NYCC 2020: Kate Mulgrew To Play Kathryn Janeway On ‘Star Trek: Prodigy’

by Erik Amaya

The recruits of Star Trek: Prodigy will have a familiar face guiding their way: Star Trek: Voyager‘s Kathryn Janeway.

As announced during Star Trek‘s New York Comic Con Metaverse panel, Kate Mulgrew will lend her voice to the upcoming Nickelodeon animated children’s program. The series will see a group of “rebellious teens” who take possession of a disused Starfleet vessel to find themselves and their place in the galaxy. Janeway will be the lead character, though it remains to be seen how she will relate to the show’s teen characters.

“I have invested every scintilla of my being in Captain Janeway, and I can’t wait to endow her with nuance that I never did before in Star Trek: Prodigy. How thrilling to be able to introduce to these young minds an idea that has elevated the world for decades. To be at the helm again is going to be deeply gratifying in a new way for me,” she said in a statement (via TVGuide). “I’m ready to go guys,” she added during the panel.

Meanwhile, the presentation also touched upon the upcoming season of Star Trek: Discovery — including its first few minutes as Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) arrives 900 years in the future.

One thing the show will address: the person in the Discovery captain’s chair. Although it seems Saru (Doug Jones) is destined for the center seat, the actor said Burnham is “equally qualified” to lead the crew. Both he and Martin-Green avoided answering the question; but we think Jones’s diplomacy makes us want Saru to get the field promotion that much more.

Although, a promotion may be the least of the crew’s worries. Now living 930 years in their future, they must come to grips with a diminished Federation some years after a galactic upheaval known as “the Burn.” As Mary Wiseman put it, that change in status will leave the characters dealing with the emotions of leaving everything they knew behind.

Executive producer Alex Kurtzman said he felt “surprised” by just how timely the stories ended up being in the time of COVID despite writing and shooting the season last year.

Star Trek: Discovery returns October 15th on CBS All Access.

 

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