The first episode of Star Trek premiered on September 8th, 1966. That date is now forever known as Star Trek Day. To celebrate today’s 55th anniversary of Star Trek Day, Paramount+ presented a live-streamed celebration of the iconic franchise, now known as the Star Trek Universe.
This year Wil Wheaton and Mica Burton returned to host the Star Trek Day celebration live from the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The evening included back-to-back panels with cast members and creators from 10 Star Trek television series.
One of the best moments of the evening was the first official trailer for Star Trek: Prodigy. 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.
Right before the Star Trek: Prodigy panel, executive producers and creators Kevin and Dan Hageman chatted about the upcoming animated series. They said the footage so far has been “blowing their minds.” Then they threw it to a pre-taped message from Kate Mulgrew who presented the first official trailer for Prodigy.
The trailer is stunning. The animation is jaw-dropping. The story is wonderfully and beautifully engrossing. It begins with various snippets of dialogue from the series including an ominous, “Hope has no purpose here.” Then, we see our outsiders find the abandoned ship, the USS Protostar.
“How did a ship get inside here.”
“The more important question is how do we get it out.”
We hear the voice of Captain Kathryn Janeway and we SEE her. She says, “On behalf of Starfleet. Welcome aboard.” Goosebumps. We get a close-up look at our group of heroes and the villains of the show. We also get to see the humor. Especially when Dal (Brett Gray) says when the crew is in a bind, “Press every button until one of them goes pew pew pew!’”
The beautiful animation and engaging storyline aside, the trailer exudes hope. It exudes the idea of embracing your otherness and in turn, learning to trust yourself. This all comes to a head at the end of the trailer when we hear Janeway say, “I’ve seen my share of wayward crews and I can tell you this. You’ve got potential.”
Cue Trekkie tears.
Check out the trailer and key art below. The series premieres on October 28th on Paramount+. The series will stream first on Paramount Plus before moving over to Nickelodeon.
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