Maybe a week ago I found a movie called “The Captains.” Having been a Voyager fan in my teens, I gave it a try. It’s a documentary following William Shatner around as he interviews each Star Trek Captain from each series.
TOS was before my time. I don’t think I’ve seen any episodes. I dimly remember seeing TNG way back when. DS9 reruns I watched when there was nothing else on Saturdays. Voyager was the only series I really liked. It was different. Maybe the journey was what drew me in. Maybe the characters (Bob Picardo = hilarious). Or maybe it was the idea of a female Captain. Kathryn Janeway, aka, Kate Mulgrew.
Kate’s natural habitat is on the stage, you can tell just by the way she carries herself. She fairly reeks of class. The stage influence could be plainly seen in her acting on Voyager as well.
Here is a piece of her interview with Shatner. I found the part about balancing motherhood and a demanding job very interesting:
I did a little digging into Kate. I’d heard that she was pro-life, but wasn’t positive. Sure enough. A pro-life Democrat. From an issue of “Feminists for Life“:
Mulgrew describes herself as a liberal Democrat and adamant in her pro-life beliefs.
“Life is sacred to me on all levels. Abortion does not compute with my philosophy.”
“I practiced my belief at great cost to myself,” said Mulgrew, who became pregnant at an early age and placed her baby girl for adoption. They were reunited two years ago.
Mulgrew believes that losing a child through “adoption or abortion almost always promises the mother a legacy of shame and regret. I have to be frank about my experience. I survived it. Women often don’t believe that they can survive nine months of pregnancy and place the child with an adoptive family. Life is not always easy.” …
“We need to speak compassionately to other women whose views are different,” she says. “Anger and judgment separate us.” Mulgrew believes that we need to listen and respond with genuine sympathy. It is also important that we speak clearly and with courage.
Kate was raised Catholic. Here’s the question she poses back to Shatner:
There’s more to her interview, not to mention everyone else’s and Shatner’s antics, but you’ll have to check out Netflix or the movie itself.