Star Trek: Voyager‘s Kate Mulgrew assured fans they needn’t worry about time anomalies when she visits Bloomington, Indiana, the hometown of Captain Kathryn Janeway later this year.
It was recently announced that Mulgrew will travel to Bloomington in October to visit the statue of Janeway, which marks the town as the future birthplace of the Starfleet captain. This monument to Captain Janeway was installed next to Bloomington’s Wonderlab museum two years ago on October 24, 2020. “I solemnly promise to cause no temporal anomaly when I visit my statue in Bloomington in October,” Mulgrew wrote. on Twitter. The [Janeway Collective] is alert and ready to handle anything [causality] loops before they happen.” Mulgrew’s visit will take place on Sunday, October 23.
Mulgrew made his tweet in response to a humorous newspaper column warning of the temporal dangers Janeway’s statue presents. “I have always been against the statue of Janeway but have decided to break my silence on this occasion,” wrote author Meghan Danzig of Bloomington. “The bust is clearly a violation of the primary temporal directive and will cause irreversible damage to the timeline if the future Janeway, who will be born in Bloomington in the year 2344, is allowed to see it and learn of future adventures from here and his crew… Do you want causal loops and paradoxes? Because that’s how you get causal loops and paradoxes.
Mulgrew portrayed Kathryn Janeway – captain of the USS Voyager – in the seven seasons of Star Trek: Voyagerwhich originally aired on UPN from 1995 to 2001. Mulgrew also made a guest appearance as Janeway in the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis, at which point the character had been promoted to Admiral. Mulgrew recently reprized her role as the voice of a Janeway hologram in the Paramount+ and Nickelodeon animated series. Star Trek: Prodigy.
Interestingly, there is a lot of conflicting information regarding Captain Janeway’s canonical birthdate. Traveler Season 4, Episode 8, “Year of Hell” confirmed her birthday on May 20. Season 7, Episode 2, “Imperfection” confirmed she was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In a 2001 interview, Mulgrew herself said that Janeway was 76 at the time. TravelerThe series finale, “Endgame”, which takes place in the year 2404. This would make his birth year 2328. However, dialogue present in Season 3, Episode 8, “Future’s End” implies that the year of birth of Janeway might actually be no earlier than 2336.
Meanwhile, an okudagram visible in Traveler Season 4, Episode 18, “The Killing Game” lists Janeway’s date of birth as June 5, 2344. Finally, the 2020 star trek reference book Kathryn Janeway’s Autobiography states that Janeway was born eight years after 2328 (i.e. in 2336). With all that in mind, the statue of Janeway outside the Wonderlab museum in Bloomington lists the captain’s date of birth as May 20, 2336.
Be that as it may, Bloomington is certainly not the first real city to take its place in Trek traditions. For example, the town of Riverside, Iowa has a large plaque designating it as the future birthplace of the original star trek Captain James T. Kirk. According to the plaque, Kirk will be born in Riverside on March 22, 2228. This date is taken from the book by franchise creator Gene Roddenberry The creation of Star Trek. That said, Kirk’s actual canonical birth year is 2233.