Admiral Janeway is back for the eighth entry of her series of Star Trek Logs on Instagram (voiced by Kate Mulgrew and written by co-executive producer Aaron Waltke). This one picks up after episode 18 (“Mindwalk”), forcing Vice Admiral Janeway to get creative when making her new log.
Janeway sees hope… from the brig
The first season of Star Trek: Prodigy wraps up with a two-part finale; part one of “Supernova” arrives on Thursday. The previous episode showed the USS Protostar—under the control of the Living Construct—take the ship into the heart of Federation territory, where it was greeted by an armada of Starfleet ships. One might imagine that The Construct could immediately open a channel and infect all the Starfleet ships, but Admiral Janeway’s log explains how Captain Chakotay’s actions (revealed to her by Hologram Janeway in episode 18) made things a bit more difficult for the Construct:
Thanks to my holographic twin, I now know Chakotay – wherever he is – launched his ship prematurely from enemy hands. This means the weapon won’t activate without a manual uplink from the Protostar.
His sacrifice bought us a sliver of hope.
So it appears that even though The Construct has control over the Protostar, it cannot answer or open a hail to any Starfleet ships on its own. To complete its mission to infect Starfleet, it needs someone on the ship to do it manually.
The Admiral also outlined the threat on board the Dauntless and how exactly she is making a log following the episode 18 cliffhanger:
There are traitors on the Dauntless – Asencia! – and I’m trapped in the brig, using the security feed to record what happened here… if we survive.
Here is Janeway’s full log from the brig…
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Chakotay helps out from the future
While Admiral Janeway learned of Chakotay’s fate in episode 18, the details of his actions were actually revealed in episode 16, “Preludes,” when Asencia (The Vindicator) described to The Diviner what happened in the future after Chakotay and the Protostar passed through a temporal anomaly:
We took them prisoner and weaponized their ship with our last surviving Construct to be sent back in time to destroy Starfleet before they could ever make first contact. But on the eve of our launch, the Starfleet prisoners escaped. Unable to board or deactivate the weapon, they had one last resort… They sent the “Protostar” back into the time anomaly it came from, without a crew to guide it.
Now we know why having a Vau N’Akat crew to guide the ship is so important for the mission to attack Starfleet.
Of course, the Vau N’Akat on board the Dauntless know this, so they would need to get onto the Protostar to complete their mission, which is teased in the preview images released earlier this week:
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