Sunday, September 19, 2021

'Star Trek: Prodigy' Is Set in Prime Universe, Confirms Co-Creator

Star Trek: Prodigy creator Kevin Hageman confirms that the animated series is set in the Prime Universe alongside the other Trek series.

Star Trek: Prodigy co-creator Kevin Hageman has confirmed that the animated series will be set in the Prime Universe along with the rest of the main Star Trek shows. The series is the first Star Trek property to be aimed specifically toward children, with the aim to bring new generations of Trekkies into the fold. Star Trek: Prodigy will premiere on Paramount Plus on October 28 with a one-hour (two-episode) special, and is slated to air on Nickelodeon shortly after. Nick and Paramount+ will also host a advance screening at NYCC 2021 on October 10.

Developed by Emmy® Award-winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters and Ninjago) the CG-animated series Star Trek: Prodigy follows 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, the U.S.S. Protostar – another 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.

Star Trek: Prodigy stars Rylee Alazraqui as Rok-Tahk, Brett Gray as Dal, Angus Imrie as Zero, Jason Mantzoukas as Jankom Pog, Ella Purnell as Gwyn, Dee Bradley Baker as Murf, and Kate Mulgrew, who is reprising her role of Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager. In the series, Janeway will serve as the starship’s built-in emergency training hologram.

In an interview with, Kevin broke down where Prodigy is placed within the Star Trek universe. Although the show is most closely linked to Star Trek: Voyager thanks to the presence of Captain Janeway, it will explore elements from the film universe and the constellation of Star Trek series on Paramount+. All of this will be taking place in the Prime Universe and not the Kelvin Timeline introduced in the Abrams movies, keeping Prodigy in continuity with every other Star Trek show. Read the full quote here:

"Yes, [it takes place in] in the Prime Universe. When we started, we wanted to have a very big cinematic scope. And part of that was for Dan and I, our introduction to Star Trek was through the movies. Wrath of Khan was our first way in. And so I think you'll see big drama, big scope in our animated series. I would say it's very influenced by the movies, if anything."

Star Trek: Prodigy will be joining its fellow animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks in exploring different periods and every nook and cranny of the Star Trek timeline of the Star Trek shows. Although the latter series does this with the intention of poking fun at some of the idiosyncrasies and inconsistencies the franchise has exhibited in its decades of existence, Prodigy is likely going to treat these prior outings with a little more gravity. Or, at least as much gravity as is possible for a children's program. It makes sense that, in order to properly have its characters (and by extension, the audience) learn about the ins and outs of Trek, it needs to have pride of place in the proper universe.

Original source: ScreenRant.

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