Template:Sidebar character "There are three things to remember about being a starship captain: keep your shirt tucked in, go down with the ship, and never abandon a member of your crew."
- - Captain Kathryn Janeway, 2375
Kathryn Janeway was a 24th century Starfleet officer, most noted for her service as captain of the starship USS Voyager. She became the first Federation captain to successfully traverse the Delta Quadrant, encountering dozens of new planets and civilizations over the course of seven years. While there, she and her crew also survived numerous encounters with the Borg.
- According to an okudagram shown in "The Killing Game", she was born in 2344, however, this would mean she was only 27 in 2371 when she took command of the USS Voyager. For comparison, Mulgrew was 39 when she took the role. Not having played tennis for 19 years since high school in 2373, Janeway was probably around the age of 35 when Voyager's mission began, placing her actual year of birth closer to 2336.
- Kate Mulgrew stated in an interview on the Craig Kilborn Show in 2001 that Admiral Janeway was 76 in "Endgame". It had taken her 23 years to return to Earth and they were celebrating the ten year anniversary at the beginning of the episode, making the year 2404, which puts her year of birth in 2328.
Her father was a Starfleet admiral, and she had one sibling, a sister, who she described as the artist of the family. (VOY: "Sacred Ground", "Coda", "The Killing Game") Her mother was still alive as of 2377. (VOY: "Author, Author")
- According to Jeri Taylor's book Pathways, Janeway's sister is named Phoebe. Also, according to this novel, Janeway's middle name is Elizabeth.
Kathryn grew up on the plains surrounding her grandfather's farm in Indiana. (VOY: "Macrocosm") When she was six years old, she once watched a bolt of lightning split an oak tree in her grandfather's yard; one she had climbed in just a few hours before. Many years later she recalled that there was no anomaly scarier than a thunderstorm on the plains, especially at such a young age. (VOY: "Shattered") One of her favorite food dishes, Welsh rarebit, was something she always enjoyed while at her grandfather's. (VOY: "Death Wish")
Janeway took ballet lessons in her youth. Also, while she was six years old, she learned the dance of the "Dying Swan", the hit of the "Beginning Ballet" class. She recreated the performance in 2373, during Talent Night aboard Voyager. (VOY: "Coda") At the age of nine she and her father hiked the northern rim of the Grand Canyon. She found "the biggest ditch on Earth", as her father used to call it, too dusty and always preferred farm country. (VOY: "Imperfection") When Janeway was twelve years old, she walked home in a thunderstorm over seven kilometers because she lost a tennis match. (VOY: "Deadlock") In 2373, after 19 years, Janeway decided to take tennis up again, having not played since high school. (VOY: "Future's End") Janeway is also experienced with pool. (VOY: "The Cloud")
Janeway credited the family tale of her ancestor, Shannon O'Donnell, for inspiring her to join Starfleet. The family tale told (to Janeway by her Aunt Martha Janeway) that O'Donnell had been involved as the driving force in ensuring the construction of the Millennium Gate against strong local opposition and an early female astronaut, being the first of a line of Janeway explorers. Research by Seven of Nine in 2375 indicated her involvement had been much less important, and she had been a failed NASA astronaut and only a consulting engineer on the project. However, Seven of Nine said that her inspiration to Janeway should not be diminished by this, which she seemed to agree with. (VOY: "11:59")
When she was a Cadet in Starfleet Academy she had a close relationship with Boothby who brought fresh roses to her quarters each morning. She also enjoyed spending her time at a little coffee shop on Market Street known as the Night Owl. (VOY: "In the Flesh") Her love of coffee and her late nights got her through many of her classes, as she often had to pull all-nighters. (VOY: "Good Shepherd") She studied under such memorable professors as Patterson, Hendricks and H'ohk. (VOY: "Relativity", "Friendship One", "Darkling")
Janeway's first Starfleet posting was aboard the USS Al-Batani, under the command of Captain Owen Paris. She served as the science officer during the ship's participation in the Arias Expedition. (VOY: "Caretaker", "Live Fast and Prosper") During her posting aboard the Al-Batani, she knocked out power to six decks by misaligning the ship's positronic relays. (VOY: "Shattered")
- Neelix indicated in "Live Fast and Prosper" that she had served on the Al-Batani directly prior to captaining Voyager, but it was later clarified in "Shattered" that the Al-Batani was her first ship assignment. A possible explanation is that she served on the Al-Batani during two separate assignments.
While she held the rank of Lieutenant, she was the member of an away team defending a Federation outpost from Cardassians during a border conflict. They ended up cut off in a three day long firefight with the Cardassians. One night during a break in the fighting her commanding officer ordered her and an ensign to crawl out into the brush and save a wounded Cardassian solider. At the time she thought her commander crazy, but in retrospect saving that man's life was one of her proudest moments. In the end her away team secured the outpost and all members were decorated by Starfleet Command. (VOY: "Prey")
- The time and nature of this battle implies it was part of the Cardassian wars.
Janeway first met Tuvok in 2356. Janeway was dressed down by Tuvok in front of three Starfleet admirals for failing to observe proper tactical procedures during her first command. Although the incident bruised her "Human ego" at the time, she ultimately realized Tuvok was correct. From 2365 onward, Janeway and Tuvok were close friends, and Janeway found she could always "rely on his insightful and unfailingly logical advice". (VOY: "Fury", "Revulsion")
- In "Fury", Tuvok states that he and Janeway had known each other for "approximately twenty years," indicating the approximate time they met. Later references suggest they had only been assigned together in various unspecified natures for a shorter time. In "Phage", set in 2371, Tuvok stated that he had made detailed psychological observations about Janeway "over the past four years," whereas, in "Revulsion", set in 2374, Janeway stated that she had come to rely on Tuvok's advice "for the past nine years."
While in her first year as a commander she was aboard the USS Billings, Janeway sent an away team to survey a volcanic moon. Their shuttle was damaged by a magma eruption and three crewmembers were severely injured. The next day she returned to the moon, alone, to complete the survey. She wanted the crew to know that their suffering had not been in vain, despite the possibility that she could have been killed. (VOY: "Night")
- Tuvok's choice of phrase in "Night" suggests that Janeway was aboard the Billings while still of commander rank. However, she stated that she first met Tuvok following her first command nine years before "Revulsion". Jeri Taylor's Mosaic and Pathways novels show both sides of their first encounter, but maintain that Janeway's first ship was the USS Bonestell. This however was disproved in "Shattered" when it was clearly stated that the Al-Batani was her first assignment.
In 2371, Captain Janeway took command of the Intrepid-class starship USS Voyager. The vessel's first mission was to locate a missing Maquis vessel last seen in the Badlands. Given the navigational challenge in this region of space, she proposed to Admiral Patterson to rehabilitate ex-Maquis Tom Paris in exchange for his help in finding the ship. While in the Badlands, Voyager was engulfed by a huge energy wave that hurled the ship 70,000 light years into the far side of the Delta Quadrant, in the same way that it did the Maquis vessel. Janeway soon discovered that they had been brought there by the Caretaker, a being who was looking for a way to reproduce as he was dying. The Caretaker told Janeway of how he, and another like him who had left several centuries earlier, had accidentally ruined the homeworld of the Ocampa. After the entity's death, Janeway destroyed the Caretaker's array to keep it from falling into the hands of the Kazon, who would have used it against the Ocampa. She then had the task of merging the Starfleet and Maquis crews in order to return home, a trip that would take over 75 years at the ship's maximum cruise velocity. (VOY: "Caretaker", "Relativity")
In the Delta Quadrant
One of the problems facing Janeway was to combine the Maquis and Starfleet crew into one cohesive unit. Early on in the voyage there was an incident between Torres, a Maquis and Carey of Starfleet. Chakotay recommended Torres for the the job of chief engineer. After at first being reluctant because of Torres' temper, Janeway agreed and was pleased with the result. (VOY: "Parallax")
While visiting a planet which had been devastated by some type of explosion, Janeway and Paris were transported back in time due to a fracture in subspace. They got caught up between a group of protesters and government officials disagreeing over an energy source and its potential dangers. When the protesters took over a power plant, Janeway came to believe that it would become the source of the explosion, but as the away team from Voyager tried to rescue them by cutting into subspace, she realized that this was the actual cause of the catastrophic events. She sealed the rift, and the timeline changed into one without the explosion having happened. (VOY: "Time and Again")
During the first year of the voyage, Janeway would make contact with the Vidiians who harvested Neelix's lungs. They suffer from the Phage which destroys their organs. She captained the ship into a nebula that was really an organic lifeform. Voyager came upon a micro-wormhole, where Janeway made contact with a Romulan ship captained by Telek R'Mor in the Alpha Quadrant. They successfully transported R'Mor through the wormhole onto Voyager and to the Delta Quadrant, only to find out that that R'Mor was from twenty years in the past. Heartbroken, Janeway asked R'Mor to transmit the crew's messages 20 years later, from R'Mor's perspective. R'Mor was beamed back to 2351, after which Tuvok discovered that R'Mor died in 2367. (VOY: "Phage", "The Cloud", "Eye of the Needle")
Later that year she met the Sikarians. They were capable of folding space to allow ships to travel great distances in short times. However, the government would not give this technology to Voyager. The crew tries to get it through other contacts, but finds it does not fit Federation technology. (VOY: "Prime Factors")
Year two of the voyage home brought new discoveries and contacts with different races. It also brought the ship into confrontation with a Kazon sect led by Maje Culluh.
She discovered Amelia Earhart and other Humans in stasis. They had been captured by the Briori to become slaves. Their descendants revolted and overthrew the Briori. They believed that the eight ancestors were dead and honored them in a shrine. Earhart invited the crew to stay on the planet, but they decided to continue their journey home. (VOY: "The 37's")
During an attack by subspace aliens, Kes became fertile and Janeway had to face the probability that on a long voyage there will be sexual contact and possible pregnancies. Although the aliens were driven off and Kes returned to normal, Janeway discovered that Ensign Samantha Wildman was pregnant. (VOY: "Elogium")
Later in 2372 they came across an anomaly that distorted the structure of the ship, trapping the senior staff in the holodeck. Janeway was injured by the anomaly, but the crew soon realized that it was actually sentient, and attempting to communicate. (VOY: "Twisted") The ship was attacked by the Botha who caused violent hallucinations in the crew; Janeway hallucinated about her fiance, Mark. However, The Doctor and Kes were able to drive the aliens away and Voyager was restored to normal. (VOY: "Persistence of Vision")
Janeway also met up with the Caretaker's mate, Suspiria. Suspiria had taken care of an Ocampa colony. She attacked Janeway and Voyager, who she blamed for the Caretaker's death. Kes was able to distract Suspiria with her telekinetic powers, allowing Janeway to fire a toxin at Suspira that disabled her. (VOY: "Cold Fire")
Janeway broke the warp ten barrier with Tom Paris. This had an adverse effect on her, as her DNA mutated and she and Paris became amphibian creatures. She mated with Paris while in their amphibian form and had offspring, which were left on the planet they were rescued from.
She help rescued Tuvok and Torres from a Mokra Order prison, after being nursed back to health by Caylem, who believed she was his daughter. His wife and daughter had been killed resisting the Mokra Order. As Caylem was dying, Janeway told him she was his daughter and his wife was fine. (VOY: "Threshold", "Resistance")
She also had her first contact with Q. While exploring an asteroid, the Voyager crew accidentally released what turned out to be a Q from the core of the asteroid. After some time, the well-known Q arrived, telling Janeway that the other Q, eventually known as Quinn, tried to kill himself many times, and that this was the reason for his captivity. Quinn asked for asylum and a chance to become Human. He argued that although the existence of a Q is exhilarating and incredible at first, the initial wonder very soon turns to boredom, as there is nothing more to explore, nothing more to reveal about the universe or anything. Because of this unbearable lack of purpose in the Q Continuum, he wished to end his life. Janeway granted his request after a hearing on the matter, where numerous witnesses, including a hippie and USS Enterprise's William T. Riker, took part, but urged him to lead a full mortal life. Regardless, he killed himself, receiving a poison from Q, who revealed himself as a sympathizer with the late Q in the end. (VOY: "Death Wish")
During an attack by the Vidiians, Voyager entered a divergence field and was duplicated in every aspect, including the crew. When the Vidiians attempted to board, both crews were in danger, and one of the Janeways destroyed her Voyager, killing the Vidiians and saving the other Voyager. (VOY: "Deadlock")
Janeway faced a crisis of conscience. Due to a transporter accident Neelix and Tuvok were fused into one being, Tuvix. The only way to bring them back was to eliminate Tuvix. Janeway had to execute a new lifeform so that Tuvok and Neelix could be brought back to life. (VOY: "Tuvix")
Janeway also confronted fear incarnate, in the form of The Clown. This occurred when she tried to save a group of Kohl who, while in stasis, had been trapped by their malfunctioning neural link. When the consciousness of some of her crew became trapped in the program, she entered as well, and with the help of The Doctor, she was able to defeat fear itself. (VOY: "The Thaw")
Janeway and Chakotay were stranded on a planet due to an incurable disease that the atmosphere of the planet inhibited. They began to show affection for each other. They were rescued when a cure was found. (VOY: "Resolutions")
The rest of the year was spent in confrontation with the Kazon. Chakotay was captured by the Kazon and tortured when he refused to give up secrets of Voyager's defenses. Paris left the ship under a ruse to prove that there was a traitor on the ship helping the Kazon. Janeway tried to form alliances with the Trabe, enemies of the Kazon, to force them to a peace conference. The conference ended in disaster when the Trabe tried to kill the Kazon. Voyager was captured and the crew was stranded on a prehistoric planet. After Paris, along with Lon Suder and The Doctor, regained the ship, the crew was rescued. Seska was killed and Culluh's power base was smashed. (VOY: "Maneuvers", "Investigations", "Alliances", "Basics, Part I", "Basics, Part II")
In 2373, Tuvok suffered a mental breakdown. A mind meld with Janeway took them back to his tour of duty on the USS Excelsior, captained by Sulu. The breakdown was caused by an alien virus that had lain dormant in his mind. Voyager was later attacked by alien ships that attacked in great number.
Voyager also came across a planet ruled by the two Ferengi who were trapped by an unstable wormhole. Janeway devised a plan to oust the Ferengi who were exploiting the people. During a visit to a Nechani shrine, Kes was struck down by an energy surge and lapsed into a coma. Janeway underwent a series of rituals to help cure Kes. But in the end, it was Janeway's faith that helped revive Kes. She took Kes through the energy field even though The Doctor told her that it was deadly. It did no harm, and Kes was revived intact. (VOY: "Flashback", "The Swarm", "False Profits", "Sacred Ground")
After an encounter with a time ship from the future, Voyager was transported back to the 20th century. They stopped Henry Starling, who had used the time ship for monetary gain, from launching the ship and altering history. (VOY: "Future's End")
During that year, Q appeared on the ship and wanted to have a baby with Janeway in order to stop a civil war in the Continuum. He transported her to the Continuum to escape a seemingly female Q that had boarded Voyager. The Human perception of the Q civil war was set in the American Civil War, and Janeway and Q were captured, but the female Q along with the crew of the Voyager managed to enter the Continuum and rescue them. When the Qs engaged in a truce, Voyager was returned to normal space, but not before Q presented his newborn son, whom he instead had with the female Q, to Janeway. (VOY: "The Q and the Grey")
After an accident that leaves Janeway in a coma, an alien energy being gives her visions of her dying. The alien wants Janeway to give up her soul so the energy being can feed off it. He even appears to her as her father, but she sees through the ruse and refuses to go. Once the being leaves, the Doctor is able to revive her. (VOY: "Coda")
Near of the end of the year, Voyager is capture by the Nyrian who replace the crew with one of their number using a transporter and imprison them on a biosphere ship. Janeway would lead an escape by securing the transporter and beaming the Nyrian leader to a frozen wasteland, forcing them to return Voyager. (VOY: "Displaced")
The following year brought Janeway and Voyager in contact with two dangerous races, the Krenim and Hirogen.
Voyager discovered a communications network that allowed them to contact Starfleet. The network was owned by the Hirogen, a hunter race. When Tuvok and Seven of Nine beamed over to examine the network, they were captured by the Hirogen, who planned on killing them and using their bones as trophies. Janeway discovered that the network was being powered by a black hole and by increasing the power relays, she was able to disable the Hirogen ship and rescue the two. Later another Hirogen was encountered during his hunt for Species 8472 which continued on Voyager when the wounded Hirogen was beamed over for medical attention. The final contact that year with the Hirogen took place on Voyager. The Hirogen captured Voyager, and, using brainwashing techniques, used the crew as prey in various hunting programs in the holodeck. Janeway played the part of a Klingon warrior killed by the Hirogen, and the leader of a resistance unit during a World War II holosimulation. After becoming aware of what was happening, the crew was able to retake the ship when Janeway killed the Alpha Hirogen. As the Hirogen left the ship, she gave them holo-technology in hope that they would give up hunting live prey and use the holoprogram instead. (VOY: "Hunters", "Prey", "The Killing Game", "The Killing Game, Part II")
The encounter with the Krenim began when a Krenim timeship tried to change history to restore the Krenim Imperium. This plunged Janeway and Voyager into a year-long battle. Somehow, the presence of Voyager had upset the calculations used to restore the Imperium, and therefore Voyager had to be eliminated. Voyager comes under a series of attacks by the technologically-advanced Krenim, resulting in the loss of much of the crew and severe damage to the ship. It ended when Janeway suicide-crashed a mortally wounded Voyager crewed by just herself into the timeship destroying it and wiping it from existence, restoring the timeline and allowing Voyager to plot a course around Krenim space in the preferred timeline avoiding the Year of Hell and erasing it from existence. (VOY: "Year of Hell", "Year of Hell, Part II")
Also during that year the crew was subjected to various experiments carried out by cloaked aliens called the Srivani. After being close to death, the Voyager crew figured out a way to break the Srivani cloak, only to discover that the aliens had no intention of leaving, finding their studies much too interesting to abandon. The conflict ended when Janeway threatened to destroy the ship and the aliens along with it, partially because of the raised dopamine levels in her blood, by flying through a binary pulsar. This threat worked, however, and the Srivani left the ship.
The holoprogram Leonardo Da Vinci, along with other Voyager technology, was stolen by pirates led by Tau. Janeway found his hideout and recovered the technology along with Da Vinci. (VOY: "Scientific Method", "Concerning Flight")
Janeway set out to destroy a molecule known as the Omega, the most dangerous and unstable substance known. Janeway succeeded in destroying the molecule, but not without opposition from Seven of Nine. (VOY: "The Omega Directive")
Near the end of the year, Janeway met Arturis. Also at the same time they found a Federation ship that they believed was sent to take them back to the Alpha Quadrant using slipstream technology, which Arturis offered to help them install. However it was a ruse; the ship was manufactured by Arturis so he could take Voyager its crew to be assimilated; when that didn't work, he settled with Janeway and Seven of Nine to be assimilated by the Borg. His people were fighting the Borg and their only hope was that Species 8472 would defeat the Borg. When Janeway helped the Borg, his people were assimilated and he wanted revenge. Janeway was able to shut down the force field on the ship and she and Seven were beamed back Voyager as Arturis' ship arrived in Borg space. (VOY: "Hope and Fear")
In 2375 Janeway and Voyager made contact with a race known as the Malon. While entering a vast void in space with no stars, Janeway rescued a night being who was dying from radiation poisoning. The Malon, who were the garbage men of the quadrant, were dumping radioactive material in the aliens' space. He asked Janeway to close a vortex that the Malon were using to dump the material. Janeway decided to close the vortex, which had to be done inside the void, causing her to sacrifice herself. The crew refused to follow her orders and instead persuaded her to close the vortex as Voyager entered it. It caused a shockwave but Voyager survived and closed the vortex, protecting the space of the night aliens. Later in that year, they encountered a Malon ship that was in danger of exploding and contaminating space due to ruptured fuel tanks. An away team found that a Malon who was disfigured from years of work on the ship had deliberately caused the damage for revenge. (VOY: "Night", "Juggernaut")
Janeway discovered that Species 8472 had simulated Starfleet Academy as a training exercise for preparation for an invasion of Earth. This was based on Janeway's actions in their war with the Borg. When Janeway explained that she did not know that the Borg started the war, and that she hoped they could get home faster, the two groups found common ground. (VOY: "In the Flesh")
She demoted Paris for interfering with a water society. Later, Janeway had a romantic interlude with a Devore commander who, while looking for telepaths to arrest, asked for asylum aboard Voyager. The romance ended when the commander revealed himself as only pretending to defect in order to discover the whereabouts of the telepaths. She played the part of Queen Arachnia, Queen of the Spider People, in Paris' holoprogram Captain Proton. Aliens had taken the program as a serious threat and she had to "kill" Doctor Chaotica to satisfy the aliens that they were no longer in danger. She saved the ship and Seven from the Think Tank, a group of aliens who solved problems for a fee. They hired the Hazari to attack Voyager and in return for solving Voyager's problem with the Hazari, they wanted Seven of Nine. (VOY: "Thirty Days", "Counterpoint", "Bride of Chaotica!", "Think Tank")
Janeway discovered another Federation ship lost in the Delta Quadrant, the USS Equinox, captained by Rudolph Ransom. He explained that his ship was attacked by creatures that killed much of his crew. The crew was beamed to Voyager for medical attention and the Voyager crew attempted to repair the Equinox. Janeway discovered that the reason the creatures were attacking the Equinox was that Ransom had been capturing them and using them for fuel for the ship. Janeway confronted Ransom and arrested him and his crew. The EMH for the Equinox, which was beamed aboard Voyager, helped the crew escape back to the Equinox. They disabled Voyager, kidnapped Seven and sped away. In the meantime, the creatures attacked Voyager.
Janeway became obsessed with finding Ransom, and resorted to means that would not have been acceptable to Starfleet. She was willing to kill a captured member of the Equinox if he did not tell them the location of the ship. When Voyager found Equinox, a battle ensued. When the Equinox was damaged by Voyager and attacked by the creatures, Ransom had a change of heart, dropped his shields and surrendered Seven in exchange for his crew beaming aboard Voyager. He himself stayed with his ship as it exploded. (VOY: "Equinox", "Equinox, Part II")
In 2376 Tuvok was attacked by cloaked aliens during an away mission. The weapon fire caused brain damage. To cure him the Doctor needed to examine the weapon. With the help of Naroq, a Kesat, Janeway was able to track down the Ba'neth, the race of the aliens and using a photolitic converter was able to uncloak them. When Janeway threatened to expose their location to other races, they hand over the weapon and Tuvok is cured. (VOY: "Riddles")
Janeway encountered the Vaadwaur, a race that had been in stasis for nearly 900 years in order to to survive the bombardment of their world, which was destroyed by the Turei. After Seven of Nine opened one of the stasis pods without being ordered to, a Vaadwaur named Gedrin was awakened. Janeway offered to help him wake up the rest of his race, in return for allowing Voyager to use its subspace corridors, which would considerably cut the time to return home. Unknown to Janeway, the Vaadwaur were a warrior race that had subjugated many of the races in their sector, including the Turei. They tried to take over Voyager but were unsuccessful. Gedrin refused to betray Janeway and helped Voyager escape. (VOY: "Dragon's Teeth")
Janeway and Voyager enlisted the help of Tash, who was working on a catapult vessel that could project a ship light years away. This could cut the time of Voyager's trip. However, Seven of Nine tried to sabotage the experiment. Attempting to bite off more than she could chew, she downloaded too much information into her cortical node, resulting in paranoid delusions. She believed that Voyager was part of a Federation invasion force into the Delta Quadrant and that the catapult would bring more ships into the quadrant. She told Chakotay this. At the same time, she told Janeway that the catapult would be used by Chakotay to launch a Maquis attack on the Federation. When Seven used the Delta Flyer to get away from Voyager, Janeway beamed over and was able to convince Seven that she was ill and needed medical attention. (VOY: "The Voyager Conspiracy")
Although Voyager was able to send messages to Starfleet through the Hirogen communications network, there was still no visual contact with them. Lt. Barclay of Starfleet in that year was able to make visual contact by opening an artificial wormhole through which visual communication could occur. (VOY: "Pathfinder")
Janeway found time to relax in a new holoprogram of Paris', called Fair Haven. There, she became attracted to the main character, Michael Sullivan. Sullivan was happily married, but Janeway solved that little issue by changing the program to make him single. Later in the year she rescued Paris and Kim from the townsfolk, who believed they were evil spirits. (VOY: "Fair Haven", "Spirit Folk")
Voyager was drawn into orbit of a planet with high revolutions by a gravimetric wave. Because of a tachyon core breech, a second on Voyager was a day on the planet. While trapped in orbit they observed the evolution of the planet. However, Voyager was unable to break orbit and when the civilization on the planet began space travel Voyager was threatened and attacked. When one of the astronauts landed on Voyager, Janeway explained the situation, and the pilot returned to his planet. Ships from the planet used a tractor beam to pull Voyager out of its orbit. (VOY: "Blink of an Eye")
Janeway also suffered an illusion that she and members of her crew took part in a massacre on the planet Takaris. The massacre took place 300 year prior, but a synaptic transmitter sent images to anyone who entered the system. This was done as a way of commemorating the people who died. (VOY: "Memorial")
Voyager also encountered a Borg ship that was piloted by children who were separated from the hive due to an accident in space. After Seven convinced them to release captured crewmembers, Janeway allowed them to be beamed aboard Voyager and join her crew. Later when she returned Icheb, one of the former Borg children, to his parents on the Brunali planet, she found out that the Brunali were sacrificing their children to defeat the Borg. They injected them with a pathogen and when they were assimilated, the pathogen was spread among the Borg, effectively leading to their termination. They saved Icheb, who remained on Voyager. (VOY: "Collective", "Child's Play")
Later that year, after an efficiency report, Janeway became aware that three members of her crew were performing below standard. She decided to take the three on a away mission with her in order to help them improve their efficiency. When the Delta Flyer was attacked by an unknown force, the trio rose to the occasion and saved the ship and Janeway. (VOY: "Good Shepherd")
Janeway also had her last meeting with an elder Kes who, with her telekinetic powers, was attacking Voyager, and by traveling back in time was trying to change the timeline by betraying Voyager to the Vidiians. She blamed Janeway for taking her away from her people, for developing her mental powers before she was ready to use them and destroying her youth. As the Vidiians boarded the ship in the past, Janeway was forced to kill the older Kes with a phaser and Voyager broke free and escaped. Janeway explained to the young Kes in the past what had happened and she made a recording explaining how happy she was and that her stay on Voyager was voluntary. When the older Kes again appeared in the normal timeline, she was convinced by the recording and left Voyager peacefully. (VOY: "Fury")
2377 and 2378
The first threat came from an unlikely source: the Ferengi. Nunk, a Ferengi, tried to steal Seven's nanoprobes. He programmed a fake hologram of Barclay, which arrived on Voyager through the artificial wormhole Barclay had created to communicate with the ship. He was able to steal the codes by using a dabo girl to pretend she was Barclay's girlfriend. The counterfeit Barclay steered Voyager into a space accident that would destroy Voyager, and at the last minute take Seven and turn her over to the Ferengi. The plot was foiled by Barclay and Starfleet. (VOY: "Inside Man")
She dealt with a mutiny by the Maquis caused by a repressed brainwashing technique implanted into Tuvok by a Bajoran named Teero. The ship also became trapped in a void in space in which only those ships willing to plunder other ships for technology could survive. Voyager, by forming an alliance with other ships in the void, was able to escape. Chakotay also required the aid of a past version of Janeway to restore the timeline on Voyager after it was hit with a distortion wave. (VOY: "Repression", "The Void", "Shattered")
Janeway dealt with Paris and Torres' marriage and pregnancy. She encountered Klingons who lived on a generation ship and were looking for the savior of their race and believed Torres was carrying the child. (VOY: "Lineage", "Prophecy")
Janeway again encountered the Hirogen. They had used the holoprogram she had given them after their attempt to take over Voyager, and enhanced it so that the holograms became sentient. The holograms, under Iden, rebelled, killing the Hirogens and other Humans they came in contact with. Janeway joined with the Hirogens and defeated Idin and his murderous desires. But she protected the other holograms who wished to live in peace. (VOY: "Flesh and Blood")
The crew was later captured and brainwashed into believing that they were part of a Quarren workforce. Janeway became romantically involved with a Quarren before being rescued. (VOY: "Workforce", "Workforce, Part II")
Q enlisted her aid in helping his son, "Junior", who had become a troublesome teenager. Janeway helped straighten the boy out and reconciled him with his father. She also convinced Neelix to stay with a colony of Talaxians they discovered on an asteroid and helped repel a group of miners who were threatening them. (VOY: "Q2", "Homestead")
Admiral Janeway had provided her present-day counterpart with sophisticated anti-Borg technology, including transphasic torpedoes and ablative armor generator technology, in order for her to enter the nebula that had readings suggesting dozens of wormholes and Borg cubes.
When Voyager reached the nebula through guidance by Admiral Janeway she ordered the crew to enter the transwarp hub, but Captain Janeway was reluctant to forgo the opportunity to damage the Borg's infrastructure considerably.
While trying to outrun the cascading shockwave reaction caused by the destruction of one hub, a Borg sphere pursued Voyager and attempted to capture it. Upon exiting the transwarp conduit in the Alpha Quadrant, Admiral Paris ordered all available ships to intercept in response to sensor readings indicating a Borg energy signature.
As the Starfleet armada opened fire, Voyager destroyed the sphere from inside with a single transphasic torpedo. Shortly, the fleet greeted Janeway as Voyager exited the conduit and reached home. (VOY: "Endgame")
Dealings with the Borg
Admiral Janeway earned herself a reputation for dealing with the Borg. Her first encounter with the Borg was in 2371 while Voyager was in drydock at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards. A former Borg and future crew member from the future traveled back in time with the help of the Federation timeship USS Relativity. (VOY: "Relativity")
While traveling through the Nekrit Expanse, Voyager encountered a Borg cube floating dead in space. There were no power signatures on board and scans revealed 1,100 dead drones. Janeway sent an away team over to the cube to collect and gather information about Borg technology. The away team discovered that all systems on the ship ceased abruptly by an electro-mechanical discharge approximately five years earlier. The team brought back a Borg corpse to analyze.
In late 2373, she had a major dealing with the Borg. After nearly three years of travel, Voyager had reached the edge of Borg space. Janeway increased security and prepared herself and her crew for the eventual crossing of Borg space. Rather than turn around, Janeway and her crew managed to locate a small passage where there was no Borg activity, which they named the "Northwest Passage".
It was later discovered, however, that the absence of Borg activity was due to the presence of a large number of quantum singularities. While en route to the Alpha Quadrant, Voyager's engines stalled as Kim detected fifteen Borg Ships closing fast from behind. Fourteen of the ships passed Voyager, but the last one scanned Voyager with a polaron beam. Later, Kim detected that the power signatures of the Borg ships had ceased. Janeway, curious about this decided to head for their position. When they arrived the Borg ships were destroyed.
The singularities in turn were how a race, supposedly more powerful than the Borg, were entering our domain from their realm of fluidic space. Later, she learned that the Borg's new enemy, designated Species 8472, occupied the passage. Rather than tempt fate with the unusual aliens, Janeway opted to make a treaty with the Borg. Voyager's EMH had discovered a way for Borg nanoprobes to assimilate the previously immune species. Janeway oversaw the development of a new nanoprobe-based bioweapon that was designed to attack Species 8472 at a cellular level. It was during this incident that Seven of Nine was stranded on Voyager.
Seven of Nine's newly found individuality caused concern within herself, giving her the need to return to the Borg to be with the others in the collective. Kathryn Janeway attempted to stop this need by introducing Seven to her past and to what her normal life should have been. Despite much apprehension on Seven's part, Janeway eventually got through to her and she finally accepted her individuality. (VOY: "Scorpion", "Scorpion, Part II", "The Gift")Between stardates 50953.4 and 50984.3 Voyager was attacked by a Borg probe. After destroying the attacking vessel, several data nodes were salvaged. Using information obtained from the nodes, Janeway devised a plan to raid a Borg sphere and steal one of its transwarp coils, which would speed Voyager's journey home. The mission went well until Seven was captured by the Borg Queen. Janeway led an away team to free her using the Delta Flyer, which had been adapted to withstand the firepower of the Borg. The Borg cube was destroyed and Seven was freed. (VOY: "Dark Frontier")
In 2376, Janeway found out that a group of Borg had a genetic mutation that allowed them to exist as they were when they were individuals during their regeneration. This state was named Unimatrix Zero. Janeway assisted them in fighting Borg without the mutation so that they could remain individuals. She, B'Elanna Torres, and Tuvok introduced a nanovirus into Tactical Cube 138's central plexus, separating the members of Unimatrix Zero from the hive mind. This plunged the Collective into a civil war. (VOY: "Unimatrix Zero")
Upon the return of Voyager to the Alpha Quadrant, Janeway was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral and given an assignment at Starfleet Command. In 2379, she ordered the USS Enterprise-E to Romulus, a message relayed at a request of the new Romulan Praetor, Shinzon. (Star Trek Nemesis)
At the time Janeway was commissioned as captain of Voyager, she was engaged to Mark Johnson, with whom she discussed the fate of her pregnant dog. Believing her dead after Voyager was lost in the Delta Quadrant, he married another woman in 2374. (VOY: "Caretaker", "Hunters")
When Janeway and Chakotay were stranded on a planet due to an incurable disease, they developed feelings for each other. However after a cure was found the feelings were suppressed due to the fact she was his commander. (VOY: "Resolutions")
In two of her holoprograms, she became romantically involved with holocharacters. In a Gothic program, she played a governess to the Burleigh Household. When Lord Burleigh made advances toward her, she was uncomfortable and ended the program. In the program Fair Haven she altered a main character, Michael Sullivan. He originated as a simple, married man, and she changed him to being unattached and virile. (VOY: "Cathexis", "Fair Haven")
Janeway, during the incident with the Devore Imperium, became attracted to Kashyk, the Devore commander, who pretended to defect to Voyager. She did not trust him and his plan to trap Voyager and the telepaths they were transporting failed. (VOY: "Counterpoint")
After her memory was altered she worked at the main power distribution center on Quarra, she dated a Norvalian called Jaffen and fell in love. After three months, she moved in with him. When she regained her original memory she said she could always use a skilled engineer, but it wouldn't be appropriate as they were romantically involved. Janeway said she would never forget the time they spent together. (VOY: "Workforce", "Workforce, Part II")
Seven of Nine
After rescuing Seven from the Borg, Janeway developed a very complex relationship with the ex-Borg. She was determined to help her adjust to life on Voyager and regain her lost human identity. Gradually Seven rediscovered her humanity with Janeway as her mentor and role model. It wasn't only Seven who learned from the relationship; she frequently challenged Janeway in various opinions. Gradually they became friends.
Admiral Patterson was Janeway's favorite teacher at Starfleet Academy. He became her mentor and a parental figure to her, especially since her father had died when she was young. Patterson treated her like his own daughter. He helped get her the assignment on Voyager, and would give her the first tour of Voyager. (VOY: "Relativity")
Tuvok was one of her most trusted friends and advisers. She discussed all command decisions with him. He disobeyed her orders concerning the Sakari technology that could fold space. When they refused to give up the technology that could shorten Voyager's trip, Tuvok suggested that they could trade for it on the black market. She ordered him not to pursue this. He tried to acquire the space folding anyway. She felt betrayed and was saddened by his disobedience. He explained that logic dictated his actions. (VOY: "Prime Factors")
Her personal relation was one of the determining factors in her decision to terminate the life form Tuvix. He was created when a malfunction in the transporter combined Neelix and Tuvok. He wanted to live, but Janeway determined that Tuvok and Neelix should be restored and performed the procedure herself that killed Tuvix and restored Neelix and her friend. (VOY: "Tuvix")
One of the reasons Admiral Janeway changed the timeline after Voyager had returned from its twenty-three-year journey in the Delta Quadrant was because Tuvok had suffered a mental disorder that destroyed his mind. The disease was diagnosed while Tuvok was in the Delta Quadrant. It had a cure, but in the alternate timeline the ship returned home too late for it to be effective. (VOY: "Endgame")
As the crew's journey unfolded, Janeway soon found herself even becoming friends with the Doctor, despite initially regarding him as just another hologram. As the journey unfolded, however, the two of them became closer, particularly when the two of them were the only crewmembers standing between Voyager and the macrovirus that was attacking the ship. (VOY: "Macrocosm")
Over time, their friendship and mutual respect grew, with The Doctor often coming to Janeway when he needed personal advice or information about how his program was developing, as well as consolation about any wrong decisions he had made in recent times. It was Janeway who stopped The Doctor from deleting the additional subroutines that made him unique when he felt responsible for a death, (VOY: "Retrospect") Janeway who assured The Doctor that none of the crew thought any less of him when he was embarrassed about the fantasies created by his dream program, (VOY: "Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy") and Janeway who told The Doctor that none of the crew blamed him for betraying them to help a crew of holograms. (VOY: "Flesh and Blood") In addition, when Janeway faced death after being captured by an alien species, The Doctor risked everything to save her. (VOY: "Renaissance Man")
Janeway's relationship with Chakotay was complicated, to say the least. It started with him as an enemy, then a reluctant ship mate, a possible romantic interest and finally as her confidant and possibly her best friend.
Chakotay was the leader of a Maquis cell that Janeway was sent to apprehend. Both ships were transported to the Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker. Chakotay and Janeway became reluctant allies in the attempt to find missing crewmembers and return to the Alpha Quadrant. After the array and Chakotay's ship were destroyed in a battle with the Kazon, the crews integrated and Chakotay became Janeway's first officer. (VOY: "Caretaker")
Janeway relied on Chakotay's innovative tactics in the battle with the Kazon. She integrated many Maquis techniques in various battles.
A budding romance seemed to emerge when both were left stranded on a deserted planet due to being infected by a deadly virus that had no cure. The planet's atmosphere retarded the virus' deadly effects. When they were rescued after a cure had been found, Janeway backed away from her feelings since she was his superior officer. (VOY: "Resolutions")
Chakotay became her most trusted adviser, although they did not always see eye-to-eye. This was evident during the encounter with the Equinox. The Equinox also became lost in the Delta Quadrant, and when Janeway found out that Captain Ransom was using sentient beings as fuel for the ship, she became obsessed with stopping him. She locked one of the crew of the Equinox in a cargo bay and threatened to unleash one of the alien beings, which were attacking both crews and who were lethal to the crew. Chakotay stopped her and tried to reason with her. (VOY: "Equinox, Part II")
One of the reasons Janeway attempted to change the timeline after Voyager had returned home after a twenty-three year journey was that Seven of Nine, who had married Chakotay during the voyage, had been killed during an away mission. After returning to Earth, Chakotay died from what Janeway believed was a broken heart. (VOY: "Endgame")
Personal likes and interests
Janeway was known for her addiction to coffee. She refused to go a day without a cup of coffee and preferred it completely black, without milk or sugar. Janeway once tried to give up coffee, unsuccessfully. Once, Neelix tried to get her to use Voyager's food reserves instead of her replicator rations by giving her his "Even better than coffee substitute". Grudgingly, Janeway agreed to try it, but was relieved when the bridge called her just before Neelix was finished pouring it. (VOY: "The Cloud") Later in life, Janeway gave up coffee in favor of tea. (VOY: "Endgame")
Janeway's Coffee Quotes
- - Janeway, to Voyager's computer
- - Janeway, after Neelix tried to give her another alternative to coffee instead of his custom substitute
"There's coffee in that nebula!"
- - Janeway
"I'm just going to have to give up coffee, that's all there is to it."
- - Janeway, after losing even more energy reserves in a nebula
"Coffee: the finest organic suspension ever devised... I beat the Borg with it."
"One more cup [of coffee] and I'll jump to warp."
"You ought to try it one day. Keeps you sharp."
"It's an acquired taste."
"Make it yourself."
"I don't know why I ever gave this up."
"Listen carefully Neelix, because I'm only going to say this once. Coffee, black."
- - Janeway, to Neelix after he informed her that more replicators had gone offline
- 20 May, 2330s/2340s
- Born in Bloomington, Indiana, on Earth
- Serves as science officer aboard the USS Al-Batani under future Vice Admiral Owen Paris
- Serves as commander aboard the USS Billings
- Assumes command and becomes captain of USS Voyager; while looking for a Maquis ship in the Badlands, she was hurled to the Delta Quadrant along with her ship and crew
- Forges a temporary alliance with the borg to fend off Species 8472
- Aids a group of Borg drones that reside in Unimatrix Zero who have a genetic mutation by sending a virus which will make those drones aware of their surroundings in the real world so they can resist the collective.
- Returns to the Alpha Quadrant after being stranded for seven years in the Delta Quadrant via the use of a Borg transwarp hub; shortly thereafter, she is promoted to the admiralty and assigned to Starfleet Command
- Orders Captain Jean-Luc Picard to Romulus for a diplomatic meeting with the new Praetor Shinzon
Kathryn Janeway was played by actress Kate Mulgrew. The character was originally named Elizabeth Janeway. Due to legal aspects (a prominent person named Elizabeth Janeway existed), the name had to be changed. At the request of French-Canadian actress Genevieve Bujold, who was to play the role, the character was renamed Nicole Janeway. Bujold left the cast of Voyager during filming of the pilot, "Caretaker", and was replaced by Mulgrew. At that time the character's name was once again changed to its final form - Kathryn Janeway.
The first season DVD release included the first public release of footage featuring Bujold as Janeway. The extant footage shows a subdued Bujold; accustomed to the big screen, her quiet, nuanced acting style did not blend well with the rest of the cast. When she left the set after two days of filming, Kate Mulgrew, who had been Brannon Braga's second choice, was asked to come back for another audition.
- In the Voyager relaunch book series, Admiral Janeway taught at Starfleet Academy with Tuvok.
- Janeway was mentioned in the Deep Space Nine book trilogy Millennium. In the book's alternate future, Janeway and Voyager returned to the Alpha Quadrant at an unspecified time. After the destruction of Earth, Janeway, along with the Doctor, Admiral Seven of Nine, and Hugh negotiated an unholy alliance with the Borg, as a desperate measure to stop Weyoun and the Pah-wraiths from destroying the universe. The cornerstone of Janeway's plan was Project Guardian. The goal of Project Guardian was to use the Guardian of Forever to go back in time and destroy Bajor. Although such an act would violate the Temporal Prime Directive, at least it would save the universe. On December 22nd, 2399, the combined Borg/Federation fleet arrived at the Guardian's planet to find it was interdicted by hostile Grigari forces. What followed was six days of fighting. Finally, on December 28th, Janeway and an army of Federation troops made it to the surface, the Guardian in sight. At that moment, Janeway knew that she had won, that victory was in hand. However, the Grigari were ready for her. They activated a singularity bomb, which created a black hole, killing all who were present. Janeway, the Borg and Federation fleets, the Guardian, and the Grigari were all killed. The timeline was later reset thanks to Captain Sisko.
- In the Next Generation relaunch novel Before Dishonor, Janeway was assimilated by the Borg in the year 2380 and is made into their new Queen. An attempt by Seven of Nine to rescue her resulted in the defeat of the Collective, but Janeway herself was apparently killed. Her final fate was left uncertain, as it was implied that she had become a companion of Lady Q.