Kate Mulgrew Vows Not To Violate Star Trek Rules When Visiting Indiana

Kate Mulgrew has pulled off a hilarious joke, as she has vowed not to break one of the longest-standing rules in the Star Trek universe, while she visits Indiana.

By Dan Lawrence | Published

kate mulgrew star trek

Kate Mulgrew, star of Star Trek: Voyager as the incomparable Captain Kathryn Janeway has one more difficult mission planned. The actress is set to visit a bronze statue of her iconic character in Bloomington, Indiana, for an event on October 23rd later this year. However, a concerned Trekkie has written in a local paper a letter of concern, that should Mulgrew visit the statue, it could violate one of the most important rules in Star Trek lore and the actress has responded via Twitter.

Bleeding the lines between reality and fiction, the concerned writer of the letter states that should Kate Mulgrew aka Captain Kathryn Janeway, visit the statue it will be in direct violation of the Temporal Prime Directive. The Temporal Prime Directive intends to prevent Starfleet members from causing temporal anomalies, so why would Mulgrew’s visit cause one? Well, the writer of the letter in the newspaper states that should Mulgrew/Janeway visit the statue, which details the character’s accomplishments throughout the Star Trek: Voyager series, then Janeway will learn of her endeavors centuries before her birth, thus creating the possibility of a major course correction in certain events. Obviously, this letter is all in jest, given that Mulgrew merely embodies the character of Janeway as an actress, but that didn’t stop her from responding in the above Tweet to address the fan’s concerns as legitimate. Mulgrew wrote; “I solemnly promise to not cause any temporal anomalies when I visit my statue in Bloomington this October. The @JanewayCollect1 is on alert and ready to handle any casualty loops before they occur.”

Why is there a bust of Captain Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager in Bloomington, Indiana? Well, the town is in fact the birthplace of the character. Kathryn Janeway’s backstory states that she was born on May 20th, 2336, in the town. To celebrate the character’s legacy and connection to Bloomington, the Janeway Collective had the statue erected outside the Wonderlab Museum on October 24th, 2020. The unveiling of the statue was broadcast live on YouTube and Janeway actress Kate Mulgrew was on hand to celebrate the moment via Zoom (a video of the statue unveiling can be seen below).

Kate Mulgrew starred as Captain Kathryn Janeway in all 168 episodes of Star Trek: Voyager across seven seasons. The show first aired in 1995 and won seven Primetime Emmy Awards across categories such as Music composition, visual effects, and makeup. Star Trek: Voyager sits late in the franchise timeline, with only Star Trek: Lower Decks, Star Trek: Picard, and select seasons of Star Trek: Discovery. Star Trek: Voyager wasn’t just a hit with the Emmys, but also with critics, scoring 76% on Rotten Tomatoes. Besides Star Trek: Voyager, Kate Mulgrew is known for roles such as Galina ‘Red’ Reznikov in Orange is the New Black, which earnt her an Emmy nomination in 2014. After Star Trek: Voyager ended in 2001, Mulgrew returned to her role as Kathryn Janeway in the 2002 movie Star Trek: Nemesis, her character then ranked as Admiral. Hopefully, Mulgrew makes good on her promise of avoiding any Temporal Anomalies upon her visit to the Captain Janeway statue, or perhaps her entire career within Trek may be undone.