Star Trek: Prodigy creators Kevin and Dan Hageman hint at the new starship and legacy characters set to appear in the show’s upcoming second season.
Star Trek: Prodigy creators Kevin and Dan Hageman recently teased that Season 2 will include a new ship, as well as more familiar faces from the wider Star Trek canon.
The siblings, who also serve as co-showrunners and executive producers, discussed Star Trek: Prodigy‘s second season in a video shared by the Paramount+ YouTube channel. “In Season 2 we’re going to see a lot more familiar faces,” Kevin Hageman said. Dan Hageman then chimed in: “Admiral Janeway has promised [the show’s crew] a new ship, but not the Protostar. So, I think that’s something fans can speculate on.” Kevin then suggested that the USS Protostar‘s replacement will be “much bigger” than its predecessor, before promising fans that the next batch of episodes will “deliver the goods,” calling them “magical.”
The Hageman Brothers previously hinted at other key developments fans can expect in Star Trek: Prodigy Season 2, including the relationship between the Protostar crew and Vice Admiral Janeway. Specifically, the pair noted that the real Janeway is a tougher mentor than the A.I. version of her who guided the crew in Season 1. “Hologram Janeway was designed to just support them — to be A.I. support all the time,” Kevin Hageman said. “That’s what she’s there to do. Vice Admiral Janeway, she’s got a life and responsibilities. There is a bit of shift and a reality check that the kids will have to face.”
Is a Janeway Star Trek Spinoff Happening?
Actor Kate Mulgrew is set to reprise the Janeway role in Star Trek: Prodigy‘s second season, continuing her long-running association with the character. Mulgrew played Janeway in all seven seasons of the 90s live-action series Star Trek: Voyager and had a small cameo in 2002 movie Star Trek: Nemesis. She’s since confirmed that Paramount is mulling over the possibility of a Janeway-centric project, which apparently hinges at least in part on the success of a similar spinoff, Star Trek: Picard. “I think they’re looking at Picard. They’re looking at the value of Picard. They’re looking at the reaction to Picard [before making a decision],” Mulgrew said.
The potential expansion of Star Trek‘s slate of small screen programming comes at a time when the franchise’s big screen future seems uncertain. Notably, Paramount announced it was shelving plans for Star Trek 4 in September 2022, following director Matt Shakman’s exit from the production a month earlier.
Star Trek: Prodigy Season 1 is currently streaming on Paramount+. Season 2 does not yet have a release date.