Star Trek surprised many fans when it put a woman at the helm in Star Trek: Voyager.
When casting for the captain on Star Trek: Voyager, producers knew there were going to have a problem with fans, many of whom didn’t want a female captain. But they pushed ahead, and eventually, Kate Mulgrew was cast in the leading role of Captain Kathryn Janeway. And she became one of the best captains in Starfleet (although opinions will vary).
At present, though, there is only one female captain in a live-action Trek, and that’s Captain Michael Burnham on Discovery. But, according to Alex Kurtzman who spoke at the San Diego Comic-Con, [via BleedingCool] that will all change soon. A fan asked Kurtzman about projects with female leads in the future, and he replied that it’s something we should expect.
"“Anything’s possible, and I’ll say that, without revealing too much, you can certainly expect to see more Star Trek shows with female leads.”"
Star Trek has already set up potential leads for future series with Strange New Worlds.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is only on its second season, but, as we saw with Hemmer, no one is guaranteed a long ride on the series, unless it’s one of the legacy characters. Characters could also leave for other reasons, and if that were the case, Lt. Erica Orgtegas (played by Melissa Navia) would make an excellent leading character. She’s funny, witty, and smart and has the confidence to command a starship on her own.
In the future, we don’t know what happened to Lt. Commander Una-Chin Riley. The character is played by Rebecca Romijn on Strange New Worlds, and though I can’t see her leaving before Captain Pike’s future accident, she will, eventually, have to move on. Though that’s five more seasons in the future, if the series runs that long, Riley is definitely captain material.
Though Kurtzman could bring on new women to lead the anticipated series, I hope he’ll give the amazing characters that currently exist in the universe a chance to lead.