The new Star Trek crew has finally donned their Starfleet uniforms for the first time. SPOILERS follow for the Star Trek: Prodigy episode “A Moral Star, Part 1.” Like Star Trek: Prodigy began, young prison planet escapees Tars Lamora posed as Starfleet cadets to take over the derelict Starfleet ship, the USS Protostar. This was enough to appease Hologram Janeway, who took them under her wing and tried to teach them to behave according to Starfleet values. They weren’t always successful, as evidenced by their failed first contact mission. However, in “A Moral Star, Part 1”, the first half of the two-part mid-season finale episode, the crew finally earns actual Starfleet uniforms.
After once again escaping the clutches of the diviner in “Time Amok”, the Protostar the crew is faced with a choice. The diviner threatens to punish those still imprisoned on Tars Lamora if the Protostar Don “t come back. They can take the Protostar and race to Federation space, hoping against hope that Starfleet can deal with the Diviner in time to save his prisoners. Otherwise, they can choose to return to Tars Lamora and attempt to rescue the prisoners themselves. They choose the latter, which is definitely a Starfleet thing to do in Janeway’s eyes. The crew puts on Starfleet cadet uniforms similar to the Starfleet uniform worn by Chakotay in Janeway’s memory files. Janeway reconfigures her appearance to match.
The crew wears a new uniform design not seen anywhere else in Star Trek canon. It’s a bit surprising since the series takes place between Star Trek: Lower Decks and the flashbacks in Star Trek: Picard on the Star Trek timeline, and each had distinct Starfleet uniforms. Prodigytell the creators Reverse that the uniforms are unique to the USS Protostarnot your average Starfleet ship.
“From the U.S.S. Protostar is an experimental spacecraft, we felt it gave us some freedom to create our own uniform design, as long as it fits in with the uniforms of that era,” Dan and Kevin Hageman said in a joint statement. . “We, [executive producer] Ben Hibon and our design team spent a lot of time discussing the badge and uniforms. We had to balance the style of our series, while recognizing that these kids are actually nowhere near being Starfleet officers, so we opted for a clean design.”
What do you think of the Protostar the crew’s Starfleet uniforms? Let us know in the comments. Star Trek: ProdigyThe first season so far is now streaming on Paramount+. The second half of “A Moral Star” will debut on Thursday.