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Last summer a clip from Star Trek: Prodigy season 2 revealed that Star Trek: Voyager star Robert Picardo is returning to his role as the EMH Doctor. In a recurring role for season 2, Picardo’s Doctor is taking on the role of managing the former Protostar crew as the try to find a place as Starfleet trainees on board Admiral Janeway’s USS Voyager-A in season 2. Now for the first time the actor is talking about his return to Star Trek

Picardo states the nature of the Prodigy return

On Friday at the ST-SF convention in San Francisco, Robert Picardo got a question about Prodigy and he talked about how long he had to keep the secret:

“I am on season 2 of Star Trek: Prodigy.  I started recording almost two and a half or three years ago. So it’s been a long time. Animation moves slowly. It’s a secret I had to sit on forever. I had a lot of fun doing it.”

Robert Picardo at ST-SF 2024 (Photo: TrekMovie)

In response to a question about what it was like falling back into the character after two decades, Picardo said it was easy:

“For some reason the pitching of the character’s voice and the cadence and the speed at which I spoke as that character is still relatively easy to do. I don’t think it was difficult to sound like I was still a hologram in his mid-40s. And it was great.”

The actor also had high praise for the Prodigy writing team understanding the character:

“What’s wonderful about the writing of the show is that they maintain what I love most about doing Voyager itself, which was I could be a comic relief, but on a dime I could turn and it could get quite serious when it was a dire situation. [Prodigy] used me for comic relief, believe me, in a lot of scenes, in a lot of episodes. But there are some dramatic moments which was really a pleasure to do as well.”

Robert Picardo as The Doctor in Star Trek: Prodigy season 2 (startrek.com)

Although season 2 reunites Janeway and The Doctor, Picardo said he unfortunately didn’t get to reunite with his co-star Kate Mulgrew, or at least not when it comes to voicing their characters:

“I am still very good friends with Kate Mulgrew, I see here a lot socially, but I never recorded in the room with any other actors. It’s all done separately. So that’s kind of a shame. But the producers are great fun to work with. They’ll give you ideas and they let me ad lib – which I love – some of which will find their way into the show.”

Netflix released the first season on Christmas 2023, but they have yet to announce a release date for the second season. Picardo did venture a guess:

“I’m really happy that the work will finally be on Netflix, I think in the Spring, like in May? Is that true? Does anybody know a date?… We don’t know a date. It will be on sometime between now and death. But I’m looking forward to seeing it. It was great fun to play the character again.”

The Doctor gives the provisional cadets a briefing (startrek.com)

The first season of Prodigy had a successful launch on Netflix. The producers of the show have made it clear that if the second season performs well Netflix could pick it up for a third or even more.

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