Captain Janeway Speaks Out About Her Cancellation

Kate Mulgrew wants to keep going as Admiral Janeway on Star Trek: Prodigy, even after Paramount canceled the series.

By Charlene Badasie | Updated

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Admiral Janeway in Star Trek: Prodigy

Following the cancellation of Star Trek: Prodigy, Kate Mulgrew, who lent her voice to Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway on the animated series, has reacted to the news. Referring to a tweet from the showrunners, who joked about performing the show’s second season at the upcoming Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, Mulgrew shared a positive message of hope for fans and colleagues.

“I will be joining this [Star Trek] panel, as there is much to discuss with [Dan and Kevin Hageman],” the Janeway actress wrote. “Many thanks to our cast and crew and our fans for your ongoing support. We still have only just begun.” She concluded her message with the hashtag, “Save Star: Trek Prodigy.” The show had been renewed for a second season before Paramount+ had a change of heart.

Meanwhile, Aaron J. Waltke, an executive producer of Prodigy, provided a detailed explanation of ways in which fans can demonstrate their support for the show. “Keep it positive and keep it up. Now is the time to do it,” Waltke wrote. “Let them see an eager and active fan base who will follow the show wherever it goes.”

Disappointed Star Trek: Prodigy fans launched a campaign to save the series after Paramount+ removed all 20 episodes of the first season just three days after the animated series was canceled. The petition has amassed over 22,500 signatures at the time of writing as devoted viewers actively explore ways to secure a new streaming platform for Kathryn Janeway and the crew.

Although production of the 20-episode second season is still underway, there are no assurances about the future of Star Trek: Prodigy. While the Janeway actress remains hopeful that the series will continue in some manner, there is a chance that the series may be lost forever. However, according to Cinema Blend, Paramount has released physical copies of the first ten episodes of season one.

The remaining ten episodes have not yet been made available for home entertainment. This absence of Blu-rays and DVDs for the complete season is distressing for fans who may not have access to any episodes of Star Trek: Prodigy moving forward. Only time will tell if the series, starring Kate Mulgrew as Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway, eventually finds a new home.

Star Trek: Prodigy

Among the new sub-franchises launched on Paramount+, Star Trek: Prodigy stood out as a series targeted toward younger viewers. The story follows a group of young aliens who find an abandoned starship called the U.S.S. Protostar. The series boasts an exceptional ensemble cast featuring Ella Purnell, Jason Mantzoukas, Dee Bradley Baker, and the return of Kate Mulgrew as Kathryn Janeway.

Star Trek: Prodigy has garnered widespread acclaim, with its animation and writing receiving high praise. Many critics hailed its intelligent approach to introducing new viewers to the science fiction franchise. Although the series was canceled after just a single season, the creative team may still be working on a full-length feature film.

Co-creator Kevin Hageman previously emphasized their grand goals, stating, “Not just an animated feature, but if you could do a live-action feature, it would be absolutely stunning. So we have lofty ambitions.” At the time, he hoped to bring the existing voice cast to the big screen, which includes Kate Mulgrew as Kathryn Janeway.

Kate Mulgrew first portrayed Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. She played the role for seven seasons, from 1995 through 2001. Her performance earned her a Saturn Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, as well as a Golden Satellite Award in 1998.