[SPOILERS FOR PRODIGY 106]
Star Trek: Prodigy returned from hiatus with a crossover episode that brought in some classic Star Trek characters and introduced some new Star Trek technology to new viewers. Paramount+ has released a couple of videos featuring stars of the show to discuss what we can learn from “Kobayashi.”
Mulgrew on “the needs of the many”
In this video, Kate Mulgrew discusses the Vulcan adage “the needs of the many,” which was spoken by the hologram of Spock in the Kobayashi Maru simulation run by Dal.
Mulgrew pays tribute
After the episode debuted, Kate Mulgrew took to Twitter talk about the episode, calling it a “love letter To Starfleet” and to those actors who have passed away including Leonard Nimoy, René Auberjonois, James Doohan, and Aron Eisenberg.
An amazing episode and a true love letter to Starfleet – especially to those we've lost. A Trek salute to Leonard, James, and René (and the departed Aron Eisenberg, whose birthday is today) for embodying Starfleet's finest 🖖🏻 https://t.co/ntySGIi1Fp
— Kate Mulgrew (@TheKateMulgrew) January 6, 2022
She also had a bit of fun with Sir Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, and Marina Sirtis, joking about not being able to identify the bridge featured in “Kobayashi.”
— Kate Mulgrew (@TheKateMulgrew) January 5, 2022
August Imrie explains Holodecks
Star Trek: Prodigy introduced the holodeck in episode 106. In another video, Angus Imrie (Zero) explains this iconic piece of Trek tech.
Classic characters side by side
“Kobayashi” featured a number of classic characters from Star Trek history using their original dialog from the TV series and films. In his TrekMovie interview, writer Aaron J. Waltke described the painstaking process of putting it all together:
I basically had to create some algorithms with every Star Trek script ever written in order to search the databases for relevant lines. I also wound up reading probably 80 or 90 scripts, and rewatching about 40 or 50 episodes top to bottom. Knowing the shape of the story I wanted to tell, which, of course, is the Kobayashi Maru scenario and how Dal would interpret that, I then proceeded to go through find the lines to try to line them up to make sure they sounded like they’re all in the same room talking to each other. Then I went to the Star Trek archives where they thankfully have the remastered audio from all the DVD sets and the movies and such. And I would give them the time code and the episode and say, “Please give me the cleanest, just dialogue track of this line.” And then our team at Audio Circus, they had a specialist who was able to clean up the audio as much as they could using modern technology. Obviously, there’s still some of the stuff that was recorded in the ‘60s and it still has a little bit of a guttural quality to it.
The fan podcast Strange New Pod did the work to match each classic Star Trek moment with its use in “Kobayashi” for a great side-by-side comparison.
New episodes of Prodigy premiere on Thursdays on Paramount+ in the U.S. and on CTV Sci-Fi Channel in Canada, where it’s also available to stream on Crave. It is available on Paramount+ in Latin American, the Nordic Countries, and Australia, and Amazon Prime Video internationally on Fridays. It will debut later in 2022 in parts of Europe with the launch of the Paramouint+ Sky partnership.
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