Some good news to relay on this Friday the 13th; Star Trek: Prodigy, my favorite series of animated Star Trek since Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-4), has found a new home with Netflix after its unceremonious and illogical removal from the Paramount+ streaming platform. Paramount+ was intended to be Star Trek’s one-stop place to shop when the platform first rolled out as CBS All Access back in 2017. The entire first season of Star Trek: Prodigy will be airing later this year, with the still-to-be-completed second season arriving in 2024 (presumably, the contributions from the currently striking actors was already in the can; no word yet on exactly when the current SAGAFTRA strike–which I fully support–will end).
The online announcement is from Netflix:
And confirmation from Star Trek: Prodigy creators Dan and Kevin Hageman:
Full article here from Trekcore: BREAKING-Star Trek Prodigy Headed to Netflix
Paramount+ will still host “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” and the new “Star Trek: Section 31” movie as well as the recently announced “Starfleet: Academy” series–with production on all of these projects set to resume presumably once the current SAG-AFTRA actors’ strike is settled.
As for why I’m excited? This little bit I wrote about Prodigy (PRO) back in January of this year (before Paramount+’s ridiculous cancellation) sums up my feelings about this show:
PRO is the animated Star Trek series I’ve always dreamed of; a high-end show with enough slick action-adventure to bring new viewers into the fold, without compromising thoughtful storytelling or compelling characters. While it is certainly inclusive enough for younger audience members, it is not dumbed down for them. There are also plenty of legacy character cameos and references to make older fans feel welcome, too. This is an animated Star Trek series that is ideal for multiple generations of Trek fans to enjoy together.
May it truly live long and prosper.