[SPOILERS FOR PRODIGY 110]
The midseason finale episode of Star Trek: Prodigy (“A Moral Star, Part 2”) introduced a lot of new elements into the show, including the real Admiral Janeway. We have some commentary from the showrunners and more to help sort it all out.
Admiral Janeway goes on the hunt
The introduction of Admiral Janeway was a big surprise and in a series of interviews, executive producers and showrunners Dan and Kevin Hageman have confirmed she will be back and playing an important, but surprising role for the rest of the 20-episode first season. Dan tells Fanbyte:
It’s not going to be the Admiral Janeway Show, [but] Admiral Janeway is on the hunt. We always talk about the movie The Fugitive, and [how] not all antagonists are bad guys. Sometimes they’re tough ladies.
Kevin follows up:
You could say that she becomes the antagonist over the next ten episodes. For anyone who’s a fan of Voyager, this is going to be a fun next chapter for Janeway and Chakotay.
Speaking to Cinemablend, Kevin Hageman goes into more detail on why Janeway is taking on this role of the hunter: :
When we were creating the twenty-episode arc of Season 1, we knew The Diviner was going to be taking a step out, and there needed to be a new sort of antagonist. And Dan and I were like, ‘We have Hologram Janeway. We’re in the same space that the real Janeway could be there.’ And so we were suddenly talking about [how] she could become the sort-of antagonist for the back ten [episodes.] Sort of like Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive, right? Where you love Harrison Ford, but you also love Tommy Lee Jones hunting him down and doing his job.
Kevin Hageman explained more about what is driving Admiral Janeway:
I think the search for Chakotay will continue. It’s definitely something on the top of the mind. It’s the main motivation for Admiral Janeway. She wants nothing more than to find her First Officer.
Speaking to Screenrant, Dan discussed the inherent issue with this pursuit now that it has been revealed that the Diviner has hidden a Starfleet-destroying Trojan Horse weapon on the Protostar:
I think we just loved that idea where [the Protostar’s crew] just got themselves together where they can do a mission, but now they’re being tested greater than they’ve ever been tested. You’ve got Admiral Janeway on their tail trying to get them because that’s where the answers to Chakotay lie.
At the same time, they have a weapon [that can destroy Starfleet]. They can’t go to where they want to go. They can’t go to Starfleet. They can’t get caught by Janeway. What happens? That’s the next ten [episodes].
Mulgrew on Starfleet teamwork
The weekly lesson from Kate Mulgrew for “A Moral Star, Part 2” focused on teamwork.
All about Medusans
And in another lesson video, Angus Imrie (Zero) explains Medusans.
Speaking of Zero and Medusans, composer Nami Melumad confirmed that Zero’s theme contains elements of music from the TOS episode “Is There in Truth No Beauty?”
Thank you 🤩 Zero’s theme has been there all along from episode #101 👀 https://t.co/hTqMiCSMfb
— Nami Melumad (@namicomposer) February 3, 2022
Good news for Australia
Fans in Australia have been wondering when episodes 6-10 will show up on ParamountPlus down under, and it has finally been confirmed those episodes will be available on Friday, February 11.
Hey guys, we hear you and the wait is almost over. Episodes 6-10 of Star Trek: Prodigy will be joining our platform on Friday, Feb 11!
— Paramount+ Australia (@ParamountPlusAU) February 4, 2022
Star Trek: Prodigy will return later in 2022 with the rest of season one.
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