The Countdown to ‘Star Trek: Prodigy’ is 5 Quick Days
For arguably the first time ever, creators of Star Trek are targeting kids and young adults singularly with a new show.
That’s Star Trek: Prodigy, and it premieres on October 28.
Star Trek has always been kid-friendly, including all sects of audience for its vast viewership. There was even a cartoon in the 1970s that sought to capitalize on the fame and success of Star Trek: The Original Series. But Prodigy is different. This is for kid-kids, and wants to connect with youngsters. Previously, in nearly all modes of Star Trek, kids could watch and be reasonably entertained.
Now, the shoe is on the other foot. Kids will seek this brand while adults can be reasonably entertained.
The studio describes the show like this: “In 2383, after the events of Star Trek: Voyager, a motley crew of young aliens in the Delta Quadrant find an abandoned Starfleet ship, the USS Protostar. Taking control of the ship, they must learn to work together as they make their way towards the Alpha Quadrant.”
The show is created by Kevin and Dan Hagerman, best known as writers of The Lego Movie and Hotel Transylvania.
Voice actors in the show include Kate Mulgrew, Jason Alexander, Rylee Alazraqui, Brett Gray, Angus Imrie, Jason Mantzoukas, Ella Purnell, Dee Bradley Baker, John Noble, and Jimmi Simpson.
Each Prodigy episode will be one hour long, and the first season is scheduled for 10 installments.
It can be streamed here with a subscription on Thursday.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. His odyssey with Star Trek starts from beginning to finish, watching ‘The Original Series,’ all the way to the present day. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).