Star Trek fans are being given credit for saving Star Trek: Prodigy.
Star Trek: Prodigy’s fanbase was given a huge shock when Paramount+ opted to cancel the beloved, all-ages, animated adventure. The show was already in production for its second season, and fans were excited about its eventual release, but then, almost out of nowhere it seemed, Prodigy was canceled by Paramount+.
And in the process, the community was rocked. How could Paramount+ cancel something they not only greenlit for a second season but allowed to begin production on? Corporate greed, mostly. And so the show ended and left to try and find a new home. Due to budget issues and tax cuts, Paramount+ not only rid itself of the future season but of the past season as well.
Now, both seasons, the old and the new, will air on Netflix. A move that seemed unlikely as Netflix themselves have had issues with money in recent years. But they came in like a white knight at the 11th hour to save our beloved Prodigy.
And Star Trek head Alex Kurtzman knows who to thank for it.
Star Trek: Prodigy was saved by the fans, says Alex Kurtzman
Speaking at the New York Comic Con event (viaTrekMovie), Kurtzman made sure to tell the fans that they are the reason the show was saved, saying;
"Before we get started I want to just clear the elephant in the room. Star Trek: Prodigy is back! And Star Trek: Prodigy is back because you guys brought it back. What you did has not been since since TOS. Star Trek belongs to two entities: Gene Roddenberry and the fans. That’s it. And it is because of you, because of your almost 35,000 signatures on that petition, a plane over Netflix, and they heard you."
And this isn’t surprising. Trek fans have a history of saving shows that were on the brink of cancelation. Just look at what they did back in the 1960s to save Trek, with little more than a letter-writing campaign to aid them.
Prodigy now gets a second chance at life thanks to the fandom and we should all be grateful for that.