In the sixth entry of the new series of Star Trek Logs on Instagram, Vice Admiral Janeway (voiced by Kate Mulgrew in a log written by co-executive producer Aaron Waltke) finds her confronting the truth about the Protostar kids, and her own past.
In the new log today, Vice Admiral Janeway reflects on what she learned during episode 16 (“Preludes“) about the kids on the USS Protostar, identifying the Watson Network (first revealed on Star Trek: Voyager) as the source of the new information provided to her by Commander Tyses. Unlike previous logs, this one appears to have been recorded shortly before the episode cliffhanger. Janeway now knows the kids were being held prisoner on Tars Lamora, forced to work the mines, by someone named “The Diviner,” who issued a bounty for “The Unwanted.” Putting it all together Janeway concludes: “Perhaps these Unwanted on the Protostar are not the criminals we thought… and this “Diviner” is our true quarry.”
Janeway wraps up her log determined to get “the truth” from her guest, who she didn’t know was “The Diviner,” and unfortunately she discovered Ensign Asencia was also a Vau N’Akat in disguise before The Diviner knocked her out with a classic karate chop to the neck.
Janeway also learned that The Diviner was working with the Kazon, her first adversaries when she entered the Delta Quadrant in Star Trek: Voyager. A group she thought she left behind during her long trip home. However, since the first episode of Prodigy, we saw that a Kazon captain was supplying The Diviner with his prison labor. In “Preludes” we saw how Zero, Rok-Tahk, and Jankom were all sold to The Diviner by the Kazon.
Janeway explains how the Kazon have traveled so far from their base deep in the Delta Quadrant with regret:
Captured by rogue Kazon, hauled across the quadrant by an illicit transwarp network, stripped of their rights… then sentenced to work in those forsaken mines. It pains me to think crippling the Borg all those years ago would leave this power vacuum – a place where such injustice could thrive.
In the series finale of Star Trek: Voyager “Endgame” the USS Voyager crippled the Borg transwarp network. And a future version of Janeway killed the Borg Queen, which disrupted the Borg Collective for decades. Vice Admiral Janeway is now expressing some regret on one of the unintended consequence of this is that others are using what is left of the transwarp network, including at least one sect of the Kazon. This explains why Prodigy has shown Kazon as far away as the Beta Quadrant.
In “Preludes” we saw the Kazon capture Zero using the same protective goggles and containment device to protect themselves from Medusans as the Federation used. This was first seen in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode “Is There in Truth No Beauty.”
This leads to the question: how would the Kazon know about Medusans and the protective devices? The answer appears to be the USS Voyager itself. During the run of the series the Kazon infiltrated the ship and even took it over. They were helped by the character Seska, a Maquis member of Janeway’s crew who turned out to be a Cardassian spy, and later defected to the Kazon.
This connection was confirmed by Prodigy co-executive producer Aaron Waltke (who wrote the Zero segment for “Preludes”) in response to a tweet from eagle-eyed fan Jorg Hillebrand pointing out the TOS/Prodigy connection.
Putting that Voyager Federation database to good use. Thanks, Seska!
— Aaron J. Waltke (@GoodAaron) December 4, 2022
So Janeway has a lot to think about regarding her actions in the Delta Quadrant and how they continue to reverberate over a decade later.
New episodes of Prodigy debut on Thursdays exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., and on Fridays in Latin America, Australia, U.K., Italy, and now in France as well. The series will debut later this week in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with the launch of Paramount Plus.
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