite. He always plays devil's advocate.[5]
  • Angus Imrie as Zero: a Medusan—a noncorporeal, genderless, energy-based lifeform—who wears a containment suit to stop others from going mad at the sight of them[5]
  • Rylee Alazraqui as Rok-Tahk: a shy, 8-year-old Brikar[5][6]
  • Dee Bradley Baker as Murf:
    An indestructible blob with good timing and an appetite for ship parts.[5] The character was initially added as a joke, with Dal arriving to find a "semi-sentient blob" had joined the crew, but the writers soon fell in love with the idea of having a "dog-type character" in the series that children would enjoy.[7] In the second half of the first season, the writers gave Murf a character arc beyond "just eating things".[8]
  • Jimmi Simpson as Drednok:
    The Diviner's deadly robotic enforcer.[9] Co-showrunner Kevin Hageman said the robot was "very still, and silent, and soft-spoken", which contrasted with the more driven personality of the Diviner.[7] Simpson described Drednok as a more verbose version of the character Maximilian from the film The Black Hole (1979).[4]
  • John Noble as the Diviner:
    Gwyn's father and a ruthless tyrant who controls the asteroid Tars Lamora and searches for the Protostar.[9] The character, and Noble's performance, were inspired by Ricardo Montalbán's Star Trek villain Khan Noonien Singh.[4] The character initially just appears floating in a tank, which was inspired by the floating Guild Navigator creature from David Lynch's Dune (1984).[10]
  • Kate Mulgrew as Kathryn Janeway:
    Mulgrew primarily voices the Protostar's Emergency Training Holographic Advisor which is based on the likeness of Janeway, the former captain of the USS Voyager.[3][11] She also voices the real Janeway, now a Starfleet Vice Admiral in command of the USS Dauntless.[12]

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [20]Directed byWritten byParamount+ release date [20]Nickelodeon air date [20]
Part 1
1–2"Lost and Found"Ben HibonKevin & Dan HagemanOctober 28, 2021 (2021-10-28)July 8, 2022
On the Tars Lamora prison colony in the Delta Quadrant, a young alien named Dal dreams of escaping. The colony's leader, The Diviner, sends his robotic enforcer Drednok to capture a problematic prisoner, "Zero", who causes an explosion that allows Dal to get away. Dal is captured before he can escape and is interrogated by the Diviner's daughter Gwyn, who gives him one day to locate Zero. Descending to the deep core mining level, Dal is partnered with a Brikar who speaks another language and grows angry at Dal's attempts to search for Zero, accidentally causing a rock collapse that reveals the abandoned Federation starship the USS Protostar. The starship's translator allows the Brikar to introduce herself as Rok-Tahk. Zero watches this happen and introduces themselves, while the group is expanded to include engineer Jankom Pog and indestructible blob Murf. When they are confronted by Drednok and Gwyn, they take Gwyn hostage and escape from Tas Lamora in the Protostar. They are greeted by a training hologram with the likeness of former USS Voyager Captain Kathryn Janeway.
3"Starstruck"Alan WanChad QuandtNovember 4, 2021 (2021-11-04)December 17, 2021
Janeway, under the assumption that the colony escapists are Starfleet cadets, begins to train them on how to operate the Protostar and explains to them the purpose of the Federation and Starfleet. While Zero, Jankom, Rok-Tahk and Murf are eager to join the Federation, Dal—who has appointed himself Captain of the ship—dismisses Janeway. When he unknowingly directs Zero to fly the Protostar into a dying star, Dal is forced to ask for Janeway's help to save themselves and the ship. Meanwhile, Gwyn is held prisoner but begins to plot an escape so she can gain control of the ship and return it to her father, who is already in pursuit with Drednok.
4"Dream Catcher"Steve Ahn & Sung ShinLisa Schultz BoydNovember 11, 2021 (2021-11-11)July 15, 2022
Dal and the crew find an M-Class planet and decide to land the Protostar on its surface to investigate it. Using the ship's exploration vehicle the Runaway, the crew finds the planet to be very hospitable and decide to split up. Alone, each of them sees the thing that they each desire most, which for Dal is a representation of the parents that he does not remember. He soon realizes that these illusions are not what they seem and races to save the others from the planet. On the Protostar, Gwyn escapes captivity and takes control of the ship. She is able to get out with Murf before the planet attacks the ship and throws it 10 kilometers away.
5"Terror Firma"Alan Wan & Olga UlanovaJulie & Shawna BensonNovember 18, 2021 (2021-11-18)July 22, 2022
The group find Murf and an injured Gwyn, and Janeway activates a beacon to direct the team to the ship while defending it from the planet's attacks. After they spend most of the day traveling in circles due to the planet changing its terrain around them, Dal and Gwyn devise a solution together to navigate towards the ship using the stars. The Diviner and Drednok soon arrive, but the young crew are able to make it to the ship when the Diviner is tricked by the planet into thinking the ship is somewhere else. When he and Drednok return to their own ship, they pursue the Protostar but lose it when the young crew, including Gwyn, activates the special "proto-warp" function.
6"Kobayashi"Alan WanAaron J. WaltkeJanuary 6, 2022 (2022-01-06)July 22, 2022
The Protostar comes out of proto-warp after a 4,000-light-year jump into the Gamma Quadrant. Janeway introduces the crew to the holodeck, which can simulate virtual environments, and Dal uses it to take the Kobayashi Maru, a Starfleet captaincy examination. After unsuccessfully taking the test many times, even with a simulated crew of famous Starfleet officers, Dal learns that it is a no-win scenario and a good captain accepts some situations as being out of their control. Meanwhile, Gwyn uses her knowledge of languages to decipher a section of code in Janeway's memory bank that reveals the Protostar's original crew was boarded by an unknown enemy.
7"First Con-tact"Steve Ahn & Sung ShinDiandra Pendleton-ThompsonJanuary 13, 2022 (2022-01-13)July 29, 2022
The crew responds to a distress signal that turns out to be Nandi, a Ferengi smuggler who raised Dal. Nandi has cloaking technology on her ship that can be powered by the chimerium crystals on the Protostar, and she offers to give the technology to the crew if they help her retrieve a remalite crystal from a nearby, unexplored planet. Janeway warns that interfering with the young civilization on that planet would violate Starfleet's Prime Directive, but her concerns are dismissed and the crew help Nandi steal the crystal. When they realize the damage that they have done, the crew steal the crystal back and return it to the planet, but Nandi escapes with their chimerium.
8"Time Amok"Olga Ulanova & Sung ShinNikhil S. JayaramJanuary 20, 2022 (2022-01-20)July 29, 2022
Nandi contacts the Diviner and gives him the location of the Protostar. It will take months for them to reach that location, but the Diviner is able to hack the ship's shuttlecraft replicator to form a copy of Drednok. After the crew fail to work together to solve a riddle, the Protostar goes through a tachyon storm that splits each of them into different streams of time where each experience the speed of time differently. Janeway moves between each crewmember and helps them all contribute to a plan to save the ship. Experiencing time the slowest, Rok-Tahk finishes the plan and reverses the anomaly. A partially completed replication of Drednok survives the event.
9–10"A Moral Star"Ben HibonKevin & Dan Hageman, Julie & Shawna Benson, Lisa Schultz Boyd, Nikhil S. Jayaram, Diandra Pendleton-Thompson, Chad Quandt, and Aaron J. WaltkeJanuary 27, 2022 (2022-01-27)August 5, 2022
February 3, 2022 (2022-02-03)August 5, 2022

Part 1 : The Drednok replication displays a message from the Diviner offering to free the miners of Tars Lamora if the crew return the Protostar to him. They are eager to help the miners, though Dal is hesitant about returning to the prison. Forming a plan, they proto-warp to Tars Lamora and give the Protostar to the Diviner, who departs with Drednok and Gwyn after destroying the Tars Lamora power source. He soon discovers that the "proto-star" that powers the proto-warp engine is missing; the indestructible Murf consumed it as part of the plan, with the others preparing to restore Tars Lamora's power so they can escape with the miners on the Diviner's ship.


Part 2 : The Protostar returns to Tars Lamora where the crew destroy Drednok and restore power. The Diviner reveals to Gwyn that he was sent from the future to prevent the destruction of their people after first contact with Starfleet caused a civil war; he plans to destroy Starfleet with a computer virus onboard the Protostar. Zero reveals their true form to the Diviner, driving him mad, while Gwyn sees Zero's reflection and loses her memory of the Diviner's plan. The Diviner is left in exile on Tars Lamora, the miners leave on his ship, and the crew of the Protostar fly towards Federation space where they are tracked by the real Janeway on the USS Dauntless.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In June 2018, after becoming sole showrunner of the series Star Trek: Discovery, Alex Kurtzman signed a five-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios to expand the Star Trek franchise beyond Discovery to several new series, miniseries, and animated series.[21] After the announcement of adult animated comedy Star Trek: Lower Decks, Kurtzman said in January 2019 that there would be at least one more animated series released as part of his expansion. This would be a "kids-focused" series that could potentially be released on a different network from the more adult-focused streaming service CBS All Access (later rebranded Paramount+) where the other Star Trek series under Kurtzman were being released. Kurtzman said other animated series would be different from Lower Decks in both tone and visual style, with the latter potentially being achieved through different technology.[22]

Kevin and Dan Hageman joined the series as writers by mid-February 2019, when Nickelodeon was in talks to air the show since its viewers match the series' younger target audience. The project was expected to be a "major tentpole series" for the network under its new president Brian Robbins.[23] A month later, Kurtzman confirmed the project and said negotiations with Nickelodeon were almost complete. He expected the series to be ready for release in 2021 or 2022.[24] Nickelodeon officially ordered the series in late April 2019, with the Hageman brothers confirmed to be writing and executive producing the series alongside Kurtzman, Secret Hideout's Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry (the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry) and Trevor Roth of Roddenberry Entertainment, and CBS Television's animation executive Katie Krentz.[25] Kadin revealed in October 2019 that the series had received a two-season order from Nickelodeon due to the animation work required for the series and said it would feature serialized elements. She explained that the Hagemans were hired due to their work on previous children's series that were not "playing down" to the audience and were still watchable for older viewers. Kadin felt the series would be something that older Star Trek fans could watch with their children to introduce them to the franchise.[26]

In an article on the Star Trek franchise in January 2020, The Wall Street Journal listed the series as Star Trek: Prodigy.[27] This title was officially confirmed in July, along with a 2021 release date. Ramsey Naito was overseeing the series for Nickelodeon as EVP of Animation Production and Development.[28] Ben Hibon was announced as director, co-executive producer, and creative lead for the series in August 2020. Naito described Hibon as "an incredible storyteller and a world builder with a distinct vision" for the series.[29] In February 2021, ViacomCBS announced that Prodigy would debut on the streaming service Paramount+ along with the rest of the Star Trek Universe.[30] Paramount+'s EVP of development and programming, Julie McNamara, said they would have the "best of both worlds" with this move by introducing the series to fans of the other Star Trek series on the service before bringing it to new audiences on Nickelodeon. She added that viewership data from CBS All Access showed that fans of Star Trek also watched the animated series The Legend of Korra on the service, and this was another factor in deciding to add Prodigy to Paramount+.[31] At that time, the series was revealed to have been ordered for a 20-episode season,[32] with a second 20-episode season officially confirmed by Paramount+ in November.[33][34]

Writing[edit]

"We never really view it as a kid show. We view it as a show for people who don't know Star Trek, which could be young or old... We wanted to keep the stakes real for an older audience. We never want to dumb things down for kids. Kids are really smart. They may have a learning curve in the show, but they'll get there."

Co-showrunner Dan Hageman on making Star Trek for younger audiences[35]

The Hageman brothers announced the series' writers room in July 2019, which included Julie and Shawna Benson, Diandra Pendleton-Thompson, Chad Quandt, Aaron Waltke, Lisa Shoop Boyd, Nikhil Jayaram, Erin McNamara, and Keith Sweet.[36] Star Trek author David Mack served as a consultant and adviser on the series.[37] Astrophysicist Erin Macdonald also served as a consultant on the series after being hired as a general science advisor for the Star Trek franchise. She worked in the writers room,[38] and unlike the other Star Trek series—for which she focused on scientific accuracy—her role on Prodigy was focused on STEM education for the series' younger target audience.[39] The series' premise was developed as a way to introduce Star Trek concepts to new, young audiences by featuring a group of young aliens from the Delta Quadrant who learn about Starfleet and its ideals throughout the series. Kevin Hageman noted that young viewers may not be able to identify with the "fully formed officers" who star in most Star Trek series so Prodigy starring younger characters also helped with the target audience being able to engage with the series.[40] Waltke was promoted to co-head writer and co-executive producer of the second season,[41] and explained that the first two seasons were written to tell one continuous story across four 10-episode "mini-arcs".[34] He added that the series would change in tone each season as the characters grow up, because the writers saw the series as a story about young people joining Starfleet and moving up the ranks. He also said the series would not ignore the events of other Star Trek projects that are also set during the 2380s.[42]

Casting[edit]

During New York Comic Con in October 2020, Kate Mulgrew was announced to be reprising her role of Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager. Further casting for the series was expected to be revealed in the following months.[11] Kurtzman said bringing Mulgrew back for the series was part of the Hagemans' initial pitch, and he felt their reasoning was compelling enough to meet his requirements that "legacy characters" like Janeway only be brought back for a very specific reason. The production had approached Mulgrew about starring in the series a year before the official announcement, and Kurtzman was surprised that her involvement had not leaked during that time.[43] Mulgrew was initially reluctant to join the series, but after several months of negotiations she was convinced to reprise her role by the idea of introducing Star Trek to a new generation of fans.[44] The series' version of Janeway is a hologram aboard the USS Protostar that is based on the original character's likeness,[3] though the actual Janeway also appears.[12] The hologram Janeway helps train the series' bridge crew,[3] which features six young misfits who,[31] in a first for the Star Trek franchise, are all aliens rather than human.[45] Mulgrew revealed in January 2021 that recording for the first season had been completed, and recording on the second season was about to begin.[46] The main voice cast for the series was announced in June 2021, including Rylee Alazraqui as Rok-Tahk, Brett Gray as Dal, Angus Imrie as Zero, Jason Mantzoukas as Jankom Pog, Ella Purnell as Gwyn, and Dee Bradley Baker as Murf.[5] At the end of August, John Noble was announced as voicing Gwyn's father, the Diviner, with Jimmi Simpson cast as the Diviner's robotic enforcer Drednok.[9]

Bonnie Gordon was hired to provide temporary "scratch vocals" for Gwyn and Janeway during development of the series, which led to her getting a permanent role as the voice of the USS Protostar's computer.[13] Billy Campbell revealed in February 2021 that he was reprising his guest role of Thadiun Okona from Star Trek: The Next Generation in the series and said his role was one of several "legacy characters" that were returning for Prodigy.[15] Robert Beltran, who portrayed Chakotay in Voyager, said he was working on Prodigy in August,[47] and was confirmed that October to be reprising his role as Captain Chakotay. Other recurring guests include Daveed Diggs as Commander Tysess, Jameela Jamil as Ensign Asencia, and Jason Alexander as Dr. Noum. Alexander previously had a different guest role in Voyager.[14] In the sixth episode, Dal takes a holographic simulation of the Kobayashi Maru captaincy test from the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). In the film, cadets took the test with experienced Starfleet officers as their crew, and episode writer Waltke chose to replicate this by including famous Starfleet officers from previous Star Trek series in the simulation. He originally included eight well-known crewmembers and the writers room debated which characters to bring back for the scene. This was ultimately narrowed down to five characters during the writing process: René Auberjonois's Odo from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; James Doohan's Montgomery Scott, Nichelle Nichols' Uhura, and Leonard Nimoy's Spock from Star Trek: The Original Series; and Gates McFadden's Beverly Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation. McFadden returned to provide new vocals for the episode, while archival audio of the other actors was used for their characters. Waltke read around 90 scripts for past Star Trek episodes and rewatched 40 episodes of the older series to find lines that could fit into these scenes and then pulled the dialogue for those lines from the Star Trek archives.[48]

Animation[edit]

When the series was announced, Kurtzman expected it would take around a year for each season's animation work to be completed.[24] During their initial discussions when Hibon first joined the project, the Hagemans said that they wanted to create an "epic" scope without losing the characters and emotion. Using computer-generated animation was the logical choice for Hibon, as he felt it would give the production all the tools they needed to create a cinematic series that was on-par with the live-action entries in the franchise.[40] Using CG animation differentiated Prodigy from the previous Star Trek animated series, Star Trek: The Animated Series and Lower Decks.[49][50] The series' design style was first developed through 2D drawings before being animated with 3D CG animation,[40] and Kurtzman compared it to the animated anthology series Love, Death & Robots in terms of "beauty and lighting and cinema".[50] Kadin further compared the style to the Hagemans' previous work on the animated series Ninjago and Trollhunters,[26] while Kurtzman said the series' animation was feature film-quality and would hold up if projected in cinemas.[31] In August 2020, Kurtzman said work on the series' animation was "barreling ahead, full steam ahead" in contrast to the live-action Star Trek series which had been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.[51]

External video
video icon Star Trek: Prodigy opening credits presents the series' title sequence with main theme composed by Michael Giacchino, Twitter video from the "Star Trek on Paramount+" channel

The series' designers tried to make the initial designs feel more grounded than previous Star Trek series, with the intention of integrating more of the "classic language" of Star Trek designs into Prodigy as the main characters move closer to the Federation and Starfleet.[40] The USS Protostar, the central ship of the series, has a similar design to the USS Voyager. The series' opening title sequence follows the Protostar through various spatial anomalies, planets, and debris fields that form into images of the main cast.[52]

Music[edit]

In August 2020, Kurtzman said Nami Melumad had been hired to compose the music for a new Star Trek series after impressing with her work on the Star Trek: Short Treks short "Q&A". He did not reveal which series she had been hired for, but Melumad indicated that it was Prodigy.[53] She was confirmed to be composing for the series in October.[54] The series' main theme was composed by Michael Giacchino, who supervised Melumad's Short Treks work and also composed the music for the Kelvin Timeline Star Trek films.[52][55] Melumad was comfortable working with Giacchino's theme after their previous work together, and because her own style was influenced by his.[56]

Melumad was the first woman to compose the music for a Star Trek series, which she said was "a huge honor, and [a] great responsibility".[57] When she first joined the project, the showrunners sent her a Spotify playlist with music that they listened to while developing the series which included Giacchino's score for the film John Carter (2012).[56] Giacchino's advise to Melumad was to not overuse the series' main theme or the original Star Trek theme by Alexander Courage, so they would feel earned when they do get used.[57] She settled on using the main theme only in the most triumphant moments for the main characters.[56] Melumad composed several other themes, including for each of the main characters. To represent Jankom, Melumad used the trombone and "a little bit of a clumsy" melody. Zero's theme uses a piccolo, while Gwyn's features a "keyboard-y kind of bell tone sound". Melumad did not reprise Jerry Goldsmith's main theme from Star Trek: Voyager to represent Hologram Janeway, since the character represents Starfleet in general within the series and because she felt the young target audience would not recognize the theme anyway. She did say that the music becomes "more Star Trek-y" as the series goes on,[57] especially as the main characters begin to interact with Starfleet in the second half of the first season.[56]

The score was recorded in Budapest with a 64-musician orchestra, and Melumad was glad that this was not impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic which had forced other series to record their musicians individually.[58] Selections from the score are being released after the debut of each episode, leading to a full soundtrack album at the end of the first season.[59] All music by Nami Melumad, except where noted:

Star Trek Prodigy (Original Music from the Series)
No.TitleArtist(s)Length
1."Star Trek Prodigy (Main Theme)"Michael Giacchino2:52
2."Tars Lamora" 4:11
3."Fly Me Hover" 2:10
4."It's Not O-Kazon" 2:18
5."The Last of Vau N'Akat" 2:27
6."Zero Zeros In" 1:00
7."In Catboots" 2:57
8."Great Mines Work Alike" 1:11
9."Mine Your Own Business" 2:04
10."USS Protostar NX-76884" 4:16
11."Close Encounters of the Curious Kind" 1:55
12."Trust Me, I'm an Engineer" 2:42
13."Cultural Studies" 0:46
14."No Dal Moment" 2:31
15."The Surge Between Us" 4:25
16."Have a Nice Fight" 3:54
17."Get Outer Space" 5:12
18."Always Wanted to See the Stars" 1:37
19."Divine Intervention" 0:41
20."Starfleet 101 – Introduction to Starfleet" 5:17
21."Trading Spaces" 1:58
22."Live Well and Prosper" 2:21
23."Second First Contact" 0:54
24."Red Alert" 2:35
25."Whatever Floats Your Boat" 4:26
26."Pathfinder" 3:18
27."A Nudge in the Right Direction" 1:29
28."The Revenant-12" 1:03
29."First Away Mission" 3:46
30."Set Phasers to Fun" 3:14
31."Gwyning Control, Pt. 1" 1:21
32."Gwyning Control, Pt. 2" 1:34
33."Curiouser and Curiouser" 2:48
34."Persistence of Vision" 2:16
35."Weird is Part of the Job" 2:09
36."Running a Tied Ship" 4:52
37."From Here to Where" 3:38
38."Moving Mountains" 2:55
39."Watcher in the Woods" 2:05
40."juppu' maHlaH" 4:28
41."Unwelcome Visitor" 3:11
42."Dream Catcher, You Heart Breaker" 3:42
43."My Protostar, My Choice" 3:09
44."Proto, I Have a Feeling We Aren't in Delta Quadrant Anymore" 2:19
45."Holodeck 101" 3:29
46."A Penny For Your Thoughts" 1:21
47."You Are My Blood, My Spirit's Song" 1:32
48."Starfleet's Finest" 2:29
49."Coffee First" 1:26
50."Dal vs. The Kobayashi Maru" 1:46
51."Murftoot" 1:31
52."A Captain With a Plan" 0:28
53."Lightningboom" 1:32
54."Stinger of Prey" 0:23
55."The Measure of a Captain" 2:32
56."Found in Translation" 1:10
57."Beam Me out" 1:57
58."Meet and Greed" 3:10
59."Ferengi Rule of Acquisition No. 208" 3:15
60."First Con-Tact" 2:48
61."Frame 245" 0:37
62."Crystal Matters" 1:14
63."The Cymari Song" 4:31
64."The Prime Deceptive" 2:47
65."Who Your True Friends Are" 1:47
Total length:2:42:00

Marketing[edit]

The series' title and logo were officially announced at the virtual Star Trek Universe panel during the July 2020 Comic-Con@Home convention,[28] while Mulgrew's casting was announced at another virtual Star Trek Universe panel for New York Comic Con in October 2020.[11] A first look at the main characters was released during the February 2021 ViacomCBS Investor Day,[45] and a first look at Hologram Janeway was revealed during the "First Contact Day" virtual event on April 5, 2021, celebrating the fictional holiday marking first contact between humans and aliens in the Star Trek universe.[3] At the Television Critics Association press tour in August 2021, the opening title sequence was revealed along with Giacchino's main theme.[52] After being the dominant producer of Star Trek collectible figures in the 1990s, Playmates Toys returned to the franchise in 2022 with new figures based on Prodigy.[60][61] To promote the series' release on Nickelodeon, the family-friendly, space-themed interactive experience at CAMP Experience in Brooklyn, New York, was redressed to be Prodigy-themed from July 22 to August 29.[62][63] Mulgrew and Gray promoted the series at a "Star Trek Day" event on September 8 where the mid-season premiere date was announced and a new clip from the second half of the first season was shown.[16][64]

Release[edit]

Star Trek: Prodigy premiered on October 28, 2021, on the streaming service Paramount+,[65] in the United States. The series is being released in other countries as Paramount+ is made available to them.[66] CTV Sci-Fi Channel broadcasts the series in Canada.[67] The first five episodes were released through November 18, followed by a break before the rest of the first season's first half were released beginning on January 6, 2022.[33] The series premiered on the cable channel Nickelodeon, which originally ordered the series, on December 17, 2021,[68] before a weekly airing on the channel of the first half of the first season from July 8 to August 5, 2022. After their Nickelodeon debut, the episodes are made available on Nick.com, the Nick App, and Nick On Demand.[69] The 10-episode second half of the first season will be released on Paramount+ in the U.S. from October 27.[33][16]

Reception[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 93% approval rating for the first season, with an average rating of 7.9/10 based on 15 reviews.[70] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 68 out of 100 based on reviews from 5 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[71]

Alex Maidy of JoBlo.com rated the series "great" and wrote: "Star Trek: Prodigy proves that it is entirely possible for Gene Roddenberry's vision to be both action-packed and thought-provoking... it is a rip-roaring adventure that will keep adults engaged, make kids think, and opens up endless possibilities for Star Trek more than any other series since the 1966 original."[72] Collier Jennings of Collider praised the series in his review, claiming "it is one of the best new entries in the Star Trek franchise... Prodigy wrings genuine emotion out of its moments, proving that even though it's targeted toward a younger audience it won't speak down to said audience."[73] Tara Bennett of IGN rated the episode 7 out of 10 and wrote: "Prodigy has the slick look of a high-end movie" and "The premiere sets the stage for a credible course for adventure that has the potential to grow into something special." Bennet praised the performances and said Ella Purnell's Gwyn and Rylee Alazraqui's Rok-Tahk are already stealing a lot of their scenes.[74] Joel Keller of Decider.com wrote, "The animation, writing and action sequences make the show equally accessible to Trekkers, as well. Mulgrew's performance as a slightly more wise-acre version of Voyager's Janeway grounds the show in Trek's universe, but only just enough to not get it mired in the franchise's drier, more talky tendencies. The first episode is full of well-designed action that ratchets up tension and keeps all viewers engaged, whether they're kids or grownups."[75] Jeff Ewing of Slashfilm praised Star Trek: Prodigy's bold themes and unique tone aimed at both young and old audiences, noting it is "well-paced for modern audiences with a strong set of character introductions, good action sequences, and a lot of open-ended potential. It strikes as ably accomplishing its goals to introduce younger audiences to the world of "Trek," finding a strong path to do so with its young characters' guided trip through the galaxy."[76] Keith DeCandido, author of several Star Trek novels, praised Prodigy in a review for Tor.com, saying it was even better than Discovery, Picard, and Lower Decks. DeCandido noted that "the target audience is on Nickelodeon, but honestly this show's audience is anyone who loves Star Trek, because this is very much a Trek show."[77] Zack Handlen of The A.V. Club gave the first episode a grade B and said the show had potential. He wrote: "The series is aimed at children, but in a cheery all-ages kind of way that avoids insulting its audience even if it never quite manages to impress them."[78] Shah Shahid of Comic Years praised Prodigy as "a beautiful way to remind audiences of what the promise of a bright future means to those without that hope... and at the end of the day, that is ultimately what Roddenberry intended."[79]

CNN.com's Brian Lowry was critical of the first episode and wrote: "The show mostly just transparently trades off the 'Trek' title without feeling like it's going anywhere, boldly or otherwise."[80]

Tie-in media[edit]

Publishing[edit]

Two tie-in novels are set to be published on January 17, 2023: Star Trek: Prodigy – Supernova, written by longtime Star Trek author Robb Pearlman, is a "middle-grade" story based on the video game of the same name; and Cassandra Rose Clarke's Star Trek: Prodigy – A Dangerous Trade follows the series' young crew as they attempt to trade a Starfleet battery for new parts with a group of rogue traders who plan to steal the Protostar.[81]

Video game[edit]

Outright Games, a video game publisher that focuses on family-friendly properties, announced a new video game inspired by the series in April 2022.[82] Titled Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova, the game was developed by Tessera Studios for PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Steam, and Stadia. It was the first Star Trek video game aimed at younger players. The story, written by Prodigy staff writer Lisa Boyd, follows Dal and Gwyn as they attempt to save their friends, the Protostar, and an alien planetary system from a supernova.[82][83] The game features the series' main cast reprising their roles, including Mulgrew, and was set to be released on October 14.[83]

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