After the “Cadets” ruined their first, first contact, they are all rather on the outs with each other. Now they have to face the fact they are out on SYNC in a whole different way. Here is my thoughts on Star Trek Prodigy Episode 8.

Star Trek Prodigy – It’s about teamwork

Hologram Janeway tries to get the kids back on the same page with an excellent teambuilding exercise on the Holodeck.

Things didn’t pan out the way she hoped they would. Jankom starts eating the props. A barnyard animal the kids have never seen is running and getting chased by a fox.

The Diviner also got a tip from our Ferengi Frenemy last week. But instead of warping to the Gamma Quadrant, somehow a copy of Dreadnaught was printed in the Cargo Bay.

STAR TREK: PRODIGY: Ep#108 -- Kate Mulgrew as Janeway, and Angus Imrie as Zero in STAR TREK: PRODIGY  Photo: Nickelodeon/Paramount+ ©2021 VIACOM INTERNATIONAL. All Rights Reserved.

“Time” for a break

The kids, all grumbly and keeping away from each other, don’t pay attention to the fact they are flying straight into a temporal cloud. The big difference is that when the protostar gets hits from the anomaly everyone is scattered in time. (Except Janeway, as she is technically part of the ship.)

As she is phasing through “timezones” she comes across Zero, who has figured out a way to stop it. Jankom and Dal are in the fast time zones, never able to deal with the situation. Murph and Rok are in the slower zones. Rock is in the slowest zone where time is moving by at almost a standstill. And Gwynn was the furthest away from the engine when the collision happened, so she is almost at a normal time. Which is a problem, since her father somehow hacked the ship almost a quadrant away with a copy of Dreadnok to be built by the vehicle replicator.

STAR TREK: PRODIGY: Ep#108 --  Jason Mantzoukas as Jankom Pog, Rylee Alazraqui as Rok-Tahk, Brett Gray as Dal, Ella Purnell as Gwyn and Angus Imrie as Zero in STAR TREK: PRODIGY streaming on Paramount+  Photo: Nickelodeon/Paramount+ ©2021 VIACOM INTERNATIONAL. All Rights Reserved.

Trying To Find The Right Parts

Out of everything the crew is trying to build Zero’s device to reset time, but they can’t find the right part to do it. Having previous knowledge of the ship’s design, Dreadnok unknowingly assists, but time is up for Gwynn. See, with the exception of Rok, the Protoengine keeps blowing up. And each time HJ gets bounced to another time zone. Rok, only being a little kid, is super hesitant to help build. They even go through a small montage to show that she is depressed and alone. Until Janeway gives her the push in the right direction. Luckily she was able to get the new device hooked up and everyone back to normal time.

Back on the bridge, everyone was congratulating Rok, but Gwynn and HJ have a side conversation about how long was she alone since she had to learn several new skills.

STAR TREK: PRODIGY: Ep#108 --  Rylee Alazraqui as Rok-Tahk and Kate Mulgrew as Janeway, in STAR TREK: PRODIGY streaming on Paramount+  Photo: Nickelodeon/Paramount+ ©2021 VIACOM INTERNATIONAL. All Rights Reserved.

Captain’s Log

Want to talk about a break-out episode?! Wow, cheers to Rok. She found a purpose on the ship. But at what cost? Remember, she’s just a child. Yes the crew are all young, but she is the equivalent of an 8-year-old. The hours, days, and possibly months she spent in her timeline could have long-term psychological effects on her.

We have seen many temporal episodes in the Star Trek TIMELINE but this was an interesting take on it, making Janeway the go-between. At first, I thought we were going to get an episode close to the classic TNG episode, The Next Phase. Then I thought it was going to be something like the series finale where Captain Picard was jumping around their own timeline. But to have the overlapping timelines that are at a different pace was a great idea, and using the sin wave to make us understand was a smart choice too. Too often we have only gotten verbal ideas and have to abstractly come up with something in our imagination.

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