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Star Trek: Prodigy   Season 1 Volume 1
      review by Bobby Blakey

There is no denying that Star Trek is a franchise giant spawning from TV, movies, comics, books and more. In the 70s they dived into an animated series with the original crew that ran for two seasons complete with the original cast voicing their characters. In 2020 we headed back into the world of animation with a different kind of series Star Trek: Lower Decks that brought some laughs to the franchise. In 2021 another new animated series hit Paramount + with Star Trek Prodigy, but does it bring something new and fresh to the series or will it get lost in the final frontier?

Star Trek: Prodigy follows a motley crew of young aliens who must figure out how to work together while navigating a greater galaxy, in search of a better future. These six young outcasts know nothing about the ship they have commandeered a first in the history of the Star Trek franchise but over the course of their adventures together, they will each be introduced to Starfleet and the ideals it represents.

While Lower Decks was bringing the humor, it was very clearly a Star Trek series focusing on Starfleet with all the looks and feels of the universe. That was my biggest concern heading into this series since it looked nothing like what we had seen before and not directly a Starfleet crew. Once I dived into the show it felt much like the Clone Wars series did for Star Wars bringing a unique look to the final frontier and a new batch of characters to get invested in.

Once we get done meeting these fresh unique new characters it brings it into the realm of Star Trek first with the ship they take and then cleverly using an holo version of Captain Janeway once again voice by Kate Mulgrew and further connecting to the bigger franchise. I know it isn’t a popular

thing, but I was a big Voyager fan before getting into the rest of the franchise so bringing in Mulgrew just made this show work for me and was a great surprise since I had no clue that was the plan going in since I had never seen any of the promotions.

All of the characters are fun, but it did take me a bit to really get invested in them. I applaud the creators of the show for making such a diverse group to run with that helps to keep it interesting. Not every episode in this first half of the season worked for me, but overall I dug it. There are some elements that drag and the time it takes to really let these characters develop sometimes makes the show limp along, but I am glad I stuck it out.

This is far from best series in the franchise, but hoping as it has time to develop and find itself that it will push the boundaries to the greatness it can be. In addition to the ten episodes in the first half of the season this release offers up bonus content including never-before-seen bonus content and exclusive cards featuring key art from the series!

Grab your copy of Star Trek Prodigy: Season 1 Volume 1 available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Entertainment.

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