Star Trek: Prodigy

“Supernova, Part 2”

3.5 stars.

Air date: 12/29/2022
Written by Kevin & Dan Hageman
Directed by Ben Hibon

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"Supernova, Part 2" spends its first act quickly resolving the cliffhanger set up in part one before then moving into full coda/wrapup/setup mode for its second and third acts. This is definitely to the episode's benefit, because in the process it ends up being the best and most satisfying episode of the season — not to mention demonstrating the most thematically resonant and relevant material that a kids' Trek series of this type should be putting forward.

To make a short story shorter, the kids realize that to stop the weapon from destroying the entire fleet, they have to destroy the Protostar by destabilizing the engine core (resulting in the titular supernova). This would wipe out the entire star system and the present fleet, so they must move the ship far away at a fast enough speed to spread out the blast's destruction and minimize it in any one location. This is the precise level of technobabble that a story like this needs — sensible and straightforward while making it about the characters' choices.

Even better, the story offers up a major sacrifice, which comes in the form of Hologram Janeway, who must oversee the self-destruct while the kids abandon ship in a shuttle. Holo-Janeway plans to back up her program so the kids can take it with them, but it has become too large to transfer onto the available portable storage. Instead, Holo-Janeway leaves them a recording with encouraging words that provide exactly the right meaningful message. It's an effective level of loss that isn't too heavy for a kids' show but gives the story some actual dramatic stakes.

These elements work in spite of the whole overcooked idea of the Super Virus Weapon, which results in the destruction of what must be dozens of ships here and, one would think, a large number of casualties. The story papers over it so as to not go too dark, but the plot really never should've gone down the whole "destruction of the Federation" road in the first place, and shouldn't have unleashed the catastrophe for the sake of last week's cliffhanger. It's dumb and unnecessary given what works on this show, and spending so many serialized episodes on this contrived super-weapon was a waste.

Fortunately, the finale spends a minimal amount of time on this and instead brings us back to Earth (and ground level), where we get a number of insightful scenes that close the book on this volume while also setting up some basics for season two.

We get a scene where Janeway and a Vulcan science officer discuss a wormhole that was opened by the destroyed Protostar, and they uncover a distress call from Chakotay that originates from 52 years in the future. So Chakotay's whereabouts remain unsolved, but with more clues that could drive future stories.

Meanwhile, the kids make their way back to Earth and attend a hearing about their various infractions and heroics, while Starfleet decides whether to grant them acceptance into the Academy. Granting them immediate acceptance is deemed unfair, but instead they're given warrant officer status under Janeway's command. However, Gwyn announces she's leaving to return to her not-yet-destroyed homeworld, in an attempt to stop its catastrophic future from happening. Will she return in season two? She and Dal share a nice goodbye scene.

The show offers teasers for a second season that will hopefully be more about our characters learning to be Starfleet officers and less about serving a serialized plot, but what we see here is promising. There's a new Protostar in a class of vessels that we see has been built, but Janeway mentions she has "a much bigger plan" for her new crew members. The kids all have an earnestness about Starfleet and the Federation that is the right tone for what this show should be, and I hope they can learn while also being themselves in their new roles and surroundings.

This is a much better season finale than the action-heavy first half seemed to be pointing toward. The fact that it spends its time getting our characters into the real Star Trek world and dealing with the newness of that, and out of the serialized plot that was holding it back for much of the season's back half, is probably a big reason why.

Some closing thoughts:

  • Why do they clip off the music at the end of every act break on this series instead of letting it naturally end? It's clearly intentional (is this some trendy style on hip kids shows these days?), but it's a terrible choice that just feels clunky and amateurish. If I were the composer, I'd revolt.
  • During the hearing, and throughout this season, everyone kept referring to the Protostar as a "stolen Federation ship." Even the kids constantly acted like they were guilty of stealing it. This was really tedious given that they found it abandoned in a mine and used it to escape their enslavement, and then headed straight for Federation space with the intent of returning it. They didn't steal it, the Diviner did.
  • For a while I was wondering if this show was setting itself up to become the long-discussed, never-developed Starfleet Academy series that's been bouncing around Paramount since the TNG days. (This also could've played as a series finale; there's enough resolution.)
  • In retrospect, the Protostar should've been destroyed a long time ago, given what happens here. How many people had to die so these kids could hitch a ride to the Alpha Quadrant? And on TNG, finding a way to overcome or outsmart the Super Virus Weapon and its whole "hailing frequencies will kill everyone" nonsense (why not beam a message in a bottle into space explaining the whole situation?) would've been figured out in 30 minutes flat. It wasn't here merely because the plot needed it for this protracted arc.
  • So ends the first year of year-round streaming Star Trek. I managed to mostly keep up, but I could definitely use the downtime. Although 2023 looks like there's no slowing down, I may get a month or so of a break. Star Trek: Picard returns for its final season in February, and I'll see you then.

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    I had been watching Prodigy for most of the season but faded away after the episodes were getting too “kiddie” for my liking. I decided that I had invested too much time to not see the conclusion so I decided to re-up my Paramount Plus subscription to catch the final two episodes. I have no regrets about that. If only the entire series had run with the sharper writing and characterization evident in the last two episodes. I’m thinking this was first-year teething issues and many Star Trek (and non-Star Trek) series have had choppy first years that were redeemed in subsequent seasons with more confident writers and more fleshed out characters.

    Is the conclusion a perfect episode without flaws? Absolutely not, there are plenty of things to nit pick and criticize here…however I’m left feeling hopeful about Star Trek and this series after feeling the earnest intent and positive outlook the ending conveyed. For the first time in a while I felt the real “core” of Star Trek was able to shine through in a NuTrek series (not to knock Discovery or Lower Decks as those series have had some bright spots as well but just not as fulfilling for some reason to my brain).

    I think it’s because it’s a children’s show that the somewhat simplistic messaging that the future can be hopeful actually works (no need for grim-dark cynicism or overly gray socially muddied pontification about the “two sides to every story”). I really don’t need Star Trek to explore the ugly underbelly of Star Fleet or the Federation within the context of this show.

    Essentially, Starfleet represents the best of future-evolved humanity and that’s what the intrepid kids of Prodigy have been motivated and hoping to experience all season long.

    I’m a bit surprised that the writers didn’t do a reset at the end and leave the kids stranded for another year away from the Federation, instead we get some nice fulfilment of the year-long journey both emotionally and physically. I was genuinely smiling when they revealed the Prodigy shuttle landing in the SF Bay waters.

    Random thoughts…

    The ending feels simultaneously abrupt and too drawn out at the same time. There’s lots of plot threads wrapped up but then many new ones created in 10 minutes. Janeway still has to find Chakotay, Gwen has to find her home planet and reconcile with her father, Dal and the rest have to learn and find their way in a very different environment/society/construct.

    I’m surprised that it seems like Janeway won’t necessarily be taking the kids to find Chakotay on a newly-built Prodigy but instead she seemed to hint at using another ship? Perhaps a new Voyager?

    Is this truly the end of Holo Janeway? It seems like with the “real” Admiral Janeway persisting as a regular character on the series there isn’t necessarily a need for Holo Janeway, but I can’t help but feel like she was a distinct character with her own personality and it seems kind of a shame to bid farewell to her forever.

    The editing of the final episode was noticeably choppy. Very abrupt cuts from one scene to the next that almost felt like mistakes but I know they where just trying to keep to the runtime with too much story to tell in not enough time.

    I’m curious if they will keep the kids in their new uniforms for an entire season 2. They lose a lot of their personality and individuality with the rather drab gray colors of the new uniforms. Also -not to body shame anyone- but the more rounded and large shapes of Jankom and Rok just don’t translate well into those “onesie” style uniforms.

    I was truly expecting some sort of time travel stunt to reset things and save Starfleet from the massive losses they took while under the destructive control of the construct. Clearly based on the debris field many starships were totally destroyed. This seems like a pretty significant loss of life and equipment in a single event which is kind of hand-waved away due to it being a kids show. I don’t think there will be any acknowledgement of this in the future so we’ll just have to accept that.

    Interesting that they addressed the “no engineered beings” in Starfleet rule by splitting hairs and saying that Dal wasn’t actually augmented but just a hybrid of multiple species. I suppose technically this works but it sure is bending logic and reality to a great degree. I’m OK with it…because it’s a kids show (that’s the mantra one must say over and over again with Prodigy).

    A competent end to the first season, highlighted by Holo and Admiral Janeways.

    The resolution to the previous episode's cliffhanger was a considerable letdown, somewhat akin to the start of the second half of The Next Generation's 'The Best of Both Worlds.' I'm not certain the series ever made it clear that the virus is contingent upon the continued existence of the Protostar, but even then the logic is severely lacking. Admittedly, I did not consider the possibility upon which the crew ultimately arrived, and wonder, in retrospect, why the option, beside dramatic reasons, was not previously taken. It certainly would have spared a great number of lives. There are also some questions as to just how the crew found their way to where they did (with sufficient air).

    Overlooking the cliffhanger's resolution, I thought the rest of the episode played quite well. I do wish, however, that the episode pointed to a second season focused on life at Starfleet Academy, but it seems the series will be heading in multiple other directions. Oh well.

    The season suffered from some of the same issues as other recent instalments, in stretching the central story out unnecessarily, but, all in all, it was an enjoyable arc. The highlights, for me, were First Con-tact, and All the World's a Stage, with an honourable mention going to Kobayashi.

    I have really, really mixed opinions on this one. The problem with it is though it contained many poignant scenes which provided good payoff of the seasonal arc, those individual scenes didn't comprise a full episode - not even the second part of a two-parter. This was pretty clearly about 1/3rd the end of the final act of last week, and then 2/3rds epilogue. And while all of this would have worked fine tacked onto last week's episode, as a single weekly drop it was probably the single worst episode (in terms of structure) in Star Trek history. Lots of good content, but the parts did not make a whole.

    I am happy that they took their time with the finale, and we got so many longer, drawn-out scenes to explore the character interactions and what happens after the climax of the story. That said...the climax was incredibly anticlimactic. The gang come up with an idea to save the day literally a single minute into the episode. That plan goes off without a hitch. The Construct does not try to interfere, Ascencia and Drednok do not reappear, there's not even some sort of last-minute technological snafu. Indeed, the framing of everything, right from the first minute, is saying "this is the conclusion, this is the only possible solution!" which means we're just strapped in for the now foreordained conclusion. They do lengthen it a bit with Holo-Janeway's fond farewell, but this is like if Best of Both Worlds Part II came up with the "Borg hack" two minutes into the episode, we were done with the Borg in 15 minutes, and then we were dropped right into Family!

    I did have a few other minor niggles along the way as well. I was let down how after the ultimate sacrifice of Holo-Janeway, there was very little in the way of consequence. The kids won, they got into Starfleet (except for Gwyn, who has another path). Here I am able to give the show some credit, as it's a kids show, so a happy(ish) ending is generally expected, but it was all just a little too saccharine and unbelievable to me. Particularly that all of them became acting cadets - even Rok-Tahk (who seems to be the mental equivalent of a 10-year old) and Murf (who cannot verbalize in a comprehensible fashion, acts like a small child at times, and may not even be sentient). I mean, come on...Murf is a pet, a mascot, he's not one of the kids! But all of this stuff can be forgiven on the "grading the show on a kids show curve." The structural issues with the episode cannot though. If Lower Decks can figure out how to do a season finale properly in the same runtime, Prodigy should be able to as well.

    Nice little nugget: the shuttlecrafts welcoming the crew in SF bear the "NCC-74656-A" registry number. Anyone wants to hazard a guess what ship they get in Season 2? :>

    The writers figured out a way to tie up everything nicely, plant a seed for a 2nd season, have plenty of good-byes, maudlin -- a typical nu-Trek season-ender. But the amount of technobabble was on par with a VOY or TNG episode -- did they toss out "interspatial flexture" or some such? And some crap about creating a wormhole via an interspatial rift?

    At least it's clear where the supernova episode title comes from -- and I'd say it's creative to spread the explosion through time as a way of minimizing the damage in the present time. Dal started the idea and his teammates tacked on other parts.

    So it would seem PROD S2 would involve looking for Chakotay 52 years in the future in Janeway's new ship with all the kids minus Gwyn. Can expect to see what effect Gwyn has on her people in 52 years time? Might be interesting -- I'd hope we see the character again.

    The kids don't' get into StarFleet but of course Janeway takes them along under her command. All charges against them dropped -- much like in the TOS movie. Interesting the line about Dal being constituted from 26 member species of the Fed and that he's some kind of perfect representative of the Fed -- so should various member species all start cross-breeding then??

    2 stars for "Supernova, Part 2" -- not quite as good as Part 1, not a lot of time spent on plot but mostly wrapping up and setting up. I guess again, I'm not a fan of each season being it's own arc and needing to tie a bow at the end of each season, but here it would seem there will be a fair bit of continuity for S2.

    The biggest qualm I have with the show at this point is the concept that Starfleet would authorize the construction and deployment of a ship powered by something that could be so catastrophic if destabilized, would trigger a supernova explosion so massive that it could wipe out a star system. A warp core breach, by comparison, seems to only affect maybe tens of thousands of kilometers in radius.

    Star Trek TNG/DS9/VOY era shows were full of episodes where propulsion and power technologies potentially more powerful and more devastating were shown as not worth the risk. Kinda wish they'd toned down the consequences of a containment failure of a protostar drive.

    Honestly, if you decided to skip Picard S3, or even just do a mid-season and season finale wrap-up, that would be completely understandable.

    The new-ish showrunner seems very proud of what's to come, and that excitement is infectious, to a point. But what we've actually been shown in the previews, at least to me, indicates it'll be more of the same, but an even more of a reference-heavy, Trek love-fest than S1 or S2 were. And that's saying something. And now they're dragging the original TNG cast down into the muck.

    I hate being that cynical, specially coming off the back of the very positive, hope-filled Prodigy. I really hope the third time's the charm, but nothing in Picard's history up to this point gives me any reason to believe it'll make up for all that... noise.

    Here's hopin'. 🤞

    @Fortyseven: "Honestly, if you decided to skip Picard S3, or even just do a mid-season and season finale wrap-up, that would be completely understandable."

    Goodness, don't say that. I intend to use Jammer's reviews and the comments section sentiment to gauge whether I'll subject my eyeballs to Stewart's final insult. :-D

    After SNW underwhelmed I stopped watching NuTrek - first time I've switched off on any new Trek content in over 25 years - and I couldn't be happier. Man cannot live on hate-watching alone; even I have my limits.

    From the sounds of it there has been some decent stuff between LD and PRO, but reading a few comments I feel I probably would've been so-so on the whole thing. My logic is - why support the animated / kids stuff when the adult-orientated content that I'm most interested in so dreadfully underwhelms?

    Anyway, so far as Picard and Jammer, S3 needs to break the pattern of previous season before I tune in.

    As for those expectations, basically:

    Episode 1 & 2: Memberberry overload, lots of exciting setup - 3 to 3 1/2 star range. Sentiment: medium to high. Am I in? Not a chance. S2 pulled the same stunt before diving off a cliff.

    Episode 3 & 4: Momentum from first couple of episodes still strong; the settling in phase of the season. Things might slow down a tad, perhaps not quite as exciting and kinetic as at the start. Sentiment: medium, interested, maybe a few quibbles. Am I in? Nope, as we're approaching the critical mid-season.

    Episode 5 & 6: Momentum has dropped off. The nudge along of the mystery elements is starting to get annoying. Weaker writing, obvious padding, questionable character motivation. Sentiment: hope is fading, irritability, disappointment- some will still champion the season regardless. THIS is where I'm most interested. If my expectations are met, I'll step back check back in after the finale. BUT - if Jammer is regularly pumping out 3 to 4 star ratings up to this point and sentiment is still high / enthusiastic, I'm gonna jump in and check out episode 1 and give Matalas the benefit of the doubt.

    I quite enjoyed this! Scattershot though it was, it hit the emotional beats well and set the show up for something intriguingly new in season 2. I'm looking forward to it.

    Muchos gracias for your efforts in 2022, Jammer. Look forward to joining you for Picard season 3. Good lord, it *has* to be better than season 2, right...

    I am in the underwhelmed category about this finale. Part of it was the way the episode was summarized in the Paramount Plus list with the words "ultimate sacrifice." When it turned out to be the destruction of a hologram, I just couldn't believe it. I mean, a kid old enough to appreciate this show does know fiction from reality, right? And a hologram is NOT REAL. I was very disappointed. And none of them even mentioned that they could get to know the real Janeway, who was a REAL PERSON whom they had already met!

    The next issue was the idea that destroying the Construct would stop the internecine war. That seemed way too convenient, and could have been fixed by some previous reference that the Construct had to keep broadcasting. But a real computer virus doesn't stop just because the initial software is gone. Again, a few words about resetting all the infected ships' programs could have made this easier to swallow - a followup of Holo Janeway's brilliant idea of the cleaning robots.

    Finally, the extension of the supernova over time worried me a lot. Doesn't that mean that it would go on for centuries, at least, destroying worlds down the ages? That seemed like the opposite of good.

    So next season will be The Search for Chakotay? I haven't seen Voyager for a long time, and may never have finished the last season, so Janeway's love for him (it obviously goes beyond respect or loyalty) seems odd to me. Maybe because I never liked Chakotay. But fine, that could be a good plotline.

    I'm not in favor of a Starfleet Academy show. I can't imagine how you could make it dramatic. A show that is basically about school? Lots of kids doing immature things? Ugh.

    I do hope to see Gwyndala again and how she unifies Solum.

    As far as how this show works to interest children in other Trek shows, my daughter tells me that her 10-year-old son enjoyed it very much but has no interest in the other shows. After watching the whole season, I think it may have been a little too sentimental, not quite edgy enough, and maybe too serialized. I do believe there's an advantage to episodic television in that it requires less commitment. I also think that this show might have been aimed at younger children than him.

    StarMan - If you haven't heard yet, Picard Season 3 does "break the pattern" of its previous two, and most reviewers are saying it's quite a lot better, with the new character Captain Shaw being the breakout star. Many people are saying it's finally become what we wanted it to be all along. I'd encourage you to jump in for at least one episode and see what you think. Personally I'm loving it.

    Just got done watching this season and was surprised to find that along with Lower Decks, this is the best series Nu Trek has to offer. I went into this show blind and expected not to like it. I thought it was a hardline children’s show. I was expecting “silly” one liners and stuff like that. Instead it had better singular episode writing and ideas than any of the other paramount+ era trek shows. Prodigy did a much better job honoring the legacy of trek while also very much being its own entity. When Spock, uhura, Scotty and odo made cameos it was clear it was for one episode, as part of computer programs, and not head scratching “surprise they are relatives of main cast members!” bizarre pandering. I was thrilled to see Janeway and the way she was written in. I will be watching next season for sure

    Well, so much for Prodigy, at least on Paramount+, as this weird practice continues of canceling already-produced shows (and also removing their old episodes from streaming libraries) in the interest of tax write-offs.

    From The Hollywood Reporter:

    "The Paramount Global-backed streamer has canceled 'Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies' after a single season, reversed its decision on a season two pickup for the animated and kids-focused 'Star Trek: Prodigy,' axed competition series 'Queen of the Universe' after two seasons and nixed 'The Game' revival after two seasons. Additionally, all four shows will be removed from Paramount+ as the conglomerate joins Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery in taking tax write-offs for underperforming series. [...] 'Star Trek: Prodigy' was renewed for season two in November 2021 and was a key push by franchise captain Alex Kurtzman to introduce the property to a younger generation. The series will complete postproduction on season two of 'Prodigy' and producers CBS Studios will shop both seasons to a new buyer."

    So, Paramount makes a show, cancels the show, and then its creators hope sell it to another network or streamer. Great business plan.

    Baffling. Star Trek is a "long tail" property. Three years from now no one is ever going to watch Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, it might as well not exist at that point. People will be watching Prodigy fifty years from now.

    At least we'll still get the second season somewhere. I hope it wraps things up.

    I'd like someone to explain how this practice of throwing in the trash already-completed TV seasons (or even entire movies, as the case Warner Bros. Discovery did with "Batgirl"), which have already cost millions of dollars and untold thousands of labor-hours to produce, can make you more money in tax write-offs than just releasing the damn thing and making your revenue in the traditional way that was presumably the reason you created the content in the first place. I don't get it.

    Or maybe, with streaming, we've reached the point where justifying ever-more content is not enough on its own to bring in new money, so now they are over-correcting with these desperate accounting games to satisfy the stockholders?

    @ Jammer,

    I can't tell you whether the networks are all doing it for the same reason or whether the reporting on it is entirely accurate. Both Paramount and Warner Bros Discovery have had serious problems lately and are taking steps to deal with it. Paramount has had big cash flow problems, and their stock price has been on a long decline. For Warner Bros Discovery it's even worse, and apparently Zaslav has been brought in as an axe-man to cut costs. Huge layoff, show cancellations, and they are even on the verge of cancelling Turner Classics, which has spurred Spielberg, Scorsese, and Anderson into a meeting with him to try to stop that happening. But they are seemingly desperate to cut costs, HBO now being close to the brink as expected by nobody. They are even trying to sell their own shows out to Netflix for streaming to get some cash coming in.

    None of this directly answers why Paramount specifically made this choice. If they are more desperate than they're letting on, like Warner Bros is, then they will absolutely make panic moves to shore up their next quarterly report. Hey, maybe Warren Buffett (the top shareholder) just doesn't like the show and suggested they ditch it.

    Without having insider knowledge about the financial situation at Paramount and the thoughts of those in charge we can only speculate but my theories are...

    1. In the chase of short-term profit / cost savings rather than strategic long-term thinking Paramount is looking to cut costs immediately, regardless of the fact that Prodigy could bring in ongoing viewers many years from now. They're hoping announcing these kinds of cuts will perk up the ears of potential investors/buyout companies as well as shareholders which can bring a short term "pop" to the stock price even though it's mostly just a reactive rather than strategic result.

    2. The writer's strike (if/when it gets resolved) would probably retroactively make shows like Prodigy more expensive to keep "alive" since they would have to pay more per episode in newly contracted residuals to the writers for every stream (or however they base the formula).

    3. The decision-makers are probably looking at Star Trek as an overall portfolio investment exercise and when you look at the unevenness of Discovery and Picard which were undoubtedly very costly to produce, the franchise doesn't look like a great revenue generator. My hypotheses is that this means Prodigy may be paying for the "sins" of the varying quality and varying audience reception of Discovery and Picard (Seasons 1-2) rather than being fully judged on its merits as a standalone series.

    4. The Federal government has (I think somewhat inadvertently) made tax write-offs a big incentive for these companies to cancel their shows. Federal tax law is so complicated and political but I can't imagine the current tax laws as written were thematically intended to drive cancellation and "burying" of finished but unseen content from streaming networks. The tax codes were probably set in place before streaming existed. Unfortunately those are how the laws are being used today and the Federal government provides no counter-balancing mechanisms that would incentivize businesses to do the opposite and preserve their art and creative content from being wiped out of existence. I could theorize that in another parallel universe the government actually cared about art and creative content and there would be a tax penalty if companies purposefully threw out finished content rather than publish it for the public to enjoy/appreciate.

    @Android Dan re, your second point:

    Apparently animated shows' writers have they're own guild outside of the WGA, accorrding to a few of the screenwriters I follow on Twitter. Animation is not affected by the strike and AFAIK, Prodigy is not, nor will be at all affected by the strike and whatever deal the WGA gets. Animation writers are paid peanuts compared to their live action counterparts. (Exceptions exist, such as major prime-time animated series, e.g, The Simpsons, Family Guy, etc which ARE part of the WGA)

    This might not be the worse thing since imo Prodigy was badly mishandled and marketed. They need to back off pushing it as Star Trek for toddlers which is what I was under the impression it was until giving it a chance. They need to market it more as bite sized classic Trek. It’s a shame it might only have one more season as I think Prodigy and strange New worlds are the only two shows that are really carrying the torch for the franchise and not muddying the waters and inconsistent and more often than not just outright bad the way Picard and discovery are

    This is a real shame. I was looking forward to more of this “children’s” show. What’s more of a shame is how easily and swiftly this can be done. We’re entering a digital Dark Ages.

    Good News!!!

    Prodigy has been picked up by NetfliX, with new episodes promised for 2024.

    The talk is they may release "Season 2" in 2 10 Episode blocks ...

    LLAP

    Glad to hear it! The will release Season 2 in early 2024. (according to what heard on the interweb)

    I hope Netflix decides to pick up a season 3!

    Jammer, PROD Season 2 will drop on NETFLIX on Christmas day. (all episodes)

    I am not seeing that. I am seeing that *season 1* will drop on Dec. 25, with season 2 coming sometime in 2024.

    When season 2 eventually does gets here, it will be a good question how reviews of that will work. This site was not really set up for the Netflix-style dump-and-binge, and that model doesn't seem like it would be especially good for the progression of a season's ongoing discussion thread.

    @ Jammer,

    "When season 2 eventually does gets here, it will be a good question how reviews of that will work. This site was not really set up for the Netflix-style dump-and-binge, and that model doesn't seem like it would be especially good for the progression of a season's ongoing discussion thread."

    Maybe it would be simpler to do the equivalent of your season-end write ups, with maybe mini-reviews of each episode as part of the review of the season? I noted back in S1 of ST: PIC that the reviews of each episode were sort of all over the place in terms of how people appreciated them, but when looking back I tend to see that season as a whole rather than as individual discreet episodes. Maybe the modern format of show creation is better suited to seeing the season as one unit, especially as 'seasons' are now sometimes referred to as long-form films?

    @Peter G.

    That's the course I have adopted with the Star Wars shows post-Mandalorian. (Boba Fett, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, hopefully Andor eventually...)

    It would kind of break the format I have with the Prodigy pages now, but given how few people engage with those, it's probably a better use of my time to streamline. At most, I would probably go the capsule review route.

    @Jammer

    "I am not seeing that. I am seeing that *season 1* will drop on Dec. 25, with season 2 coming sometime in 2024."

    Yup, sorry. I'm not sure how I messed that up.

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