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Happy 15th Anniversary To Star Trek: Voyager January 16, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: VOY , trackback

Star Trek Voyager is fifteen years old today. On January 16th 1995, the fourth-live action Star Trek series premiered on a brand new network, with a new ship, a new captain (the first woman to steer a series), a new crew and a mission to explore a strange new part of space where Star Trek had never been before.

 

Star Trek Voyager: 15th Anniversary

It was the mid nineties: the era of OJ, grunge music, and the Internet was just taking off. Star Trek: The Next Generation wound up its successful seven year run in syndication, and the cast had moved on to take over the Trek film franchise. Paramount still had Star Trek Deep Space Nine, which started its third season of syndication in 1994. But the studio still held the dream of launching its own TV network, a dream that began in the mid seventies which was going to be fueled by Star Trek Phase II. Two decades later the network was really going to happen and Star Trek Voyager was going to be its anchor show. The series and the UPN network premiered on January 16th, 1995 with the two hour episode "Caretaker" which received excellent ratings (ratings never seen again by Star Trek or UPN).   


UPN Preview for "Star Trek Voyager"

At the time the Star Trek franchise was being run by Rick Berman, who was Gene Roddenberry’s successor. Berman selected Next Generation showrunner Michael Piller and veteran Next Gen writer/producer Jeri Taylor to work with him creating the new show. The three chose to set their new series in the same 24th century as Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, but also decided to change things around. They wanted to continue the original series and TNG premise of exploration, but decided to get out of the comfort zone of the Federation by setting the show on a ship flung to a distant part of the galaxy (the Delta Quadrant). This gave the show a meta-arc of their voyage home, along with the chance to truly explore strange new worlds every week (all without the aid of the Federation).  

The team also wanted to put some conflict into the cast of characters, by populating the ship with a mix of Starfleet personnel, and the remnants of a crew of ‘revolutionaries’ (the Maquis, introduced in DS9). Two of the main cast would come from the Maquis, while two more would be Delta Quadrant locals, all of which was meant to mix things up with the all Starfleet feel of The Next Generation.


The first season cast of "Star Trek Voyager"

Another big move for the team was to introduce Star Trek’s first female captain lead, Kathryn Janeway, played by Kate Mulgrew who was best known at the time as Mrs. Columbo or Mary Ryan (from the soap Ryan’s Hope). Mulgrew was actually their second choice. The team first hired feature film actress Genevieve Bujold, but after only two days of shooting it was determined she could not handle the rigors of series television, and they brought in Mulgrew. The introduction of a female captain was both a way to continue to break barriers for Star Trek, and to also help the show with female viewers.


Scene from "Caretaker" with Bujold

"Caretaker" did an excellent job introducing each of the ensemble cast and the overall premise of the series. You could already seen hints of many of the future dynamics on the show, like the tension between the comic relief alien Neelix, played by Ethan Phillips and the Vulcan Tuvok, played by Tim Russ (an actor who had appeared previously in Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Generations) or the friendship between the green Ensign Kim (Garret Wang) and the bad boy Tom Paris (played by Robert Duncan McNeill, who had previously appeared in the TNG episode "The First Duty"). And even though he only had a few moments, Roberto Picardo stole he scenes as the Holographic Doctor with the terrible bedside manner. "Caretaker" also foreshadowed Voyager’s penchant for science and technology, with lots of ‘treknobable’ like cormaline, nucleongenics, and tricobalt. The episode ended with Janeway laying out the mission statement for the ship and the series to "continue to follow our directive: to seek out new worlds and to explore space" but all along they will be trying to "find a way back."

The two-hour pilot "Caretaker" was, at the time, the most expensive TV pilot ever made. Although much of that was due to reshoots, both for Mulgrew replacing Bujold, and to a hair style change for Mulgrew (from down, to the bun of steel). However, they really pulled out all the stops with multiple location shoots and a big effects budget, which garnered an Emmy for Best Visual Effects (the episode was nominated for a total of four Emmys, a tie for the most of any Star Trek episode). The episode also featured a beautiful new title sequence, along with a theme from veteran composer Jerry Goldsmith. 


Opening titles for "Star Trek Voyager"

.Star Trek Voyager went on for seven seasons and 168 episodes, wrapping up their story and coming home in the two hour finale "Endgame" in May 2001. Included in the run were some great Star Trek episodes, including a number of two-parters like "Year of Hell", "Equinox", "Scorpion", and "Workforce". Over that time the show went through some changes, including Brannon Braga stepping into Jeri Taylor’s showrunning shoes in 1998, and a cast shake-up which saw the departure of Jennifer Lein’s Kes and the addition of Jeri Ryan as the sexy Borg 7 of 9 in the fourth season. Many of the characters on the show went through interesting arcs, especially Tom Paris and B’Elanna Torres who eventually married by season seven. However, Voyager tried to straddle the line of maintaining the episodic nature of The Next Generation and more serialized shows, like Deep Space Nine. Although the show introduced many of it’s own aliens and
villains such as the Hirogen hunters, the gang-like Kazon, the diseased Vidiians, and the CGI tripods Species 8472, it was the Borg that ended up as the big bad of the series all the way from the introduction of 7 of 9 to the finale.


Promo for "Scorpion Part 2"

Voyager may not have caught on as well as the original Star Trek, or The Next Generation, but (like Deep Space Nine) it has dedicated fans. Voyager helped bring in some younger viewers and women into Trek and the ratings were strong enough to convince Paramount and UPN to launch a new Star Trek series (Enterprise), immediately after Voyager ended its run.

Star Trek Voyager is an important part of the Star Trek canon and TrekMovie celebrates its fifteenth anniversary.


Season 4 (and beyond) cast of "Star Trek Voyager"

Voyager Week at TrekMovie
All week long TrekMovie is going to be celebrating Star Trek Voyager. So keep your eyes out for a look back at the Delta Quadrant.

 

 

Comments

1. Kalashnikov - January 16, 2010

Now that it something I would like to forget, not to commemorate.

2. SerenityActual - January 16, 2010

Voyager was really hit and miss for me when it was on. To date I still do not have any dvds or interest of watching any episodes. Although I do love the new novels of the Voyager crew. Very strange.

Happy Anniversary Voyager!

3. nperess - January 16, 2010

A series with a lot of promise in the begining….but just ended up being meh.

4. BiggestTOSfanever - January 16, 2010

I’ve watched and loved Voyager since I was six!
(TOS is still better.)

5. Jakusotsu - January 16, 2010

I’m certainly glad that they swapped Mulgrew in!

6. jotin - January 16, 2010

I liked a lot of voyager. It had some really good episodes. Tuvix, year of hell, shattered, blink of an eye, message in a bottle, the 47′s i think it was, equinox, timeless. And it exposed a lot of borg so that was cool. I’m not sure what people didnt like about it. The rest of the shows where “hit and miss” as well.

7. jas_montreal - January 16, 2010

we all know… that in the end…

Deep Space Nine was a better executed series and went in a better direction, whereas Voyager was boring and not as mentally exciting as DS9.

But i did enjoy Voyager for what it was… Although they missed a lot of opportunities to make it a great show.

None the less…. happy Voyager Anniversary

8. David Stoeckel - January 16, 2010

HAPPY 15TH BIRTHDAY STAR TREK:VOYAGER!!!! I am a HUGE Fan of Voyager!!! I think the Cast was Great, U.S.S. VOYAGER NCC-74656 is a Hot Ship, I like the fact that a Part Starfleet/Part Maquis Crew became a United Crew, and I love the fact that Voyager dealt with issues such as:Redemption(with the Characters of Tom Paris, B’lenna Torres, and Chakotay), Technology with the EMH-1 Hologram went from Being Confined to Sickbay to being able to, with the Aid of a 29th Century Device, being able to move anywhere around Voyager, Betrayal with Seska discovered to be Cardassian disguised to look Bajoran, and then joining up with the Kazon and First Maj Cullah(I would love to know whatever to the child that Seska and Cullah had,or is that Seska and Chakotay, I don’t know), and Integration with Neelix, Kes, and being to help Seven of Nine regain her Humanity. One of the things that some people may not have caught on is, borrowing from the phrase “Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown”, that Captain Janeway sacrificed her chance of Happiness, Her chance of finding someone, to Get that Crew Home. Voyager was a good show, I have Always liked it, I like it now, and I Always will like it!!! HAPPY 15TH, VOYAGER!!!!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!

9. somethoughts - January 16, 2010

#7

If you like stuff blowing up and constant references to war and occupation with religious hocus pocus. I wished sometimes they just stopped at TNG, these poor star trek step kids meh

10. That One Guy - January 16, 2010

I’m currently looking at the seven seasons happily sitting on my shelf. I have been watching this show since it first aired when I was only 5 years old. Had it not been for Voyager, I never would’ve gotten into Star Trek and would have missed every other episode out there for the other series. It brought me, and a good few others I know into the universe of Trek.

For the older folks who dislike it, well, that’s your problem. But to me, it’s an essential part of my life that I would never give up. It brought me Trek. THAT is truly an important thing to me.

11. spb - January 16, 2010

Grew up with TOS re-runs, saw all the TOS movies in the theater, watched every episode of TNG, struggled through the first 2 seasons of DS9…

Made it about 5 episodes into VOYAGER before I realized, at the time, I was sick to death of all things STAR TREK. VOY killed my TREK enthusiasm for the next 10 years. Thanks for nuthin’!

12. PR. - January 16, 2010

Biggest waste of a premise evah!

The ‘conflict’ between the Marquis and the Federation crew was over before it started, the neutered Borg, the magical repairing and restocking ship, the danger and desperation of being 75,000 light years from home amounted to Nelix making soup in the mess hall rather than relying on replicators.

Then to add insult to injury they went and made Year of Hell so we’d see how the show could have been and then went and chucked it all away with a reset button.

The show is ok to watch but it infuriates me how much possibility the show had and they never capitalised on and instead carried on rehashing the same old episodes we’d seen in other Star Trek series.

13. That One Guy - January 16, 2010

Oh, and GOOD LORD the original Janeway was a hack. I’m so glad that she quit, or I never could have liked it to begin with. Mulgrew at least gave the character life. Bujold could have passed for a Vulcan.

14. NX-17000 - January 16, 2010

Glad Mulgrew got the part… I could see Bujold as the captain of a freighter or something, but definitely not Voyager.

15. richpit - January 16, 2010

I agree that I’m glad Mulgrew got the part…Bujold would have been horrid as a captain. But, I just never cared for Voyager. Definitely the worst of the post-TOS Treks, IMO.

16. Elite2547 - January 16, 2010

My favorite series!

17. NCC-73515 - January 16, 2010

Has it been that long?! Man I feel old. And I’m still 24 (for one more day) ;)

18. wi-kiry-lan - January 16, 2010

There should be a rule for TV pilots that one should not kill off a hot betazoid that has more appeal than any of the main cast. Janeway should have been cursing fate like Captain Kirk would and wished she could have died instead of one of her crew.

19. davidfuchs - January 16, 2010

#12 Mostly agreed. Very good episodes mixed up in absolute dreck, and everywhere in between. I don’t think you can say that the series got especially better over time.

#18 Definitely agreed :P

20. Christine - January 16, 2010

I loved Janeway and Tuvok to death, and later Seven (and even Neelix LOL) but the series just never really got me. It had its moments, though, and some good ones.

I admit it’s my least favourite series, but I still would rather watch it than most of the junk that’s on TV these days. Janeway was amazing, it’s just a shame the writing wasn’t better! Still I say, long live Voyager. :D

21. Anthony Pascale - January 16, 2010

I just rewatched Caretaker to write this up. It is not without its flaws to be sure, but I actually I liked how they killed off Stadi and the doctor and the first officer. Each of these characters were presented as strong characters and got a little fleshed out before they killed them. It made the deaths have more impact as they weren’t just random redshirts for the new crew to fill in, these were respected officers that the new crew had to live up to.

22. Stephen Whelan - January 16, 2010

happy birthday voyager…some misses along the way but still a great show with some great actors

23. Captain James T. Kirk - January 16, 2010

It’s an ok show but a pass for them

24. wi-kiry-lan - January 16, 2010

I think we should thank ST: Enterprise for making Voyager seem like it had boldly gone where no TV show had gone before in terms of creativity and drama – a true lost wagon train among the stars trying to get home adventure providing insight into the human condition and inspiring hope for a better future.

I personally will always remember the episode where they end up on 1996 earth and a VULCAN complains that there are dangerously high levels of sunshine in southern california. As I recall it was “high levels of thermal and ultraviolet radiation.”

25. Petey - January 16, 2010

For most Singaporeans in the past decade, VOY was the series that introduced them to Star Trek, thanks to repeated showings on the Hallmark Channel. For that, it has it’s place.

But I will never agree with fans that rate it above TNG and TOS. They all had their “hit-and-miss” moments, no doubt, but VOY often suffered from weak plots and an over-reliance on what worked.

Nonetheless, for giving us the hottest half-Klingon woman in any galaxy, long live Voyager!

26. Petey - January 16, 2010

Oh! And of course, I forgot to mention, we must thank VOY for giving us Tim Russ, Garrett Wang and Ethan Philips, all of whom went on to keep Trek alive in Of Gods and Men.

27. Imrahil - January 16, 2010

I’d just like to say: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Voyager. BOOOOOOOOOOO.

28. Valar1 - January 16, 2010

When it was on waaay back in 1996 I was trying to get my girlfriend into it, she kept telling me it was garbage. I slowly started to agree with her, then one day we were watching it because there was nothing else on, I was bored out of my mind so I started making out with her, she didn’t respond, I look up and she is intently watching it, lol.

29. MDSHiPMN - January 16, 2010

Happy Anniversary Voyager. Thanks for many great episodes. The cast did a great job.

Star Trek has been off t.v. for too long, and the end of Voyager was the last time I really watched a Trek show, so I kinda miss it.

I hope if Star Trek comes back to network t.v. (where it belongs) it is an honestly good show.

30. MC1 Doug - January 16, 2010

I liked ‘Voyager,’ perhaps the least of the TREKs, but it did have its strong points.

One of my favorite episodes was ‘Memorial,’ I also enjoyed the ‘Captain Proton’ stories, especially ‘Bride of Chaotica.’ I also enjoyed the Irish village story arc in the holodeck.

I loved Janeway, the Holo doctor (though he rivaled Nelix as the most irritating too) and Paris. Something about the character on ‘Voyager’ were less than compelling.

‘Voyager’ proved it could pull of humor, much like TOS.

If there was a flaw, I felt that ‘Voyager’ went to the well too many times with the Borg. I also hated the Seven of Nine catsuit, which unfortunately led the way for T’Pol as well.

To say that ‘Voyager’ was the weakest of the TREK isn’t quite fair as each of the series did many things well and some not so much. I don’t think there were any truly embarassing stories like the first and second season of TNG.

Happy Anniversary to the cast of ‘Voyager!’

31. The Constable - January 16, 2010

The final scene of the pilot, in which the Maquis characters meekly don Starfleet uniforms, was a harbinger of the series’ creative shortcomings and problems. How much more interesting the series would have been if the Maquis had retained their own identities instead of immediately becoming subsumed into the (rather bland) Starfleet status quo.

Oh well. It’s intriguing to see Bujold as Janeway. She was a curious choice for the role (an attempt to match the success of casting Stewart in TNG, perhaps?). Her performance is rather joyless, it must be noted.

32. That One Guy - January 16, 2010

As I’ve mentioned, I adore Voyager, but I really hope the next series is more like Enterprise, especially in its third and fourth seasons. The one thing I really loved about ENT and DS9 were the story arcs. Voyager had a great plot that they wasted in an episodic format.

TV isn’t pure episodic anymore, there’s always some grand back-scheme to everything. Look at LOST, FRINGE, V, and Flash Forward. These are all shows that, while they have their individual plots per episode, there is always something bigger going on, which I absolutely adore. The next Trek has to be like this, or Trek is doomed.

That was one of Voyager’s pitfalls, is that it OCCASIONALLY had a bit of an arc going, but then the rest was just one episode at a time. If they really wanted to give it some meat, they should’ve brought them home in the 3rd or 4th season, and had them join the rest of Starfleet in the Dominion War. Perhaps even have a TV appearance of the 1701-E.

List of my favorites:

The first three are a VERY close tie for first, leaving Voyager as a true Second. And then there’s…. well… THAT series….

TOS
TNG
DS9
VOY
OPEN SLOT 1
OPEN SLOT 2
OPEN SLOT 3
OPEN SLOT 4
Enterprise…..

33. Jtrekker - January 16, 2010

I think some of the harsh critique of Voyager is valid, but overall, I have to say that I enjoyed the series for what it was. To me, Voyager was the “escapist” Star Trek. It wasn’t always the best written or performed of the Treks, but I always found that it was something that gave me an easy escape from reality for an hour. I have to admit that when it was actually on TV, I really didn’t watch it much. It wasn’t until it was in reruns running at midnight on our local UPN network that I finally gave it another look, and I enjoyed it. And, in all honesty, one of my favorite Trek stories period was in this series: Timeless. I think you could take that episode and put it up against just about any other hour of Trek.

In the end, I felt that of all the series, Voyager was the only one who was given a proper sendoff of ending right where it began. It was nice to have it go full circle. I sometimes wish we could have seen more of the aftermath of the crew and their mission, but at least we know they made it home.

34. MacTrek - January 16, 2010

“Star Trek Voyager: Voyager” was not a bad show. My favorite episode was called “Shattered”. After it ended nine years ago, I wasn’t too upset to see it leave. As the shows begins to age, I noticed my appreciation for some of the episodes. “Year of Hell”, “Shatter”, “The Q and the Grey”, and “Death Wish” were really interesting episodes.

Has it been nine years since it ended? Wow! Time keeps flying.

35. paustin - January 16, 2010

# 28
lol women…just when you think you have them figured out BAM!

36. EFFeX - January 16, 2010

Such a great show, never understood why so many people disliked it.

I still watch episodes here and there.

37. nuSpock - January 16, 2010

#9…’religious hocus pocus’? that is HATE SPEECH, and I resent your attacking all religion with that backhanded comment!!!

38. Rainbucket - January 16, 2010

Voyager had a promising pilot, though the Kazons were an early warning: warrior species, big hair, ridged foreheads, starts with K and ends with -ons. Uh huh. The writers weren’t trying very hard.

I’d grown up with TOS and this was the series that lost me as a regular Trek viewer. So many good premises discarded, so much forced drama and technobabble.

But Voyager kept up Trek’s tradition of casting well. The actors did fine jobs despite the writing. Kate Mulgrew earned her place in the captains’ gallery.

39. Trekkie1975 - January 16, 2010

Voyager definitely had its moments, but most stories felt very generic and even recycled, not to mention the overuse of the infamous technobabble. This series began the slow and painful fall of Berman era Trek, so its not remembered in an altogether positive light. Although I must admit 7 of 9′s silver catsuit was definitely a highlight for me on an entirely different level. ;-)

40. Darkwing - January 16, 2010

i thought voyager was fine. it’s not something i’d watch like all the time, but i have good fun when i watch the episodes. and voyager had some really great trek moments and some of the best two-parters trek has seen.

41. MacTrek - January 16, 2010

@ 36. EFFeX – January 16, 2010

“Such a great show, never understood why so many people disliked it.”

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People were just getting tired of repetition. Almost every episode was about getting home, and then we were over exposed to the Borg. Woof. After Jerry Ryan came aboard, Seven of Nine and the Borg filled up every other episode. Don’t get me wrong. Some of the Borg episodes were very interesting, but they didn’t bring us back to the exploration factor of the franchise. Instead of taking advantage of their situation, each episode ended with “Let get heading home Mr. Paris.” It became a bore to some.

“Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” marked the franchise’s shift into space opera. Some of the stories had deep romance, tragedy, and other personal drama. Instead of exploring a diverse spectrum of lifeforms and planets, both shows revolved around only a few planets and lifeforms. Everything was confined to “Voyager” (Spaceship) or the “Deep Space Nine” (Space Station). Almost claustrophobic compared to “Star Trek: TOS & TNG”.

42. Delgadeth - January 16, 2010

I love Voyager.
I love Star Trek
I love all the series and movies (except ST X)
Thats why I am a truly fan of this wonderful franchise.

43. Christine - January 16, 2010

#24 and #32 :: Ouch!! I believe the operative word here would be “BURN!!” I’d take anything from Enterprise’s fourth season over ANY episode of Voyager, even the Q ones (and I love Q). Okay, maybe not “Q and the Grey”… But that’s it,

#41 :: Personally, I preferred the more internal situations as opposed to the planet/species-of-the-week thing. With DS9, unlike TOS, TNG, or sometimes even ENT, there was no magic reset button. Any slip ups someone on the crew made would very likely come back to haunt them. I loved that it did allow us to go deeper into the lives of this sort of dysfunctional family of a huge cast. Yes, it may be “claustrophobic”, but at least I found it interesting.

44. Sean - January 16, 2010

“Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations” – Voyager catered for some of us, and for others, not. Thats the beauty of it all really isn’t it? It didn’t need to be “good”, it just had to “be”, and it would find its way with the people that loved it. I am proud that it was made, I am proud of all Star Trek (there were some real howlers in Next Gen, DS9 and Enterprise too!…not to mention some right embarrassments in the Original Series).

Star Trek isn’t about emmy’s or oscars, its about imagination and evolution. Star Trek is ground breaking, and Voyager takes its place amongst giants.

45. Rick Sternbach - January 16, 2010

Happy Birthday to us, warts and all.

46. Sean - January 16, 2010

@ 41 – Alsom Voyager was the ONLY show that actually DID “explore strange new worlds and seek out new civilisations”. Instead of doing what the Enterprise D did, episode after episode and start with…

“while on a mission to Planet X to delivery medical supplies…”
“while on a mission to Planet Y to deliver to ambassador of Zzzzzzzzz”

Or Deep Space Nine, which boldly went…to Cardassia and blew sh*t up.

Or Enterprise which boldly went NO WHERE because it was too slow.

47. ryanhuyton - January 16, 2010

“Star Trek:Voyager” was an inconsistent show in my opinion. Early on, the show was pretty good. While the Kazon ended up as a poor man’s Klingons, the Vidiians were compelling, but underused. Favorite episodes include Caretaker, Basics, Scorpion, Year of Hell, Dark Frontier and Timeless. Seasons 6 and 7 weren’t very interesting. Outside of Scorpion and Dark Frontier, most of the Borg episodes depicted them as being easy to defeat. The Borg lost their “mystique” that made them great villians on “The Next Generation” and the film “First Contact”. As great an episode as “Year of Hell” was as a two-parter, an opportunity was missed to make it a year long story arc ala “Enterprise”s Xindi plot.
“Endgame” was too predictable and came off as a poor man’s “All Good Things….”. Captain Janeway, while my least favorite captain ( mostly due to the fact her background wasn’t as fleshed out as her male counterparts were), was a good move. Kate Mulgrew was the right choice.
As for the other characters, Chakotay was a missed opportunity as was Ensign Kim. Kes was okay. Seven of Nine was great early on, but became less interesting as she got more attention over Harry Kim and Tom Paris. I really liked B’elanna Torres. Her romance with Paris clicked.
The Doctor was great. Tuvok was okay. Echib(sic) was unneccessary.
The show went against its premise after awhile. The conflict between Maquis and Starfleet officers was resolved way too quickly. And the fact that the ship always managed to be in tip top shape and having enough food at all times also went against the initial premise. The idea of having a starship in the other side of the galaxy was supposed to show how people would survive on food rations while trying to save energy. I would have much rather have seen the ship’s damage remain for longer periods of time rather than have a reset button at the end of each episode.
All in all, while not a terrible show by any stretch, the overall ionconsitencies make this show the least enjoyable for me.

48. Gabriel Bell - January 16, 2010

“Blink of an Eye” is one of the best hours of Star Trek ever. I love every incarnation of Trek, including Voyager, which had some very solid, very fun and very engaging episodes.

Series creator Jeri Taylor was a big part of Trek and deserves to be remembered right alongside the other creative legends.

(I really wish there was less sniping and negativity in these comment threads, but I guess that is a pretty silly thought.)

49. MacTrek - January 16, 2010

@ 43. Christine – January 16, 2010

“Personally, I preferred the more internal situations as opposed to the planet/species-of-the-week thing. With DS9, unlike TOS, TNG, or sometimes even ENT, there was no magic reset button. Any slip ups someone on the crew made would very likely come back to haunt them. I loved that it did allow us to go deeper into the lives of this sort of dysfunctional family of a huge cast. Yes, it may be “claustrophobic”, but at least I found it interesting.”

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Personal preference, right. “Star Trek” of all flavors has elements, which speak to a diverse spectrum of individuals. Majority of my real-life friends (offline) prefer the ‘planet’ and ‘adventure’ of the week; however, that doesn’t make “Star Trek: Voyager & Deep Space Nine” mute to everyone. As I said in my post/reply, some of the extended storylines in “Voyager” and “Deep Space Nine” were interesting. Odo and Quark’s relationship was hilarious. B’lana (sp?) and Paris’ chaotic romance also steamed up the screen. I had my favorites. I just didn’t find the series as a whole to be something of interest. Only bits and pieces.

50. ryanhuyton - January 16, 2010

Rick, nice work on the design of the Voyager. The fact that it could land made it extra cool!

51. Canadianknight - January 16, 2010

#45 – Nice to see you here Rick! Happy Birthday!

52. ryanhuyton - January 16, 2010

I have one more beef with “Voyager”. The sets. I found them to be quite bland for some reason. I do understand they had to re-use and redress existing TNG sets for budgetary reasons, but I just thought they were ugly.
Maybe because it was mostly greys and blues, but I preferred the more colorful palettes of TOS and TNG. The Mess Hall just doesn’t compare to Ten Forward. The holodeck should have stayed as it looked on TNG with the grid pattern. And the lighting wasn’t much better than that of TNG.

53. LoyalStarTrekFan - January 16, 2010

42, agreed and well said, except I do like STX.

Happy birthday Voyager! While TNG is my favorite series, VOY is my third favorite series. In fact, the TNG era has always been, and will always be, my favorite era. It’s the era I grew up on and the era I love the most. That said I’m a “franchise fan” because I love all of Star Trek.

My list of Star Trek TV shows from favorite to least favorite:
TNG
DS9
VOY
ENT
TOS

54. Ron Mosher - January 16, 2010

Thanks for the article. I miss seeing the crew of Voyager. Check out the novels!

55. dubb - January 16, 2010

I can’t believe it’s been 15 years… wow. We’re OLD!!!

God bless Jerry Goldsmith! Another beautiful Trek theme! Wish they would have at least had him score the pilot.

I enjoyed Voyager. Like others here, I was also frustrated often with what they could have done with the series and characters… but they chose to play it safe instead. Instead of a great show, we’re left with a “good” show… or an “okay” show. While it was on I enjoyed it. But like others, I’m not running out to get the DVDs.

56. LoyalStarTrekFan - January 16, 2010

52, I couldn’t disagree more. The VOY sets were more realistic as a Starfleet ship interior than TOS or TNG sets could ever be, especially the Bridge. On top of that, they most certainly were not ugly, imo. That said, TNG and TOS did have some pretty cool sets. My favorite sets are those of the Ent-E, the Bridge, Main Engineering, the corridors, etc. IMO, the Ent-E is the perfect Star Trek ship. The VOY sets were my second favorite.

57. LoyalStarTrekFan - January 16, 2010

54, or the DVDs.

58. Gorandius - January 16, 2010

Three Words for a new Series: Federation Civil War! (I am totally not stealing that from Babylon 5 btw ^.^)

59. LoyalStarTrekFan - January 16, 2010

55, that’s a shame. I’m proud that I own the entire Trek franchise on DVD and I think that if you rewatch the show, you’re find the show better than you remember, imo. In any case, you’re absolutely right about the VOY theme. Jerry Goldsmith proved, once again, that he could easily be the best Hollywood composer of all time.

60. Phil Swinney - January 16, 2010

#10
For the older folks who dislike it, well, that’s your problem. But to me, it’s an essential part of my life that I would never give up. It brought me Trek. THAT is truly an important thing to me.

I agree with you. I’m one of those “older folks” who is genuinely excited when anything Star Tek appears at the movies or on television. I was 12 years old when TOS made its debut in1966. I grew up with it. I continue to grow with it. It wasn’t until the series went into syndication and I was much older that I understood the underlying messages the writers were trying to convey. It was a great medium where intellectual thought could be expressed in an entertaining way. Religious hocus pocus and all. Not to mention all the anti-war sentiment, you know, Viet Nam. It is a great history lesson, if you are able to see beyond the words and the characters.

Star Trek has become part of “Americana”. It is truly original. It is something that should be revered in any manifestation, whether it be TOS, TNG, DS9 or Voyager or Enterprise. Being sort of a history buff, take another look at some of the episodes of any of the series. Remember what was going on at the time and see if it wasn’t mentioned in the plot. Things like the Cold War, Viet Nam, China, Russia, various religions, race relations, the human condition, poverty, the personification of ideas and ideals and inequality between sexes, to name a few. No episode ever aired that was offensive to any group. Because it made you think.

To me, there is no series or movie that is better than the next. They are all equally excellent. It is a shame that there are those who continue to say one is better than the next. They must all be appreciated as a whole.

It is hard to believe that 15 years ago Voyager continued to add to the canon we know as Star Trek. Thanks for making us think a little bit about what was going on around us. I look forward to the next series and the next movie.

61. LoyalStarTrekFan - January 16, 2010

48 said: “(I really wish there was less sniping and negativity in these comment threads, but I guess that is a pretty silly thought.)”

No, it’s not silly at all. I have long wished for the same thing. One day, perhaps, it will become a reality.

62. LoyalStarTrekFan - January 16, 2010

60, well said indeed.

63. Praetor Tal - January 16, 2010

I probably would have watched all of Voyager, had it not moved all over the schedule, and had the local UPN affiliate not gone bankrupt. By the time we got a new UPN affiliate, they’d lost me. Voyager seemed to suffer from “Bermania,” the sort of tired cliches that were already evident by the time TNG was over and partway into DS9, with the same writers and producers pulling from the same bag of tricks. Still, I may yet re-watch Voyager, via Netflix, if only to say I’ve seen all of Trek. Bad Trek was still better than no Trek, though novels still keep me going. The James Blish novelizations of the Original Series (or Alan Dean Foster’s novelizations of the Animated Series) are refreshingly delicious, 30 and 40 years on.

64. ryanhuyton - January 16, 2010

#60 Well said,sir! Thats the beauty of “Star Trek”. There are many different facets that appeal to different people. Some people consider “Voyager” their favorite series, others don’t. There are valid reasons, pro or con. Ditto for all the other series and movies. We may disagree on a lot of things “Star Trek”, but we can all call ourselves Trekkies. And not be ashamed of it.

65. Christine - January 16, 2010

#64 :: You and I seem to disagree on a lot of things, but this I agree with you 110% on:
“..We may disagree on a lot of things “Star Trek”, but we can all call ourselves Trekkies. And not be ashamed of it.”
All I can say is,

“Amen.”

Gene Roddenberry is smiling down on you, no doubt. ;3

66. ryanhuyton - January 16, 2010

#65 We may disagree on some things, (“District 9″) but you and I agree on a lot of other things. Such as “Enterprise” and “Deep Space Nine”.

As for Gene Roddenberry smiling down on me, well I’m not so sure.
Especially not after what I wrote on the recent thread about “Star Trek: Online”.

67. Ensign RedShirt - January 16, 2010

Great premise, deeply flawed execution.

This was the series that pushed me away from Trek for a long time. After Voyager ended I was hoping Trek would disappear for awhile; it was clear during Voyager’s run that Berman, Braga, and the rest were burnt out creatively, which was understandable….I was amazed and a bit disappointed when Enterprise was announced, although I hoped for the best.

Trek would have been better off ending with DS9, and then waiting for a fresh set of eyes to be brought into the franchise.

68. AJ - January 16, 2010

VOY suffered from the premise of being stuck out in the Delta Quadrant. I would have preferred a few years back home to the Borg-ep of the week that Voyager ended up becoming.

Also, VOY served up some of the worst shipboard characters ever: Neelix, Chakotay, B’Elanna, Kim, Tuvok as a carbon-copy of Spock (though well-played). Mulgrew’s Janeway was definitely Starfleet material, but she was surrounded by ninnies.

My fave: “Flashback,” when Kang calls Sulu “Mr. Sulu.” Classic and on-target.

69. Trekkie - January 16, 2010

Here’s to Voyager, happy 15th anniversary. One of the best shows in my opinion, but of course, everyone’s opinion will be different when it comes to the Star Trek shows.

@65

here’s to that.

And one thing that stands true about Voyager is that it did interest many women and young people (such as myself) in Star Trek.
And I’m sure that Gene Roddenberry is smiling down upon us now, knowing how his creation has captured the minds and imagination of so many.

70. Steve - January 17, 2010

Seemed to catch on more in the UK than in the US from what I can gather. Whenever a mate says which Star Trek they’ve watched and liked, it’s always Voyager.
Okay, Series 1-3 blew hot and cold, but when Scorpion Part 1 and 2 came along- MY GOD IT BECAME AWESOME!!!!

71. Buzz Cagney - January 17, 2010

#17 Happy Birthday!
Never hated Voyager, but its clearly a bit weak at times.

72. Flo - January 17, 2010

I LOVE Star Trek Voyager
For me it was the series that brought me into trek. I had seen a few episodes of tos and tng and I liked them but never started watching them as a whole.

So Voyager was my first trek series I watched regularly every week. And I was totaly hooked and have since watched all trek series from begining to end.

I can understand the criticism that it isn’t so original and repeats what the other series were doing. But for me it was original because I watched Voyager first. For me they were new ideas. I think that’s one reason why I love it. It was my first trek. And when I went to watch tng I often felt it was a Voyager rip off. And then realizing that tng did it first. So that’s of course my very subjectiv viewpoint.

And the effects were better.

73. James - January 17, 2010

Old better than knew……
TNG better than Ds9
Ds9 better than Voyager
Voyager “every show;)” better than Enterprise
I have heard this for decades

I have watched trek full time for 22 years since I was 10 in 87. I have also read every new TNG, Voyager book since 96 and some of the Orginal and Ds9. I also have every DVD and a 6 foot Star Trek Xmas tree with everything halmark;)

You know what the Orginal was ok with me. TNG was awesome, Ds9 was awesome, Voyager was….. Awesome. They really cant be compared as being better than each. They are all different style of shows. Enterprise I……… liked but it had problems.

Sum it up!

Happy Bday Voyager!

74. hmich176 - January 17, 2010

#53. I don’t understand how TOS can be below VOY or ENT. It simply is illogical.

As for Voyager, this show was a disappointment. Caretaker was a good episode, but the first two seasons are largely write offs (much like the other 24th Century shows) and Equinox was not a good two part episode. Peak was clearly Season 3, 4 and 5. Season 6 had it’s gems, but at the same time it had some horrid episodes. The Captain Proton episodes are silly and fun, but really far from what they could have accomplished. Captain Proton is actually the tipping point for me, because while we have that going on, we’re just coming off the end of DS9, which is all about war.

I suppose you could make an argument that because the one series was so serious and dark, the other should be lighter, fluffier and more fun. But the lighter and fluffier is much like NASA’s faster, cheaper, better. It didn’t work.

Voyager had some very good episodes, but just never got to where it could have been. Sadly, they ruined the Borg. End Game was a sad ending to the show, too. I would have rather seen a few episodes of Voyager in the Alpha Quadrant, showing us post-war Federation, rather than the view from afar we were seeing during contact episodes with Barclay in season 7.

By the way, that was one of the better points, when they brought him and Troi into the show. Good call on their part there.

In any case, Voyager gave me 7 more years of Star Trek, and while a Star Trek: Excelsior series may have been preferred, I still enjoyed it, to some degree, as a kid from 4th grade to 10th grade. I can’t believe that Voyager is 15 years old. But then again, it is 2010 and we’re in a new era of Trek.

75. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - January 17, 2010

GREAT TREK SERIES. THANK YOU RICK BERMAN FOR ANOTHER FANTASTICALLY DONE TV SERIES. VOYAGER IS MY SECOND FAVORITE BEHIND OF COURSE DS9….. I HAVE LOVED EVERY SERIES OF STAR TREK EVEN TOS WHICH IS MY LEAST FAVORITE BUT STILL GOOD TELEVISION.

PEOPLE WHO BADMOUTH VOYAGER DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT, AND DO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT IT HAD TO BE DIFFERNT. JUST LIKE ENTERPRISE I THINK THAT VOYAGER DOES NOT GET THE CREDIT IT DESERVES.

TO RICK BERMANS CREDIT AND PARAMOUNT EXECUTIVES BLONDER, ENTERPRISE WAS TO SOON AFTER VOYAGER AND TV WAS SACHURATED WITH STARTREK. BERMAN TRIED TO WARN THEM IT WAS TO SOON BUT LIKE MOST MONEY HUNGRY AND RATINGS DRIVEN EXECUTIVES THEY DID NOT LISTEN.

DEEP SPACE 9 AND VOYAGER WERE AT THE PEEK OF STAR TREK POPULARITY WHILE THE 2 SHOWS WERE OUT AND NEXT GEN MOVIES WERE BEING MADE, VOYAGER BLAZED ITS OWN PATH AND FOR THAT IM AM PROUD OF THEM AND HUMBLY THANKFUL FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VOYAGER AND THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIES.

76. Will_H - January 17, 2010

Yeah Voyager was hit and miss, but a lot of it was great and so was the concept. One thing it did better than anything was give the sense of exploration. TNG, TOS, especially DS9 were all in the Federation’s back yard for the most part. Voyager put a ship somehwere different and I think that worked well. Enterprise always gave me the best sense of exploration, though.

77. Suliban - January 17, 2010

Great series. Loved the moral and ethical issues that voyager dealed with. I also appreciated DS9 but prefered the more TNG-like VOY with its ethical discussions (7of9, Doctor, Janeway).

78. Holger - January 17, 2010

Happy Birthday to Voyager and thanks for about 10 watchable episodes.

79. Nick Cook - January 17, 2010

Happy birthday Voyager! And thanks to the cast and crew for seven years of fun. :)

80. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - January 17, 2010

While Voyager had its share of stinkers, and does count one of the very greatest stinkers of Star Trek to its name — Threshold — I still found the premise and the overall quality of the show to be great. This is especially the case once the Kazon were done with, Kes was off the show and Seven of Nine was in play.

In my opinion, Seven of Nine is a character up there with Spock and Data in playing the highly logical individual struggling with the problem (in the thematic sense) of emotion.

I rank the Year of Hell two-parter to be among the best of any Star Trek episode of any series.

My order:
TNG
TOS
VOY
ENT
DS9

81. martin - January 17, 2010

Happy 15th birthday star trek voyager, i feel old im only 23. if it was not for voyager i would not be a trek fan today. when i first watched scorpion part 1 in 1997 i became a voyager fan.

82. Bones - January 17, 2010

What are you guys trekys or super cridiks voyeger was wonderful!

83. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - January 17, 2010

Oh, yeah, and I love the Scorpion 2-parter too! I wish we’d gotten to see more of Species 8472…

84. Nemesis4909 - January 17, 2010

Does anyone remember when the Borg Queen said “We’ll see you soon Harry”? In the words of Harry Kim “What did she mean by that?”

85. Tom R - January 17, 2010

I got into Trek as a result of watching Voyager premiere when I was 9.

I grew up with TNG reruns 5.00 every night and new DS9 and Voyager once a week. It’s a show thats close to my heart I love it.

As much as Voyager a criticized since its airing when it was on it was the number 1 Trek show, DS9 always seemed to take a backseat.

86. karanadon - January 17, 2010

Can’t believe I was 6 when I started watching this – how time flies! Happy birthday Voyager – despite suffering from network interference, you were a lot of fun, and got me into Trek! Thank you :-)

87. Locke for President - January 17, 2010

I liked that black-haired gal on the bridge crew. I remember being ticked when they killed her off in the pilot.

88. NCC-73515 - January 17, 2010

71
Thank you! :D

89. somethoughts - January 17, 2010

#37

Only when religion is mis used to get ratings on a dismal sci fi show.

I embrace all religions, but not when a sci fi show has to rely on it to carry a weak story/show concept.

90. somethoughts - January 17, 2010

I swear the writers of DS9 was always high on pot and partied in the 60/70s

91. DJ Neelix - January 17, 2010

For me, Voyager is what got me into Trek. I had watched First Contact prior to it (VOY didn’t begin in Sweden until summer ’98) and was eager to see more. I had watched The Original Series a couple of times, but always found it too cheesy and out-dated when it came to attitude and of course, style.
Anyways, what I loved about Voyager was that it was the warmest of all the shows. And as some earlier poster stated, the most escapist one of them.

I do agree that it had flaws with some boring characters (I hated B’Elanna the first three seasons before she started to cool down a bit) and some repetition of stories. And yes, they killed the Borg as a frightening villain, which was sad. On the other hand, they did some of the best Borg episodes. The Scorpion two-parter is simply amazing, and the best of the Borg after First Contact (yes, even better than The Best Of Both Worlds, which I find pretty over-rated – I could probably name at least 30 TNG episodes I prefer over it). I also liked the way they build up to their first encounter with them (in Blood Fever and Unity). Endgame was unfortunately less than satisfying as an end to the series. It was nice to see Alice Krige as the Borg Queen again though.

For me, Voyager stands out as the only series I followed when it was still running (via the VHS releases, since TV was a couple of seasons behind), and I didn’t get to watch most of the episodes of the other series until after it ended (when they came to DVD).
It had some great episodes, and it didn’t really kick off until season 3 from where it got just better and better up to the beginning of season 6 from where it went a bit down-hill afterwards, yet still good.
Having said that, the best one, and perhaps my favourite episode of any of the series, would be season 1 episode Eyes of the Needle. It holds exactly what I love about Star Trek.

@53 LoyalStarTrekFan
That would be my list as well! I like all of the series, as they are all essential. Obviously though, there will be some that suit you better than others.
My problem with TOS is its ridiculous view on women as a completely inferior being. And the whole constant “hero” thing about Captain Kirk is probably a lot more fitting with American mentality than with European. To make him seem so flawless, they had to make everyone else look slightly to severely incompetent. In fact, almost every character that’s not part of the main cast, acts as if they are completely incompetent, careless or just plain dumb. The red-shirts act as if they have no training at all. Starfleet Academy in the 23rd century must have been a rather ineffective institution, that’s for sure!
However, I do enjoy TOS-R as well, at the moment!

92. oeqjfoieqwjf9j9 - January 17, 2010

Neelix was the most annoying character in the history of Star Trek. Period. I’d rather have Jar Jar Binks. At least his incoherent babbling is more interesting.

93. P Technobabble - January 17, 2010

I liked the VOY cast very much, and — for the most part — the characters they portrayed. IMO, this was VOY’s biggest asset.

What I didn’t like was that the way the show’s original premise became diluted by having very “ordinary” kinds of adventures that could easily have been TNG, or even TOS, episodes. The ship was never really lost, they knew exactly where they were, and it became a “simple” matter of going home. The crew never seemed to be in any real danger, apart from dealing with the bad-guy of the week, or the spatial anomaly of the week, or whatever. They simply wound up on a very long mission, which, IMO, took the crisis out of their situation. And the various “villians” who showed up always amounted to paper dragons, because we always knew that Voyager would go on its merry way by end of episode. The drama and conflict that was supposed to exist between the crew never really took hold, and they all wound up one happy family.

So, yes, VOY had some good things about it, just like each Trek series had its good… warts and all. I think it would have been a better show had the ship really been lost — with no idea where they were — and they had some adventures that really took us where no Trek had gone before.

Otherwise, Happy Birthday VOY.

94. RK - January 17, 2010

A sad day for the Star Trek franchise, definetly nothing to celebrate.
As much as i tried to like Voyager it never got to me. perhaps because of the ridiculous integration of the rogue MArquis? perhaps because of the missing charisma of the actors/roles? perhaps because of the h o r r i b l e first THREE seasons and the super ridiculous Kazon??? perhaps because they raped the super bad guys of Star Trek the Borg? perhaps because the ship itself is a shit vessel which nevertheless destroys on his journey home…ähm…lets say a dozen Borg CUBEs??!!!???

Compared to the great DS9 and TNG it is a shame how deep Star Trek felt with Voyager. Just take the mega annoying Neelix? What the heck did he add to this ship? Or Ensign Kim?? suckers and whiners like him shouldn´t be in Starfleet at the first place….i could go on endlessly.

TNG/DS9
TOS
ENT
….






Voyager

95. Captain Kathryn - January 17, 2010

#77 – Suliban,
That is exactly what I liked about the series. IT was definitely ethical and moral.. Several times I thought Janeway and Chakoty were going to get together, but as Chacoky tells Janeway in a Time travel epidsode when she asked him if they would be romantically involved, he smartly tells her that that would be crossing the line. I really liked that. What I liked about TOS, NG, Voyager, Enterprise, was that almost all the episodes were object lessons of our social interactions with one another here on earth today. Great lessons to be learned. I was 11 back in ’66, and even then I understood the purpose Roddenberry had in mind dealing with social injustices with minorities. So summing that up, I must say the Voyager was by far the most intriguing, and fun series, and romantic one that there was. I’d like to see a spin off of that series.

96. spb - January 17, 2010

#53 -

Anyone who calls him/herself “LoyalTrekFan” and yet places TOS dead last on their list of favorite TREK shows loses all credibility with me. The mind boggles.

97. Allen Williams - January 17, 2010

Am I the only true star trek fan? I love from start (ToS) to finish (ENT) Star trek in all its forms. My feelings for each of the shows is so good that its hard to order the shows as much as each episode individually. There are TNG episodes that i am not particularly fond of (Code of Honor) and VGR episodes that i’m not fond of (Threshold). There are episodes that I absolutely love (TNG – measure of a man, VGR – The year of Hell).

I’m surprised no one else commented on the original trailer. Less than half of it was footage from voyager. Most of it was movies or even a tad TNG. I could be wrong but i remember enterprise being 100% enterprise footage.

98. Techtrekker - January 17, 2010

The biggest problem for me is that they didn’t take enough risks with this show and it started in the very first episode.

For example, they kill off the doctor, the conn officer and the first officer. Why not kill off the entire senior staff, join the crews and the captain of the Marque has to take orders from a junior officer.. a female junior officer who is like Kirk! Now that’s conflict!

99. MC1 Doug - January 17, 2010

To #75:

In the blog world using all caps is the equivalent of shouting.

So please don’t. It is not necessary. I don’t like being yelled at.

I (and we) can all read and hear fine (and please use a dictionary too).

100. MacTrek - January 17, 2010

@ 97. Allen Williams – January 17, 2010
“Am I the only true star trek fan? I love from start (ToS) to finish (ENT).”

———————————————

You are a true “Star Trek” fan because you like every series? If we go by your set of criteria, I would say your an obsessive and compulsive fan. You are a fan though. Lol… Regardless about what percentage of “Star Trek” a person likes, I personally believe ‘everyone’ is a true “Star Trek’ fan. We just have our likes and dislikes. I don’t like putting people into categories myself, for it dehumanizes everyone’s unique preferences.

We don’t live in a black and white world, and “Star Trek” is filled with shades of gray within the fanbase.

Everyone in these message boards are true “Star Trek” fans.

101. somethoughts - January 17, 2010

Instead of being lost in space and yearning to find home, they should have just given us a bigger ship with better sets and bigger ideas, not some small ship with terrorists joining federation crew looking for a way to get home.

Should have gone with a excelsior type ship and tell the Sulu captain story or something. I hated how the uniforms and music got stale, it was so predictable. There was a few great episodes though, I recall the 100th being the best, “timeless” is my favorite Voyager episode.

I wish sometimes, I can give input to Hollywood execs, I know I would make them rich and famous.

102. Colonel West - January 17, 2010

@18 & 87:

That Betazoid Helmswoman was none other than Alicia Coppolla… I actually would have liked her to stick around, seemed an interesting character with some history with Tom Paris.

@97:

I wonder has anyone kept count of the amount of times we’ve seen “random Klingon gets blown up in corridoor” and “Bird of prey destruction from TUC”!
:D

I’ve mixed feelings on Voyager, a great premise but poorly executed on the whole. It’s not terribly bad, moreso just distinctly mediocre. I watched all 7 seasons through there a few months ago again for the first time in years and bar maybe 5 episodes a season and the two parters, it falls back into the same old routine of “the safe zone”, which later plagued the first three seasons of Enterprise on the whole too and was present in TNG in places.

The lets not rock the boat philosophy and lets choose the blandest possible pallette we can find, both visually through how the show is lensed and creatively in order to make it seem like aural background noise instead of taking risks and fully embracing both the concept and the history of what Star Trek is all about.

Voyager to me was ok, some great sci fi and not just trek episodes, good episodes and mostly average ones but heralded the start of the lobotomisation of scripted drama on network tv, popcorn trek to put it succinctly. Potential not realised.

103. Zirclet - January 17, 2010

All the nitpicky, in-universe reasons for disliking this show are neither here nor there. It all comes down to the writing. TNG, with its lack-of-conflict/advanced human sensibilities, won over an audience in a genuine way by SHOWING, not TELLING; by using action as an example of the Star Trek philosophy. By the time Voyager rolled around, the writers & producers had oversaturated themselves, and the challenge of upholding these no-conflict edicts laid down by Roddenberry must have proved too much to uphold. We saw it a bit on DS9, but on Voyager, the actors had to contend with abysmal dialogue- instead of Patrick Stewart demonstrating through some upstanding behaviour how Starfleet conducted its affairs, we had Kate Mulgrew saying things like “We have a Prime Directive to uphold here”.
Voyager had some fascinatingly creative episodes, but the things that truly made Star Trek unique in the TV universe had been bled out of the franchise at this point.

104. SarahJM - January 17, 2010

What character was Robert Duncan McNeill playing there?

105. Matt - January 17, 2010

I have found recently that VGR has aged well. Back in the day, it suffered from being paired week after week with the admittedly superior DS9. Now that you can see the show on its own terms, I find it perfectly fine and very entertaining. While it never reached the heights that the first three Trek soared to at some point, it is a way more well-rounded show than ENT would ever be later on. And I find that I like to go back to watch some VGR more than some of the other shows precisely because back then, I never gave any episode a second look. So now it all feels brand new again.

Happy birthday Voyager!

106. Neil Douglas - January 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Voyager! My favorite Trek series because it was my first, you always love your first don’t you!

107. matthew regan - January 17, 2010

voyager is my favourite star trek

108. Jim Cude - January 17, 2010

Could not get through more than 20 minutes of Voyager without falling asleep. Just a snoozefest. Though the finale was kind of fun and at least they didn’t get robbed of it like Enterprise did.

109. ShaunieB - January 17, 2010

Voyager has a special place in my heart, as it was the first Star Trek show I saw completely from the beginning. I had caught TNG and DS9 but only in repeats on Sky here in the UK, but Voyager was the first Trek I saw right from the start without having to go back and watch repeats, and therefore, even though it isn’t my fave series (that honour goes to DS9) I do consider it ‘MY’ trek (in the same way Doctor Who fans have ‘Their’ Doctor)…Voyager is the point I went from watching Star Trek because there was nothing else on to watching Star Trek because I had to watch it!

Sadly Voyager, in my opinion, never really lived up to the promise of its set up, The Maquis all but vanished after the pilot, and Neelix…dear me, poor old Ethan Phillips…but it did give us The Doctor, Seven of Nine (and I’m Gay, so not saying that coz of the Silver Cat-suit) and Kathryn Janeway, who I adored as a Captain, even though it seemed the crew were more than ready to mutiny at any point.

All in all Seasons 1-4 are the best of Voyager, with Seasons 5-7 being shaky, but not without their good points, for every ‘Haunting of Deck 12′ (awful) there is a ‘Blink of an Eye’ (superb)…

This does make me feel old though, it means I have been a Trekkie now for at least 17years of my life, and I only 29!

110. Thaddeus - January 17, 2010

Everyone has their opinion regarding Voyager. It had its good episodes and its bad episodes; just like ALL other Star Trek series. I wish we didn’t have to have factions withint the Trekkie/Trekker group that bashed one and praised another. They are all Trek; good and bad.

Voyager will forever hold a dear place in my heart. I was introduced to Trek through TNG, but very late into the series; maybe even reruns. I lvoed TNG. Eventually, somehow, I stumbled upon DS9. Voyager was launched and it was the only Star Trek series I watched from beginning to end; all seven seasons. I cannot believe it was 15 years ago! OMG! The time has flown by at warp speed. It makes me feel old to see how long it has been. It feels just like yesterday. I rewatch some of my favorite episodes and it honestly doesn’t look/feel like it was that long ago – almost 2 decades! WOW

PS Star Trek Enterprise I never got to watch from beginning to end due to a more demanding schedule, but I have caught up on the series (most of it).

111. Z Remorca - January 17, 2010

being a young Trekkie, this was the very first Trek that I understood. TNG was just flashing lights and sound, while Voyager really brought me into the fold.

Voyager, you will be remembered. :)

112. robowarrior - January 17, 2010

I love Voyager. Not as much as DS9 and certainly not even close to TOS, but it’s more or less a tie with TNG for me.

113. Captain Rickover - January 17, 2010

Voyager… hmm…

I was a fan from season one to four. After that, the series lost me. Allways the same stories and allways the same outcomings. But there was a lot of potential; not used by Berman & staff.

1.) The Maquis. I would have liked to see much more conflict and confrontation. The Maquis are mostly civilians and not former starfleet officers. Thats are the minority, but the series shows the opposite. Everyone from the Maquis becoming a fine starfleet officer at the middle of season one. I would have liked to see debates over missions, the Maquis-members wouldn’t have liked or debates about danger situations. Why not running away instead of fighting a battle for someone who’s 75.000 lightyears from home? Something like that. The missing of these conflicts was the first dissapointment.

2.) Strange new worlds. In reality there were no new strange worlds. The most aliens look very like Alpha- oder Beta-quadrant people. Bumpy foreheads, strange ears oder noses. Nothing really new. Even the costumes look nearly the same as the ones from the known space. The worst was the design of starships. I think no series had so many re-uses of known alien starships, first build for TNG or DSN. After a few episodes there were nothing new to explore. Dissapointment no.2

3.) The Borg. Intruduced as a potential thread at the end of season three, they showed up at least in their full glory in season four. But what happend to them? A single ship with 136 crewmembers can beat them in every episode? Voyager never took heavy damage or lost half of the crew. Man, was Janeway really so good or were the Borg so inapt? What a dissapointment!

4.) Seven of Nine. I never liked her character. I was hoping for an equal character as Hugh was. Seven never showed the same fascination for human behaviour or manners as Hugh did. I would have liked to see her character portrayed much more naive and not so arrogant. IMO, Seven acted more like the Princess and heir of the Borg-throne as a drone forgot to be human.

There were many other flaws, but there were great things too. I liked and still like the Doctor. He’s still my favorite medical officer from any Star Trek series. Today his bad manners in season one and partly season two remind me of Dr. House. Even if the most episodes were mediocore, there were at last some who were realy great: Caretaker, the far best series pilot in Star Trek history, or the episode with the two doctors aboard the USS Prometheus (and nearly every episode that concentrates on the doctor and his sometimes curious ideas and plans. The Emergency Command Hologram for example. I still could laugh when I think about that. One of the greatest comedy moments in Trek-history)

But Voyager is my least favorite show. To many standard-episodes, no thrill, no new worlds and a very, very boring crew. But I would watch it any time over stuff like Lost or BSG.

114. stuntrek - January 17, 2010

Dennis Madalone was both the Stunt Coordinator for DS9 and Voyager. That is why he had a Stunt Team that would help him cover sets and production meetings. He should be mentioned as well. Thank you Dennis for all the good times!!!

115. Thorny - January 17, 2010

Voyager and Enterprise are by far the two worst Trek shows, but I give a considerable edge to “Voyager”, which at least tried to uphold the spirit of Star Trek, while the writers and producers of Enterprise did everything in their power to run away from the Star Trek brand.

Voyager was a show that was trapped by its premise, the “Gilligan’s Island Syndrome”, they could never get back to Federation space or the show would be over. On the other hand, Enterprise had a terrific premise, but introduced the idiotic “Temporal Cold War” in the pilot and were seemingly running away from the show’s premise from Day 1.

Voyager had three very good actors: Mulgrew, Picardo, and Ryan, which is three more than Enterprise (normally dependable Bakula was enormously miscast, the rest of the cast is completely forgettable). Voyager tried to fix the show as it went along, dumping the personality-challenged Kes and bringing in Seven instead, who clicked with both Janeway and the Doctor. They brought in the Borg to replace the moronic Kazon, and then introduced an adversary even greater than the Borg. In contrast, Enterprise didn’t dump the worst of its characters (Reed, Mayweather) and went off on an ambitious year-long story (the 9/11-inspired Xindi) that felt more like a stunt than a genuine effort to improve the series. And while Voyager’s efforts at “fun” comedy episodes mostly stank (“Bride of Chaotica”), they at least tried to inject a little humor and levity in the show, while Enterprise was relentlessly bleak.

Voyager is a show that could have been great, but was only good. Why UPN let the same creatively-bankrupt crowd start another Trek series after it is simply mind-boggling.

116. Admonisher - January 17, 2010

I thought VOYAGER was a tragic misfire of a series … but in honor of its anniversary, I’ll give it two things. First, I now find it much more watchable than ENTERPRISE. It produced some genuinely good characters, even if I didn’t feel they were used to their full potential. Second, although I was never a fan of Kate Mulgrew (I just never felt she had the acting chops compared to Stewart or Brooks), she was light-years better than Genevieve Bujold, who just seemed totally lost and uninvested in what was going on around her. Too bad nobody thought of Blair Brown for the role … she’s a fascinating actress: MOLLY DODD proved she could handle spearheading a TV series, the rarely seen EXTREME CLOSE-UP showcased her impressive dramatic skills (I can’t imagine Mulgrew doing half as well in that role); and FRINGE has proven she can handle Sci-Fi with ease. But I did say I was going to accentuate the positive, didn’t I? :-) Mulgrew at least brought the conviction that she belonged in the center chair, and that does count for something.

117. RM - January 17, 2010

#37: Criticizing religion does not constitute “Hate Speech”.

118. doug_skywalker - January 17, 2010

@17: no, you’re not the only one. i remember watching the adds they had for UPN, and i vaguely recall seeing the first few episodes (for whatever reason, they took Voyager off the air for a while so i could never watch it). i liked it as a kid, mostly because i was too young to remember much TNG, and i never got into TOS or DS9 as much.

119. Christine - January 17, 2010

So much Enterprise bashing. How it saddens me, since it was my second-favourite series. Oh well. To each their own.

120. Parosu Grasu - January 17, 2010

I personaly like every TREK Show and Movie, each has its strong and weak spots. Its still awesome!

My favorite characters in VOY are: The Doctor, 7 of 9 and Captain Janeway
My favorite episodes in VOY is: Blink of an Eye, Scorpion, Year of Hell and other episodes (where i dont remember the name)

Here is my list:
1. TOS,TAS,TNG,DS9,VOY,ENT
2.
3.
4.
5.(Other sci-fi schows)

;)

Happy Bday Voyager!

121. Landru - January 17, 2010

Battlestar Galactica is what Voyager should have been

122. Eli - January 17, 2010

If they had been able to clone the writing team that was handling Deep Space Nine and put them in charge of writing Voyager, that series could have reached a whole higher level of compelling drama and action as the crew tried to find a way home and they may not have even needed to wrangle in the Borg the way they ultimately did.

There were some good episodes of Voyager, the two parters especially. But the treknobabble reached an inexcuseable level, you have to admit Janeway was one moody captain, and I’m sure the 24th century has drugs to take care of ‘ladies issues’ by then. I’m sure the network shoehorned the series a little bit, same as Enterprise, but it definitely could have been a better directed show overall. Especially with it’s beginnings and how excited I was when it originally started.

123. Dr. Cheis - January 17, 2010

In my opinion, Voyager was better in concept than execution. Needed more story arcs that spanned more than a single episode instead of having everything peachy clean by the start of next week. Carrying over some damage or other residual effects from last week would have made the show feel more like it was a journey.

But I guess they were afraid of alienating the viewers who weren’t watching last week.

124. Dr. Cheis - January 17, 2010

Oh yeah, and it always felt like Seven of Nine was there so we could oggle her boobs. Seriously, you just brought her back from the Borg and try to reintegrate her into human society and you have her wearing THAT?

125. Thorny - January 17, 2010

119. Christine…

No offense, but Star Trek to me was always about hope for the future. Voyager was always about the crew’s hope and struggles to get home, and they livened up the show with humor quite often. Enterprise depicted only a dark and dreary future, and totally dispensed with the ‘fun’ that had been an integral part of earlier Trek.

If you like that relentless gloom-and-doom, more power to you. I hate it, which is why I generally hated the new BSG as well.

126. B5raven - January 17, 2010

Didn’t get to see the show until Spike TV reruns (no UPN channel), but I must admit that I really ultimately enjoyed the show. Nice ensemble cast, actually.

127. ryanhuyton - January 17, 2010

Genevieve Bujold looked like she was phoning it in in that clip. And why was there a Miranda class ship in it?

128. ryanhuyton - January 17, 2010

A really good discussion here. So many points of view being expressed in a civilized manner. As a whole, “Voyager” was a bit of a letdown for me, but for many others, its their favorite.

I never really had much in the way of “Voyager” merchandise. The demand wasn’t there for it as it was for “The Next Generation” or “The Original Series”. I wonder if the TrekMovie staff might put up an article on “Voyager” merchandise from way back when.

129. Olley Olley Olley - January 17, 2010

QUOTE “Genevieve Bujold, but after only two days of shooting IT WAS DETERMINED she could not handle the rigors of series television”

mmMMmm
so did Genevieve jump?, or was she pushed?
I was alwayunder the impression that she couldn’t handle all the techno babble and filming schedule and therefore resigned.
But from reading the above quote, it shows a different side to it.

130. Olley Olley Olley - January 17, 2010

also, sry for 2nd post…

I always wondered why the FIrst officer decided to make a dramatic run across the bridge, after the Brace for Impact order had been issued.

131. jas_montreal - January 17, 2010

@ 130.

Thats a good question !

He was wearing a red uniform… wasn’t he ? :P

132. LoyalStarTrekFan - January 17, 2010

74, the only reason I rank TOS last is because there were far too many cheesy episodes, more than any other series. Some examples: “Miri,” “The Apple,” “And the Children Shall Lead.” I mention those three because they are the only three episodes of Star Trek (the entire franchise) that I will actively switch away from and not watch. They are that bad. On top of that, with the exception of the amazing episode “The Enterprise Incident,” most of the entire third season was one bad episode after another. Now, TOS also had many great episodes that could stand up to anything like “Errand of Mercy,” “Balance of Terror,” and “The Enterprise Incident” (my favorite three eps of TOS) and the characters were excellent. However, because of the higher percentage of cheesy episodes, TOS is my least favorite Trek series. Regardless, it’s still a great series as good episodes outweigh the bad episodes and it is the show that started it all, I simply enjoyed the modern Treks better. That, of course, could mainly be because that’s what I grew up with. I was 2 years old when TNG started, and while I can’t remember now exactly when I started watching, I was very young (probably around 4 or 5). In fact, I met a close friend on a shcoolbus because he was talking about the Defiant from DS9. So, as a result, the TNG era will always be my favorite era. I wish it had gotten a better sendoff in NEM but the books will always keep coming so I’m happy.

Anyway, I just wanted to explain why TOS was marked as my least favorite series. One final note: TOS is still light-years (pun intended) ahead of anything on TV today so don’t take to much away from TOS as my “least favorite” Trek show.

128, I too am very pleased that everyone has been civil in this discussion. Too often topics get heated here on TrekMovie (this fact even caused me to leave the site for a few months) and I’m glad this one hasn’t.

133. Jim - January 17, 2010

Oh, Voyager was vapid, but it was fun for me to watch. That’s what I expect out of a TV show, even Trek. When I want to feel deep, I, um . . . read. Or meditate. Or even think. And Seven of Nine was HOT. So there.

I am a die-hard fan of Trek who watched TOS in the mid 70′s. I was born in 1967 and didn’t see the original run. It’s important, I think, to put my (relatively great) age into the context of these discussions.

I loved the pilot of DS9 and was disappointed by the subsequent offerings. I didn’t see the VOY pilot and enjoyed what I started watching a couple of years later. It may be an issue of expectations.

I hated Enterprise’s lame-ass theme song. Um, Trek does not have theme songs. WTF? Don’t give me that “vernacular” explanation. Please. I felt like it was a take-off of that Aerosmith Armageddon thing. Oh, it was.

And the show tried too hard to please, which is why I think it failed.

I love Kate Mulgrew, but I admit she seemed the obvious victim of inept direction. And then there was that hair thing. But she was not the Wicked Witch of the West, as some would attest. And the waste of Robert Beltran’s talents was criminal. Have you seen Eating Raoul or that movie where he lost a bet and had to have sex with a guy? Classic!

So Happy Anniversary, Voyager. Thanks for the hottie cast, BTW. And Mulgrew seems a beautiful person. Oh, and Beltran and Ryan are hot.

134. Chris Dawson - January 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Voyager!! Wow, 15 years . . . . .

Congrats to all who worked on it too!

135. Desstruxion - January 17, 2010

Remember that episode early on where Chakotay was quarantined on a planet with Janeway? Stupid, lucky Chakotay!

136. Adam C - January 17, 2010

Very fond memories of Voyager, used to watch allot of the episodes at an Ipswich Star trek convention (quite a mission to get too I might add) until they moved to the Nova Hotel. Nice atmosphere I miss it.

137. Christine - January 17, 2010

#125 :: I saw Enterprise as more of the fact that the crew would have to/was able to move on despite the “doom and gloom”, as you said. I thought season four was a lot less gloom and a lot more awesome. I dunno. I liked it because it was so different!

…Oh, and I thought Trip and T’Pol were the cutest couple ever.
Next only to Odo and Kira from DS9. ;)

138. Dylan Messer - January 17, 2010

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY VOYAGER!!!

PS- To the first poster, if you wanted to bash Voyager, you could have waited to post something negative. It’s VERY disrespectful to the show and its fans a like.

139. jas_montreal - January 17, 2010

@ 135 (Desstruxion)

LMAO !

140. Paul Fitz - January 17, 2010

Happy anniversary VOYAGER! My personal favourite, Loved this show and many thanks to all who were involved with it.

141. Trekluver - January 17, 2010

I actually like Voyager. I don’t understand the haters! Oh and who is that freak playing Janeway in that test footage? She has no personalty and sounds like a cheap Picard! Oh well this is a show that came from the brilliant mind of Brannon Braga! You know the guy who turned Tom Paris into a salamander and made Harry Kim look like an idiot! He is the worst thing to ever happen to trek right after The guy who did Nemesis!

142. ryanhuyton - January 17, 2010

#141 You sure have a lot of nice things to say don’t you? Oh well! No worries.

143. devon - January 17, 2010

As a Canadian I was so very excited to hear that a Canadian female actress would lead the ensemble cast of Voyager just as William Shatner, another Canadian actor lead the cast of Star Trek in the ’60′s, and none other than a brilliant actress… Genevieve Bujold! I was sad initially to hear that she mutually decided to leave the series because of the rigors of TV scheduling/shooting vs. film work. However, what happened was for the best, as Kate Mulgrew was the best actress to play Kathryn Janeway, and is perhaps my favorite captain of all by a smidgeon as they are all pretty awesome! Superb acting, especially Mulgrew, Picardo,& Dawson! Sure I agree that Voyager was ho-hum at times but each of the series had their share of high and low points, and each could easily be my favorite or least favorite depending on the criteria used or simply taste or my mindset at that particular time, but I do agree that it never quite lived up to its premise with the whole Maquis conflict and sense of danger with being lost and alone! But I love all Trek, and have many fond memories of Voyager… so HAPPY 15TH ANNIVERSARY STAR TREK:VOYAGER, I love you & thanks for the years of entertainment you have provided me with and continue to do so! DS9 is my favorite series for storytelling complexity, and Original Trek will always have a special spot in my heart for starting it all, for providing us with the concept of this Grand,Epic Adventure in Space, but I love Voyager, Enterprise & Next Gen all for various reasons and hope to add other future series to the list… please bring Trek back to the small screen where it belongs!!!!

144. Bucky - January 17, 2010

I don’t quite understand how people who hate Voyager yet profess to love Star Trek would find problems with classic ST tales like Voyager’s “One Small Step” or “Timeless”. (Timeless, actually, I think is a real gem of the series and it’s a Harry Kim episode to boot!)

145. Bucky - January 17, 2010

and I firmly believe that “Bride of Chaotica!” and “Someone to Watch Over Me” are two of the biggest underrated gems of Star Trek’s history, regardless if they were on Voyager or not.

146. Olley Olley Olley - January 18, 2010

@145

but u gotta admit, “Spocks Brain” is the winner

147. Craig - January 18, 2010

I miss Voyager, the last proper Trek, I wish they didn’t cheat to get home in Endgame just felt rushed definately deserved a season 8.

148. Craig - January 18, 2010

Latent Image is the best Trek episode ever IMO

149. Vardonir - January 18, 2010

@ #6: The 47′s? That’s 37′s.

@ #46: AMEN. That’s my #1 reason for sticking with Voyager. Sure, they deal with Ferengi – twice, maybe three, and Klingons – ‘cept B’Elanna, and Q – like I can complain about that, but they mostly dealt with the unknown.

@ # 147: Hell yeah. TPTB should have gone with their original end plan, “not get Voyager home.” But, nooo. That was their (Voyager’s crew) mission, so they have to complete it. When the series ends. Geez.
A nice film/TV movie/Season 8 would have wrapped things quite nicely: After all, Enterprise-A got to the center of the galaxy in one film.

I. Love Voyager. Well… In the first four seasons. Five till Seven had some great episodes, but there was too much Seven. Not that I hate her – actually I did, after Human Error until Endgame.

PS: @ #135: */me wipes tears of laughter*

150. Magic_Al - January 18, 2010

How’s that network working out for ya, Paramount? Bwahahaha! UPN began with Voyager as its anchor, but within years seemed to want an identity that was the farthest thing from Star Trek, and Voyager was the misfit on its schedule. And of course UPN didn’t last long without Star Trek. It’s like UPN entered adolescence and became a teen suicide.

UPN never should have existed, and instead of Voyager, TNG should have continued indefinitely with gradual cast changes, the same way ER kept going.

151. rogue_alice - January 18, 2010

One of the most memorable shots in Voyager (to me) was seeing the ship frozen in ice. Not sure what episode.

Also, seeing Voyager land and how massive it was was a treat.

152. somethoughts - January 18, 2010

#151

Timeless episode 100

153. Keith - January 18, 2010

Voyager was my favorite ST Series. Watched and bought every season! It’s was always a show I could just watch and relax with.

154. psytce - January 18, 2010

@45 – Thanks for creating the best Trek ship, I love the Interpid Class!!!!
I would also like to thank you for being accessible to the fans and modellers when they have questions, and for the answers…. :)

As much as I wish that Voyager could have been better if there wasn’t the magical re-set button I still count Voyager as my second favorite Trek. I loved the concept but wish it was not as episodic as it was. This show had the potential to be the best trek ever, but because Paramount wanted it to be episodic it was not as great as it could have been. It also gave me a few great episodes (Timeless, Year of Hell, Living Witness, and the one that started the series Caretaker) that I love to watch over and over just like I did with the original Star Trek Episode ….

Happy 15th Voyager…… Thanks for all the great memories!!!!!

155. Oshkalabah - January 18, 2010

You know, I loved Voyager. Forget the early seasons, but once it hit its stride, with Kate Mulgrew’s good acting and the rest of the cast getting comfortable with their roles the show was pretty decent and reliable. I miss it.

156. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - January 18, 2010

#99 If i feel like “yelling” at stupid people, i will. As far as “hearing” text if you have some extra sence and can hear out loud what your reading then props to you.

#120 Nice ranking i think thats the best rank. All star trek is great

157. Anthony Pascale - January 18, 2010

well i dont like all caps either, so dont do it.

what you have to say is no more important than anyone else

158. Squire of Gothos - January 18, 2010

Cheers Voyager on 15 years! I really enjoyed the series and thought it got better and better as it went on!

159. denny cranium - January 18, 2010

I enjoyed Voyager for the most parts.
There were several episodes where I thought “They’ve got it! They figured out Trek” and the proverbial “I could have pulled a better episode out of my @ss”
I did watch it every week and was satisfied with the outcome.
Missed opportunities with Chakotay, Paris and Janeway.
7 of 9 got watered down at the end.
Loved the Doctor.
Robert Beltran was critical of a lot of the scripts and I tend to agree with him a bit.
To sum up though I still watch it when it comes on.

160. The Original Spock's Brain - January 18, 2010

Two words: Jeri Ryan.

161. Andrew - January 18, 2010

I’ve been watching Voyager since it premiered when I was six and I’ve enjoyed it ever since. Deep Space Nine was too adult for me at the time so Voyager was my favorite series. While I was able to watch the older series in reruns, Voyager was the one Star Trek series with new episodes every week, so it will always hold a special place in my heart and be my longest Star Trek love.

162. Bucky - January 18, 2010

146

Yes, Spock’s Brain is total gold. I will also admit that. To be honest, I’ve never seen a Trek fan who actually DISLIKES Spock’s Brain. everyone just thinks it rules.

163. LoyalStarTrekFan - January 18, 2010

157, I agree completely.

164. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - January 18, 2010

157 and 163

Again if i feel all caps are needed i will put all caps and there is nothing you can do about it.

165. Phobos - January 18, 2010

Voyager was astounding. I love my DVDs, and I want the Blu ray versions.

166. John - January 19, 2010

Voyager is my favorite series, I love every episode of it!

I own all the series on DVD. (Also had voyager on VHS too)

Kate mulgrew is brilliant. I do not understand all the haters that come to this site. Voyager has so may good stories and the ship is much more modern that TNG.

**Happy Birthday Voyager**

167. Horatio - January 19, 2010

The addition of Barbie of Borg definitely helped the series, IMHO. Seven with Two, indeed…

Hormonally yours,

168. Adam Bomb 1701 - January 19, 2010

When I first watched “Caretaker” in January of 1995, I felt that it was the closest to recapturing the spirit of “TOS.” The later episodes were hit and miss, but for me the best episodes were “Timeless,” “Scorpion” and “Year Of Hell.” Even the much reviled Fair Haven episode “Spirit Folk” was comforting to me, as I first watched it at the end of a particularly brutal day.
Happy 15th Anniversary, “Voyager.”

169. ML31 - January 19, 2010

The best part of Voyager was Jerry Goldsmith’s fantastic opening theme.

170. Trekkie - January 19, 2010

@ 84

I believe it was during “Unimatrix Zero Part 1″

171. Anthony Pascale - January 19, 2010

um DS9 in primetime

i am pretty sure there actually is something i can do about it, so dont do it

all caps is a trekmovie no no

172. Colonel West - January 19, 2010

I don’t think he actually knows who you are Anthony, give him enough rope…
:D

Great thread and some fantastically well thought out posts and memories on what is usually a touchy subject. Even though theres been plenty of criticisms to go along with the praise at least they were rational, well thought out points and not just bashing for bashings sake.

Kudos people!

173. Sxottlan - January 20, 2010

Happy anniversary to a series that doesn’t nearly deserve all the criticisms it’s received over the years.

Some, but certainly not all.

174. Kamen Gullberg - January 20, 2010

You go VOYAGER! Voyager has had a great impact on my life and I call my self a Trekkie (er) because of the series. Found TNG to be outdated and boring, DS9 was ok, but Voyager is top. I really don’t care about how much you hated or disliked the show, go to a shrink for that problem. But each Star Trek series meant something to someone and that should be respected. For all you voyager bashers, why even read this if you loath it? Go see a shrink. But for you Voyager lovers out there, this is awesome and I wished the series went on. Janeway was a great captain, seven was the sexiest Borg, the Doctor was a brilliant character, Tuvok was one of the best Vulcan’s out there and the crew overall had an unmatched chemistry of any crew in the series. Thanks for being there, miss you Voyager.

175. Lazers - January 22, 2010

From 6th grade to high school graduation – I literally grew up with this show. It has more nostalgic and developmental value to me than any other show. In my messy coming-of-age, this show was a constant alongside my first crush, first couple of jobs, entry into middle and high school, etc. Always there. And always will be there thanks to DVDs. Happy birthday Voyager. And thank you to the cast and crew. *raises glass*

176. Brian Kirsch - January 23, 2010

Voyager is a much underappreciated and underrated show. Sure it had it’s stinky moments, but ALL of the series did! The best theme of any Star Trek show, bar none. Kate Mulgrew was worth the price of admission alone. There are many episodes that I would put up against those from other series as “best Trek episodes”. One that comes to mind is “The Raven” (I think that’s the title, my memory is fading). Seeing 7 of 9′s childhood and her brutal assimilation still haunts, me all these years later. It affected me more than Picard’s assimilation…….

177. Brian Kirsch - January 23, 2010

The opening titles are the best-executed, most dramatic, and best scored of any of the series. Damn, Voyager is a real beauty, unlike the butt-fugly Enterprise of TNG. She’s sleak, but not too overboard like the TNG E. She has struts to land on planets! Too cool! Her nacelles move into position for warp drive! Too cool! OK, I’m crossing into geekdom so I’ll quit now….lol.

178. Moe Chismo - January 27, 2010

I loved Voyager and DS9 and grew up with TOS. TNG – I could take it or leave it. Wesley Crusher made me want to puke.

179. Jason - February 5, 2010

Star Trek Voyager was the best Star Trek series ever! 8t’s ifine if you don’t agree but nobody will ever convince me otherwise. They had the closest family on their journey home. Thank god it was Mulgrew and not the other woman. Happy Anniversary!

180. John Sherman Jr - February 19, 2010

Voyager was a great show. It would be nice to see a Voyager movie.

181. gozzey - May 19, 2010

i just watched the whole of voyager back to back and loved every min of it i hope they do make a film i would love to see it happy anniversary to the whole crew

182. Stephen - May 30, 2010

Star Trek: Voyager in my opinion was definitley the most boring, lamest, and worst acted, and worst scripted of all the Star Trek series. I’ve been a Star Trek fan since I was five and loved every series except Voyager. I literaly just cant stomoch it. As Spock said to Kirk once, “I have tried Captain.”

183. Bob Buren - September 20, 2010

I’ve got to do more “Googling” because I’ve encountered stuff about Star Trek of which I was unaware. By the way, is Star Trek Enterprise with Scott Bakula and Jolene Blalock considered part of the Star Trek family? Star Trek was the first sci-fi series with class, produced by DesiLu and The Next Generation was the best as far as I’m concerned leaving me with much to ponder and containing theology.
I did enjoy Voyager, but sometimes an episode seemed to be edited to fit the 60 minute time alotted and should have been longer. The same would apply to those extended to two continued segments.

184. Myra Laurenzano - April 21, 2011

Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any suggestions for rookie blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

185. Jean - September 5, 2011

I am sorry to say but there is an error in this article. The Maquis was introduced on Star Trek: The Next Generation, not on Deep Space Nine. Other then that, good article.

186. Marshal - January 18, 2012

It’s shocking to see so many haters on here! Voyager is the only reason I pay any attention to Star Trek. When I watch TNG or DS9 it’s just because the entire franchise captivates me due to my intense appreciation for Voyager specifically. Enterprise, was difficult for me because of the drastic change in the time the series is set in. Blogs I have been reading suggest that alot of people felt the same but after years of not caring they gave it another shot and couldn’t stop watching it. I was considering trying Enterprise again for myself. All you Voyager haters should do the same! Refer to above comments for a few of the really interesting Voyager episodes to get you started.

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