The following contains minor revelations for episode six of ‘Star Trek: Prodigy. ‘
Star Trek: Discovery could have continued an unexpected interruption, but the new year means the return of franchise partners Child prodigy. The last time we left the youth team of USS Protostar, they had just left Killer Planet and successfully escaped Diviner’s ship by activating the ship’s secret experimental engine. Episode six, Kobayashi, continues this theme, pushing the story… and possibly the timeline forward in some important ways this week.
The title is a deadly tribute to one of the themes throughout the episode, at least: “Kobayashi” is the name of the ship in the infamous “Kobayashi Maru” test (“Maru” means ship in the infamous “Kobayashi Maru” test. Japanese). It’s basically a no-win scenario where the cadets at Starfleet Academy are made to test their readiness to command, except this time, it’s the self-proclaimed captain Dal aboard the plane. Large chair adopts a holodeck simulation.
The plot itself is a fairly predictable set of situations, as Dal refuses to accept defeat and tackles the hologram test over and over again. Aside from sheer hilarity as Dal’s frustrations mount, it’s a pretty standard personality study, designed to take Dal and make him the leader he wants to be.
There’s also some fan service here, thanks to cameos from some of our favorite characters brought to life thanks to the wonders of CGI and curated audio tracks. As with Janeway, the show is animated so the old characters don’t have that creepy feeling Rogue One Princess Leia look, but the audio samples may have to use more processing for them to match. And why a show designed for newcomers needs so much fan service, I don’t know, but at least it doesn’t The Rise of Skywalker terrible.
The real development of the episode occurs during plot B, where Gwyn is sulking after her father’s betrayal and she and Zero attempt to learn more about the protostar motive at the heart of their ship. Janeway has the files, except they’re classified and it’s up to Gwyn and Zero to open them. And, while the initial reveal from them was a bit of a shock (more on that next week), it’s the early episode flashbacks that deliver the most gripping information so far.
We showed Diviner 17 years earlier, in poor health and searched USS Protostar. He decided to create a “progeny”, in the hope of continuing his race, even though it was against the rules. (Whose rule? That’s another unanswered question.) But the interesting revelation here is that Diviner searched for Protostar 17 years ago, suggesting that the series may not take up the 2383 timeframe. which we were given in press materials (although never mentioned on screen).
Star Trek: Voyager returning from a Delta Quadrant voyage in 2378, meant to recreate the hologram of the existing Kathryn Janeway (and the captain of Money star become that person) earliest Money star could have disappeared is 2379. Even assuming Money star built and launched in a year (which I doubt), Child prodigy can’t happen earlier than 2396, put it firmly in time Picard, set in the year 2399. Possibly Child prodigy However, actually a few years later, it became the first Star Trek series to be set in the 25th century. Either that. Money star Travel through time, complicating things even more.
But assuming the time period is in fact the 25th century, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the future of Federation or Starfleet: Discover now set in the 32nd century, after all. But much closer to the time period of previous shows like Next generation, Deep space and of course, Travel work for Child prodigy more of a direct continuation of that era. The inclusion of Janeway as a training hologram gave us a clear view of when the state was hailed as Travel crew retained after the Delta Quadrant’s stay, but now the cutting-edge technology seen in episode three “Starstruck” suddenly makes more sense knowing that it could take years…or decades. Travel.
Except Picard, live-action shows largely stay away from the immediate future of TNG-DS9-Voyager epoch, choosing instead to reread the 23rd century or even jump forward almost a thousand years. It’s certainly odd given the popularity of those shows, but to drop it, Paramount+ left a lot of room for Child prodigy and Deck below to do something fun there, experimenting with new genres while satisfying loyal fans. This could be the future we’ve been waiting to see on Star Trek.
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