It doesn't really affect the "Best Star Trek Captain" discussions (I always answer with the *vision* the creators had for the character not how it was acted)...but Kate Mulgrew is kind of a ditz
In interviews (like in The Captains film: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T... ) she was clearly just doing Trek purely as a 'gig' for a paycheck...she had no personal connection to science or space whatsoever and did not see her role as a way to educate herself or broaden her horizons to improve her acting
to her it was all just "technobabble" which angers me to no end as a person who advocates for women in science...but it's her life and career so I'm not judging her choices necessarily...i just think it's unprofessional and lazy...her performance in Orange is the New Black is equally as bad, IMHO...very perfunctory
Mulgrew read the ***narration*** of the whole film...how could she do that and not know the film as about the earth being the *actual* center of the universe?
answer is in the subject line
Mulgrew is pretty spot on in her assessement of Trek. For the most part the story is ENTIRELY Trekbabble which is used either to justify some dubious plotline or to fill up some script time. And if you're going to crucify her for doing Trek simply for a paycheck, then you might as well string up Brent Spiner (who would state repeatedly that he was not a fan of the show), Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, and Alec Guiness along with her. From my book she and all these others did exactly what was expected of them, put out an acting performance. The fact that someone like Spiner did so despite his general distaste for the genre, makes me respect him that much more than some slatherly worshipping actor geek.
When you are in the acting field, unless you've such high and mighty stature, that people are constantly breaking down your door to offer you gigs, you take the work that's offered, because that's how you pay the bills. For the most part, science fiction is the curse of death to an actors career, but you take the jobs when and where they are offered.
We need to remember that these people ARE actors. They are not authorities in science, politics, or any other field. Exception: Avery Brooks is a Rutgers Art Professor with tenure, he's probably more educated than most Trek actors put together. Unlike most actors, his degrees are the real thing.