Star Trek fans have access to more shows than ever, thanks to streaming services that offer old shows and new ones alike. With new shows like Picard and Lower Decks on Prime Video and the kid-friendly show Star Trek: Prodigy on Paramount+, it’s an exciting time to be a Trekkie right now (unless you live in a region that doesn’t currently have Paramount+).
Trek fans were delighted to see some of their favourite actors reprise their iconic roles, but Kate Mulgrew nearly passed up the opportunity to play Kathryn Janeway again.
In an interview with Radio Times, Kate Mulgrew revealed that she was hesitant to return to the role she created in Star Trek: Voyager, but her family and friends convinced her.
“They approached me first in 2019, I think,” Mulgrew said. “Their idea was, you know, her mentorship would bring in the older audience, and then they would take their children as a consequence.
“Oh, yes, I had hesitation – I have to be frank about that – because it just lives within me,” she added. “At no point does it subside or abate. It’s always a sort of constant and is a very significant part of my professional life. And so I thought, ‘Wow, do I want to do that?’”
She asked those close to her for their opinions, and their unanimous answer was that she had to bring Janeway back to life once again for one very important reason.
“I started to talk to my friends and my counsel about it, and everybody said, ‘You’re crazy if you don’t think of bringing this to that terribly important demographic – the children.
“How is it that we’ve managed to leave them out? I don’t know,” Mulgrew added. “Do you know? Nobody’s going to grasp this philosophy, this ideology, more readily than the little sponge-imagination of the five-year-old, six-year-old, seven-year-old child.”
In the summer, Trekkies in the UK will finally be able to see Star Trek: Prodigy via the Paramount+ Sky partnership.