Star Trek: Prodigy wrapped up season one to close out 2022 but when is season two coming?
Star Trek: Prodigy had a huge debut season, stretching over a 12-month span, divided up into two parts. The show was a nice little hit for the franchise and Paramount+, and due to that, it earned a second season.
The only question is, when is that season coming?
Season 1 debuted to close out 2021, and finished up a few weeks before 2023. Clearly, there isn’t a focus to get all the episodes out in a 5-6 month span like fans had been used to in the 90s and 00s. And with some shows, like Rick and Morty, taking years in between seasons, it’s very possible we don’t Prodigy for some time.
Speaking to the Trek Geek’s annual Trek Talks marathon (via TrekMovie.com), co-executive producer Kevin Hageman and animation director Ben Hibon, spoke about when the show could see its second season debuting;
"Kevin Hageman: We don’t even know when it’s going to get released. We’re hoping it will be 2023, later this year. We’re starting to mix the very first episodes of season 2 right now. So we should have things ready later this year. But that’s all up to the networks and the overlords of Star Trek, because you want to try to pace out each of the shows, right? You don’t want all the Trek shows to drop at the same.Ben Hibon: We have multiple episodes in different stages of production all at once. That’s what happens when you work on a TV show. The different stages of production roll into each other. So you suddenly find yourself with 14 or 15 episodes in production at one time. So right we’ve locked animatic storyboarding on the entire 20 episodes. So we are on the tail end of that. And on the front end, we are doing the final mix on episode 1 and 2 next week. So we have final picture on the first two and we’re getting finished animatic on the last [two]. So that’s how wide of a breadth you have in terms of where the season is. So every pieces are kind of locked into place. But the production is in full swing, basically."
Star Trek needs to reduce how many shows are in production to ensure a modest turnaround time
Star Trek doesn’t need five or six or even seven shows in production at once. It’s too many shows, even if the franchise is only producing around 50 episodes in a year. It’s still a lot of shows, and not every show caters to every fan. So you’re limiting how much engagement fans give the franchise by producing shows that cater to the smallest group of fans, and in turn, forcing fans to wait months, maybe even nearly a year, to watch the conclusion of a show’s season. All to make way for less popular and less desired shows.
Reducing the output of shows, and maximizing the output of episodes for the more popular shows, is the way to go. That way you can expand seasons, air them in a row until completion and then move on to the next show.
That way fans can finalize the story they’re watching before deciding if they want to start watching the next one.