The upcoming animated kids series Star Trek: Prodigy has been a bit of a mystery, but we learned a lot more during a First Contact Day event on Monday, including getting our first look at Kate Mulgrew’s Janeway.
Say hello to Hologram Janeway
Although it was announced last year that Kate Mulgrew would be reprising her role as Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: Prodigy, it was a bit of a mystery as to how the character would fit into a show set on a derelict Starfleet ship commandeered by a group of alien teens. Today, Paramount+ released the first images of Janeway from the series.
Mulgrew will appear as the built-in “Emergency Training Hologram” on the ship, confirming TrekMovie’s hologram Janeway theory. The news was revealed by series executive producers Kevin and Dan Hageman during today’s virtual global First Contact Day panels.
Prodigy returns to the Delta Quadrant
Developed by Emmy-winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters and Ninjago), the CG-animated series Star Trek: Prodigy is being promoted as the first Star Trek series developed specifically for younger audiences. During the panel, the Hagemans also revealed that the series takes place in the year 2383, after the events of Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Nemesis, and it is set in the Delta Quadrant.
Here is an updated version of the show synopsis:
[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.
Arriving in 2021
There was no news on a release date for Prodigy, except confirming previously reporting that it will premiere on Paramount+ later this year. Earlier during the First Contact Day events, it was revealed that the second season of Star Trek: Lower Decks would debut on August 12th, and the fourth season of Discovery will arrive in late 2021. It’s not clear where Prodigy will fit into that schedule, but a good guess would be for it to arrive in between Lower Decks and Discovery.
First Contact Day continues…
There is much more to come on this big First Contact Day, with more announcements expected. So stay tuned to TrekMovie for our full First Contact Day coverage.
The free First Contact Day virtual panels will be available to view on-demand on Paramount+’s YouTube Channel and on Paramount+ in the U.S., following their initial airing on StarTrek.com/FirstContact today from 12:00-2:45 PM, PT/3:00-5:45 PM, ET.
Star Trek: Prodigy will premiere on Paramount+ in the U.S. It will be broadcast on Nickelodeon following its run on Paramount+. There are no details available at this time regarding the international release for Prodigy.