Sometimes it’s hard for me to explain exactly why I love something. For example, I can tell you that I like guitars and women who can sing, but that doesn’t really explain why I love Heart. Or I can tell you that I like cheese and beans and guacamole, but that doesn’t fully capture my love of Mexican food.
Other times, though, it’s easy. I can tell you exactly why I love Star Trek: Voyager, and I can do it with one word: Janeway.
It just doesn’t get better than Kate Mulgrew in uniform, running a tight ship, drinking coffee, chatting with Leonardo da Vinci on the holodeck or helping Seven of Nine (make that Annika) embrace her humanity. That last thing was especially fascinating, and has inspired reams of fan fic (I recommend G.L. Dartt’s stories if you haven’t read them).
But in a recent interview with the Trekdom bloggers, Star Trek: Voyager doctor Robert Picardo reveals that the Captain/Borg interactions weren’t always so warm. Mulgrew wasn’t very keen on Seven at first:
Picardo also addresses the rumor that Mulgrew once "stormed into one of the producer’s offices, dropped a padded bra on the desk, and announced in a captain-like fashion, ‘No! I’m not wearing this!’"
Indeed. It always seemed clear that Mulgrew was a lot like Janeway — or maybe that was just more fantasizing on my part. Either way, it’s nice to have confirmation.
Visit Trekdom for the full interview. I’m off to read some fan fic while listening to Heart and eating tacos.