Star Trek: Prodigy is an animated show that helped the iconic Paramount franchise bridge the gap between older and newer fans by introducing us to brand new characters while bringing fan-favorite character Captain Janeway back into the spotlight. The show quickly developed a loyal legion of fans, and those fans let out their own version of the Klingon death yell when the series was abruptly canceled by Paramount Plus. Still, the producers are confident the show will find a new home, and that’s a good thing because this plucky animated series absolutely deserves a second season.
Star Trek: Prodigy was canceled earlier this year, and ever since, fans have been campaigning for it to return.
One reason we want to see more Star Trek: Prodigy is something that we touched on before, and that’s the return of some major characters from earlier shows in the franchise. The most prominent of these was Kate Mulgrew’s Captain Janeway, and we also saw more of Robert Beltran’s Chakotay.
The producers revealed a short preview of the second season that showed the return of Robert Picardo as the Emergency Medical Hologram, and all of this means one thing: Voyager fans hoping to see more of their favorite characters are better off petitioning Paramount for more Prodigy than just hoping that a Star Trek: Legacy show ever happens.
We also want Star Trek: Prodigy to get a second season because it has been a delight viewing the world of this complex franchise through the eyes of very different characters than we have ever had before.
One reason we want to see more Star Trek: Prodigy is something that we touched on before, and that’s the return of some major characters from earlier shows in the franchise.
Since The Original Series, every show has been presented through the lens of Starfleet, and this has severely limited how much we can really learn about the exotic aliens and worlds that our protagonists encounter. Prodigy flips the script by giving non-Starfleet members their own starship, and their wonder at all the cool stuff they get to see and do has helped us see this venerable franchise through fresh eyes.
Additionally, the blunt truth is that Star Trek: Prodigy remains the best shot the franchise has at recruiting new fans: shows like Picard and Strange New Worlds are mostly designed to appeal to fans who fell in love with Star Trek decades ago, and the animated Lower Decks negates its ability to recruit new fans because every episode is full of in-jokes and Easter eggs only longtime fans will get. That makes Trek’s other modern cartoon pure catnip for old-school fans, but Paramount needs more Prodigy if they want to get more fans that didn’t grow up watching Captain Kirk or Captain Picard.
Additionally, the blunt truth is that Star Trek: Prodigy remains the best shot the franchise has at recruiting new fans.
Ultimately, we have no way of knowing if Star Trek: Prodigy will get a second season, but we’ve got a very good feeling about it. The show is confident, entertaining, and more than likely to find another streaming home where it will continue to grow. However, even if that happens, we can’t help but wonder about the future of the franchise as a whole when Paramount Plus is willing to jettison one of its hottest Star Trek shows just when it went from “really good” to “insanely great.”