Kate Mulgrew amazed Star Trek fans with her return to the franchise through Star Trek: Prodigy. Now, Captain Kathryn Janeway is back as an emergency hologram tasked with helping the heroes of the animated series as they try and fly the Starfleet ship Protostar. It’s an exciting opportunity to get to see Mulgrew voice a character similar to but different from the traditional Janeway, but will it open the door for Mulgrew to reprise the role of Janeway in live-action?
I spoke to Kate Mulgrew ahead of the premiere of Star Trek: Prodigy about the upcoming Paramount+ series, and we broached the topic of whether or not her role as hologram Janeway could lead to a live-action appearance in Star Trek: Picard or another series. Mulgrew quickly pointed out it was a tough question but responded with all she could offer on the topic.
No one has asked Kate Mulgrew to appear in a new live-action Star Trek series as Janeway, but it’s not something she’s can't see happening. Perhaps most important is that she teased she’d have trouble turning down an offer if one came by, which is excellent news for fans of Star Trek: Voyager. Securing Janeway may not be the only step in creating a Voyager successor series, but it’s certainly a big one.
Right now, Star Trek fans will just need to experience Kate Mulgrew as Janeway via Star Trek: Prodigy. As an emergency hologram, there are some key differences between the living and breathing Janeway and the hologram based on her. Mulgrew teased that as a hologram, this Janeway won’t have quite the same fiery attitude the captain did in Star Trek: Voyager and will approach conflict with the younger crew of the Protostar with a softer touch.
Star Trek: Prodigy will introduce a younger audience to the core concepts of the Star Trek franchise. Children can learn via Dal and the characters featured in the animated series, as the main characters aren’t that familiar with Starfleet due to their circumstances. It’s a great gateway for a new generation to the larger world of Trek, and who better from the franchise to welcome young fans into that world than Janeway?
Star Trek: Prodigy premieres on Paramount+ on Thursday, October 28, and will air on Nickelodeon at a later date. For more on the world of Star Trek, check out what William Shatner had to say in response to some questionable comments from Geroge Takei.
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Mick Joest is a Content Producer for CinemaBlend with his hand in an eclectic mix of television goodness. Star Trek is his main jam, but he also regularly reports on happenings in the world of Star Trek, WWE, Doctor Who, 90 Day Fiancé, Quantum Leap, and Big Brother. He graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Radio and Television. He's great at hosting panels and appearing on podcasts if given the chance as well.