DISCLAIMER: This recap of Star Trek: Prodigy holds a whole quadrant full of spoilers. You’ve been warned. Use the Janeway maneuver at your own peril.

Welcome Trekkies! The hour-long two-part episode of Star Trek: Prodigy kicked off the franchise’s newest series about lawless teens in a mining colony outside of Federation space.

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Art for Star Trek: Prodigy

Pictured: Art for Star Trek: Prodigy. Photo Cr: Nickelodeon/Paramount+ ©2021, All Rights Reserved.

Picking up where we left off last time, the Protostar’s new crew wonders how the ship got buried in the asteroid in the first place and how they can get it out. But first, the three prisoners must introduce themselves to each other as Fugitive Zero (Angus Imrie) steps onboard the ship’s command deck. 

Zero appears in armor they designed for themselves (using no hands), which mimics the opaque carrier pods that Medusans typically use when interacting with other species. Rok-Tahk (Rylee Alazragui) asks them, “He’s a robot?”

Zero responds, “Not a robot, nor a he or she. I am Medusan, an energy-based life-form. I built this containment suit because if any corporeal being were to lay eyes on my true self, they would go mad.”

Is There In Truth No Beauty?

Is There In Truth No Beauty? Photo: StarTrek.com

But why is Zero following Dal R’El (Brett Gray)? Because the Medusan wants to regain the hope they lost spending all of those years being used! Zero says that The Diviner (John Noble) used him as a weapon against his enemies, but curiously the Medusan couldn’t see inside The Diviner’s mind… They could only sense a dark purpose. 

This is a big deal. Most species cannot block out the Medusans’ telepathic abilities. In Star Trek, at least thus far, only Vulcans are capable of viewing Medusans without going mad, but only with the use of a specially filtered visor. The Vulcan ability to interact with the Medusans for a short time comes from their telepathic powers, an ability the Vau N’Akat people also possess. 

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