Paramount has ruined whatever goodwill it had with Star Trek fans.
Paramount Vice President of Star Trek Brand Development John Van Citters shouldn’t be listened to. Or trusted for that matter. He’s gone on the record saying that “this is not the end” for Star Trek: Prodigy, and that the company continues to find them a new home.
A new home, that wasn’t necessary, as Prodigy out-paced Strange New Worlds in demand and interactions. Clearly, there was a financial reason why Prodigy got axed but not Strange New Worlds, and if we had to hazard a guess, it was down to the merchandising not hitting the marks they hoped for.
Still, it was among their most-watched shows on Paramount+, so they greenlit it for a second season. But because they didn’t manage their finances and spent money like they wouldn’t have to pay it back, shows that were earning their way got canceled.
Apparently, Paramount crunched the numbers and decided they’d make more by canceling the show and using it as a tax write-off than they would by airing the show. So they canceled the show. So if they’re willing to go back on their word after giving it a second season and hanging the whole cast and crew, why would we believe them?
Star Trek fans have been lied to before by Paramount
Remember when Picard’s boss and star said that the show would continue past season three if Patrick Stewart wanted to keep playing the role? Canceled after three seasons. Remember when Paramount greenlit Star Trek 4 with Chris Pine and set a late-2022 date to start filming?
We’re pushing 10 months past the start of production date that Paramount eyed, and not only is there no moment on a Pine-led Trek 4, but the series is effectively dead in the water.
Then there was the Section 31 show that Michelle Yeoh was going to be the lead for, but after several years of nothing and the streaming service hemorrhaging money, it got cut down to a movie.
Then there’s the report that they were working on two new shows; one would end up becoming Star Trek: Academy, which is in pre-production (we think) and the other has yet to be announced and at this rate; likely won’t.
Fans should not believe anything that comes from Paramount, as they’ve proven time and time again they can’t be trusted.