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Star Trek: Prodigy

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Star Trek: Prodigy is an animated series that premiered on 28 October 2021, first on Paramount+, then on Nickelodeon. It is the third animated Star Trek series, following Star Trek: The Animated Series and Star Trek: Lower Decks, but the first to be rendered entirely with computer-generated imaging and 3D modeling. Previously, the Star Trek: Short Treks episode "The Girl Who Made the Stars" was produced in a similar fashion.

Alex Kurtzman stated that unlike Lower Decks, Prodigy will be kid-focused with an "entirely different perspective and an entirely different tone," adding, "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?" [2]

In February 2019, it was announced Nickelodeon had entered talks to air the show, and Trollhunters writers and executive producers Kevin and Dan Hageman had boarded the project. [3]

On 24 April 2019, it was revealed that the series would indeed air on Nickelodeon and focus on a group of lawless teenage characters finding a derelict Starfleet ship which they use to "search for adventure, meaning and salvation". [4]

In May 2019, CBS filed trademarks for the titles "Star Trek: Section 31" and "Star Trek: Prodigy", with posts on Reddit later in the year attaching the Prodigy title to the second animated series. [5]

On 23 July 2020, it was revealed that the show would, in fact, be named Star Trek: Prodigy, and that it would air on Nickelodeon in 2021. [6] [7]

Opening credits

The opening title sequence for Star Trek: Prodigy was unveiled on 31 August 2021, with theme by Michael Giacchino. [8]

Main cast

Starring

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Guest stars

Episode list

Season 1

PRO Season 1, 20 episodes: [14]

Title Episode Prodno. Stardate Original Airdate
"Lost and Found" 1x01/02 101/102 Not given 2021-10-28
"Starstruck" 1x03 103 Not given 2021-11-04
"Dream Catcher" 1x04 104 Not given 2021-11-11
"Terror Firma" 1x05 105 Not given 2021-11-18
Hiatus for DIS Season 4
Episode 6 1x06 106 Unknown 2022-01-06
Episode 7 1x07 107 Unknown 2022-01-13
Episode 8 1x08 108 Unknown 2022-01-20
Episode 9 1x09 109 Unknown 2022-01-27
Episode 10 1x10 110 Unknown 2022-02-03
Hiatus for PIC Season 2
Episode 11 1x11 111 Unknown 2022-12-31
Episode 12 1x12 112 Unknown 2022-12-31
Episode 13 1x13 113 Unknown 2022-12-31
Episode 14 1x14 114 Unknown 2022-12-31
Episode 15 1x15 115 Unknown 2022-12-31
Episode 16 1x16 116 Unknown 2022-12-31
Episode 17 1x17 117 Unknown 2022-12-31
Episode 18 1x18 118 Unknown 2022-12-31
Episode 19 1x19 119 Unknown 2022-12-31
Episode 20 1x20 120 Unknown 2022-12-31

Season 2

PRO Season 2

About

From Paramount+
"Developed by Emmy® Award-winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters and Ninjago) the CG-animated series Star Trek: Prodigy is the first Star Trek series aimed at younger audiences and will follow a motley crew of young aliens who must figure out how to work together while navigating a greater galaxy, in search for a better future. These six young outcasts know nothing about the ship they have commandeered – a first in the history of the Star Trek Franchise – but over the course of their adventures together, they will each be introduced to Starfleet and the ideals it represents.[15]


Development

In July 2019, the Hagemans announced the full writers' room for the show. [16] Among those revealed to be writing the series are Trollhunters writer-producers Aaron Waltke and Chad Quandt, The 100 writer-producers Shawna Benson and Julie Benson, Black Sails writer Lisa Boyd, Shades of Blue writer Nikhil Jayaram, and Diandra Pendleton-Thompson.

In October 2019, Kurtzman said that this series will be animated in a digital 3D style, like Ninjago or Trollhunters, as opposed to the more "cartoon" look of Star Trek: Lower Decks. He also confirmed that the series had been picked up for a two-season order, and that a title had been chosen for the series, but he was not yet ready to reveal it. [17]

In the same interview, Heather Kadin said that, due to the time-consuming process of 3D animation, the series would likely air later than 2021. Kadin also emphasized that the Hagemans' writing style will be accessible to kids without patronizing them or alienating their parents:

"The reason we went to the Hagemans is because if you've seen their work, you know that they're not writing "Muppet Babies". It's not "Little Spock and Little Kirk." It's not playing down [to viewers] that way."

"Even [with] their characters in Ninjago – they are teenagers – I was able to watch that with my kids and they write with a very epic quality. They tell stories the way we tell stories in live action: serialized, turning over cards…"

"I think it will be a great way for fans to introduce the franchise to their kids, and for new fans to be formed, because it's such a big franchise, [it can be hard] to get into as a kid." [18]

In an October 2020 interview with Trek Report, producer and writer Aaron Waltke said that Prodigy aims to bridge the gap between old and new iterations of the Star Trek franchise, with a series that strikes a tone of hope and idealism. [19]

"It's been exhilarating to make a series that honors classic Trek for legacy fans like myself, but also provides an entry point for new audiences to be introduced to the world of the Federation and its aspirations for an idealistic future, even when facing adversity. Writing the return of our beloved Voyager captain feels oddly iconic, like a homecoming for me. And we hope to create something both young and old can watch together... just as I once did with my dad all those many years ago." [20]

In February 2021, it was announced that Prodigy would debut on Paramount+ in 2021. An image of the alien bridge crew was also released. [21]

On First Contact Day in April 2021, the Hagemans revealed that the series will be set in the Delta Quadrant in 2383. They also revealed an image of Captain Janeway as she will appear in the series, and explained that the character will appear as an emergency training hologram on board the starship. A new summary of the series' premise was also released:

Prodigy "will follow a motley crew of young aliens who must figure out how to work together while navigating a greater galaxy, in search for a better future. These six young outcasts know nothing about the ship they have commandeered – a first in the history of the Star Trek Franchise – but over the course of their adventures together, they will each be introduced to Starfleet and the ideals it represents." [22]

In May 2021, more details about the cast were released, with the main voice cast revealed. [23]

On 23 July 2021, a teaser trailer was released during the Paramount+ Star Trek Comic-Con@Home panel, revealing the first animated footage of the series along with the first look and name of the vessel, the USS Protostar. [24]

The series' opening title sequence was publicly released on 31 August 2021, as part of a Paramount+ presentation to the Television Critics Association. This presentation also confirmed that the series' theme music had been composed by Michael Giacchino, and the music for the series would be composed by Nami Melumad. [25]

Promotion

Season 1

Products

In June 2019, Eaglemoss/Hero Collector's project manager Ben Robinson indicated that the company will manufacture starship miniatures from this series. [26]

On 13 July 2021, ViacomCBS Consumer Products and Playmates Toys jointly announced that the latter had acquired new licensing for "action figures, vehicles and ships, role play and other toy categories," and slated the first of these products for retail release in 2022. Among other Star Trek series and films, this licensing encompasses Star Trek: Prodigy, Star Trek: Lower Decks, Star Trek: Discovery, and Star Trek: Picard. [27]

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