Saturday, March 20, 2021

Random Image Does Not A Star Trek Make

A little late to the party, but whatever.

The above image is the first official promo image of the upcoming Star Trek: Prodigy animated series... and I am ambivalent as a whole.

The image depicts our core group of characters; a ragtag group of alien misfits who are all smiles now, but I'm sure their assembling will begin with bickering and slowly but surely, they'll be good buddies by the end of the season, if not the show. For what it's worth, I like the varied designs of each of the characters. Whether it'd be the Thing-looking thing or the blue slime thing or the robot thing, it's a suitable cast for what I'd imagine is kids' fare.

This image does not immediately scream Star Trek. There's nothing in the image that I would remotely associate with Star Trek. None of the aliens seem like anything you'd associate with Star Trek. You could have called this anything else and I'd be like, "Cool." If I gave you this image without telling you what it is, Star Trek would not be the first thing to come to mind... maybe Star Wars. But for Trekkies to start shouting to the heavens that this screams Star Trek is hyper hyperbole to the reaches that goes beyond hyper hyperbole.

One image does not make or break a series, however. It's just a stock image of some stock aliens. That's what I got out of it. Does this bode well for Prodigy? I can't say since this is all we have to go on and it says NOTHING beyond this is what the central group looks like. And until we get more concrete details, I can neither praise or damn the series as a whole based on one single stock promotional image. I can speculate, but that would be raising hopes and the current regime has worn out their goodwill in being giving that much benefit.

I will take a "wait and see" approach with this one. Let's see what comes of this and then we'll have something to sink our teeth into. Until then... maintain current course.

I'll be in my ready room.

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