Two Captains Log: Star Trek Prodigy – S1E18

We’ve reached a pivotal time in Star Trek Prodigy. In the episode, “Mindwalk,” Del and Admiral Janeway swap minds unwittingly. The result is Janeway learning about the Protostar’s condition while aboard there in Del’s body. Del provides some comic relief in the form of Janeway. In the end it is the Diviner helping Janeway out, but with an unexpected result for her in the end. Here we go with our thoughts on “Mindwalk.”

Music

Mr. Daps: “This week the soundtrack definitely stepped up quite a bit. I thought it was much better and it definitely had some subtle nods to Voyager included. This felt much more natural as this show really is a sequel to Voyager. While still not my favorite score for a Star Trek series yet, it is getting better.”

Murray: “I think the soundtrack is really coming into its own. There are some homages to Voyager in this episode, which was a nice more Trek feel with the music. I think it is starting to accentuate the action a lot better.”

Design

Mr. Daps: “This week’s design was really not a whole lot different than other weeks. Yes, there were a couple of moments that were unique throughout the episode that was interesting, mainly the warp bubble moment and the linking of minds thing. However, most of this week’s episode showcased designs that have already been seen. There isn’t anything wrong with this as everything was solid.”

Murray: “It’s not exactly design, but I’m going to comment on the animation of Admiral Janeway while Del is inhabiting her body. It was just the right of realistic cartoon fluidity that made it the perfect amount of comic relief. It was believable and silly at the same time. The other elements I really liked the design of were the warp bubble effects and the aura around Del and Janeway as they linked minds.”

Story

Mr. Daps: “I feel like I’m becoming a bit of a broken record as this week’s episode once again felt like it pulled from a story that Star Trek has already used, most recently in Strange Worlds. While the overall story device was reused, it was done in a fun way to watch. The development of this story was interesting and exciting. It also added a LOT to the characters and their relationships that will be very interesting to see play out.”

Murray: “The story is a bit recycled. It is the swapping of minds. However, it served a purpose which is not always the case in these types of stories. That was a bit refreshing to have. And it even added to the character development of the two characters and the crew.”

Hit or Miss?

Mr. Daps: “Despite using a recycled story device, this week is a solid hit for me. I really enjoyed it. I felt like it moved at a very good pace. Kate Mulgrew’s vocal performance was very enjoyable. The character development was solid. The overarching story for the series was moved forward in a good way. Finally and most importantly, it drew me in as a viewer and Star Trek fan and made me very intrigued and excited for where this series is going to go.”

Murray: “This was a big hit for me! I would dare say it might become one of my favorite Trek episodes of any series. Kate Mulgrew did a fantastic job voicing her voice but as if it were someone else. The entire plot was paced very well and had some great twists and turns, and even a cliffhanger at the end. It resolved quite a bit, yet carried on with the story. Overall a standout episode for the series, and I think even for Star Trek itself.”

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