A year ago, during the San Diego Comic-Con @ Home event, the name of the first Star Trek series focused on younger audiences was revealed – Star Trek: Prodigy, and now the first official teaser trailer has arrived during this year’s Comic-Con @ Home.
The plot follows a group of colorful young aliens who have to figure out how to collaborate together as they navigate through space, in search of a better future. These six young outcasts know nothing about the ship they took on – for the first time in the history of the Star Trek franchise – but during their joint adventures, each will be introduced to the Starfleet and the ideals it represents.
Ella Purnell (Army of the Dead) plays Gwyn, a 17-year-old member of the Vau N ’Akat species, a new species in Star Trek, who grew up on her father’s gloomy mining planet – dreaming of exploring the stars.
Brett Gray (On My Block) plays 17-year-old Dahl, a purple alien whose race is not yet known – who sees himself as a rainbow and sticks to his unwavering hope even in the most difficult moments.
Jason Mantzoukas (The Good Place) plays Jankom Pog’s teenager, Tellarito, a species that has been part of Star Trek since the Original Series, whose members later take on a prominent role during the final season of Star Trek: Enterprise.
Angus Imrie (The Crown) plays Zero, a member of the Medusan race, energetic beings who wear suits to protect others from looking at them, which can cause insanity. Their species was introduced in 1968 in the episode Is There in Truth No Beauty ?, the fifth episode of the third season of the Original Series.
Dee Bradley Baker (SpongeBob SquarePants) interprets the dazzling Murf, a cuddly, indestructible blob, extremely good timing, and an insatiable appetite for ship parts.
Rylee Alazraqui (Summer Camp Island) plays the clumsy Rok-Tahk, an unusually bright eight-year-old girl, a member of the Brikariana species. Although she is a bit shy, Rok does not refrain from expressing her love for animals. Brikarians are the kind devised by Peter David for the Star Trek: Starfleet Academy video game.
Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager) will, as we know from before, be the voice and avatar of the emergency training hologram, which will teach six children about the ship they requisitioned, the Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets ethos as the series progresses.
The first trailer doesn’t reveal much more than this short synopsis, but it still gives a slightly better insight into the characters than their mere descriptions. Janeway is a card that is obviously kept, so we didn’t have a chance to see it in the announcement but only to hear it, and very briefly at the very end with the words “We just started.” And yes, we must not forget to point out that we got a view of the ship itself – the USS Protostar bearing the designation NX-76884.
In addition to the trailer from the panel, we would like to point out that Ben Hibon (director and executive producer) confirmed that the series is indeed part of the canon, ie the wider world of Star Trek. He also noted the following: “We knew viewers would experience our series as,‘ Oh, this is the little brother or younger sister of the Star Trek universe. And we wanted to be that little brother or sister who beats up an older sister and says, ‘Don’t underestimate us.’ “
As for Janeway’s return, Mulgrew had the following to say: “She is Janeway at her best. She is there to help this colorful crew and launch this dead ship. And it will. It’s full of warmth. She is determined to help these children move from this dangerous and dark planet to a much better place. Another galaxy. She’s funny, she’s alive, she can be really funny… but mostly she has the urge to help them succeed. ”
The Star Trek: Prodigy on Paramount Plus arrives this fall, the exact date is not yet known. The series is produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio and CBS Studios.