ITS BEEN FIVE YEARS
since the Starship Voyager was assigned on a rescue mission to the
Badlands to investigate the disappearance of a Maquis ship. Hurled
into the Delta Quadrant, far away from home, Captain Janeway was
faced with a desperate situation: to maintain the morale of her
crew while joining forces with the renegade terrorists. Theyve
faced ruthless warriors, invaders, psychopaths and killers, and
yet through it all Janeway has demonstrated her considerable
leadership skills and humanity. Shes the ships
matriarch desperately attempting to keep together her
eclectic family against all odds, while leading them
back home to the Alpha Quadrant and Earth.
A lot of her is me,
Kate Mulgrew tells TV Zone. Ive had this broad
under my belt for five years. I own her and nobody can tell
me that I dont own her.
Mulgrew joined the series
under the most difficult and trying circumstances. Genevieve
Bujold, who had originally been cast in the role, walked out of
the studios at Paramount during the shooting of the pilot. The
producers were under pressure to ensure that her replacement was a
talented actress, who could take up the baton carried by William
Shatner, Patrick Stewart and Avery Brooks, and carry the franchise
forward into the next millennium.
It took me a long
time to get my sea legs, she admits, because of the
pressure that I felt I was under: Can I get this command
thing to the point where everybody will be satisfied and
comfortable? Youve no idea the scrutiny I was under. I
had suits just staring at me every day can she deliver?
Does she have any natural authority? I spent the first two seasons
establishing command, and I think I sacrificed what is very
becoming to me as a person, and as an actress, which is my humour,
my humanity, my levity, my depth.
In hindsight, does she feel
the process would have been easier if the show had not carried the
history of Star Trek?
Its almost a
moot point, she responds. Its almost like
saying, If you could go back in Time would you change
anything? The reality is we cant go back in Time. I
think it was to my advantage that so much success had preceded my
entrance into this franchise. I certainly knew there was a
security well already in place thats very freeing. I
dont quarrel with that.