[SPOILERS FOR PRODIGY 107]
The seventh episode of Star Trek: Prodigy featured the introduction of a new character: DaiMon Nandi, a Ferengi captain who raised Dal before (unbeknownst to him) she sold him to the Chimerium mine on Tars Lamora. Paramount+ has released some videos taking a closer look at the episode, including the lessons learned through this introduction. Plus we have more from Kate Mulgrew and the team behind the episode.
Mulgrew on trusting your gut
In this video, Kate Mulgrew discusses the importance of trusting your instincts, a lesson learned the hard way by Dal who ignored his gut feeling when it came to trusting Nandi.
Brett Grey explains Ferengi
Being that Star Trek: Prodigy is intended for audiences new to Trek, every week they release a video explaining something introduced in the latest episode. This week’s video features Brett Grey (Dal) on the Ferengi, who were introduced through the character of Nandi.
Producer explains Dal’s backstory with Nandi
Co-executive producer Aaron Waltke took to Twitter to get into some of the details of “First Con-tact,” including explaining that Dal didn’t know about the Federation despite being brought up by a Ferengi because when he was with her he was “quite young” and they were “far outside the Federation’s jurisdiction.”
For those wondering how much Dal knew about the Federation prior to #StarTrekProdigy, he was with Nandi when he was very young and far outside the Federation’s jurisdiction, where it rarely came up. If you listen closely in EP3, he says the below. He literally needed reminding! pic.twitter.com/UuYXZ5t1Go
— Aaron J. Waltke (@GoodAaron) January 15, 2022
Waltke also took pride in Prodigy being the first episode of Star Trek to show the full text of The Prime Directive.
Prior to this, it had only been alluded to or paraphrased (and violated by every captain at some point in their careers. Even Picard.) https://t.co/JR13x1pSyU
— Aaron J. Waltke (@GoodAaron) January 14, 2022
Nandi will be back
Nandi was played by veteran voice actress Grey DeLisle (credited as Grey Griffin). On Twitter, she showed her excitement to join the Star Trek franchise and some pride playing the first female Ferengi DaiMon. The actress also confirmed Nandi is a recurring character.
My friend @thegreatlukeski has been waiting 22 years for Star Trek to finally have a new significant recurring Ferengi character in a series, and it turns out to be ME! Talk about a Role of Acquisition! #StarTrekProdigy #DaimonNandi #FirstFemaleFerengiDaimon pic.twitter.com/ZOqkWxYkB4
— Grey DeLisle (@GreyDeLisle) January 13, 2022
David Mack on Chimerium
The series premiere of Prodigy introduced Chimerium, the substance being mined on the Tars Lamora asteroid. This substance was also a plot point in “First Con-tact” as it is used to fuel cloaking devices. While Prodigy made Chimerium part of the official Star Trek canon, it was originally introduced in the Starfleet Corps Of Engineers novella Invincible, written by David Mack who is also a consultant for the show. Speaking to Inverse, Mack explains how Chimerium worked its way into Prodigy:
[The Hagemans] wanted the Protostar to be hidden inside the planetoid, and for their bad guy, the Diviner, to have been searching there for the ship over a period of many years, possibly even decades. Because sensors in the Star Trek universe should easily have been able to find a starship no matter how deeply it was buried inside the planetoid, I suggested to the Hagemans that it might be a good idea if the planetoid were rich with a compound that blocks sensors. That would explain why the Diviner was forced to resort to such brute-force search methods, while also giving him a valuable resource he could trade to finance his ongoing search.
Everyone agreed that Mack’s Chimerium was just the right thing to make it all fit.
Mulgrew honors new writer
“First Con-tact” was written by Diandra Pendleton-Thompson who celebrated it as her first writing credit with a Tik Tok video (also shared on Twitter) showing her patiently waiting for it to premiere on Paramount+. Show star Kate Mulgrew shared the video with a welcoming message to the new writer, including complimenting her choice of outfit.
— Kate Mulgrew (@TheKateMulgrew) January 14, 2022
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 on Fridays. It will debut later in 2022 in parts of Europe with the launch of the Paramouint+ Sky partnership.
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