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WATCH: New Star Trek sizzle reel shows the future of the franchise and meet the all-alien cast of Star Trek: Prodigy

February 28th, 2021 by Marc Comments

Well, no matter how you feel about CBS’ new Star Trek universe, there’s no denying that there are certainly plans to keep ploughing on with them and tonight we have a taste of the future of Star Trek for you to wrap your heads around.

One of the projects we’re most looking forward to in the world of Star Trek in Star Trek Prodigy – and not just because the great Kate Mulgrew is returning as Captain Janeway (here) – because it sounds like it could be a lot of fun and a very different type of story in the Trek universe and now we have our first look at the crew (and you can see it above) which will be the first entirely alien crew in a Star Trek show.

The show will be skewed towards young viewers and follows a group of young explorers who find a Federation Starship and take it for their own adventure into the universe, so it sounds like a lot of fun and if I were gambling at PlayAmo online casino I’d know this is exactly what the fans want. Janeway will, we believe, be responsible for making the kids into crew for the ship and setting them out into the universe on bold new adventures…

While we still don’t know much about the characters of the show – including their species or home planets – there’s no denying they look like they will be bringing a lot of style into the world(s) of Star Trek, joining Star Trek Discovery, Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Picard as the universe begins to flesh out even more.

Star Trek: Prodigy will air later this year and was originally set to appear on Nickelodeon, but isnow set, not for CBS All Access but Paramount+.

In further Trek-related news, CBS All Access, the home of Trek shows right now, will be rebranded as Paramount+ and it will be focusing on new shows moving forward including Picard season 2 and the throwback to the original series, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds starring Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, and Rebecca Romijn as Pike, Spock and Number One, revisiting the characters as they appeared in Discovery season 2.

However, despite all these shows taking place in the same universe, executive producer Alex Kurtzman was keen to point out this won’t be an effort to be the new MCU, saying: “We’re aiming to have our shows feel unique and different from each other. We want to give everybody a reason to watch each show.”

Paramount+ programming chief Julie McNamara has pointed out that the current plan is to debut one new series on the service per quarter, saying: “We’re very careful about curating the pacing. The number of shows at any given time. And what those shows are, so that we make sure that it’s always exciting when there’s a new track show coming out.”

When Paramount+ launches on March 4th, it will feature all previous Trek shows – Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise and it will also feature the first three seasons of Star Trek: Discovery and the first season of Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Lower Decks, all of which have new series in various stages of production

Kurtzman said on the Hollywood Reporter podcast: “Heather Kaden and Aaron Baiers, who work with me at Secret Hideout — we literally just got off a call with the network mapping out with us through 2027… Now when I say that, it’s not like it’s set in stone. It’s just, ‘Here’s a plan. Here’s what we’re looking at. Here’s how the different shows are going to drop.’ Consider the fact that it takes a year from inception — from starting production — to airing, you have to plan way, way, way in advance to get these things done, and you have to stay on top of the zeitgeists and make sure that what you’re doing is relevant. So you have to plan so far in advance now in different kinds of ways [like safety and budget] to seem loose and improvisational, but there’s nothing loose and improvisational about it.”

So it looks like Star Trek is going to be around for a long time and, while I really haven’t liked what CBS All Access has put out in the last couple of years, I love the optimism of Star Trek and I live in hope that, sooner or later, the franchise will get back on track and will go boldly where everyone will want to go again.

Paramount Plus launches March 4th – meanwhile, here’s a new sizzle reel focusing on where Star Trek is heading in the near future.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….