Star Trek: Prodigy is not going at it alone according to series producer.
Star Trek: Prodigy is smacked dab in some of the biggest moments so far in recent Star Trek history. They’re a show that has established a timeline close to Picard’s flashbacks from season one. That could cause some writing snafus if everyone is careful.
Thankfully, series producer Aaron J. Waltke isn’t just doing his own thing. Nope, he’s well aware of what’s happening on other shows, and because of that, he’s able to make sure his show fits in seamlessly across the greater universe.
Waltke spoke to TrekMovie via Email and revealed just how much consideration other shows have on Prodigy.
"Trek Movie: Speaking of timelines, Holo Janeway’s log established this episode takes place in early 2384, which puts the show pretty close to all of the flashback scenes to 2385 in Picard season one. With more elements of Starfleet being introduced on Prodigy, how are you coordinating to make sure the two shows mesh in tandem with Lower Decks that came before it?Waltke: The Prodigy team is definitely talking with the other series, especially Lower Decks and Picard, to ensure things align and we’re all telling a cohesive story—as we also carve out our own identities within that universe. Thankfully, Star Trek has already provided a lot of precedent for how different shows in the same era can do just that."
Waltke also points out that during the heydey of Star Trek in the 90s, several different uniforms were used on The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine throughout the show run, as well as the incorporation of different com-badges, which included the Bajoran insignia on DS9.
Synergy is a good thing for Star Trek: Prodigy and the larger Star Trek universe
It’s a good thing that Walkte is checking in with Lower Decks and Picard, as those two shows are directly tied to the same time frame as Prodigy. Strange New Worlds and Discovery are set way before and way-way after the events of those three shows so it’s not that surprising that Lower Decks, Picard, and Prodigy have formed a ‘cool kids clique’ within the greater Star Trek universe.
The connectivity of the original shows was what was so incredible. Once Deep Space Nine launched alongside the final years of The Next Generation, there were all sorts of crossovers. That eventually bled into Voyager, which also had its fair share of DS9 and TNG guest stars. That’s not even all, as Enterprise saw some select crossovers as well.
Though there were more Trek actors playing new roles, like Brent Spiner coming in as Arik Soong.
That inter-connectivity worked, and while Prodigy, Lower Decks, and Picard are vastly different shows, to at least keep some sort of uniformity across those shows is a welcomed thing.