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Kate Mulgrew Reveals What It Took For Her To Return As Janeway In Star Trek: Prodigy

Star Trek: Prodigy is being treated with suspicion by many Star Trek fans. The CG animated show is created for younger audiences and will air on Nickelodeon, following a group of rebellious teenagers who steal a starship and head off on adventures of their own. But just because something is aimed at children doesn’t mean it can’t be amazing – look at the continued popularity of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Interest in the show picked up when it was announced that Kate Mulgrew’sCaptain Janeway would be returning –  the characters first appearance since a cameo in Star Trek: Nemesis. It appears that she’ll be pursuing the runaway teens in Prodigy, meaning she’ll likely be playing a major role in the series.

But it seems that convincing her to return took some doing. Mulgrew recently unveiled a statue of Janeway in the character’s (future) birthplace of Bloomington, Indiana. During the event she took questions and talked about how Star Trek TV head Alex Kurtzman won her over:

She went on to describe her relationship with Janeway as a “perfect marriage”, saying:

Beyond the general concept and Mulgrew’s involvement we don’t know too much about Star Trek: Prodigy. The show is scheduled to debut sometime in October 2021, though the lack of any further casting announcements may indicate it’s still some way off.

Ordinarily, I’d still be a bit skeptical that this is going to be worth watching, but then I had similar doubts about Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous and that turned out to be surprisingly good. So fingers crossed that this manages to appeal to audiences of all ages and helps create the next generation of Star Trek fans.