Paramount+ has announced that it’s the home of Star Trek, just not the canceled ones.
Star Trek had been having a pretty good 2022. Star Trek’s Picard, Prodigy, and Strange New Worlds were among the best shows that Trek has put forward since they debuted Discovery. Some of the best episodes the shows had to offer weren’t just good for the current era, they were good compared to the iconic episodes that defined the franchise.
It’s been fantastic for the most part. Yet, 2022 would be the last good year for some time for the Star Trek brand. Picard, who saw its executive producer, showrunner, and star all say they want a fourth season gets axed after its “planned” three seasons. Prodigy, which had higher engagement than Strange New Worlds, was canceled after being renewed for a second season.
That second season is still being produced, but now Paramount isn’t helping them out at all, and are letting the showrunners shop the series around to another network or streaming service; all of whom are hemorrhaging money at this point alongside Paramount+.
And now Strange New Worlds stands alone from that trio. But the pain didn’t end there, as they also announced that Discovery was “ending” (i.e. canceled), and that season five would be it.
But despite the fact that shows are dropping like members of the Von Erich family, Paramount+ wants you to know to keep paying them, because they’re the home for Star Trek.
Paramount+ is the home for Star Trek, but only until they can lease it out again
Prodigy, despite being a hit, was canceled and removed from the service. There’s no way to watch that show, which brought franchise icon Kate Mulgrew back to the series, anymore on the service. And it’s not going to end there. Paramount+ will likely cancel more shows, and then send their streaming rights away as well to help the bleeding of money.
It’s not the first time they did this; as they’ve routinely gone through spells where they’ve leased out the first 10 films in Trek history to various partners. Thus taking the films off the service.
If you never know when a service is going to remove the thing you’re paying for, why would you pay for it?
Paramount+ has proven that Star Trek isn’t safe on its service. It may cancel a show out of nowhere, remove your favorite movies, and while it hasn’t happened yet, it will ship off scores of episodes for whatever reason they deem fit. Just as long as they can profit off of it.