Star Trek: Prodigy took a different approach to how and why they named their show.
From Star Trek: Deep Space Nine to Discovery, every series that Trek produced was named after the ship or station the show is based on. Deep Space Nine was about the space station, Voyager was about the ship named Voyager, Enterprise was about the first Starfleet ship named Enterprise, and Discovery was named after the ship the Discovery.
Yes, the original Star Trek, The Next Generation, Picard, Lower Decks, and Strange New Worlds weren’t named after their individual ships, but there was a reason for that, as the original Star Trek, the Next Generation, and Strange New Worlds all took place on the Enterprise. Picard wasn’t set on any one ship, and Lower Decks was about the concept of being a Starfleet underling.
So there was always a reason why those shows didn’t bare their ship’s name in the title.
Yet, you’d think Star Trek: Protostar would just make sense for the show that ended up being called Prodigy. After all, why not call it Protostar? It’s the name of the ship after all. Well, in the season finale of Prodigy, we found out why they went with the name they did.
Star Trek: Prodigy had an explosive finale
During the first few minutes of Prodigy’s first season finale, we found out why the executive producers went with the more broad term “Prodigy” over the more ship-specific “Protostar” name. Simply put, the folks at the show decided to blow the hell out of the ship to close the season.
The only way to stop the Living Construct was to destroy the ship, and in doing so, ruining any attachment the show would’ve had to its name had they gone with the Protostar as the show’s name.
Prodigy, on the other hand, works universally for the show. The show is about these kids, the progeny of various people and species, showing great aptitude for Starfleet, almost as if they were prodigies themselves.
So it makes more sense to name the show after the youthful characters of the series, as opposed to the ship they called home during season one.