Star Trek: Prodigy connected Discovery, despite being generations apart.
Star Trek: Prodigy and Discovery are two shows attempting to connect and expand the legendary franchise in a modern age. Discovery served as a prequel series of sorts to the Original Series, while Prodigy is in the same time frame as Lower Decks, continuing the time frame established at the end of Voyager.
Both Prodigy and Lower Decks take place roughly five years after the events of Voyager, while Discovery jumped a thousand years into the future and now takes place in the 32nd century. There’s not a lot of crossover or connection between the two series because of this.
Despite the massive gap in times, Prodigy and Discovery now share an impressively placed easter egg in the form of the Crossfield-class ship design. It’s one of the first and only ships to be classified as a “war-ship”, due to the Klingon-Federation war.
Despite this, the only version of the ship we end up seeing so far in the main timeline is the Discovery, which according to Starfleet records, never existed.
Star Trek: Discovery meets Prodigy
Despite the missing ship, the Discovery, or at the very least a ship that is of the same Crossfield-class design, appeared in a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo in the third episode of Prodigy. The Kathryn Janeway hologram (Holo-way? Jane-a-gram?) that is acting as the ship’s Emergency Command Hologram, gave the young crew of the U.S.S. Protostar a lecture pertaining to the Federation.
In this lesson, ships. A hologram projection of the ships could be seen on screen, The Enterprise, Voyager, Defiant, a few shuttle pods, and other ships could be seen in the hologram projection; as well as the U.S.S. Discovery. Or, perhaps, just the model of the ship and not actually the Discovery.
It’s not stated if it is in fact the Discovery but some fans are a bit upset about it, for some reason.
It’s a neat little easter egg and nothing more than that.