At San Diego Comic-Con, Paramount and CBS Studios celebrated 50 years of Star Trek animation, which began with Star Trek: The Animated Series in 1973. The announcements for the 50th anniversary celebration included new animated shorts, special screenings of Lower Decks, and more. But one thing loomed over the panel: last month’s removal of Star Trek: Prodigy from Paramount+. But Prodigy still got some love, and there are some Prodigy products coming soon.
Prodigy lives at SDCC 2023
Before getting to the main news of the panel, Paramount Vice President of Star Trek Brand Development John Van Citters took a moment to talk about Prodigy and how the company is still committed to the future of the series:
First and foremost, I don’t think we could have a panel celebrating Star Trek animation without addressing kind of the 800-pound Rok-tahk in the room, Star Trek: Prodigy. We all know that Prodigy is not currently available on Paramount+. But this isn’t the end of the story for Prodigy. Season 2 is still in production. The creative team is working hard to finish what is a great storyline and we’re working to find Prodigy a new home.
When it was first announced in June that Paramount Global would be removing a number of series from Paramount+, the company said it was to try to find a new streaming home for both the first and second seasons of Prodigy.
At Comic-Con, Van Citters, who has been part of the Star Trek family for decades, also talked about what the show means to him and to the franchise:
I personally love Star Trek: Prodigy, having known what the Hagemans and everyone have been working on for years. This won’t be the end of Dal, Gwyn, Rok-Tahk, Zero, and especially Murf. As you know, he is indestructible. They’re still part of Star Trek. They are part of the canon. They always will be… Star Trek and its fans are always full of surprises. This is a universe that is filled with hope and possibility. And the crew members of the Protostar are absolutely perfect examples of that. This will not be the end of that crew.
Season 1, Volume 2 Blu-ray/DVD available for pre-order
To demonstrate the continuing commitment to Prodigy, episodes 11-20 of season 1 have been released digitally, and they are also coming to Blu-ray and DVD on September 26. Both are available for pre-order at Amazon. The Blu-ray is priced at $21.99 and the DVD is priced at $17.99.
Prodigy book coming next week
Van Citters also said Paramount is still working on Prodigy-related merchandise, noting a new book arrives on August 1st. The middle grade novel, written by Cassandra Rose Clarke, is titled Escape Route. Here is a synopsis:
The crew is on their way to Starfleet. Their shuttle is cramped, and everyone is cranky. That’s when Murf spots a moon that isn’t on their charts. Murf really wants to go there, so the crew decides to make a stop to stretch their legs and get some supplies.
But a small detour turns into a big dilemma when the inhabitants of the moon ask Murf to stay with them. The rest of the crew begins to wonder if this is a sign. Could it be time for each of them to go their separate ways?
The Prodigy team is keeping the faith
Yesterday the petition to save Prodigy passed 30,000 signatures, and this milestone was celebrated by co-creators Dan and Kevin Hageman.
— Dan & Kevin Hageman (@brothershageman) July 24, 2023
Co-executive producer Aaron Waltke also thanked the fans for their support.
A huge thanks to the fans across every show, podcast, social media sphere. Everywhere. It means the galaxy to us.
— Aaron J. Waltke (@GoodAaron) July 24, 2023
Finally, the header image for this article comes courtesy of Prodigy CG supervising director Jason Meier, who made it as a thank you to all the fans.
🚨STAR TREK PRODIGY FANS🚨
I made you something special from the crew of the Star Trek Prodigy!
Thanks for watching and thank you for your continued support for the show.
— Jason Meier (@CaptainJMeier) July 25, 2023
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