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Kathryn Janeway

Kathryn Janeway
Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway
Species Human
Born May 20, Bloomington, Indiana, United States, Earth
Affiliation United Federation of Planets
Posting Starfleet Command (NEM)
USS Voyager (VOY)
Position Starfleet Vice Admiral (NEM)
Commanding Officer (VOY)
Rank Vice Admiral (NEM)
Captain (VOY)
Father Vice Admiral Janeway
Portrayed by Kate Mulgrew
First appearance "Caretaker" (VOY)

Kathryn Janeway, played by Kate Mulgrew, is a fictional character in the Star Trek franchise. As the captain of the Starfleet starship USS Voyager, she was the lead character on the television series Star Trek: Voyager, and later a Starfleet admiral, as seen in the 2002 feature film Star Trek: Nemesis. Although other female captains had appeared in previous Star Trek episodes and other media, she is the only one to serve as the central character of a Star Trek TV series.


Geneviève Bujold as Nicole Janeway

The character was originally called Elizabeth Janeway, after the noted writer of the same name. However, after Geneviève Bujold was cast, she requested the character to be renamed "Nicole Janeway". Bujold, whose experience was mainly in feature films, was unprepared for the schedule demanded by the television series, and was unwilling to do news interviews, and dropped out on the second day of filming for the pilot episode "Caretaker".[1] Kate Mulgrew, who had previously auditioned for the role, was brought in. She suggested that the name to be changed to "Kathryn", to which the producers agreed.[2] Actresses Erin Gray and Chelsea Field also auditioned for the role.[3]

Fictional character biography

Janeway's hometown is Bloomington, Indiana on Earth.[4] She was born on May 20.[5]

Captain Janeway took command of the Intrepid-class USS Voyager in 2371. Their first mission was to locate and capture a Maquis vessel last seen in the area of space known as the Badlands. While there, the Maquis ship and Voyager were transported against their will into the Delta Quadrant, 70,000 light-years away, by a massive displacement wave. The Maquis ship is destroyed while fighting the Kazon-Ogla, and although Voyager survives, there are numerous casualties. In order to protect the Ocampa, who live on a planet Voyager visits, Janeway destroys the Caretaker Array, the space station that transported the two ships to the Delta Quadrant, which provides energy to the Ocampa's planet, despite the fact that the Array may be the two ships' only chance to return home. In doing this, Janeway strands her ship and crew seven decades' travel from home.[6]

Her first major task is integrating the surviving Maquis and Voyager crews. Chakotay, captain of the Maquis ship, succeeds the deceased Lieutenant Commander Cavit as her first officer. Janeway also grants convicted criminal, former Starfleet officer, and accomplished pilot Tom Paris a field commission, and makes him Voyager '​s helmsman.[6]

Janeway's other interactions with her crew include helping the ex-Seven of Nine reclaim her individuality and humanity and advocating for the Doctor's status as a sentient being.[6]

During the course of the TV series, Voyager has contact with the Federation space after having traveled through the Delta Quadrant for seven years.[6]

Later appearances

During a cameo appearance in the film Star Trek: Nemesis, now-Admiral Janeway instructs Captain Jean-Luc Picard to travel to Romulus at the invitation of the film's antagonist.[7]

Admiral Janeway also appeared in the Borg Invasion 4-D ride at the

Although Paramount considers only the onscreen, live-action Trek episodes and movies canonical, Janeway has nonetheless continued as a major character in the Star Trek novels that depict the events in the lives of the Voyager characters after the end of that series. In Q and the Q Continuum had taken an interest in her. Telling her that she has a destiny, Lady Q takes Janeway by the hand, and disappears with her into realms unknown. Writer Peter David explained the book was conceived by Pocket Books editorial as one in which Janeway would die, and that he was brought in to write it in order to give her a reportedly heroic send-off.[9] In the 2012 Star Trek: Voyager novel The Eternal Tide by Kirsten Beyer, Janeway returns to human life with the help of young Q, who needs her assistance, and by the book's end resumes her admiralship in Starfleet. In the 2014 Star Trek: Voyager novel Protectors by Kirsten Beyer, Janeway goes back to Earth per orders of Starfleet Command; by the end of the book she returns to the Delta Quadrant, taking charge of the starships stationed there. In the 2nd 2014 Star Trek: Voyager novel, also by Beyer, Acts of Contrition, Janeway continues as the Admiral in charge of Starfleet's Delta Quadrant exploratory fleet of ships.

In Cryptic Studios online role-playing game, Star Trek Online, Janeway is briefly mentioned in the background, exploring the Hobus system after the supernova that was the catalyst for the events of the 2009 Star Trek movie.[10]

See also


  1. ^ Meisler, Andy (1994-09-15). "Real 'Star Trek' Drama: Enlisting New Skipper". The New York Times. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ Poe, Stephen Edward (1998). A Vision of the Future: Star Trek Voyager. Pocket Books.  
  3. ^ Logan, Michael (May 1995). "Command Performance". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  4. ^ As established in the Astrometrics Lab scene in Act 4 of the episode "Imperfection".
  5. ^ As established on the bridge scene on Day 65 in the 1997 episode "Year of Hell", which premiered during Voyager '​s fourth season.
  6. ^ a b c d  
  7. ^ "Star Trek Nemesis"Summary of .  
  8. ^ atStar Trek: The Next Generation: Before Dishonor
  9. ^ David, Peter (December 20, 2007). "Star Trek: New Frontier from IDW". Quote: "The book was conceived by Pocket Books editorial as one in which Janeway would die, and then I was brought in to write it because they felt I could give her a heroic send-off. But if I hadn’t written it, someone else would have, and Janeway would still be gone."
  10. ^ "Mission: Ground Zero" mission text, Star Trek Online

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