Review: ‘Star Trek: Prodigy’ Season 1, Volume 2 Blu-ray Is The Logical Way To View The Show

Star Trek: Prodigy – Season 1, Volume 2

Published by Paramount Home Entertainment
Format: DVD and Blu-ray
Date: September 26, 2023

As I said in my volume 1 review, Prodigy’s writers and producers very quickly demonstrated that they understood Trek—what we all love about it, and exactly how to show both the audience and our main characters the fundamentals of what it means to be part of the Federation and Starfleet. It’s a beautifully realized animated series with a ton of heart and well-written characters who slowly grow to become better-rounded, more actualized versions of themselves. The second half of the season (comprised of episodes 11-20) reveals the ragtag group of kids/teens coming ever closer to achieving this goal.

The group of 10 episodes just released on home media properly introduces the real Admiral Janeway, who is searching for Captain Chakotay and the USS Protostar. Due to the discovery of the Living Construct (a tool for revenge on Starfleet by The Diviner) embedded into the Protostar, our crew can’t go near Federation space, as contact with anything Starfleet would be disastrous. How they all work through the problems this causes is great to watch as they move from one episode to the next. Special kudos go to Brett Gray (Dal) and Kate Mulgrew (Admiral Janeway) for both perfectly capturing each other’s character’s personas in a classic sci-fi body swap episode. The season ends with so many new places to explore, both for the characters and as new adventures in space. I’m ready to watch the second season, wherever it finally ends up (and hopefully sooner rather than later).

The kids await their new assignment.

The Blu-ray set

The 10-episode second half of the season and special features are available on two Blu-ray discs. As we’ve come to expect for a Paramount/CBS home video release, each disc has the names of the episodes it contains printed on them, as well as a full listing for the set on the inside back of the case. The season is also available on plain old DVD as well. A little bonus inside are four character cards with more details about the show, the Federation, Starfleet, etc. on the back. For this second volume release you get Zero, Jankom Pog, Murf, and Drednok.

The Blu-ray set with bonus cards

Video quality

Prodigy is a rather unique-looking show; the obvious comparison people want to make is to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but it’s not quite like that series, and it’s certainly not like a Pixar movie. The design sensibility is unique and generally stunning. As a modern high-definition-era cartoon, everything looks sharp, the lines are crisp, and the colors of alien vistas along with the varied shades and colors of the main characters look punchy as one would expect. Now on disc, it certainly looks as good as, if not better than, what you saw on streaming.

One of the many gorgeous views in the show

Audio quality

The episodes have losslessly compressed DTS-HD MA 5.1 channel soundtracks. Prodigy sounds great—it’s got quite the cinematic soundscape for something that’s “just” a kids’ show and composer Nami Melumad’s episodic scores are a highlight of each episode.

Admiral Janeway defends our crew at their Starfleet tribunal.

Special features

The features included aren’t the deepest dive. Most are typical “press kit” things that we’ve read in interviews from the creators around the release of the second wave of episodes. Like with the first volume, there are disappointingly no audio commentaries. In total, there are three bonus features in the set.

Documentary features

The trio of features are all found on the second disc:

The Odyssey Of Prodigy (21 minutes)

This is the typical season (or half-season in this case) overview piece we’ve come to expect on Trek releases. Creators Kevin and Dan Hageman and co-producer Aaron Waltke take us through episodes 11-20, with interviews with Kate Mulgrew, Brett Grey, and Ella Purnell mixed in.

Kate Mulgrew is interviewed.

Producing Prodigy: The Planets (14 minutes)

Director Ben Hibon and senior supervising producer Patrick Krebs discuss designing the planets and planetscapes seen in season 1. We get to see a bit of concept artist, thanks to concept artists Gus Mendonca, Bastien Grivet, and Jessica Rossier. Slightly out of place, but making up for what should have been covered before, series composer Nami Melumad also talks about her musical scores for the episodes.

Concept art of the Rev-12, which was a part of Tars Lamora

Producing Prodigy: The Ships (13 minutes)

As co-executive producer Aaron Waltke says in the introduction to this feature, “The 2380s are a really interesting time in Star Trek.” We get a look at designing the USS Dauntless, the new take on LCARS seen on the Protostar and the Dauntless, the dormant Borg Cube from “Let Sleeping Borg Lie,” and lastly, there’s a quick look at all the Starfleet and alien starships that showed up in the battle caused by The Living Construct in the season finale.

Concept art of the USS Protostar

Final thoughts

Buy this now. Our usual recommendation for these disc sets is for anyone who wants an offline copy of the show. For Prodigy, this is especially important because it was pulled from streaming earlier this year. Right now, the only way to see Prodigy is to purchase the season as a digital download or on disc. While digital copies have somewhat more permanence than streaming services, they’re not immutable. Getting something on physical media is the only sure way to own a beloved TV show or movie, plus the series tends to look and sound better on Blu-ray than streaming.

The producers for the series have also emphasized how the sales of the home media releases have helped to show support for Prodigy while Paramount negotiates a new home for it as they are finishing up post-production work on season 2. And even if you are one of those who may have dismissed Prodigy because it is animated or “just a kids’ show,” you really are missing out on some great Star Trek, especially as this second half of season 1 really starts to bring the show (and the characters) closer to Starfleet.

Dal and Gwyn share a moment before parting ways.

Available now in the USA on Blu-ray and DVD

The second volume of Prodigy is available on Amazon: $14.99 on DVD and $21.98 on Blu-ray.

And if you don’t have it already, the first volume of Prodigy with episodes 1-10 is also back in stock at Amazon: $13.99 on DVD and $17.78 on Blu-ray. If you’re really not into physical media, you can also buy all of season 1 (episodes 1-20) digitally for $9.99.

Full season available in the UK and Germany

The first volume of Prodigy season 1 wasn’t released in Europe. Instead, Nickelodeon and Paramount are releasing the complete season on disc for the UK and Germany. In the UK, the full season was released last week (25 Sept). German fans will be able to purchase the season set later this week (5 Oct).

More screenshots of Prodigy volume 2 on Blu-ray…

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In North America, the cases for each volume are actually the type to where you can stack discs and put all four discs together in one case if you so choose. At least, mine came that way.

I agree with the comment that the 2380’s are a very interesting time in Trek lore. Essentially a transitional decade for the universe, but after seeing so many disparate events finally settle down a lot of little things are happening.

So when is season 2 getting released.

Yes, good question. I would like to actually see it before I blindly purchase it on disc.

A fine release of a terrific show. I do wish the supplements on the Star Trek: Prodigy releases were a little more generous, but what’s there is nice, and I still consider the Blu-rays of this series essential components of a Trek library.

Bring on Season 2 (and when it hits optical discs, don’t skimp on the extras)!

Do people still own Blu-ray players?

I have 3 and have still purchased the movies/shows I like on physical media because I have been predicting rhe streaming content purge since 2020.

I’m a big advocate for physical media. I still love to have physical copies that no one can take away.

I have never stopped collecting physical media for the shows and movies that are important to me. The discs have many advantages. (1) They’re available all the time, no matter where or if they’re being streamed. (2) I can watch them even if my internet connection is poor or non-existent. (3) The video quality is higher, even when compared to streaming in the best circumstances with a fast connection. (4) I’m guaranteed good/consistent subtitling. (5) I get to enjoy meaningful extras which are almost never available anywhere else. (6) And finally, there’s something fun about popping in a disc. Streaming is great, but it often feels casual; putting in a disc feels like appointment viewing. It reminds me of my childhood, of going to the video rental store, picking something, coming home, making myself popcorn, and settling in.

So as long as they release physical media, I’ll buy it.

Is this a serious question?

Of course not.

Yeah because I don’t own one. And I have no plans in the future to get one.

Well, there you go, then.

Hey, do people still have children? My wife and I have no kids and no plans in the future to have any. That means no more babies are being born or will ever be born again, right?

Do boats still exist? I don’t own one. I don’t personally know anyone who does.

Are tigers still around? What about cellos? Is Sri Lanka real? I’ve seen it on maps, but I’ve never been there…

I think many of us would instead reply ‘do people still trust streaming services to have the stuff they want?’ I’d think it was the streaming-only buffs going extinct, in today’s questionable-availability market.

In Aussieland it looks like we can only import it from Amazon, either as the separate disc sets from US, or the complete set from UK. The latter is about $60AUD :S