My Daughter’s Favorite Star Trek Characters

They all do science in space.

Frederik Verhagen
2 min readJan 6, 2023
Official photos and artwork are owned by CBS Studios Inc. and edited by the Author.

What do Spock, Jadzia Dax, Kathryn Janeway, D’Vana Tendi, and Rok-Tahk have in common? They are all related to science. Oh, and they’re also my daughter’s favorite Star Trek characters.

Several years ago, my wife and I were binge-watching Star Trek: Deep Space 9. Halfway through the series, my then 2-year-old daughter gushed over Jadzia Dax. She even created an original science officer character as a friend for Dax.

After DS9, I began a rewatch of my favorite Star Trek series: Voyager. Every time we both watch, she remembers Captain Kathryn Janeway. We’ve come to call it Star Trek: “Janeway.”

It excited me when I learned of an upcoming Nickelodeon show called Star Trek: Prodigy. When I learned it would feature Janeway, I was ecstatic! A kids-oriented Star Trek show AND our favorite ST: “Janeway” character? It’s the greatest opportunity to bond and geek over something Star Trek!

Star Trek: Prodigy had both of us hooked from the beginning till the end. Based on previous experiences, I expected my daughter to like Hologram Janeway. Her favorite character became Rok-Tahk, the big-hearted giant with an eagerness for science.



Frederik Verhagen

Stay-at-home father and dork who writes about creativity, science fiction, and little discoveries in life. 🔗