Since Star Trek: Prodigy was removed from Paramount+ in June, fans of the animated series have rallied behind efforts to save the show with online advocacy, purchasing the first season on physical and digital media, and other efforts. The latest move for the campaign was to literally take the “Save Star Trek: Prodigy” message to the skies and TrekMovie was in Hollywood with fans and co-executive producer Aaron Waltke to watch.
Save Star Trek: Prodigy takes flight
Even though Prodigy has been removed from Paramount+, work on the second season has continued, and Paramount has made it clear their goal is to license the show to another outlet. Earlier this month, co-creators and executive producers Dan and Kevin Hageman said they were 99% confident the show would find a new home and talks are already underway. Some fans thought they could help get the message out. After a short crowdfunding campaign (which we reported on earlier in the week) met its goals, an aerial banner with the message “Save Star Trek: Prodigy” was purchased to fly above the skies of Los Angeles on Thursday, in hopes of getting the attention of some of the potential media companies that may be considering licensing the series.
After some delays due to overcast weather, the banner plane eventually took off on Thursday afternoon from Long Beach Airport. It then flew straight to Hollywood to fly over the offices of Netflix on Sunset Boulevard, where it circled above the Netflix buildings, the first stop on its tour of media companies. You can see some video of one of the Netflix flybys below.
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Aaron Waltke: Save Prodigy campaign “is making a difference”
Some members of the LA Away Team cosplaying group gathered on the ground at the Netflix offices to witness the flyby, joined by Prodigy co-executive producer Aaron Waltke. Speaking to TrekMovie at the event, Waltke said the banner campaign and other fan efforts to get the message out have been a big boost for the team:
It’s been a huge boost of morale, because obviously, we are in kind of unprecedented times in terms of streaming services and television in general. And so all of us are kind of working in the dark with the honest faith, that eventually the dust will settle and these great stories will get to be told. But it is really nice, whether it’s at a convention or in circumstances like these, to see the efforts of the people who actually watch the shows giving back and kind of letting us know that they see us and they appreciate the tales we’re trying to tell.
Waltke also revealed that the fan campaign including the banner was getting noticed by the powers that be:
They are [aware of the efforts]. I just spoke with a lot of folks at Nickelodeon and CBS Studios and they were delighted to hear that this is happening. So the fans are being heard. This is making a difference. They are ensuring that history will never forget the name “Prodigy.”
Also in Hollywood was Bonnie Gordon, the voice of the USS Protostar on Prodigy, there to show her support and see the aerial banner along with showing her union solidarity, joining the SAG-AFTRA/WGA picket line at the Netflix offices. Trek expert (and WGA member) Larry Nemecek also showed up to see the banner and do a little picketing as well.
Banner campaign inspired by a mom sharing Trek with her daughter
After the loops in Hollywood, the plane flew on to Santa Monica where it looped above offices for Hulu, Apple, and Amazon, other possible future homes for Prodigy. You can see a flight track for the Save Star Trek Prodigy banner plane below.
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Aerial banner campaigns like this have played a part in previous fan efforts to save TV shows from cancellation, including Timeless and The Expanse. The Prodigy banner campaign was organized by UK fan Michelle Stokes using a GoFundMe campaign which raised a total of $1,517 (£1,215) to pay for the flight. Stokes told TrekMovie about how her love for the show and motivation for the campaign comes down to family:
I’ve always been a big Voyager and Janeway fan, so when Prodigy came along, it gave me a chance to share my love for Trek with my daughter. Prodigy is such a beautiful show, both visually and in the purity of its storytelling. It deserves to be given the opportunity to continue to develop and grow.
Stokes shared a video of the Prodigy banner plane taking off from Long Beach Airport:
— Michele (@megsmamma) August 24, 2023
The Hollywood banner flyby got the attention of a few media outlets, including The Hollywood Reporter which also reported on the fan petition which has over 33,000 signatures. The Hollywood trade also reported how CBS Studios is “committed to finding a new distributor” for the series. The Hageman brothers showed their appreciation for the fan effort by sharing images from the banner flying above Hollywood with the message that they owe fans their “lifetime devotion.”
— Dan & Kevin Hageman (@brothershageman) August 24, 2023
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