On October 27, Star Trek: Prodigy returns with 10 more episodes (which are technically the second half of season 1). At New York Comic Con, the producers and stars of the show gave us a preview.
Jellico is Janeway’s boss
One of the big announcements over the weekend was the return of Ronny Cox to to the franchise as Edward Jellico (now an Admiral, as we learned on Lower Decks), reprising his role from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Executive producer and co-creator Kevin Hageman explained how Jellico fits into the show:
Kevin Hageman: Admiral Jellico, because Admiral Janeway needs to have a foil. She needs a boss who is going to make things hard for her. Who better than Admiral Jellico?
More legacy characters and species are coming
On Star Trek Day last month, it was revealed that Billy Campbell is also returning from The Next Generation to play Thadiun Okona in the second half of season 1… and Kevin Hageman indicated there are more legacy characters to come.
Kevin Hageman: Also, Outrageous Okona is coming. These are just a look at the future. There’s going to be so many more. Our characters are now venturing closer to into Federation space. And we promise you there are going to be some really wild, fun, legendary characters coming back in Prodigy.
When the moderator noted that the new mid-season trailer also had a brief glimpse of the Borg, co-executive producer and director Ben Hibon jumped in to promise even more familiar species are on the way.
Hibon: The Borg, Romulans, Klingons, we are going to see them all. It’s a gift that keeps on giving for us and the crew. We love these characters, we love their designs and what they represent and how they have been approached in prior shows. We’re just loving iterating on it and respecting them from the base and adding that little Prodigy twist to it.
Mulgrew wants more Janeways
As seen in the trailer, the upcoming episodes will find Kate Mulgrew doing double duty voicing both Hologram Janeway and Admiral Janeway. When asked about this challenge at the panel, the Voyager star made it clear she is ready to take on even more versions of Janeway.
Mulgrew: Approaching a saturation point, is that what you are saying?… No, I want more iterations and more iterations. Alex, can there be more iterations? [Kurtzman replies “As many as you like”] It’s thrilling to play Vice Admiral Janeway and Hologram Janeway. Of course it is. And to know that children are watching it is wonderful.
Mulgrew also talked about how performing with just her voice has offered her more opportunities as an actress.
Mulgrew: When I go into the booth with Kevin and Dan, it’s absolutely liberating. It’s something you really don’t get in live-action, because live-action is by its very nature, is rigorous and demanding and exacting. But you go into the booth with these guys, and Ben at the end and it’s just liberating. So I can do with my voice, certain things that I could never do on a set. And it’s a fabulous feeling as an actor.
Some answers and more questions for Dal
The trailer also indicated Dal might learn more about his mysterious origins. Voice actor Brett Gray revealed there will be even more to this storyline:
Gray: I can say is going to be epic. And there may be more questions than answers. It’s really awesome to see sort of his growth because Dal hasn’t known who or what he is or what his purpose is since the very beginning of the series. So although he’s learned a lot and been through a lot, it’s only just beginning, really.
Jameela Jamil is hyped for Trek and second half of season 1
Jameela Jamil plays Ensign Asencia, a Trill bridge officer on Admiral Janeway’s ship, the USS Dauntless. She was seen briefly at the end of episode 10 but will feature more prominently in the rest of the season. The actress who voices Wonder Woman in the new animated movie DC League of Super-Pets and currently appears as Titiania in the Disney+ MCU series She-Hulk expressed how being in Star Trek is a role she has always wanted:
Jamil: I can’t believe it. I’ve been watching Star Trek since I was like four years old with my brother. So when the email came in offering me the role, I didn’t ask how much money. I didn’t ask to read a script. I wrote like a screaming “YES” in caps locks. Yeah, I was over the moon and I couldn’t believe it. And you guys [Kevin and Dan Hageman] were with me in the booth every time you would reveal to me which character would be coming onto our show and now I’m absolutely terrified I’m about to reveal something… I’m a massive longtime fan and this is a huge honor. And for this show to be so beautifully written and beautifully animated, as a fan I thank you. Because it means that you’re taking us seriously and you’re taking the next generation who are being brought into this world seriously and giving them the absolute best. I’m really proud to be a part of this show. Thanks for having me.
Later she used some adult language to express her feelings about the upcoming second half of season 1:
Jamil: This has been one of the most fun projects I’ve ever worked on… And you have created also such an environment of love the Star Trek that is so infectious. And we’ve made this with every bit of love for you. And I think, personally, that [the second half of season one] is going to blow your f—ing b—s off.
Prodigy mid-season trailer
In case you missed it, here again, is the mid-season trailer released at NYCC. [international version at startrek.com]
Prodigy will return on Thursday, Oct. 27 exclusively for Paramount+ subscribers in the U.S., and on Friday, Oct. 28 in Latin America, Australia, Italy and the U.K. Following the premiere, new episodes of the 10-episode-long second half will be available to stream weekly on Thursdays. The series will air later in the year in South Korea, Germany, Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland.
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