Star Trek: Prodigy brings back a familiar face from The Next Generation as the Protostar goes on the run. Here’s a recap of the Paramount+ series.
The following contains spoilers for Star Trek: Prodigy Season 1, Episode 14, “Crossroads,” now streaming on Paramount+.
As Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway and the crew of the USS Dauntless close in on the missing USS Protostar, Dal and the makeshift crew encounter a familiar face from Star Trek history in Captain Thadiun Okona — Billy Campbell reprising his fan-favorite role. With the Protostar suspected of destroying a Starfleet comms relay, Dal and his friends are among the most wanted figures in the galaxy. And when the two starships finally cross paths, the entire diplomatic balance in the Alpha Quadrant comes under threat, with Okona as the wild card smack dab in the middle of the potential incident.
In an effort to ensure the Protostar doesn’t threaten any more Federation personnel, Dal and his friends decide to shut down the starship’s systems and seek alternative transportation to Federation space after their encounter with a doomed starship. Hiding the Protostar on a frozen world, the crew walks to a Delta Quadrant outpost that has become a safe haven for smugglers and other problematic types. Admiral Janeway and the crew of the USS Dauntless track the Protostar to the planet and arrive to search for the missing Starfleet starship. But that’s only the start of their problems.
Dal and his colleagues are greeted by Okona, a scoundrel who previously encountered the USS Enterprise-D in Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 2, Episode 4, “The Outrageous Okona.” After Okona is taken into custody by local officials for smuggling, Dal’s group splits up and they each encounter a member of Janeway’s landing party. Jankom Pog is ridiculed by Doctor Noum over his status within Tellarite society, while Gwyn goes into hiding when Ensign Ascencia realizes she is the Diviner’s daughter.
After Janeway interrogates the Starfleet officer at the destroyed comms relay, she deduces that the children she saw around the depot are responsible for the attack on the installation. On the run from Starfleet personnel and the local authorities, Zero discovers that Okona has stowed away on their getaway vehicle they flee across the snowy expanse. Dal takes Okona with them back to the Protostar, and they try to escape.
Janeway and her landing party return to the Dauntless in time to intercept the Protostar as it enters warp speed and the pursuit intensifies. Realizing that opening a comms channel with the Dauntless runs the risk of infecting it with the secret weapon on the Protostar, Dal rejects hails; Gwyn warns this could be perceived as a sign of hostility. In the midst of the chase, Murf hatches from his cocoon in the evolution of his newly revealed species. He’s now no longer a slug-like being but in a more humanoid form with legs and arms… but he accidentally strikes the Dauntless with an errant torpedo as he gets used to his new body.
Janeway orders the Dauntless to return fire, hindering the Protostar’s proto drive and forcing Dal to order the starship to seek refuge. Its only place to go is the Neutral Zone, despite the diplomatic implications because of the Federation’s fragile cease fire with the Romulan Empire. Janeway’s crew refuses to trigger a conflict with the Romulans. But several Romulan warships appear anyway and accuse Janeway of committing an act of war, ending “Crossroads” on a cataclysmic cliffhanger.
Created by Kevin and Dan Hageman, Star Trek: Prodigy releases new episodes Thursdays on Paramount+.