NYCC Metaverse was a blast from start to finish! It’s a shame it’s over already, but I didn’t walk away empty-handed. Some of my favorite franchises dropped jaw-dropping announcements and exciting reveals along the way, so let’s take a look at what’s coming later this year and in 2021.
Boldly Going Places with Kate Mulgrew
Leading up to NYCC Metaverse, creators from the upcoming Nickelodeon show, Star Trek: Prodigy, had been teasing and giving us hints that something related to the show would be announced at the Star Trek Universe panel. I thought it was going to be a brief description and a possible release date. I had no idea the announcement would collectively blow our minds.
Watch the official announcement from Nickelodeon Animation:
Kate Mulgrew a.k.a. Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager will be joining the cast! I wish I could have recorded my reaction because I was screaming and bouncing in my seat. Here’s how creators Kevin and Dan Hageman and Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman described the show:
Star Trek: Prodigy follows a group of kids who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning, and salvation. Now these kids are gonna get some much-needed help from someone who has experience navigating through uncharted territory, someone who inspired a recent generation of real-life kids to become extraordinary adult leaders in the world of politics, music, science, astronomy, just to name a few.
This captain was asked to embody an inhuman level of perfection in order to be accepted as good enough to the doubters, but show them all what it means to be truly outstanding. We can think of no better captain to inspire the next generation of dreamers than this one.
Mulgrew mentioned seeing animatics and how she already started the recording process, so if things continue to be on track, the series will launch in 2021. I can’t wait to see my favorite captain back in action and inspiring a brand-new generation!
Singing with Scratch and Molly
I don’t have a singing voice, at all, (my mom and brother can attest to this) but that doesn’t stop me from randomly bursting into song! So it made me doubly excited to discover music will be a key feature in The Ghost and Molly McGee. During the panel, we learned there will be moments of “song bursts” (with music written by Rob Cantor) that encapsulate the theme of each episode. How cute!
Get a sneak peek of all the songs in The Ghost and Molly McGee:
Looking forward to watching and singing along with this new series in 2021! In the meantime, make sure to check out the animatic version of the theme song and this NYCC clip of Molly’s first day of school.
Looking to Ahsoka for Balance and Peace
Amy Ratcliffe will be releasing a new book, Star Wars: The Jedi Mind: Secrets from the Force for Balance and Peace, that takes quotes and lessons from various Star Wars stories and pairs them up with breathing, posture, and meditation exercises.
Here’s a sample page from the publisher, as also seen during the panel. It’s about practicing gratitude:
Ashley Eckstein’s personal favorite features an older Ahsoka Tano with her iconic Star Wars Rebels quote, “This is a new day, a new beginning.”
Speaking of Star Wars Rebels, I hope there are pages that focus on Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger, since they reminded me the importance of empathy and being mindful of others.
Star Wars: The Jedi Mind, featuring illustrations by Christina Chung, will be available on November 10.
Sneak Peek at Young Din Djarin
The Lucasfilm Publishing panel revealed a piece of concept art from The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian book coming out later this year on December 1.
“It’s a really beautiful piece, and I think it encapsulates the show because it shows that Din Djarin, when he was young, needed to be rescued in the same way that the Child does in the present day,” said author and Lucasfilm Creative Art Manager Phil Szostak.
Visit the Amazon listing to find more preview pages from the book.
Looking Ahead at Camp Cretaceous Season 2
If you haven’t watched Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, I recommend you stop here and avoid spoilers. Also, what are you waiting for? It’s a great show that’ll make you crave more once you finish it. Anyway, the writers came together to talk about the first season and give fans an idea of what’s to come next.
A new season of survival begins in 2021. Watch the season 2 teaser below:
“This isn’t a show about adults coming to save kids. This is a show about kids alone and having no one to count on but each other,” said Writer and Executive Producer Scott Kreamer.
We know there are 3 years between Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, so does that mean the kids will be on the island for that amount of time? Then again, I could be taking his words too literally because they could end up being rescued by adults, but the focus is mainly on the kids and their journey.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous is currently streaming on Netflix.
What NYCC Metaverse announcements or new releases captured your attention? Feel free to share them in the comments below.