Previously on Star Trek: Prodigy, the gang set out to explore a planet under Captain Janeway’s suggestion. While the crew is out on their mission, Gwyn uses the opportunity to escape the Protostar and contacts her father with their location. However, things get out of hand and their location isn’t what it seems. Everyone finds themselves stranded while a planetary threat is lurking all around them.
“Terror Firma” picks right up from the end of the last episode. There is great tension between Gwyn and everyone else since they blame her for losing the ship. The animosity increases when they learn the Diviner found them thanks to her. For Dal and company, they are torn between their captive’s betrayal but realizing she might be their best shot at surviving and making it back to the Protostar. This is demonstrated by them allowing her to tag along but not helping despite her injured leg.
Gwyn has been Star Trek: Prodigy’s most compelling character because of how conflicted she is. We saw last week how her strongest desire was to receive her dad’s affection and approval but she knows his methods are not always ethical. It’s been a moving redemption arc for her so far and in any other situation, she could have easily been friends with the other characters without the drama.
Her eventual change of heart comes about in a predictable manner but it seems good timing in a way that it occurred in the midseason finale. The final scene makes you wonder whether the show is a Gwyn story rather than Dal’s after all. It’s also interesting to note how Rok-Tahk continues to be the heart of the crew since she’s the only one to show Gwyn compassion initially. We also see how strong the planet’s powers are even influencing the Diviner leading to an unexpected twist during the race for the Protostar.
Speaking of the ship, Star Trek: Prodigy builds upon its mystery and provides some reveals on the power it possesses and why the Diviner is so anxious to get his hands on it. It’s very fitting and almost destiny that the young crew are the ones who found it.
The musical score takes the episode to another level. Nami Melamud accomplishes so much with her compositions. The music helps convey the emotions of the characters as well as matching the mood and tone of the various scenes. She has done good work all season but in “Terror Firma,” it has been exceptional.
The ending leaves the crew of the Protostar in an ambiguous situation but we’ll have to wait until January to see what happens. But fitting for a Star Trek show, there is a curiosity and excitement to discover what’s in store because their next journey could take them anywhere.
Episode five brings the final member of the crew into the fold with a conclusion to Gwyn’s captivating redemption. The stellar score complements the emotions and tone of the story while the ending leaves a variety of possibilities of where the series goes next.
Stream Star Trek: Prodigy on Paramount+.
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