Sunday 7 November 2021

Prodigy round-up: A close look at the USS Protostar, concept art, character images, behind the scenes, trailer, movie-potential, and first episode for free

Prodigy it into it's third episode this week - Though it feels more like the second after the extended two-part start to the series, which you can, for a while, watch for free (more on that below).  Paramount+(ad) have of course been enthusiastically promoting the series, both looking ahead, and reflecting back on the first episodes. Plus several of the production team have shared some really cool behind the scenes artwork. Continue below to check out all the latest from the series.

First up, director and executive producer Ben Hibon shared some great images of the USS Protostar, giving us a chance to really examine the shaping and details of this shiny new starship design. In his tweets he credited designer John Eaves for the "early ideation", the final design to himself and the Nuen Studio team, and the textures to look development designer Nikie Monteleone.

Hibon also shared this cool bit of concept art from the moment the ship is discovered:

Another piece of concept art, shared by concept artist Morgan Yon, shows us the outside of the Tars Lamora mining colony:

Yon also worked on the opening titles, and has posted some samples from the visual development of that sequence too:

Looking ahead, an interview in The Hollywood Reporter with lead Star Trek executive producer Alex Kurtzman and Nickelodeon's Brian Robbins (who also happens to be CEO of Paramount Pictures) suggests the idea of a Prodigy movie is already very much in mind, with Robbins noting:
Alex and I have talked about what the theatrical film version of this show is and the likes of that. We’re really excited. Ramsey and our Nick team could not be more thrilled to explore more.
With Kurtzman expanding:
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still one of the best movies over the past decade, animated or not. It’s just an unbelievable piece of artistry. I went with my whole family and another family and we all sat there with our jaws on the floor. Ultimately, Star Trek is about family, it’s about these giant universal themes. Getting to tell a story like that, especially given the level of cinema we’ve already brought to the television show, is a wonderful opportunity. It would thrill me to do that.
An exciting prospect! They also talked more broadly about Star Trek movies, and how they want to plan releases to work as part of a cohesive plan for the expanding franchise:
The idea is what do we do next for the franchise that’s going to work for the next five and 10 years, not just one movie at a time like Alex has talked about. That’s what we really have to figure out.

Where we go with the franchise next theatrically is crucial to the health of the overall franchise. There’s no doubt that big theatrical movies are the beacon that ignite franchises. We’re in it and I don’t really have anything to say because I’m waiting for the development to be delivered. I can’t wait to get going on it; we’re not there yet, but we need to get there soon.

The interview also covers a lot about the background and wider strategy when it comes to Prodigy. If you're interested in the business machinations of Trek TV it's a fascinating read.

In the more immediate future, this short trailer highlights some of the forthcoming adventures for the first season:

This week's third episode is called Starstruck, and this is blurb:
Even with the guidance of their hologram advisor Janeway, the crew of The Protostar is tested when their ship is on a dangerous cosmic collision course.

Dipping behind the scenes, there have been lots of video releases looking at various aspects. This first one has the cast and crew reflecting on the nature of the series:

There was also a season opener episode of The Ready Room after-show with more extensive discussions with the cast and crew on the series (you can also watch this on or YouTube if you prefer to Instagram below):

Following the model we've got used to with Lower Decks, it looks like we'll be getting a weekly animatics comparison video. Here's the action-packed episode-one chosen sequence:

And in place of Lower Decks' easter eggs videos it looks like we're getting "Star Trek Explained", which outlines how some element of Trek works. In this case the universal translator:

And wholly new there also a "Set a Course with Kate Mulgrew" video, which has the actor discussing the first episode's theme:

Paramount+ have also released a whole load of new character images and profile graphics:

The villains don't get the little summary cards, but do also have some new images, giving us some clear images of each of them:

Finally, if you're not already a Paramount+ subscriber, they've giving you the chance to watch the first episode for free via YouTube. When they've done this before it's been a time limited opportunity. Alas it is geolocked, so you'll probably not have much luck trying to watch outside of the US:

If you can't watch the episode yet, you can at least enjoy some of the select stills from the episode which have been released:

And for good measure some clips too!

Prodigy has so far launched on Paramount+(ad) for viewers in the US, Latin America, Australia and Nordic countries. In Canada you can find it on Bell Media services. It remains unknown when and where viewers anywhere else in the world can watch it; Paramount+ will be launching in additional European countries early in 2022 though, so while it has yet to be confirmed, it feels likely many European viewers are going to have to wait for that.

To keep track of all the latest Trek TV updates, check back through my TV tag, or for all things related to Prodigy see my Prodigy tag

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