TL;DR – The first episode to really test everyone as a crew.
Disclosure – I paid for the Paramount+ service that viewed this episode.
Star Trek: Prodigy Review –
So far this season, we have had a couple of episodes to get to know the crew and set up the scenario. But the question is, what kind of show will Star Trek: Prodigy be? Well, today, I think we got some of the answers towards that.
So to set the scene, at the end of Starstruck, the crew of the USS Protostar discovered that it was best not to just go with it when piloting a spacecraft through danger after danger. After a lot of training from Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), a habitable M-Class planet was discovered in the Hirogen System. Dal (Brett Gray) doesn’t want to explore, but Janeway forces his hand, and they make their descent into the atmosphere. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
If there was one thing this episode established, it was the tone that the show would find. The tone is everything when you want to target a show at a younger audience because you have to speak to them, but often, shows make the mistake of dumbing down their content, which they do at their own peril. This week, we got a show that was happy to make a couple of subtle and not at all subtle fart jokes, but also a show that delved into some dark territory of betrayal. It also knows who some of the audience watching it is, so I liked the little shout out to the Tellar Sleeper Ship.
One aspect of the show that is starting to frustrate me is the character of Dal because he is getting harder and harder to root for, given just how much of a pain he is to the other characters. Like he is straight-up mean in this episode, and yes, I know his age and past is a significant factor, and they have an arc planned for him, but if they could speed that up a bit, that would be great.
I liked the scenario they positioned this week because it gave you all the warning signs before the big reveal. If you have watched Star Trek Voyager, just hearing that this is the ‘Hirogen System’ would be enough to set off warning signs. But a planet that presents itself as a lush paradise because it is a planet-wide carnivorous organism is an excellent idea. Like the Shore Leave Planet from Shore Leave, but significantly more sinister. It is also visualised in some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Star Trek.
In the end, do we recommend Dreamcatcher? Yes, yes, we do. While my patience with one character is waning, the step-up was interesting, and the cliffhanger ending felt earned. More than that, it made me want to see the conclusion next week.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Star Trek: Prodigy
Directed by – Steve In Chang Ahn & Sung Shin
Written by – Lisa Schultz Boyd
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