Saturday, July 22, 2017

Comic Con Geekend: The Original Janeway

When Paramount announced the launch of its newest Star Trek television show back in 1994, it planned to introduce a revolutionary idea into the franchise- a female captain. Captain Janeway would, of course, be played by Genevieve Bujold. Wait, what?

Yes, the character of Captain Janeway was originally supposed to be played by the French Canadian dramatic actress who had dabbled in Hollywood films. Apparently Ms. Bujold had thought Voyager was a different sort of dramatic show. She struggled to speak the Treknobabble and often rolled her eyes at the end of each take. Paramount and Bujold mutually agreed that it wasn't working out. Production was halted and the lead role was recast with Kate Mulgrew.