Janeway not dissuaded by Protostar crew looking like kids
In the new log today, Admiral Janeway reflects on learning in episode 14 (“Crossroads”) that the “outlaws” who have control of the USS Protostar are “little more than teenagers,” but that doesn’t change her resolve, citing examples of the rapid-maturing Ocampa (from Voyager) and slow-aging natives of the planet Miri (from TOS). She also picks up the story from the Romulan encounter at the end of the episode.
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Janeway is determined to capture the USS Protostar and “download their logs” to get to the bottom of things, noting that is “per Starfleet regulations.” This is exactly what the Diviner hoped will happen when he hid the weapon on the Protostar, and it’s why the kids in command of the ship are trying to keep it as far away from the USS Dauntless and the rest of Starfleet, although their attempt to bury the ship in ice last week ended up backfiring.
Connecting to Picard
The log ended with Admiral Janeway’s concern about following the USS Protostar into the Romulan Neutral Zone, noting:
We nearly endangered our fragile truce with the Romulans and the evacuation dealings there. Jean-Luc would never forgive me.
The first season of Prodigy is set in the year 2384, which is five years after Star Trek: Nemesis. And, as established in Star Trek: Picard, at this point the Romulan sun is heading to a supernova; Jean-Luc Picard has been promoted to admiral and is heading up the Federations refugee efforts. The first season of Picard included a number of flashbacks to 2385 as Admiral Picard worked to help the Romulans, which explains Admiral Janeway’s concern about his reaction to her endangering the truce.
This connection to Picard and the dealings with the Romulans was hinted at last week when Commander Tyses expressed his concern over unspecified “negotiations” with the Romulans. When this scene was highlighted on Twitter by Larry Nemecek, Prodigy co-executive producer Aaron Waltke (who writes the Janeway logs) noted that line from Tyses “says so much with so little.”
It says so much with so little, doesn’t it?
— Aaron J. Waltke (@GoodAaron) November 21, 2022
With Prodigy, Lower Decks, and elements of Picard all set in this post-Nemesis decade of Star Trek’s future history, we should probably expect more of these kinds of connections, especially as the Protostar gets closer to the Federation.
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