Watch: Billy Campbell Returns As Okona In ‘Star Trek: Prodigy’ Mid-Season First-Look Clip

Billy Campbell as Okona in 'Star Trek: Prodigy' - TrekMovie - Star Trek Day

The sneak peaks kept coming at today’s Star Trek Day event. In the Star Trek: Prodigy conversation with Kate Mulgrew (Hologram Janeway, Admiral Janeway) and Brett Gray (Dal), a clip teasing Prodigy‘s return was dropped, featuring a new and familiar recurring cast member—and we finally got a premiere date.

This is outrageous!

For some, the most exciting takeaway of the Prodigy panel was the announcement that the lovable Okona will be back, voiced by the original actor, Billy Campbell, who portrayed the fan favorite in the TNG episode “The Outrageous Okona.” Campbell, who was a finalist for the role of Riker, played the “outrageous” Thadiun Okona, a roguish space captain who was constantly outrunning trouble caused by his own shenanigans.

When he runs into the young, impressionable Protostar crew, he’ll soon discover they’re in more hot water than he is. He will spend some time with them, as he is confirmed in a recurring role on the show. Executive producers Kevin and Dan Hageman say they’ve been planning this one for a while:

“From early on in the writers’ room, we knew we wanted Captain Thadiun Okona to return and become a questionable guide to our impressionable crew. It was so much fun to not only explore where Okona’s outrageous life has taken him in his later years, but to also work with Billy Campbell who effortlessly fell back into the role of Okona like he had never left.”

Thadiun Okona returns, voiced by Billy Campbell

Campbell played Okona in the original role in The Next Generation episode “The Outrageous Okona”

Janeway v. Janeway

In the remaining Prodigy season one episodes, our hopeful crew makes their way towards Starfleet, but their dreams are threatened when they discover the U.S.S. Protostar harbors a weapon designed to tear the Federation apart. To make matters worse, the real Vice Admiral Janeway is on the hunt for the Protostar, eager to uncover what happened to her missing former First Officer Chakotay. With these two ships on a collision course and destruction on the horizon, the fate of the Alpha Quadrant hangs in the balance.

Also, we can’t wait to see what’s happening to Murf!

International viewers can watch on StarTrek.com

Season 1 returns October 27th

The second half of season 1 of Star Trek: Prodigy returns to Paramount+ on Thursday, October 27th for subscribers in the U.S., Latin America, Australia, South Korea, and the U.K. It will air later in the year in South Korea, Germany, Italy, France, Austria, and Switzerland.

More Star Trek Day

The “Star Trek Day” celebration is available for fans to live-stream worldwide for free at StarTrek.com/Day and on YouTube (Paramount+ and Star Trek Official pages), Facebook (@StarTrek), Twitter (@StarTrekonPPlus) and TikTok (@ParamountPlus). It is available to stream for free in the U.S. only on Paramount+’s Twitch page. After the initial airing, the conversation portions of the event will be available on-demand on Paramount+.


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The first ten episodes were a pleasant surprise. I’m strangely looking forward to this more than I expected to.

I look forward to learning more about the Dauntless Class.

Dauntless proportions are looking really weird.

They appear to have made it a lot larger than the original Dauntless that Arturis had.

Dauntless looks a bit like a hair dryer :-)

Yes. That ship is NOT attractive. But whatever, as long as it gets the job done.

Lovable? Fan favorite? It’s one of the few TNG episodes I skip….

Everybody loves a rogue. Think of him
as our Han Solo.

Seriously? How can you even compare the two? I’m flabbergasted by this whole thing. Outrageous Okona is one of the worst episodes of Trek ever created and to say the Okona character fell flat is…an understatement of epic proportions.

Clearly others don’t agree with you.

Well, I for one agree with him. It’s a candidate for one of the five worst TNG episodes, and almost certainly on the bottom ten.

Hey, the dude hooked up with Teri Hatcher so…

Stop being melodramatic. These guys know what they are doing, I think we are in safe hands.

I rewatched it recently. It’s not a great episode, but Billy Campbell’s Okuna is just a really fun, light on his feet, character. Of course, his crappy ship is no Millennium Falcon.

I do kinda think Okuna could’ve been a good version of Harry Mudd to TNG if they’d brought him back like other characters that reoccurred.

Tastes will vary, it’s all good. Maybe now that he’s a bit older, he’ll be the Outspoken Okona…… :-)

Let’s hope!

I thought that was Chris Pine lol

I think the intent was to make him a Han Solo-ish dude.

Didn’t quite work out that way.

I don’t think its as bad as all that. I liked the Okona part of the story well enough. I hated the Data/Joe Piscopo part, which is probably the worst Data-subplot of the series.

Too bad they didn’t bring back Teri Hatcher!

She’s real. And she’s spectacular!

I honestly can’t remember him. I know the episode title. I know I’ve seen it five times, but seriously…no actually memories of it. They must think that kids would like him if they’ve included him hear as a funnel to classic Trek.

People blot it out because of the Joe Piscopo stinkfest. The Okona story is nothing to write home about, but it is far from the worst Trek material of the Berman era.

This is outrageous! I’m looking forward to it. :)

Pretty cool to see Okona and can’t wait to see how he ends up on the Protostar!

But Admiral Janeway vs Holographic Janeway sounds like it’s going to be an interesting show down!

The only person who can beat Janeway is Janeway. :-)

I really like how author David Mack used Okona in his TNG Relaunch novel Collateral Damage.

Definitely the hero of his own journey if a force of chaos no matter Starfleet’s best efforts to rein him in.

I’m reluctant to say too much to avoid spoiling either the novel or Prodigy, but given that Mack was a consultant for Prodigy’s entire first season, I am thinking that there’s some possibility that Mack’s ideas about what might have happened with Okona might be coming into onscreen canon.

I expect this to be excellent.

Who voted for the bumbling purple boy to be captain anyway? Why isn’t the smarter albino girl the captain? Seems sexist to me.

Oh Knock that off and stop trying to stir things up.

As much as I think that Gwyn should be the captain, this is a terrible way to spin the issue.

I’m so much looking forward to actually being able to watch Prodigy when P+ becomes available in Austria! And also to see that outrageous meta-murf-osing second set of episodes!

He appeared in Lower Decks as a DJ (already with the eyepatch), about two years before Prodigy. So he had a lot of distance to cover in a short time.

I said this show felt too Star Wars-y, so makes sense they bring in the Han Solo clone lol

Not excited by Campbell’s return. But the news here is October 27 will be when I resubscribe to P+. Or perhaps a few days later. Depending on other news.

I guess now we know why they gave him an eyepatch in Lower Decks.

Which is pretty cool and shows they really do talk to each other and try to keep the canon consistent. They didn’t have to give him one on LDS at all but maybe it will be explained how he lost it and how long it’s been in Prodigy.

Interesting, the combadges on the Dauntless look like those from Endgame etc. (i.e. the bars are protruding at the top), not like the modified ones in Picard. Apparently they were already like that in S01E10, I must have missed that detail (or forgotten)

Yes, this is one of those quirks that the showrunners teased will be explained. Something something, timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly…stuff. The Diviner himself is a time traveller who went backwards in time from about 50-67 years into the future of the “present” 2384, trying to prevent Federation first contact with his world. It’s unclear “when” the Protostar is from, but given that Voyager doesn’t return from the Delta Quadrant until 2378, and that Janeway is now a (full?) admiral, whereas she was a vice-admiral in Nemesis (2379), something’s a little off.

The uniforms are similar to Lower Decks, otherwise!

The question is whether the last 10 episodes of the season will air straight through or will it be five episodes and another break before the last five.

To the Video Clip:
If they can not have direct Com Link with other Ships, then they must do it the very ancient old way. Video Beam your Image with Subtitles (Space has no Sound) onto some Asteroid or other Screen as Projection. Et Voila