‘Star Trek: Prodigy’ gathers all-star crew for poignant tribute
In Star trek lore, the Kobayashi Maru is a dead end scenario, a training exercise that Captain Kirk (William Shatner) only manages to win by cheating the program. But for Star Trek: ProdigyTo repeat the classic, they’ve assembled a star-studded cast of franchise actors, through clever audio editing, to form a poignant tribute.
Spoilers for Season 1, Episode 6 “Kobayashi” past this point, but in the episode, desperate to prove he’s too good for the Federation, and a more than fit captain, Dal (Brett Gray) decides to face the Kobayashi Maru on the USS Protostarthe holodeck. For those unfamiliar with the storyline of his multiple appearances (the recent Season 4 premiere of Star Trek: Discovery was also titled “Kobayashi Maru”, for example), a vessel in distress – the Kobayashi Maru – is immobilized in the neutral zone. Try to save them and the Federation will start a war against the Klingons. Do nothing and they will die. Any choice leads to several levels of failure. This is, as noted above, an unsuccessful scenario designed to test the reaction of a cadet under stress and with a crew; not a problem to solve.
But Dal tries to solve it by asking the holodeck to give him the best of the best. And that’s exactly what he gets: Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and ultimately Scotty (James Doohan) from The original series; Dr Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) from The next generation; and Odo (René Auberjonois) from Deep Space New.
Since these are all holograms created by the ship’s computer, the artifice of clearly assembled clips from previous shows actually works, with the audio quality varying wildly, but giving the whole storyline a nostalgic touch of nostalgia. . This is particularly noticeable with Nimoy, who can take up some classic lines like “live long and prosper” and “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”, with the voice ranging from some of the early appearances de Nimoy as a character, to some of his later.
Considering that Dal is the franchise’s newest Captain (albeit self-voiced), it’s a nice little way to pass the torch and have classic characters other than Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) on the show without. send the cast in time, or in Federation space.
The episode also ends with a beautiful dedication which declares: “In memory of René Auberjonois, James Doohan and Leonard Nimoy, who inspire us to go bold.”
And on a less sad note, we get another classic performance, in the form of Robert Beltran as Captain Chakotay. This time it’s not reused audio clips, however… It turns out that the Star Trek: Voyager character was the original captain of the Protostar, and as already revealed, we should see more of it as the show progresses.
But hey, if Prodigy wants to bring back other classic characters for more holodeck adventures, we won’t mind. To paraphrase Nimoy from Wrath of Khan: they have and always will be our friends.
New episodes of Star Trek: Prodigy broadcast Thursdays on Paramount +.