At New York Comic Con, before Alex Kurtzman gave his update on all the Star Trek coming to Paramount+, he first addressed the one Star Trek show no longer on the streamer: Prodigy. That animated series has found a new home on Netflix and the executive producer believes the #SaveStarTrekProdigy camping helped make it happen.
Kurtzman talks Prodigy
Right at the top of the Star Trek Universe Panel at NYCC, the man in charge of the Trek TV franchise talked about Prodigy, building on last week’s big news that the show has been picked up by Netflix. Kurtzman began the panel by giving the crowd (and by proxy all Star Trek fans) credit for their role in helping save the show:
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.
Kurtzman was referring to the active #SaveStarTrekProdigy campaign including a change.org petition which quickly grew after Paramount+ announced the show’s removal in late June. Kurtzman’s comment about a “plane over Netflix” referred to an August fan-funded aerial banner with the message “# SAVE STAR TREK PRODIGY” which flew over the Hollywood offices of Netflix as well as other potential new streaming homes for the show. In addition to the online advocacy, fans also rallied to support Prodigy by purchasing both parts of the first season home media releases. Part 1 initially sold out from retailers shortly after the June streaming removal and Part 2 recently debuted on the Media Play Top 20 Sales Chart.
Before introducing Kid Cudi and moving on to the rest of the Star Trek Universe panel, Kurtzman offered thanks to the fans on behalf of everyone who worked on Prodigy, saying:
So from the bottom of my heart, because we love Star Trek: Prodigy so much, and Dan and Kevin Hageman, and Kate [Mulgrew] and the entire cast and crew, I just want to be able to thank you. Thank you so much for what you did, it was incredible, truly.
Kurtzman talking up Prodigy at New York Comic Con is a bit of a homecoming. Just a couple of weeks ahead of the series premiere, Kurtzman was at NYCC 2021, joined by the Hageman brothers along with Kate Mulgrew and the Prodigy cast for the show’s first big panel and rollout. There was even an interactive Paramount+ Prodigy booth where fans could get a picture on the bridge of the USS Protostar. Now two years later Prodigy lives again, coming to Netflix soon.
Work on season 2 progress as we await Netflix details
Netflix will be debuting the first season of Star Trek: Prodigy later this year, which would include all 20 episodes that were removed from Paramount+ in June. Work on the second season is still underway, and Netflix has announced they plan to release Season 2 in 2024. Hopefully, we will have more details soon regarding how the show will be rolled out on Netflix. Unlike Paramount+ which generally releases episodes weekly, Netflix usually releases seasons all at once. However, it’s unlikely Netflix will release all 20 episodes of season 2 all at once. A good guess is that season two will be split into two 10-episode releases (just like season 1 was), as the series is written with 10-episode arcs.
Today Prodigy co-executive producer Aaron Waltke gave a quick update on season 2, teasing how it is “looking and sounding fantastic.” He also said the team will soon work on the final mix for the episodes and he is excited for fans to see them on Netflix in 2024.
For those curious, Season Two of #StarTrekProdigy is looking and sounding fantastic — we’ll soon begin working on the final mix for the last quarter of the episodes.
Excited for you to see what we’ve been up to when S2 drops on Netflix in 2024! pic.twitter.com/G2LTd3sJid
— Aaron J. Waltke (@GoodAaron) October 17, 2023
More from NYCC
Check out the rest of our Star Trek Universe at New York Comic Con coverage including Alex Kurtzman’s Star Trek Universe update, Mike McMahan talking Lower Decks season 4 finale and season 5 as well as the first part of our NYCC interview with McMahan. We also reported on the Kid Cudi x Star Trek reveal at NYCC. Check back for even more updates on Star Trek from NYCC.
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