Star Trek geeks have a certain love for comparing the merits and flaws of the various starship captains that have appeared in the shows over the years. Usually, this doesn’t go much further than the classic Kirk vs. Picard debate, the rest of them being tossed to the side as inferior. But Kate Mulgrew, former captain of the USS Voyager, is throwing a wrench into the argument and making a few claims that aren’t digesting well with the fans.
In a recent interview with Splitsider, the following conversation took place:
Journalist: Paul was telling us that you made a comment that there were only two real captains, yourself and Mr. [Patrick] Stewart.
No, this is gonna go viral.
Journalist: Mr. Shatner, not necessarily.
Well, there are only two captains who were lost in space who did seven years, okay? Deep Space Nine was a space station. Shatner only did three seasons. [Scott] Bakula was cancelled after four.
Journalist: Avery Brooks was only a commander.
That’s what I’m saying, it was a space station. He wasn’t in space, lost in space. Patrick Stewart and I – Picard and Janeway – were the only two intrepid, lost-in-space captains. I really think that’s true, right?
Some fans might get their panties in a knot over this, but I’m guessing that she was just making a joke or trying to bust everyone’s balls. And despite whatever she may say, the debate will always end up returning to Kirk vs. Picard – at least until a new series spawns and brings someone else into the race.
Sci-Fi/Comic conventions are fun as hell, but sometimes, weird things happen. In addition to breaking the record for the largest gathering of Star Trek fans anywhere, the latest UK Trek-themed convention gains a place at the top of the “WTF?” list and has surely become a legendary moment for actor John Barrowman.
While hosting this past weekend’s Destination Star TrekFive Captains panel – where all five Star Trek captains were under the same roof answering fans’ questions and such – the Doctor Who and Torchwood star asked former Enterprise captain Scott Bakula to sign one of his butt cheeks. Being the sport that he his, Bakula proceeded to semi-permanently sign Barrowman’s torpedo bay under the watchful eyes of fellow Sci-fi captains Sir Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and captain James T. Kirk himself, William Shatner.
We can’t see everyone’s faces, but judging by the image posted by the @Team_Barrowman twitter page, at least Shatner is having a grand old time of it all. It’s something like this that could only happen at a convention.
Special thanks to Blastr for sharing the background image to every Torchwood fangirl’s computer for the next six months.
First up. All five of the Star Trek captains appeared together for the first time this weekend at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con. The photo shows William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, and Scott Bakula from left to right. [GeekTyrant]
Second. A new behind the scenes photo has popped online from J.J. AbramsStar Trek 2. The photo come from a young actress named Anjini Azhar, who is playing the daughter of Noel Clarke and Nanzeen Contractor‘s character in the movie. Whats revealing about this photo is that Simon Pegg (Scotty) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov), are both wearing a new Starfleet uniform design. Personally, I’m not much of a fan of the new uniforms. Too “1940’s Germany” for me. [Trek Movie]
And finally. It’s been nearly twenty-five years since the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Since it’s initial pilot the show has spawned seven seasons, four feature films and somehow turned Wil Wheaton into a teen sex symbol, but we’re not here for that.
NCM Media Networks’s NCM Fathom and CBS television have teamed up for a special one night only event not even Q could pull together. To celebrate both the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: TNG and the upcoming release of season 1 on blu-ray, select theaters will screen two episodes of the iconic sci-fi series on July 23rd. The blu-ray will be released the next day in stores, July 24th.
According to the press release, the one night only showing will air episodes 106 – “Where No One Has Gone Before” and 114 “Datalore.” You can find participating location in your area here. Don’t worry if you cant get a ticket as some locations will be holding additional late night showings. As for when said tickets will be on sale, be first in line as of next Friday, June 8th to guarantee yourself the captain’s chair. This is the one time where being called “number 2” will not net your ship’s counselor.
Also included in in the showings is an exclusive look at the massive restoration of season one, never-before-seen interviews with the original cast, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the artists who created the original FX elements and photography during the making of the show. Audiences will even get an exclusive sneak-peak at season two’s ‘Measure of a Man’ episode.
Daily Dragon , the daily Dragon Con news and update site recently asked Kate the following:
DD: When you did your Captains interview with William Shatner, what did you take away from that experience? Any new thoughts on Star Trek or your performance as Captain Janeway?
KM: My greatest thought was that we really must break the glass ceiling here in Star Trek. It’s not enough that I was the first female captain. There needs to be a continual push to open the door for women in positions of authority. In an absolutely equal way, of course. In talking to Bill I thought: This has been very much a boy’s club for a long, long time. I had the privilege and honor to be the first female, but that’s an establishment that needs now to be developed.
DD: With the reboot happening in movies, do you have any insights on what’s down the line with Star Trek? Do you think we’ll see characters from Voyager and the other next gen shows but with different backgrounds?
KM: They’ve worked long and hard for the past few years on the prequel notion. But I think they should go on and develop what happens to the characters after Voyager landed. In a movie.
Kate Mulgrew has been struck with the latest case of space dementia and has “Let’s make a Voyager Movie” fever. There’s no cure for this career debilitating virus, only isolation and a permanent seat on the convention circuit between Lou Ferrigno and that guy from Ghostbusters.
Wow, that came off pretty harsh didn’t it?
This NerdBastard liked Voyager, (Hey that rock hurt!) so it surprised me when the above statements poured out when starting this article. Really though, what was not answered in the Voyager series that was not answered by the series itself and the following books in the series?
Voyager got home, story over, commence happy ending.
There have been some other harsh comments left on *Cough-Cough* Internet sites about her weight and acting skills. I always thought she did a great job as the first Female Captain of a Star Trek series. That was an important milestone. If she came off as wooden in the first couple of seasons I saw that as her character slowly adapting to her new role as Captain, but a Voyager movie?
Don’t think so.
After the successful Abrams Star Trek Reboot why go backwards? Is there any reason Kate couldn’t play an ancestor in the Janeway family tree. Captain Janeway came from a long line of Star Fleet officers if this NerdBastards memory is not turning to jello with age. Kirk trying to use his sexy gaze while butting heads with an Great-Great-Grandmother Admiral Janeway would be fun.
What this NerdBastard would really like to see in the next movie is another female starship captain. There were twelve of those beautiful Constellation Class ships in the fleet. Have Kirk and the new female captain knock heads during a mission. Lots of sexual tension, posturing, maybe even some past one night stand romance between the two, cadet and captain? Oh the Fan fiction is starting brew.
You may remember this totally rad photo we posted a few days ago of William Shatner arm wrestling Chris Pine, a Kirk vs Kirk if you will. That iconic image was captured when Shatner was interviewing Pine for the upcoming documentary, The Captains. In this documentary, which airs July 21st on Epix HD, Shatner sits down with every Star Trek captain, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula and Pine.
The Captains will hold a premiere at San Diego Comic Con and Brooks, captain on Deep Space Nine, will join Shatner at a panel hosted by Kevin Smith. The panel also includes exclusive clips and a Q &A. A pretty epic event if you ask me, one you definitely don’t want to miss if your a lucky bastard who snagged tickets to Comic Con.
Watch the trailer below for the upcoming doc and let us know, who is your favorite captain? Mine, I’m gonna have to give it to Shatner. The man’s an icon and no man could woo a woman or stare down a Klingon like original Kirk.
Captain Spock? Really, dude? Be ashamed of your nerdy self.