There is no doubt that Paramount has a hit with Star Trek: Prodigy.
The animated series, Star Trek: Prodigy, just ended its first successful season, and the second season will debut sometime later this year on Paramount+. (As reported by Variety, the series was renewed in November after Prodigy had only aired three episodes.) And while that’s great for subscribers, it isn’t for those who haven’t subscribed to the platform or won’t subscribe. That means a lot of youngsters are missing out on some of the best lessons Star Trek has ever taught. Even though the series does air on Nickelodean, that’s a cable channel, and more and more people are cutting those cords and using an antenna.
While it’s understandable Paramount wants to keept its exclusive rights to the series, an after streaming airing on a regular network that anyone with an antenna could see would only boost Prodigy in the long-run. Yes, there is a lot of red tape and some magical configurations that have to take place, but it seems not only reasonable but logical that Paramount would want to spread the series far and wide to bring in more viewers to the second season of Prodigy. Those who aren’t a big fan of waiting would be more apt to subscribe to Paramount+ if they’ve already seen the first season.
Star Trek: Prodigy is a must-watch series for children and young adults.
While adults certainly enjoy this series, the lessons of working together, acceptance, unity, and friendship are especially important for young ones. In season one alone, Prodigy highlighted determination, drive, love, second chances, not judging a book by its cover, leadership, trust, and standing up for others, just to name a few.
Prodigy has set the bar high for encouraging and teaching the younger generation, but not having the show available off-streaming limits the viewing audience. Those who might need these lessons the most can’t watch it. That’s why Prodigy should be made available on a regular network on television and not just on a streaming channel and cable television.