I'm at the Cherry Hill Creation Trek con, and Gary Graham will be speaking tomorrow. Most of us know him as Ambassador Soval on Enterprise, or the evil Ocampan Tanis on Star Trek Voyager's "Cold Fire"... or... Detective Sikes on TV's Alien Nation.
So... if Gary was Janeway... would he have found more acceptance in your Trek universe?
Remember... he STILL has to blow up the Caretaker's array and strand them in the DQ... that decision wasn't affected by the sex of the actor but was a fete accompli of the writers/producers.
Captain Gary Janeway?
Captain Kathryn Janeway?
If you had a time machine and no worries about the 29th century Temporal police... what would YOU decree once Bujold left the bridge in 1994?
I'm not necessarily a fan of how VOY was written, but I think they made the right call by having a female captain, and by casting Kate Mulgrew. She's a really wonderful actor -- even when the script left something to be desired, Mulgrew always managed to inject life into it. And she has a very commanding presence -- you can completely believe her as the commanding officer of a starship, as someone able to inspire her people to follow her through the gates of Hell and back.