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Plugged In Pick, TV: Star Trek: Prodigy

aliens on the bridge of a ship in Star Trek Prodigy series

The Star Trek franchise has been cruising through the entertainment galaxy for parts of six decades now, sometimes going where no one (at least in the Star Trek universe) has gone before … and sometimes going to places we wish it hadn’t.

That makes Star Trek: Prodigy a breath of fresh interstellar air. The animated show, streaming on Paramount+, is set five years after the events of Star Trek: Voyager. And like that show, it features a ship—the Protostar—that’s zipping around an unfamiliar part of the galaxy.  Manned by a bevy of renegades trying to escape their evil jailer, the Protostar is doing its best to return home to Earth. Easier said than done.

The show feels a little like Star Wars’ much-beloved animated series The Clone Wars: It’s crisp and engaging, but it’s also geared toward kids. At this early juncture, families don’t have to worry about navigating foul language or graphic violence. The only thing warped about this show—so far—is the speed factor.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.