This week Star Trek: Prodigy nears the end of the first season with the last episode preceding the two-part finale. We have details and a couple of images from episode 18.
Episode 18 of Prodigy is called “Mindwalk” and was written by Julie Benson & Shawna Benson and directed by Sung Shin. It debuts on Paramount+ on Thursday, December 15.
Desperate to warn Starfleet of their dilemma, a daring experiment goes awry as Dal inadvertently swaps minds with a Starfleet Vice Admiral.
New episodes of Prodigy debut on Thursdays exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., and on Fridays in Latin America and select countries in Europe. The series is also carried on SkyShowtime in the rest of Europe with the second half of season one expected to arrive in 2023.
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Nice. We went 55 years without a single body swap episode, and this year we get two. I assume that Janeway will finally. Learn the full truth while she’s in Dal’s body.
Voyager did a (kind of) body swap episode where the Doctor takes over Seven’s body.
Turnabout Intruder (Kirk and Lester)
Return to Tomorrow (Sargon’s people in the crew, Spock in Chapel)
Sarek (Picard and Sarek)
Vis a Vis (Paris and an alien)
The Crossing (Tucker and an alien)
I forgot about Turnabout Intruder, but the rest of those weren’t really body swaps. Seven of Nine was never in the Doctor’s body, so it wasn’t a true body swap. Sargon’s people didn’t have any bodies for Kirk’s crew to swap with, and Chapel was never in Spock’s body. Sarek and Picard didn’t really swap bodies. They just shared some memories, and Sarek gained Picard’s mental control. If I recall, Vis a Vis wasn’t an actual body swap, but was more of a forced shapeshifting situation. And the Wisps in The Crossing didn’t have any bodies for Trip and the rest of the crew to swap with. Possessions happen all the time in Star Trek. The Passenger and Warlord are both good examples. Body swaps have only happened three times though.
Vis a Vis was an actual body swap.
“If I recall, Vis a Vis wasn’t an actual body swap”
It was. :)
“Chapel was never in Spock’s body”
She was. :)
Or at least she wanted to be…
Picard Season 1?
That wasn’t a swap.
This is why so many fans are loving shows like SNW and Prodigy, it’s getting back to weird trippy Star Trek again. For fans like me, this is a big reason why I love Star Trek, all the strange sci fi craziness that goes on with it. Spock Amok is my favorite episode of SNW so far because how well and creative they did it. So can’t wait to see how they pull it off with Janeway and Dal!
This show really does pull out all the greatest hits for the new blood, doesn’t it? 😆
It really does It’s doing such a great job giving the youngsters a broad spectrum of everything in the Star Trek universe from the aliens to many of the iconic characters and all the tropes in it. I wish Prodigy was a live action show, it would probably be the most popular show with fans, especially for TNG era fans.
Live action would probably mean more fans would take the show seriously, but with that tends to come more critique and nit-picking. I’m pretty happy with the little Trek 101 primer we’ve got. I just hope the target audience is digging it too.
Body swap episodes were such a frequent sci-fi and comic trope in the 50s and sixties. Trek has done a few scenarios and swap-adjacent stories (with which I would include Trill symbionts and hosts). So, it’s definitely in the repertoire.
It’s easy to forget that body swaps are no longer a staple, so for younger audiences this could be quite fresh and an opportunity to introduce them to the trope.
I was admiring, not criticizing.