In April we learned more about Kate Mulgrew’s role in Star Trek: Prodigy, the animated kids series coming to Paramount+ this year. Today, details on the rest of the voice cast and characters were revealed, including a few deep cuts into Star Trek lore. We also got a first look at images from the show.
Meet the kids of Star Trek: Prodigy
Earlier this year we got our first look at characters of Star Trek: Prodigy, the upcoming CG-animated kids series that 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.” Together the kids commandeer a derelict Starfleet ship in the Delta Quadrant, where they meet an Emergency Training Hologram based on Captain Janeway, voiced by Star Trek: Voyager’s Kate Mulgrew.
Today Paramount+ introduced their lineup of voice talent behind the six young alien starship crew members, along with character names and descriptions. The following is the official breakdown for each character.
An unusually bright eight-year-old girl from Brikar, Rok is a bit shy, but not when it comes to her love for animals. Voiced by Rylee Alazraqui (Doug Unplugs, Home Economics), daughter of prolific voice actor Carlos Alazraqui.
A 17-year-old and member of an unknown species, he fancies himself a maverick, who even in the toughest times, holds strong onto his unwavering hope. Voiced by Brett Gray (On My Block, When They See Us).
A Medusan: a noncorporeal, genderless, energy-based lifeform. Since others would go mad at the sight of their true self, Zero wears a containment suit they made themselves to protect others. Voiced by Angus Imrie (The Crown, Emma).
A 16-year-old Tellarite. Tellarites are known to relish an argument, and Jankom is no different. Regardless of opinion, he will always play devil’s advocate for the sake of hearing all sides. Voiced by Jason Mantzoukas (Infinite, Big Mouth, The Good Place).
A 17-year-old Vau N’Akat who was raised on her father’s bleak mining planet and grew up dreaming of exploring the stars. Voiced by Ella Purnell (Army of the Dead, Sweetbitter).
Age and species is unknown, but Murf is an endearing, indestructible blob with curiously good timing and an insatiable appetite for ship parts. Dee Bradley Baker (SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer).
First look at Prodigy
Paramount+ also released the first-ever images from Star Trek: Prodigy, showing off the animation style. The first image is of Dal on what could be the bridge of the Starfleet ship the kids commandeer.
There is another shot of Dal, this time looking to be in distress. This could be a shot from the first episode where the kids are initially incarcerated on an obscure planet, as revealed recently by Kate Mulgrew.
Next up is a shot of Gwyn, showing a bit more detail on her face and costume.
Finally we have Rok-Tahk, who appears to be doing some welding.
Star Trek connections
Prodigy is set in the Delta Quadrant, the same setting as Star Trek: Voyager, although none of the characters revealed so far have a connection to that series. However, there are connections to the original Star Trek, and the extended universe of Trek.
The most familiar is Jankom Pog. Tellarites were first introduced in the original Star Trek episode “Journey to Babel,” and are one of the founding races of the United Federation of Planets, along with Humans, Vulcans, and Andorians. Tellarites have appeared multiple times on multiple Star Trek series, including Discovery, Lower Decks, and Picard.
A more surprising connection comes with the character Zero. Previously assumed by most to be a robot due to the design of the character, Zero has been revealed to be a Medusan in a “containment suit.” This mysterious telepathic non-corporal race first appeared in the original Star Trek episode “Is There in Truth No Beauty?” There have also been some mentions of Medusans in the extended Star Trek universe of books and games.
And the deepest cut from the character reveals is for Rok-Tahk. Brikarians are a Federation race first introduced by author Peter David in the Starfleet Academy TNG-era series novel with a character named Zak Kebron, Kebron went on to be featured in David’s New Frontier novel series.
Star Trek: Prodigy will debut later this year on Paramount+ in the USA and CTV Sci-Fi in Canada. It isn’t currently known where or when it will be available internationally.
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