Star Trek: Discovery has just introduced a new starship named after a Starfleet legend.
Star Trek: Discovery Observant fans may have caught an Easter egg in the Star Trek: Discovery episode “The Examples.” In the episode, we discover that Starfleet still feels the resonance of a former Starfleet Admiral some 800 years later. The former captain of the USS Voyager herself; Catherine Janeway.
Naming a ship after a former officer is a huge honor and has probably only happened a few times in franchise history.
In case you missed it, the ship is named at the start of the episode, where three ships are investigating a dark matter anomaly that is causing untold destruction in the galaxy, and no one knows why. One of the ships is a Vulcan (Ni’var) ship, the NSS T’Pau, while the other two are Federation and one is named USS Janeway.
It is unclear which of the two is the Janeway.
Kathryn Janeway is experiencing a major renaissance in 2021
Fans were hoping Kathryn Janeway would get her own series in the vein of Star Trek: Picard, which saw Patrick Stewart return as Jean-Luc Picard for the first time since 2002. Nothing like that would happen for the actress. Janeway, Kate Mulgrew, but the Star Trek people always typed her anyway.
Mulgrew returned to the world of Star Trek playing a version of her character, a Kathryn Janeway hologram, in the new Star Trek: Prodigy animated series. It’s a return to form for the former captain, who is being introduced to new fans for the first time since 2001, when Voyager ended its iconic run.
Mulgrew is a hot commodity right now and is getting its fair share of love from the Trek faithful. Last October, a statue was dedicated to her and her character at Blooming, ID, Janeway’s fictional home.