Star Trek: Voyager star Kate Mulgrew returned to the role of Janeway for the animated series Star Trek: Prodigy, which is set to run for years to come. But now the actress is wondering if there could be even more Trek in her future.
Looking at Janeway’s future
In an interview promoting her work on the Showtime series The Man Who Fell to Earth, Kate Mulgrew responded to comicbook.com when asked if she sees any chance of a return to live-action Star Trek:
Well, I think Picard is done, unless I’m quite mistaken… I think they’ve finished, but it’s not likely that Janeway will show up on Picard. But who knows what will happen to her in the future? There seems to be, as I said to you earlier, a tremendous resurgence here, a rather vital one. So for the first time, I’m actually looking at it with new eyes. I wonder what would happen if Janeway were to come back to live-action.
Picard’s third season, which brings back the stars of TNG, will wrap up the series, and it is expected to debut in early 2023. Showrunner Terry Matalas has actively promoted the idea of a follow-up spinoff series set in the early 25th century.
Mulgrew’s openness to a return to live-action Star Trek has evolved in recent years. In 2019, before the launch of Picard, she told TrekMovie she was “surprised” Stewart had decided to do a new Trek series, adding “I don’t know what to say about Janeway. Seven years is a long time to play a character. I’m not sure that she would enjoy resuscitation.” However, in a 2020 interview with TrekMovie, Mulgrew changed course, saying “I think it would be wonderful to explore Janeway’s continued love of adventure and perhaps even, love of power,” but also noting, “I don’t think it is going to happen.”
Surprises in store for Janeway and Prodigy
Regardless of her future in live-action Star Trek, Mulgrew is returning in Star Trek: Prodigy, and she’s now playing multiple characters, including Vice Admiral Janeway, as she tries to find the USS Protostar and Captain Chakotay on board her slipstream drive ship the USS Dauntless. Mulgrew spoke briefly about what’s to come for Janeway on Prodigy:
She is an admiral, but she is capable of surprising even herself, and what is coming will be entirely unexpected and will then turn into something pretty wonderful, taking this into an altogether new season for Janeway in her several incarnations.
The second half of Prodigy season one is set to arrive later this year.
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