June 21 2024

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Mulgrew On Voyager Twentieth Anniversary

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Continuing her interview with StarTrek.com, Kate Mulgrew spoke about Voyager and Captain Kathryn Janeway.

For Mulgrew, it doesn’t seem like the show was twenty years ago. “I find that hard to believe because Janeway is always with me,” she said.

“She’s what people remember,” said Mulgrew. “he has been a great part of my life. It doesn’t feel like it was twenty years ago. It doesn’t at all. So I don’t know how to answer that, except to say it must be a tribute to the experience itself.”

Mulgrew loved the role of Janeway. “Janeway was a magnificent role,” she said. “It was a life-changing and certainly career-changing role that I played, and I played her with every particle of my being. So now, she is resting. She is blissfully resting, but I am always in gratitude to her. And she may be resurrected. You never know.”

Janeway was a role model to young women and Mulgrew is aware of that. “I [hear] that a lot,” she said. “I got that last night in Chicago. I got that in New York, at the launch of the book. I think much of that is connected to Janeway, and I’m grateful to Janeway for that and I’m very grateful to Rick Berman for that, for the opportunity to play her. And I’m most grateful of all to Genevieve Bujold, who had the wherewithal and the grace to step down and not leave the whole thing hanging.”

Would Mulgrew ever play Janeway again? “Yes, but only if I can do it with William Shatner and Patrick Stewart,” she said. “The captains have to get together.”

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9 thoughts on “Mulgrew On Voyager Twentieth Anniversary

  1. I didn’t appreciate that she eventually had been made an admiral in the last film before the reboot.

  2. DS9 was always the red-headed stepchild. It operated in syndication, relatively out of sight, while Voyager — the network show — got most of the press and was mostly the media face of Trek from ’95 on.

    And yet, DS9’s under-the-radar status allowed it to do pretty much what it wanted and grow into the great show it is, while Voyager, tasked with carrying an entire upstart network, was subject to so much corporate interference that it never really was allowed to get off the ground creatively. 20 years later, we all know which show was the classic and which was the dud.

    I’ll take that trade.

  3. She essentially lead a seven-year rescue mission and dealt a crippling blow to the Borg in the process. That doesn’t warrant a promotion?!

  4. Picard certainly deserved one. Maybe he turned a promotion down. Look at all the corrupt admorals that made it to the top… Starfleet isn’t exactly intelligent in their assigning of ranks.

  5. He actively does turn a promotion down on at least one occasion (“Coming of Age”), and later Kirk warns him against accepting such a promotion. I’m intrigued by the fact that the future of “All Good Things” makes no reference to Picard ever having been an admiral, suggesting that he retired from Starfleet as a captain to take on an ambassadorship.

  6. Exactly what I was thinking. Kirk told him to never give up the Captain’s chair.

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