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The crew forgo their dreams of Starfleet to return to Tars Lamora in a no-win scenario.


Act One

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Memorable quotes

"This is a no-win scenario, Gwyn. This is our Kobayashi Maru."
"So what are you saying?"
"It can't be one of my half-baked plans."

- Dal and Gwyn

"Suddenly, I feel underdressed." (changes uniform) "That's better."

- Hologram Janeway

"I just wanna say, I know you never thought you were Starfleet material, but today, you're risking everything on a seemingly impossible mission to save others, to bring hope to a hopeless cause. Nothing's more Starfleet than that."

- Hologram Janeway

Background information



  • By acknowledging the entire writers' room for their contributions, this episode holds the record for most writers credited on a single episode of Star Trek. [2]


  • Dal R'El references the lessons he learned about the burden of command and the consequences of command decisions in the Kobayashi Maru scenario in "Kobayashi".
  • This episode shows the crew of the USS Protostar wearing Starfleet uniforms for the first time. Hologram Janeway also updates her uniform to match the style of the rest of the crew.
    • According to the Hagemans, these new uniforms and combadge are unique to this specific ship: "Since the USS Protostar is an experimental starship, we felt it gave us some freedom to create our own uniform design, as long as it fit alongside the uniforms of this era. We, [executive producer] Ben Hibon, and our design team spent a lot of time discussing the badge and uniforms. We had to balance the style of our series, while also recognizing these kids aren’t actually anywhere close to being Starfleet Officers, which is why we went for a stripped-down design." They added that, "we all know different styles of combadges often co-existed in the same era, and we knew we wanted something special for Prodigy." [3]
  • Jankom references his familiarity with a pus hog, an animal previously referenced by Neelix in the VOY Season 2 episodes "Projections" and "Twisted".
  • When the proto-core is partially dismantled, the ship computer identifies that the "exotic matter dilithium matrix is missing," which renders the ship's proto-drive inoperable. In other starships, a misaligned or missing dilithium matrix prevents warp drive from functioning, but does not cause a warp core breach.
    • This also confirms that the Protostar uses a form of dilithium for its normal operation.
  • Drednok attempted to reprogram Hologram Janeway in order to make her obedient to The Diviner. Similar reprogramming had been experienced by Data when his ethical subroutines were shut off by Lore in TNG: "Descent", and by The Doctor when Captain Rudolph Ransom deleted his ethical subroutines in order to make him perform an incredibly damaging medical procedure on Seven of Nine in VOY: "Equinox, Part II".

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Background characters


acting; asteroid; asteroid system; atmospheric shields; Brikar; bunk room; Caitian; captain's chair; cargo transporter; chimerium cloak; coffee; computer; cycle; Dal R'El's species; day; double double cross; dress up; duty; emergency evacuation thruster pack; emergency reserves; exotic matter dilithium matrix (aka proto-core); Federation; freedom; friend; full impulse; goggles; gravity; gravity boots; haunted; heirloom; hoof; impulse; joyriding; Kobayashi Maru; Ktarian game; maximum warp; Medusan; memory; Milky Way Galaxy; miner; monster; Murf's species; negotiate; no-win scenario; "Nok-head"; oxygen; order; penny; phasers; phlegm; power; power generator; progeny; proto-drive; proto-jump (aka jump); proto-warp; Protostar, USS; Protostar-type; pus hog; rapid regeneration protocol; rescue mission; Rev-12; salvation; self-destruct; shields; snack; Starfleet; Starfleet uniform (early 2380s); Starfleet uniform (late 2360s-early 2370s); Tars Lamora; Tellarite; thief; time; tow; tractor beam; trade; truth; type 2 phaser; type 3 phaser; ultimatum; Unwanted, The; upgrade; Vau N'Akat; vehicle replicator; warp matrix; warp signature; Watcher; "Z"; zero g

Console references

alignment target; bridge; conference suite; crew's quarters; flight controls; flowchart; long range sensor; observation lounge; offset; operations; phaser array; profile view; proto-core; sec; setting; sick bay; subspace antenna; tactical array; target; tractor beam; wireframe mode

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Star Trek: Prodigy
Season 1
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