Kate Mulgrew starred as Captain Kathryn Janeway for seven years on Star Trek: Voyager, and more recently she has returned to voice multiple Janeways for the animated kids’ series Star Trek: Prodigy. And the actress is hinting there could be even more Star Trek (and more Janeways) in her future.
Mulgrew and Voyager stars ready for more Trek
In June we reported on a couple of different interviews where Kate Mulgrew teased the idea of returning to live-action Star Trek. When she was in the UK promoting the launch of Paramount+, Den of Geek followed up on her comments and she revealed that she isn’t alone in thinking about a return to live-action; in fact, she has talked about it with some of her Voyager co-stars:
We’re always talking. I mean my great friends are Robert Picardo and John de Lancie. We’re always touching down and crossing paths. And when we do talk about Star Trek, all of us are just so amazed that it constantly is reinventing itself. I think that fact only speaks to its sort of undying virtues. I know Jeri [Ryan] loves doing Picard. And I know that all of us—all of us—would love to continue and when the opportunity presents itself, we’ll always do more Star Trek.
After wrapping up seven years on Star Trek: Voyager as Captain Kathryn Janeway in 2001, Mulgrew returned as Admiral Janeway for the 2002 film Star Trek Nemesis. Since that time, she expressed skepticism about playing Janeway in live action again, telling TrekMovie in 2019 she was “surprised” Patrick Stewart had decided to return for Star Trek: Picard, 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.” It does appear that the launch of Picard has changed her tune and she now seems to be thinking about what comes next. Last month she teased that she was “looking at it with new eyes,” speculating about how after Picard wraps up, “Who knows what will happen to [Janeway] in the future?”
3 Janeways in Prodigy?
Of course, Kate Mulgrew has already returned as Janeway for the animated series Star Trek: Prodigy. She was introduced at the beginning of the season as Hologram Janeway, the Emergency Training Hologram of the USS Protostar, and in episode ten she voiced Admiral Janeway again, who will play a key role in the second half of the first season which debuts later this year. Den of Geek also asked her about this, resulting in the following interesting exchange:
You’re back as Admiral Janeway in Star Trek: Prodigy. It’s been 20 years since you’ve played Admiral Janeway in Star Trek Nemesis…
Yeah, that was a strange cameo. I was just alone in the studio on the sound stage. It was done very fast. I think it was immediately after Voyager, if not in the final week of Voyager.
And now you’re back as two Janeways: Admiral Janeway and Hologram Janeway.
Actually, it’s three: Captain Janeway, Admiral Janeway, and Hologram Janeway. You may stand down, ensign. [Laughs.]
Assuming this wasn’t a miscommunication, and Mulgrew was still talking about Prodigy, this indicates that Captain Janeway could appear in the animated series as well. This could be done with flashbacks or maybe even some time travel where she would be voicing Captain Janeway from her time on the USS Voyager, possibly still in the Delta Quadrant before returning to Earth and being promoted to Admiral.
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