Kate Mulgrew talks about returning to Star Trek with Prodigy

Pictured: Kate Mulgrew as Janeway of Star Trek: Prodigy . Photo Cr: Nickelodeon/Paramount+ ©2021, All Rights Reserved.
Pictured: Kate Mulgrew as Janeway of Star Trek: Prodigy . Photo Cr: Nickelodeon/Paramount+ ©2021, All Rights Reserved. /

Kate Mulgrew is returning as Kathryn Janeway for Star Trek: Prodigy.

Star Trek: Voyager launched over 25 years ago this year and while we are near the end of the 25th year of the show’s existence, (and about to enter the 25th anniversary), we can still marvel back at the impact that it’s had. Firstly, it’s the original Star Trek series to not be on syndication. Secondly, the show featured the first female captain, Captain Kathryn Janeway, played by Kate Mulgrew.

Mulgrew is returning to play Janeway once again, this time with the upcoming animated show, Star Trek: Prodigy but she won’t be playing the original Janeway. Instead, the show has Janeway as the standard Emergency Command Hologram design. So it’s a new character, but very much the same character.

Mulgrew spoke about her return (via Deadline) to the franchise during Paramount+’s TCA presentation on Tuesday.

"I am delighted to be back playing her, I love her. When a character defines a part of your life, you are in turn deeply grateful, which I am. She has never left me and I am thrilled to be back and to be introducing this to children."

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Kate Mulgrew isn’t the only Voyager alumni returning to Star Trek this year. Joining her on Prodigy is Robert Beltran, another Voyager alumni, who played Janeway’s commanding officer, Commander Chakotay. Chakotay was a member of the Maquis, who helped Janeway integrate two different crews into one to survive their seven-year ordeal in the Delta Quadrant.

Another Voyager alumni, Robert Duncan McNeill, who played Lt. Tom Paris on Voyager, also returned to Star Trek this year in a cameo role on Lower Decks. This marks all three actors returning to the series but in animated form.

Another Voyager alumni, Jeri Ryan, returned for Star Trek: Picard as her former character Seven of Nine. Unlike the others, she returned in live-action and will reprise her role once again in season two of Picard.

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