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    Prodigy Rescued By Netflix Following Unceremonious Paramount+ Cancelation

    Since 2017, “Star Trek” has seen both a boom and a bust. CBS All Access, now Paramount+, launched with “Star Trek: Discovery” and quickly added “Star Trek: Short Treks,” “Star Trek: Picard,” “Star Trek: Lower Decks,” “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” and “Star Strek: Prodigy” all within the next few years. There were also plans to launch a “Star Trek” spy series called “Section 31,” and it was recently announced that Paramount is developing a series titled “Star Trek: Starfleet Academy.”

    Over the last year, however, a lot of that has come to an end. “Short Treks” mutated into an occasional side-hustle, currently in the form of the animated “Very Short Treks.” “Picard” came to an end after its third season, and “Discovery” will end after its fifth in 2024. “Section 31” was shortened from a series into a single TV movie, and, of course, “Prodigy” was put on the chopping block. Come 2023, it looked as though only three “Star Trek” shows would remain, and even those didn’t seem to be guaranteed.

    Netflix’s presentation of “Prodigy” is the first time in the recent “Star Trek” glut that a series will have been rescued or revived. As the streaming landscape remains imminently unstable, these sorts of business-minded property transfers can be a great relief to fans, with this one being of particular note to Trekkies happy for the overwhelming amount of new “Star Trek” hours to consume.

    Know that “Star Trek” has long remained nimble in terms of syndication and streaming proliferation. It seems that the franchise may not be gathered exclusively under the Paramount+ umbrella after all. It may remain eternally accessible as long as at least one streaming service is left standing.

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