What are critics saying about Star Trek: Prodigy ahead of its premier?

Pictured: Art for Star Trek: Prodigy . Photo Cr: Nickelodeon/Paramount+ ©2021, All Rights Reserved.
Pictured: Art for Star Trek: Prodigy . Photo Cr: Nickelodeon/Paramount+ ©2021, All Rights Reserved. /

Star Trek: Prodigy is here but what are critics saying about it?

Star Trek: Prodigy is almost here, and fans are getting anxious. Ella Purnell, Dee Bradley Baker, John Noble, Jimmi Simpson, Jason Mantzoukas, Ryle Alazraqu, Brett Gray, Angus Imrie, and Kate Mulgrew are the big names in the series; with Mulgrew reprising a version of her Star Trek: Voyager role, Captain Kathryne Janeway.

The series is getting a big push and maybe rightfully so. The show could be a huge hit and it could be a big break for the franchise. It’s attempting to expose children to Star Trek at perhaps a younger age than ever before.

Part of how it does will be determined by the marketing, advertising, and critical reviews of the series.

Right now the debut is doing fine. It doesn’t have many reviews on the net as of yet, but IDMB has it listed at a high-7 (7.9 at last check) and Rotten Tomatoes has a two-one ratio of fresh to rotten reviews; because it only has three reviews.

So what are some of the critics saying about Star Trek: Prodigy?

Star Trek: Prodigy reviews from around the internet.

Kris Naudus of engadget.com

"Star Trek has always been a humanist franchise, devoted to exploring social themes and dilemmas. It also has a tendency to take its technology and the “post-scarcity utopia” for granted. Prodigy goes against the grain by showing from the start how technology can change lives."

Brian Lowry of CNN.com

"While there’s obviously a space-faring aspect to all that, the relationship to “Star Trek” — with its martial qualities involving starships, captains and their crews — is especially tenuous. Indeed, the tone represents such a significant departure the “Trek” label becomes somewhat arbitrary, with composer Michael Giacchino’s score representing the best part of the whole exercise"

Zack Handlen of AVClub.com

"The first three episodes are so heavily serialized that it’s hard to pinpoint what kind of show Prodigy intends to be; “Starstruck” is more self-contained but serves mostly as an extension of the premiere, establishing the last few pieces of the puzzle before the story proper begins. There’s potential here, albeit of a moderate sort—the character banter, with an ensemble featuring not just one but four different versions of comic relief, is passable, and John Noble could (and maybe is) do this kind of role in his sleep."

Tara Bennett of IGN.com

"Star Trek: Prodigy benefits greatly from Kate Mulgrew’s return as Hologram Kathryn Janeway as the mentor and voice of reason on USS Protostar. Her assured purr of wisdom adds heft to the show’s premise and is the perfect conduit to teach younger generations about Gene Roddenberry’s ethos about inclusivity and inspired curiosity for what’s out amongst the stars. The new cast is fun with lots of appeal for younger viewers, and Ella Purnell’s Gwyn and Rylee Alazraqui’s Rok-Tahk are already stealing a lot of their scenes due to their nuanced and empathetic vocal work. The premiere sets the stage for a credible course for adventure that has the potential to grow into something special."

Ryan Britt of Den of Geek.com

"As Prodigy expands it could shed new light onto what is becoming perhaps the interesting decade of the 24th century, the 2380s. Why are so many events clustered here? What else could be happening? For the first time, Star Trek will answer these questions from a new perspective. For the first time in Trek history, the crew of a new starship knows less about Star Trek than the Trekkies."

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