There are many offerings from the Star Trek Universe lately. Current series include Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Picard. We can get our older Trek fix at any time by streaming TOS, Voyager, Deep Space Nine or Enterprise. And, we have not one, but TWO, new Star Trek series heading our way – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and the computer-animated Star Trek: Prodigy.

Yesterday, the opening sequence for Prodigy was presented at the Television Critics Association Summer Conference, It. Is. Stunning. In the sequence, we track the USS Protostar as it travels through the Delta Quadrant. We see the ship travel near beautiful planets, stars and other gorgeous, colorful phenomena. Both the score, composed by Michael Giancchino, and visuals pay homage to the past themes of Star Trek but there is a definite nod to Voyager.  

Why Voyager? The new series takes place in the Delta Quadrant where the USS Voyager was stranded all those years. Plus, Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) is in Prodigy – in a manner of speaking. In fact, a highlight of the opening sequence is Janeway’s holographic face sporting her signature grin. I may have gasped.

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Created by Kevin and Dan Hageman, the series follows a motley crew of young aliens who must figure out how to work together while navigating a greater galaxy, in search for a better future. These six young outcasts know nothing about the ship they have commandeered (The USS Protostar) – a first in the history of the franchise – but over the course of their adventures together, they will each be introduced to Starfleet and the ideals it represents.

While on the Protostar, the group will encounter the Emergency Training Hologram. That hologram is Captain Kathyrn Janeway. There is no better leader for a group of curious outcasts. Her insatiable thirst for knowledge and exploration combined with her adherence to structure and rules, make her a perfect mentor. Not to mention, Janeway is always first in line for an adventure.

The series is a franchise first in that it is aimed at younger viewers but don’t let that fool you. Trekkies of all ages will most likely be watching. I know I will. We don’t have a premiere date yet for Prodigy although it will stream first on Paramount Plus before moving over to Nickelodeon. Next Wednesday is Star Trek Day with a whole streaming event hosted by Paramount Plus. We’re hoping new details and a possible release date will be given then.   

Check out the gorgeous opening sequence below.

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Audrey Kearns