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Prodigy Introduces the Voyager-A (and Gives Janeway More to Do)

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At the end of the first season of “Prodigy,” Dal and his friends managed to return to Federation space, and meet the real Admiral Janeway face-to-face. This was after a time-travel-based crisis had been averted, a battle was fought, and the Protostar destroyed. Janeway, however, was impressed that a ragtag group of teenagers, instructed only by a hologram, could not only learn to fly the ship, but operate it with responsibility. They were offered a chance to join Starfleet Academy, and Janeway was gearing up to take command of a brand new ship, the Voyager-A. 

The Voyager-A will serve as a central setting in the second season of “Prodigy.” Indeed, although Janeway is an admiral, she’s still permitted to take command and lead the new ship on its first mission. She quips, “I promised Admiral Picard I wouldn’t get this one lost in the Delta Quadrant.”

The Voyager-A is a science vessel just like its original namesake, has a cetacean ops department, as well as two full-functional schools. It’s a much larger ship than the original “Voyager” as well, sporting 29 decks (the original only had 15) and a crew complement of over 800 (the Voyager only had 141), and can travel much faster. We also see that there are many Starfleet cadets on board — including the notorious Nova Squadron — implying that the Voyager-A is meant to be an educational vessel. 

This is the kind of legacy stuff that Trekkies love. We’re not back on board the old-fashioned U.S.S. Voyager, but the next step in its evolution. As explained in both “Star Trek: Lower Decks” and “Star Trek: Picard,” the original Voyager is mothballed in a museum. The adventures of a new Voyager is exciting to ponder. This is progress, and not (wholly) nostalgia.



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