At the Comic Con @ Home panel today the creators and cast of both Prodigy and Lower Decks shared lots of new details of the forthcoming seasons of both animated Star Trek shows. Continue below for the latest, including the first look at the Prodigy starship, and trailers for both shows.So first up, here's the first teaser trailer for Prodigy, which gives us a little set up and a lot of teases for the sexy new ship that will feature in the series (also available geolocked on YouTube if you prefer to the square cropped Instagram below):
One thing I love about playing Dal, [...] I get to sort of understand myself, and who I am and my place in this universe, along with all the other characters, and then being trained by Captain Janeway. So it's this awesome sort of zipper effect that I get to have playing Dal, meeting everyone, and learning everyone's sort of goal, and seeing them on their arc, while also discovering who Dal is.
They think it's this big rock monster, but really it's just this cute little eight-year-old.
She's an animal-loving cute, little rock monster.
We had some pressure about hiring an adult to play a child; because you know, they're very highly skilled and they can do child voices. But we were like no, we want a real kid. When we started to create these characters, like in every Star Trek show you have your crew; everyone's got their position. Our crew comes in, they don't know what they're doing, they don't know they parts. But right away they're like, "look at the Brikar, look at the tank here, clearly this going to be our security office right?" But this is a child, she hates to fight, she loves science, and we fell in love with that.
Murf is sort of this blob, it’s this sentient blob, that’s kind of like Rok-Tahk’s familiar, or a lieutenant or sidekick or something. So it understands what’s going on, but you don’t always understand what Murf is saying. And that I think is going to evolve as the series evolves.
He's the engineer, he's the mechanic, he's always trying to fix what's wrong, always trying to make things work. Frustrating to greater or lesser degree, not always successful. So frustrated, annoyed, and always offered contradictory opinions to whatever everyone else is trying to put forth.
They are not very good at social conventions. They can read other people's minds, and tend to blurt out exactly whatever everyone else is thinking; creating completely incoherent social situations. But part of the joy of playing them is that they learn, they learn how to understand other character's emotions, and grow with that.
She starts quite closed off. And I think that's where the mystery comes. She's very much under the thumb of her father, and she has her own sort of ideals and beliefs, but she's very conflicted. There's two sides that she's fighting with constantly. And throughout the season, she gets to be a kid, like, her actual age. And she gets to find herself. And I dunno, I guess learn how to let loose a little and enjoy herself. And I think the real Gwyn starts to come out.
She's there to help this motely crew, get this defunct ship working; and she does. She is the essential Captain Janeway. She's full of warmth, she's going to help these kids, and she's determined to help them get off this very very dangerous and dark planet, and into a much better place.
Moving on to Lower Decks, the panel talked a little about things coming in season two, and revealed this typically reference-crammed trailer (on Youtube too if you're not geolocked):
Series creator Mike McMahan noted the Pakleds are becoming the series big-bad in place of the classic major bad-guys of previous series:
The Pakleds, we kind of treated a little bit like how the Klingons were in TOS or maybe the Romulans were in TNG, you know, kind of a big bad force that’s been growing, that’s out there that has to be dealt with. But remember, the Cerritos isn’t necessarily in charge of the big missions. So every once in a while, because they did encounter the Pakleds first, they do get involved in some stuff. But you’ll see the Titan kind of having to deal with more Pakled stuff, because like, the Titan's a little bit equipped, and Riker kicks a little bit more butt.