Kate Mulgrew stretches her vocal talents in animation
Star Trek: Prodigy is only the latest foray into animated sci-fi and fantasy Kate Mulgrew has made in the last decade. She’s had two recurring series roles.
Mulgrew voiced Dr. Racine Cleo in Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters (2017-18), a scientist who mentored Jonathan Rook, the superhero team’s patron—and, secretly, their enemy, the Stretch Monster. “Dr. C,” as she’s known, helps the Flex Fighters defend Charter City and the world against Rook and a variety of other threats.
Mulgrew also voiced Samantha the Cat in Infinity Train (2019-21), a fantasy anthology series set aboard a magical train in which each car contains a different reality. I haven’t seen the show myself, but it sounds like the train is a locomotive version of Fantasy Island. So Mulgrew’s Samantha and Ricardo Montalban’s Mr. Roarke might have some notes to compare!
Kate Mulgrew has also voiced a few one-off animated roles in fantastic tales.
In 2012 she voiced the Over-Sphere in the animated short Flatland 2: Sphereland. Based on physics teacher Dionys Burger’s 1957 novel, which was a sequel to Edwin A. Abbott’s mathematical fable and social satire Flatland (1884), Sphereland is a fantasia on geometry and higher dimensions.
At the point, Mulgrew’s character enters, writes John Guy Collick, “the film becomes a little unstrung and confusing.” Since the same could be said about more than one Star Trek episode, maybe Mulgrew felt right at home.
In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles short Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past (2015), the Turtles wind up in the Jurassic Era. Mulgrew voices General Zera, who leads her alien Triceraton forces in an invasion of prehistoric Planet Earth.
Since we don’t live under the dominion of extraterrestrial dinosaurs, we’ll assume the Turtles saved the timeline. Or we could simply throw up our hands like Captain Janeway in “Future’s End” and swear we won’t let ourselves “get caught in one of these godforsaken paradoxes.”