Star Trek News Roundup #4 by Justin(e) Norton-Kertson

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Thanks for joining us again for Unimatrix Zero’s fourth Star Trek News Roundup here in Ten Forward. We do our best to put together what we think are the highlights of the latest news in the Star Trek universe and fandom. There’s been some exciting news over the past week, so let’s get started.

Trek for Tykes. That’s right, the launch of Star Trek’s first show for kids is drawing ever closer. This past week the Star Trek: Prodigy cast and crew announcement was made, and it’s some of the most exciting news we have to share in this roundup. Even more exciting is that the announcement comes with the release of new images from the series as well. 

Worthy of note is that one of the characters in Prodigy will be a genderless alien who uses they/them pronouns. This inclusion shows the strength of the franchise’s commitment to LGBTQIA+ representation and to the principle of “infinite diversity in infinite combinations” in this new era of Star Trek

Startrek.com provided the descriptions below, while Den of Geek took a deep dive into the rich connections between the characters and Star Trek history that is well worth a read.

Rylee Alazraqui (“Doug Unplugs,” “Home Economics”) as “Rok-Tahk,” a Brikar and an unusually bright eight-year-old girl. Rok is a bit shy, but not when it comes to her love for animals. 

Brett Gray (“On My Block,” “When They See Us”) as “Dal,” 17 years old and an unknown species, he fancies himself a maverick, who even in the toughest times, holds strong onto his unwavering hope. 

Angus Imrie (“The Crown,” “Emma”) as “Zero,” who is a Medusan: a noncorporeal, genderless, energy-based lifeform. Since others would go mad at the sight of their true self, Zero wears a containment suit they made themselves to protect others. 

Jason Mantzoukas (“Infinite,” “Big Mouth”) as “Jankom Pog,” a 16-year-old Tellarite. Tellarites are known to relish an argument, and Jankom is no different. Regardless of opinion, he will always play ‘devil’s advocate’ for the sake of hearing all sides. 

Ella Purnell (“Army of the Dead,” “Sweetbitter”) as “Gwyn,” a 17-year-old Vau N’Akat who was raised on her father’s bleak mining planet and grew up dreaming to explore the stars. 

Dee Bradley Baker (“SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Dora the Explorer”) as “Murf,” whose age and species is unknown but who is an endearing, indestructible blob with curiously good timing and an insatiable appetite for ship parts.

Over the last week, talk about Star Trek: Lower Decks has been circulating, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the news. The season two release date was announced, and we can look forward to the next episode airing on August 12, 2021. It was also announced that production on season three has already begun, and season three will air sometime in 2022!

For the serious collectors out there, a new Playmobil USS Enterprise NCC 1701 playset is now available for presale. It’s huge, and it’s awesome. Pricing at $500, the ship is three and half feet long by one and half feet wide. The playset features electronic lights and sounds controlled by an app, and a saucer section that opens up to a full view of the bridge. The body of the ship reportedly also opens up to display the ship’s engineering section. It comes with figures including Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, Uhura, Sulu, and Chekov, and is being billed as “the biggest and most deluxe Playmobil playset created up to this point.”

Finally, the cast and crew from some of the other currently airing Star Trek series gave production updates this past week. Strange New Worlds is shooting its eighth episode. If we’re lucky, maybe we’ll get an airdate for SNW by the end of this year. Production on season four of Discovery continues as well. Shooting is well underway and they are well into the editing process. The season finale has been written as well. Unfortunately, we still don’t have an airdate for season four, but as far as we know it is still planned for sometime later this year. 

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