Star Trek: Prodigy Season 1 – Part 1 (2021/2022) – Blu-Ray Review

Paramount Pictures starts the new year right for me by delivering me Star Trek: Prodigy Season 1 – Part 1 on DVD and Blu-Ray. The two-disc set includes the season’s first ten episodes, and some insightful extras.

The series, aimed at new to Trek and younger viewers, embraces everything that Trek is, working together, the concept that together we’re better and our differences make us stronger, and that as Captain Kirk once said, “You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, an irrational fear of the unknown. But there’s no such thing as the unknown — only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.”

The series follows a collection of prisoners who are thrown together in an escape from a prison planet ruled by The Diviner (John Noble). Among them are Dal (Brett Gray), Gwyn (Ella Purnell), Murf (Dee Bradley Baker), Rok (Rylee Alazraqui), Zero (Angus Imrie) and Pog (Jason Mantzoukas).

They come across a starship, the U.S.S. Protostar, a deserted, experimental, Starfleet vessel. The young prisoners steal the ship, and thanks to the ship’s Command Hologram, Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), this new crew learns about Starfleet and more as they find themselves racing across the quadrant to Federation space to get away from The Diviner.

Viewers learn that the Protostar was under the command of Captain Chakotay, who is now missing along with his crew, and as the first half of the season comes to a close, we learn that Vice Admiral Janeway wants to find her missing friend, and the missing ship.

It’s a smart and enjoyable series, yes, some of it is aimed at younger viewers, but it has all the Trek essentials and is a solid entry into the ongoing franchise.

The Blu-ray and DVD releases include some fun and insightful extras. There’s also a delightful collection of cards featuring the characters of the series. The disc extras include Trek Tradition which gives a brief overview of Trek’s history and its humanist ideology, The Prime Directive talks about the most important rule of Trek, non-interference, and behind-the-scenes, good story-telling, The Kobayashi Maru talks about the infamous test and its appearance in this series, The Protostar Pack is a look at each of the new characters, their performers, and their roles in the series, The Protostar explores the new experimental starship, and Gadgets & Gear takes viewers through some of the new and familiar tech that is used in the series.

It’s an interesting time for Trek fans, there are a number of series, old and new, and for someone unsure where to start, or if a fan wants to introduce their kids (if they already haven’t) it’s a great entry point, and the character and story arcs are increasingly engaging, leaving us wondering what lays ahead for Janeway and the young crew of the Protostar who are boldly going…

Star Trek: Prodigy – Season 1: Part 1 is available on DVD and Blu-ray today from Paramount Canada!

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