Star Trek execs are seemingly pushing for Kate Mulgrew to return to live action.
Kate Mulgrew returned to Star Trek recently, reprising her role as Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Prodigy and Star Trek Online. On prodigy, she places Vice-Admiral Kathryn Janeway and the Emergency Command Hologram that is designed to look like Janeway. In Online, she did the voice of the video game character of Mirror Universe Janeway.
It seems, however, that many are pushing for her to return to the series in a live-action format. Mulgrew revealed at the Janeway Memorial in Bloomington, Indiana, that Trek’s head honcho Alex Kurtzman hinted at an idea for Janeway to return in live-action.
When asked (via TrekMovie.com) if she had any ideas for Janeway’s return to the modern continuity (as Prodigy is set before the events of Picard), Mulgrew said she didn’t but did say she would need the writing on the show to be fantastic.
"I said this to Kurtzman. The writing is going to have to be absolutely exquisite and as tight—I mean so tight. I want that language to just burst! And I want the story to be so tenuous and taut. I said, “No languishing.” I don’t want peaks and valleys. I want a Janeway that everybody can say, “That’s what she’s become. I’m with her! This is great!” Right? And I think some sort of extraordinary adventure. Even greater than Voyager. Even greater than the Delta Quadrant."
Star Trek: Picard has made fans weary of seeing any more characters return
I would love to see Mulgrew return but after watching Star Trek: Picard and seeing how poorly that whole deal went, I, and many other fans would rather not see more stories involving this legendary cast and characters. It’s hard to say that Kurtzman will pay respect to these iconic characters in the way they deserve, as he and his writers have already done so much harm to these characters.
Now, they’ve found some success, so it’s always possible we get the next Strange New Worlds as opposed to a second Picard, but considering how important Janeway is to so many fans, it’s best to just stick to her role on Prodigy, where writers are forced to not be so dark and depressing like we saw on Picard.