Star Trek: Voyager

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Star Trek: Voyager follows the adventures of the Federation starship Voyager, which is under the command of Captain Kathryn Janeway.

Voyager is in pursuit of a rebel Maquis ship in the Alpha Quadrant's Badlands when it is suddenly thrown 70,000 light years away to the Delta Quadrant. With much of her crew dead, Captain Janeway is forced to join forces with the Maquis to find a way back home.

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

The Doctor

Jeri Ryan

Jeri Ryan

Seven Of Nine

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Captain Kathryn Janeway

Roxann Dawson

Roxann Dawson

Lt. B'Elanna Torres

Robert Duncan McNeill

Robert Duncan McNeill

Lt. Tom Paris

Robert Beltran

Robert Beltran

Commander Chakotay

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    Sad to see it end!!! We need another series from star trek! It would be nice to have a star trek voyager movie before they are all too old to play in it!!
  • Fans want TNG, go watch TNG. Voyager was ace.

    There may have been some crappy episodes, but this was the first series I watched and it was awesome. Don't get me wrong I liked TNG, but I just felt in general it was kinda boring sometimes. DS9... well after season 4 ok, but in general it was fun series. While not perfect and some obvious inconsistency, it was ace :)
  • Best of the newer Star Trek shows..

    but still mired in a juvenile squeaky clean feel which is probably the opposite of what such a thing would be if it actually came to pass. People would probably not just take t in stride that they were hurled 70,000 light years from home with about as much of a chance of getting home in their lifetime as an apple has to write a symphony. The ideals of service are overly present in the script as if the adage 'it is not to question why it is to do or die' is all that matters. Quasi militaristic on a bad day. Kids stuff on a good one. Not the most abysmal TV ever made but it is often juvenile & predictable.moreless
  • A better show than some people think.

    A lot of people seem to despise Voyager. They say the characters are underdeveloped and poorly constructed, and most of the episodes are derivative of other star trek series'. However, one must realize that by the time Voyager came around, well over 300 episodes of Star Trek in various incantations had been made. There was bound to be plenty of overlap. That being said, Voyager did a fresh take on many of the ideas first explored on other shows.

    Not all the characters are equally developed, it's true, but that's true of TNG and DS9 as well (a la Geordi La Forge) and I think the real reason people bash Voyager more is because there was less of a hunger for Star Trek when it came out, with TNG and DS9 preceding it. When TNG first came out, Trekkers were hungry for Star Trek and were able to ignore the inconsistency of that show, especially in the first few seasons.

    Star Trek: Voyager is likewise inconsistent. There are some truly great episodes interspersed between awful ones. Ultimately, however, it has more good episodes than bad.

    "Threshold" is generally considered to be the worst episode of the show, but it's really just solidly mediocre. The idea of Paris and Janeway hyper-evolving into lizards that procreate with one another is entertaining though far-fetched.

    There are far worse episodes, like "The Fury" wherein the formerly good-natured Kes returns to destroy Voyager and re-write history in season 6. The writers wanted to bring Kes back for an episode but created a terrible story that ruined the character.

    What stands out more than these bad episodes, however, are the ones that are very good. Resolutions, Lifesigns, Tattoo, Human Error, and too many more to list are great character episodes.

    Voyager also had many Multi-part episodes with compelling plots and spectacular special effects, especially cutting-edge for the time. The Killing Game, Future's End, Dark Frontier, The Year of Hell, Equinox, and more are all well-done two-parters.

    Some of the best episodes were bottle episodes as well. "The Thaw" was a brilliant exploration of what fear is with an emotionally powerful ending. "Innocence" had Tuvok the Vulcan protection children on A remote planet, and "Mortal Coil" was an interesting and touching episode about death that Ethan Phillips as Neelix played tremendously well, in my opinion. Robert Picardo as The Doctor plays his character brilliantly.

    More than anything else, the thing that sticks in my mind about reviews of Star Trek: Voyager is critics getting just what they ask for and complaining about it. Critics asked for more serialization and then heavily criticized the Michael Jonas-Kazon arc, the Chakotay-Seska arc, etc; prompting the writers to largery not attempt such sweeping arcs again, which is a shame. Critics called for more original episodes, then cried foul when Voyager's writers created some fascinating, action-packed explorations of the Borg, saying that they gutted the Borg as menacing villans.

    Ultimately, Star Trek: Voyager is a better show than many give it credit for. Despite being somewhat uneven, the show is generally good- I'd give it an 8 out of 10.moreless
  • VOYAGER - To Boldly Take An Excellent Franchise To Ruin

    That title might seem a bit harsh though if you hear me out it might seem apt.

    1) I do not hate Voyager, nor do I hate the premiss or the crew (like some have commented... okay maybe I hate Kim but that's really because he was useless and if only he hadn't won a place on that 'sexiest men' list we would have seen Kes for the next 4 years. Who let's face it wasn't all that exciting at first but was a character with so much potential it is maddening that they kept Kim instead).

    2) I consider myself a fan of television before any sort of genre, though I do like social satire and speculative fiction (The Twilight Zone being my favorite for instance). As a result I have watched all the Trek programs and feel that I might be a rather objective about the show. After all I am just looking for a good show, when I watch a television program regardless of the genre (feel free to look at my list of favorite shows).

    I have just about finished watching Voyager, a series I stopped watching during it's second season as I hadn't cared all that much for it. Recently though I went though some Trek with a friend and decided I'd give Voyager another shot and what I found was one of the most UNEVEN series I've ever seen.

    From episode to episode I didn't know what to expect; one min you have one of the best episodes of the entire franchise, like with the 4th season episode 'Living Witness'.

    The next time you tune in you're berated by an episode like 'Demon' which in my mind holds nothing interesting or original in it (even taking into consideration the later 'Course: Oblivion' sequel), then we follow that by another lesser episode.

    Once I realized this the obvious question in my mind was why is the show so uneven? Is it the characters fault? Let's face it few of these folks could win an Emmy, even playing themselves... Is it the writing? Well how can that be, as I said some episodes are fantastic! So what's the deal?

    Someone suggested that Voyager learned all the wrong lessons from Trek, that it was cartoony outfits or the sterile atmosphere that made Voyager the Mariner with the albatross around it's neck. But I think it was a more basic lesson they failed to learn. It was that the Powers That Be didn't Fully Realize the show's premise!

    The PTB simply never really knew what to do with the show despite that fact that it was actually a really good premise, a premise which could have revitalized the Trek universe by taking it places it had never been before. The darker places. The places DS9 went to, the places Stargate Universe would eventually realize (sorry folks but SGU is actually a better Voyager series then Voyager)

    Lets visit Voyager's premise for a moment, shall we: A by the numbers advanced Starfleet vessel is now stranded so far away from it's hierarchy that it would take them seventy plus years to get close to the outer rim of Starfleet influence. They don't have any Federation resources, they basically don't know a thing about where they are and half it's crew is killed. Voyager is therefore forced to replace those key members with group of criminals (I really wish someone would have used the term 'space-pirates' when talking about the Maquis on the series, who doesn't love 'space-pirates' I ask you?!).

    But how do the PTBs work this premise into the series itself? They have the crew pretend they're still in Starfleet and keep doing everything by the book... And as if by wishcraft this then makes the ship invulnerable to any sort of long term damage. I've literally seen seen the ship in pieces one episode and as if it was just rolled out of Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards in the next episode.

    YES, they did take all the wrong lessons from TNG and DS9! Those series were about adapting to new audiences / to new eras, in fact both those shows shook themselves up as they went along and became stronger. Not because they had better writer (heck the writer who created the Borg was gone by the end of season two of TNG) or new actors, they claimed success because they evolved the character and the stories making them relevant and interesting to people watching the shows.

    But the PTB also took the wrong lesson from The Original Series as well. Voyager put a diverse cast together for the sake of a diverse cast. Whereas Uhura was singing opera like music and Sulu was obsessed with the Three Musketeers, Voyager puts Chakotay on vision quests and the less said about 'Grumpy Torres' the better.

    I personally think Chakotay was one of the best characters on the show, yet all we ever seem him do is muse about the beauty and majesty of some primitive alien species. Paris wasn't the Kirk the series wanted but making him obsessed with the 20th century was a ridiculous way to have us relate to the show. Neelix became more interesting as the series went on but we still didn't know him. While the Captain didn't know who she wanted to be, one min she was all Picard then next she was Kirk. I wanted to like her, and she wasn't bad, but that's all I can say about her. All-in-all I didn't care if she, or any of the character I just mentioned, lived or died on the series.

    To this day Picard being tortured by the Cardassians in 'Chain of Command' or O'brien spending his life in prison in 'Hard Time' are shining examples of development that effects the characters, and viewers, in ways that no episode of Voyager ever did, simply because we didn't care enough of about these one-dimensional parodies of Trek characters we were watching.

    There were perhaps two characters that became rounded (I hesitate to call them "well-rounded") and that was The Doctor and Seven of Nine. Heck Lt. Barclay was more well-rounded and that was because of a handful of TNG episodes. Even Naomi Wildman had more depth to her than say B'elanna, who despite a number of episodes dedicated to growing her character, she never-ever evolved ('Drive' is a prime example of how ridiculous her character was).

    The problem must then be with what I've refereed to as the Powers That Be, but lets put the correct title to those mysterious powers: The Showrunner(s). For ST Voyager it was Michael Piller and then Jeri Taylor (who I'm sure had to deal with pressures from Paramount). These are the people who decided the course of the show. And that course involved what they liked about the Trek, but because they came from the false premise - What they liked about Trek was what made the program successful: Space battles, hot alien girls, holodeck episodes (Voyager has more of those than any other Trek), iffy story continuity, dazzling technology and diverse characters.

    They were so caught up in what they thought to be correct they forgot that CREATION is driven by restriction and conflict. Perhaps we just didn't have the right elements in the Voyager production team, longtime Trek producers Ira Steven Behr & Ronald D Moore, who had both worked on TNG and DS9, were no where to been seen on Voyager. Well, Moore did write 'Survival Instinct' and 'Barge of the Dead' before he was "forced out" of the series (he eventually landed on his feet, recreating a little series for the SicFi channel called Battlestar Galactica).

    Meanwhile Piller and his team followed that faulty-premise they devised on Voyager of overwhelming action action, bad story continuity, dazzling technology and one-dimensional character though to Enterprise (a series with almost no redeeming qualities) and they broke the franchise. Now we are left with these un-Trek movies that I'm sure many worry will translate into a very un-Trek series one day.

    Even the original Kirk and Co. thought their way out of problems like in 'A Piece of the Action'

    Now a series that was once rather Asimovie ("Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent") is, thanks to Voyager (and by extension Enterprise), a franchise where the logical Spock who kicks the $^!# out of people while Captain Botox has gun battles in highrise buildings (AKA Trek Hard).

    That being said, who's to say that if Piller and Taylor had adapted differently we wouldn't be where we are, even SGU wasn't a commercial success. Adaption is change and change is fearful to people.

    PS: While I did like the guest appearances of Jason Alexander, the Rock and Sarah Silverman (BTW wasn't there supposed to be a Eugenics War going on in 1996 Mr. Piller?) their episodes were also nothing impressive. If you haven't watched Voyager then do yourself a favor, just watch the episodes that feature The Doctor or Seven of Nine, you might not be as frustrated as the rest of us.moreless

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