Netflix has announced that Season 1 of Star Trek: Prodigy will arrive on the streaming service on Christmas Day, December 25th. It will set the stage for the upcoming second season, which will debut on Netflix at some point in 2024.
Star Trek: Prodigy first debuted on Paramount+ in 2021 as part of executive producer Alex Kurtzman's expanded Star Trek Universe with the goal of introducing a younger audience to the franchise. It received glowing reviews, scoring 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and receiving praise for its 3D animation and thought-provoking stories.
Despite getting renewed for a second season in November 2021, Paramount+ surprisingly canceled the series and removed it from its platform as part of a cost-saving measure. However, post-production on the second season was allowed to continue as producer CBS Studios shopped the series around to a new buyer.
That new buyer was none other than Netflix, which will now be the new home not only for Star Trek: Prodigy Season 1 but also for the upcoming second season.
“Thank you to our incredible Star Trek: Prodigy fans, who championed not just a show, but a community that’s always been connected by the belief that we build a better future together,” executive producer Alex Kurtzman and co-showrunners Dan and Kevin Hageman said in a joint statement. “We set out to inspire you, but you inspired us. The team is still hard at work on the second season, and we can’t wait to share it with the amazing fans around the world.”
Fans were treated to a sneak peek at the second season's premiere episode earlier this summer. In the clip, the former crew of the U.S.S. Protostar and now warrant Starfleet officers in training reunite for an internship under the command of Admiral Janeway. The clip also featured an appearance from Janeway's good friend, The Doctor, who escorts them to the admiral's new ship.
“I've always held that the Star Trek fan base is among the strongest and most intelligent in the world. They have shown their collective passion, and we’re happy to be able to celebrate Prodigy once again,” said Kate Mulgrew, who returns to voice Admiral Janeway in the series.
While Star Trek: Prodigy is moving to Netflix, Paramount remains home to the franchise in general, including the the animated comedy series Star Trek: Lower Decks, the hit series Star Trek Discovery, and its spin-off Strange New Worlds.
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