After 20 episodes, the first season of Star Trek: Prodigy wrapped up last week. Now the executive producers and co-creators are talking about their big plans for season 2.
More familiar faces in season 2
In a video feature released by Paramount+, Dan and Kevin Hageman talked about season 2, and Kevin teased that there are more legacy stars on the way:
In season 2, we’re going to see a lot more familiar faces.
In addition to having Kate Mulgrew as the two Janeways, season 1 featured Robert Beltran as Chakotay, Billy Campbell as Thadiun Okona, and Ronny Cox as Admiral Jellico, and now we know there are more coming. Season 2 will also feature a new ship for Admiral Janeway which both brothers also teased, and it too may have a big canon connection.
The brothers wrapped up their conversation by saying…
We promise we’re going to to deliver the goods in season 2. It’s magical.
A new dynamic between the kids and Admiral Janeway
Dan also talked about how the finale set up season 2:
The end of season one is a bit of a handoff. The kids have had Hologram Janeway—who’s a kid-friendly Janeway—and now they’ve graduated to an Admiral Janeway. She’s no-nonsense. So what you’re going to see in season 2 is you’re gonna see that relationship blossom.
The season finale saw Hologram Janeway sacrifice herself and the USS Protostar, and put the kids (except for Gwyn who has her own mission to Solum) now under the care of Admiral Janeway as “warrant officers in training” on her new ship. In an interview with CinemaBlend, Dan talked about how this will change things for the kids:
Hologram Janeway was their mentor and we knew when we pitched it they were going to be losing their mentor. But they’re going to be getting a new one, and it’s going to give them a new opportunity to grow. They’re not going to be coddled like they were in season 1. In order to get into Starfleet, things get tougher. That’s a big thing.
Kevin added how Vice Admiral Janeway has “other responsibilities” compared to Hologram Janeway, who was “designed to support their every need and to be there for them.” So being on a new ship probably means the kids will be interacting with other people in Starfleet, possibly even some of those legacy characters.
Dan also talked to CinemaBlend about how their roles on Janeway’s ship are part of their goal to get into Starfleet Academy:
They’ve still got more hills to climb to get to that place they want now that they’ve tasted it they want it. That really is one of the engines of season 2. As warrant officers, it allows us to actually get them onto a ship, they’re almost like consultants, so to speak. I would say that they’re more like cadets in training, but they’re not Starfleet Academy.
Actor Brett Gray offers a little insight into this in the Paramount+ video, talking about how things are different for Dal on Janeway’s new ship:
Dal, now he’s gonna go from the captain of his own ship, to an entire world of people who are also training to be those things and really learning his actual place in the universe. I just hope that Dal can come to terms with letting someone else lead and if he can truly sacrifice his own ego, and become a member of the team.
Finally, in her Ready Room post-finale interview, Kate Mulgrew teased this about season 2:
Where tension was suggested in season 1—by virtue of the circumstances—it is realized in season 2. You will be on the edge of your seat for every single character.
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