Star Trek Prodigy Season 2 Review – Boldy goes where no Star Trek series has gone before

Season 1

Season 2

 

Episode Guide

Episode 1 |  Into the Breach Part I
Episode 2 | Into the Breach Part II
Episode 3 | Who Saves the Saviors
Episode 4 | Temporal Mechanics 101
Episode 5 | Observer’s Paradox
Episode 6 | Imposter Syndrome
Episode 7 | The Fast and the Curious
Episode 8 | Is there no beauty in truth?
Episode 9 | The Devourer of All Things Part I
Episode 10 | The Devourer of All Things Part II
Episode 11 | The Last Flight of the Protostar Part I
Episode 12 | The Last Flight of the Protostar Part II
Episode 13 | A Tribble Called Quest
Episode 14 | Cracked Mirror
Episode 15 | Ascension Part I
Episode 16 | Ascension Part II
Episode 17 | Brink
Episode 18 | Touch of Grey
Episode 19 | Ouroboros Part I
Episode 20 | Ouroboros Part II

The first season of Star Trek: Prodigy aired on Paramount+ and was subsequently cancelled before season 2 could boldly take viewers to new places. Needless to say, the fans – who probably had their phasers set to kill instead of stun – were not happy. 

Thankfully, Netflix beamed up the show after deciding it should live long and prosper. So, not only are the first 20 episodes of Season 1 now available to watch on the streaming platform but the 20 episodes that make up Season 2 are available for your viewing pleasure too. 

But wait, we hear you cry. Isn’t Star Trek Prodigy for kids? It is a Nickelodeon show, after all. If you didn’t catch the first run of episodes or if you’re not much of a Star Trek fan, then you might question your need to watch the show. As there are also 40 episodes to get through, we can understand somebody not wanting to add it to their Netflix watchlist. 

Well, yes, Star Trek: Prodigy is primarily aimed at a younger audience, so if you’re not a fan of Star Trek or you just don’t like animated shows in general, then it’s probably “highly illogical” for you to give it a go.

But if you are somebody who has seen every other show or movie set in the Star Trek universe, then you might actually get a lot from the series. For one thing, it features characters that will likely be familiar to you, including Admiral Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), Chakotay (Robert Beltran), Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden), and The Doctor (Robert Picardo). There are other recognizable characters too and nods to the franchise at large, including talking whales, a new Vulcan character, and a re-introduction to the Tribbles

As such, Star Trek: Prodigy isn’t just some throwaway kids show with no connection to the other incarnations of Star Trek. The first season staked its position as a relevant part of the Trek universe and Season 2 carries on that baton.

That being said, newcomers to Star Trek, be they adults or children, will get a lot from the show too. The writing is intelligent, the animation is impressive, the voice work (from new and legacy actors) is stellar, and there are lots of exciting action scenes that get the adrenaline racing. So while the series will draw in the legion of Trekkies who eat up anything the franchise has to offer, it’s still worth giving this one a go even if you’re not a diehard fan. 

Season 2 picks up shortly after the events of the first season with Dal (Brett Gray), Rok (Rylee Alazraqui), Zero (Angus Imrie), Jankom (Jason Mantzoukas), and Murf (Dee Bradley Baker) adjusting to their life on Earth after saving Starfleet from near-destruction.

As the season begins, Dal is mourning the loss of Gwyn (Ella Purnell) who has gone on a personal quest through time to prevent a future civil war. He is also struggling with his training to become a part of Starfleet. While initially excited at the prospect of being a crew member on U.S.S. Voyager, he’s disappointed that his first task isn’t target practice or flight control but rather reading lots of books, with the first one being Temporal Mechanics 101. Exciting, right? Dal doesn’t think so!

Thankfully, It’s not long before Dal and the others have an adventure. After sticking their noses where they don’t belong, they discover things they shouldn’t and end up flying through a wormhole. This leads them into all kinds of timey-wimey shenanigans that, for the most part, are not too complicated for kids to follow. 

There’s an overall story arc to the new series with a returning villain but there are lots of standalone episodes too, featuring exciting space battles, weird and wonderful aliens, visually interesting new locations, and plenty of learning opportunities for Dal and his crew as they each embark on their own specific (and relatable) journies. Within all of this is some competent character progression and a few tear-jerking moments that will move all but the most hardened Klingons. 

Star Trek: Prodigy is a thrilling animated series that is loyal to the legacy left by its predecessors but it boldly goes into new territory too, with worlds, civilizations, and characters that previous generations within the franchise haven’t gone to before. Trekkie fans should love it but newcomers might like it too, as this is a fun-packed sci-fi adventure that delivers some of the best storytelling the franchise has to offer. Here’s hoping for Season 3!


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