A woman speaks into a microphone in front of the original Star Trek logo.
Enlarge / Kate Mulgrew talking on a panel through the seventeenth annual official Star Trek conference on August 4, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Actress Kate Mulgrew, who performed Captain Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager, is returning to the franchise to reprise her position within the upcoming Star Trek: Prodigy animated collection, ViacomCBS introduced right now.

Mulgrew popped in to make made the shock announcement through the finish of a Star Trek panel at this 12 months’s all-virtual New York Comedian Con. “I’ve invested each scintilla of my being in Captain Janeway, and I can’t wait to endow her with nuance that I by no means did earlier than,” Mulgrew mentioned. “How thrilling to have the ability to introduce to those younger minds an concept that has elevated the world for many years. To be on the helm once more goes to be deeply gratifying in a brand new manner for me.”

Govt Producer Alex Kurtzman leveled a sideways blow on the sexism that dogged the primary feminine Star Trek captain when she was forged within the Nineteen Nineties, saying, “Captain Janeway was held to a special commonplace than her predecessors. She was requested to embody an inhuman stage of perfection with a view to be accepted as ‘ok’ by the doubters however confirmed all of them what it means to be really excellent. We are able to consider no higher captain to encourage the subsequent era of dreamers on Nickelodeon, than she.”

Mulgrew starred as Janeway in all seven seasons of Star Trek: Voyager, operating from 1995 by means of 2001. Her most up-to-date on-screen look in Star Trek was a cameo as Admiral Janeway within the 2002 movie Star Trek: Nemesis.

Prodigy, the primary fashionable* Star Trek collection to be explicitly focused to a younger viewers, will likely be coming to Nickelodeon sooner or later in 2021. In line with ViacomCBS, the present “follows a gaggle of lawless teenagers who uncover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to seek for journey, that means, and salvation.”

The pc-animated collection would be the fourth spin-off Star Trek collection to comply with the launch of Star Trek: Discovery, becoming a member of Picard, Decrease Decks, and the nonetheless in-production Unusual New Worlds.

*Star Trek: The Animated Sequence ran as a Saturday morning cartoon in 1973 and 1974; all Treks since then have been aimed more-or-less at grown-ups. Together with Decrease Decks, which solely tries to achieve our internal 12-year-old selves, fairly than literal kids.

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