The newest show in the “Star Trek” franchise, “Star Trek: Prodigy” premieres on the Paramount + streaming app in a few weeks, on October 28. “Prodigy” is the first Trek show specially designed for children. However, the creators and stars have made it clear that the show is aimed at parents as well as children. Dan and Kevin Hageman, the co-creators, have repeatedly expressed that they hope “Prodigy” will be a show that the the whole family can enjoy together.
With the premiere in less than a month, here’s a look at what we know so far.
The main characters of “Prodigy” are unlike anything Trek fans have seen before. In fact, the majority of them are literally species that Trek fans have never seen before. Only two of the characters, Jankom Pog and Zero, are identifiable Trek species. Jankom Pog is a Tellarite and Zero is a Medusan, both of which were introduced in “Star Trek: The Original Series”.
The rest of the aliens are new creations, just for “Prodigy”. Although there is speculation that Murf, who looks like a drop of galaxy-patterned goo, is a Changeling like Odo from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”.
These are the character profiles published on the official website Paramount + Twitter Account:
Murf, whose age and species are unknown, but who is an endearing and indestructible drop with oddly good timing and an insatiable appetite for ship parts.
Gwyn, a 17-year-old Vau N’Akat who grew up on her father’s dark mining planet and grew up dreaming of exploring the stars.
Jankom Pog, a 16-year-old Tellarite. Tellarites are known to appreciate an argument, and Jankom is no different. Regardless of opinion, he will always play “devil’s advocate” for the sake of hearing all parties.
Rok-Tahk, a Brikar and an exceptionally bright eight year old girl. Rok is a bit shy, but not when it comes to his love for animals.
Zero, who is a Medusan: a non-bodily, genderless, energy-based life form. Since the others would go mad at the sight of their real selves, Zero wears a containment suit they themselves made to protect others.
17-year-old Dal of an unknown species, he thinks he’s a maverick, who even in the most difficult of times holds fast to his unwavering hope.
All aliens are tweens or teens, which makes “Prodigy” Trek’s first show to focus on a juvenile crew.
Their ship, the USS Protostar
Unlike the main characters on all of Trek’s other shows, the characters on “Prodigy” do not start out as a crew of their spaceship. In fact, when they first find the USS Protostar, they don’t even know how to pilot a spaceship. They will have to learn to pilot a ship, work together and become a crew so that they can leave their old life behind.
That’s where Captain Kathryn Janeway comes in. Not the real Captain Janeway, but an emergency training hologram version. As the children struggle to activate and pilot the ship, a hologram of Captain Janeway appears and offers to help.
Kate Mulgrew, who is reprising the role of “Prodigy,” said ETH Janeway will become a mentor for the children as they learn how to be a crew together.
Fans got a good look at their ship in September when Paramount + revealed the “Prodigy” credit streak. The aesthetic is similar to that of the USS Voyager, which makes sense since the show is set in the same time frame, specifically the year 2383.
However, none of the trailers revealed how another Starfleet ship ended up in the Delta Quadrant.
That’s right, the Delta quadrant! “Prodigy” will take place entirely in the far reaches of known space, where the USS Voyager has been lost for seven years. This is why most of the characters are of unknown species.
The crew will find the Protostar on Tars Lamora, an asteroid in the Delta Quadrant that appears to be some sort of mining facility. So far, there is no explanation why these children are stuck on this planet. However, the trailers make it clear that they really want to leave. These kids have explorers’ hearts, which makes them the perfect Starfleet crew even if they don’t know anything about Starfleet.
Most “Star Trek” shows don’t feature a main villain. Crews face countless adversaries, some of whom clash with them on a regular basis, but it’s rare for a Starfleet crew to fight a particular villain over multiple showdowns.
“Prodigy” will break that mold. In August, Paramount + announced that John Noble and Jimmi Simpson had been cast as the villains of “Prodigy,” The Diviner and Drednok. The diviner controls the mining asteroid the children live on, and Drednok enforces his will. In a particularly interesting twist, The Diviner is also the father of one of the main characters, Gwyn.
The show’s second trailer revealed that the USS Protostar is owned by The Diviner and that the young crew actually stole it from her. The first season will follow them on their adventure through the Delta Quadrant and avoid the wrath of The Diviner and Drednok.
More seasons and familiar faces to come
Although “Prodigy” has not been officially renewed for a second season, Mulgrew revealed during a conversation with a fan that she is already working on vocals for the second season of the series. Another confirmation that a second season of “Prodigy” is in the works has come to Star Trek Las Vegas 2021.
Robert Beltran, who played Commander Chakotay in “Star Trek: Voyager,” hinted that he was also working for the voice for the series. He didn’t give more details, but it looks like fans can expect to see Chakotay in season two.
These are the big things we know so far. A preview screening of the first episode of “Prodigy” will be held at New York ComicCon on October 10th. Heavy will be doing a stupid report, so check back for more details!
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