‘Star Trek: Prodigy’ gets a release date, new trailer & poster

Star Trek fans do not have long to wait for the arrival of Star Trek: Prodigy and the return of Kathryn Janeway. The animated series will premiere next month on Paramount+ and the streaming service has released a new poster and trailer to show off the new series. Star Trek has teamed up with Paramount+ and Nickelodeon to boldly go even further into the uncharted space of animation than ever before. It is the first Star Trek series ever aimed at younger audiences. 

The official trailer of the upcoming all-new animated kids’ series was virtually introduced by series star Kate Mulgrew, and the key art was unveiled by Star Trek: Prodigy executive producers Kevin and Dan Hageman during the series panel that took place at the global live-streamed Star Trek Day celebration recently.

Here’s the synopsis: In search of a better future, six young outcasts stumble across the crashed body of a ship — not dissimilar from the beloved USS Enterprise — and despite knowing nothing about how to fly a ship, they must fight for their own freedom, going up against some rather unsavory characters, as well as learning how to deal with each other. Despite knowing nothing of Starfleet, Prodigy’s six protagonists stray closer to its ideals than they might think, and may turn out to be just as great as any academy graduates — even if they refer to phasers as “the pew-pew button.”

The trailer is filled to the brim with just as much excitement as Star Trek fans have come to expect, with enough laughs to make the series a perfect starter for any Trekkie looking to get their own children on board. Rather than a professionally trained crew of Starfleet members, Prodigy sees a group of ragtag young aliens take over the bridge this time around, guided by a training hologram of Mulgrew’s Captain Janeway herself.

Star Trek: Prodigy features the voice talents of Brett Gray, Angus Imrie, Jason Mantzoukas, Rylee Alazraqui, and Ella Purnell, as well as Dee Bradley Baker and Mulgrew reprising her role as Captain Janeway. The series is directed by Ben Hibon, with executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth.

Star Trek: The Animated Series ran for two seasons and 22 episodes between 1973 and 1974, winning an Emmy and going down as a cult favorite thanks to the vocal performances from the cast of the original series. However, it would be almost 40 years before the long-running sci-fi saga returned to two dimensions.

Star Trek: Prodigy will premiere on 28 October with a one-hour premiere episode, exclusively for Paramount+ subscribers in the United States. The rest of Paramount’s Star Trek Day panels will be available to stream on the official Star Trek website for free.

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