TL;DR – Delightful and a visual spectacle.
Disclosure – I paid for the Paramount+ service that viewed this episode.
Star Trek: Prodigy Review –
It would be best if you asked many questions once you have stolen a spaceship from your tyrannical dictator. The foremost question is, “How do we run the ship?” This week we jump into that very question, as stealing the ship and running it are two very different propositions.
So to set the scene, at the end of Lost & Found, our ‘drew’ managed to get the USS Protostar up and running and escaped the clutches of the Diviner (John Noble) and his henchman Drednok (Jimmi Simpson). However, as they fled, a familiar voice appeared as a holographic depiction of Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) materialised on the bridge. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
Joy comes from seeing Kate Mulgrew appear on screen in any form, but watching her sass up the screen is just a delight. I know from a business perspective that Janeway is there as a bridge on both a narrative level and a broader franchise level. Given that this is the first show in the modern era directed at a younger audience, that was ‘a deal’ for some people who don’t like change. But whatever reason led to it. It is nice to see Kate Mulgrew just have some fun.
I also liked that these people who came together to escape were not a crew right away. Dal (Brett Gray) is understandably both suspect of The Federation’s promises and is very much not a captain yet. He is a leader but does not know how to be an effective one just yet. The saddest part of the episode is that Rok-Tahk (Rylee Alazraqui) didn’t know what she wanted to eat other than the same gruel she had always eaten. We also get to see more of the ship this week, which looks like a well-equipped scout design, which could print shuttles, both a great touch and a nice nod to Voyager’s many shuttles.
From a visual perspective, this episode is frankly stunning. The fight between Rok and Gwyn (Ella Purnell) as the shuttle was being constructed around them was fantastically realised and was one of the more exciting fight sequences that we have seen in the show. Also, the visual representation of the white dwarf tearing apart its red giant companion gave a unique look to this episode. It provided a stunning representation of a real-life astronomical event.
In the end, do we recommend Starstruck? Well, honestly, like last week, this was a lot of fun. The short run time helped as it did not outstay its welcome. Also, all the characters are an absolute delight. There are still many unanswered questions, but I, for one, look forward to seeing them play out.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Star Trek: Prodigy
Directed by – Alan Wan
Written by – Chad Quandt
Created by – Kevin and Dan Hageman
Based Upon – Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry & Star Trek Voyager created by Rick Berman, Michael Piller & Jeri Taylor
Production/Distribution Companies – Nickelodeon, Secret Hideout, Roddenberry Entertainment, Brothers Hageman Productions, CBS Studios & Paramount+
Starring – Brett Gray, Ella Purnell, Jason Mantzoukas, Angus Imrie, Rylee Alazraqui, Dee Bradley Baker, Jimmi Simpson, John Noble & Kate Mulgrew with Bonnie Gordon