Star Trek Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager (VOY) focuses on the 24th century adventures of Captain Kathryn Janeway aboard the U.S.S. Voyager. Smaller than either Kirk’s or Picard’s starships—its crew complement is only 150—Voyager is fast and powerful, and has the ability to land on a planet’s surface. It is one of the most technologically advanced vessels in Starfleet, utilizing computer circuitry that incorporates synthetic neural tissue.
Ironically, Janeway’s inaugural mission aboard Voyager was to be her last in the Alpha quadrant. While attempting to capture the crew of a renegade Maquis vessel, both her ship and that of the Maquis were pulled into the distant Delta quadrant by powerful alien technology. Unfortunately, there would be no similar “express” route to take them home again. Stranded 70,000 light-years from Earth, Janeway convinced the Maquis to join her Starfleet crew and serve together during the long voyage back to Federation space.
– Description copied from the Star Trek website
Star Trek Voyager is my first contact with the Star Trek universe. My boyfriend enjoyed the Voyager series the most, so he decided that was the best series to introduce me to this series. We watched this series over the course of a year or more and finally finished all 7 seasons. I did have some trouble getting into the series at first as I didn’t know much of the universe, but on the other hand that’s also one of the best things about Voyager for a newbie as Voyager takes place far away from the normal happenings. Star Trek Voyager follows the federation star ship Voyager. Voyager lands through some sort of anomaly in the Delta quadrant, 70,000 light years away fro home the alpha quadrant. Voyager is basically about the space ship their journey home through space and everything that happens in during that time. I thought this made for an interesting plot, you have two crews forced to life together and become one crew and they are always on the same space ship. I do think there were some missed opportunities to really illustrate the life on voyager during those years, but al in all it was a great series.
What I like about Voyager is how each individual episode tells it’s own story, but there is also the big overarching plot of getting home. And beside that there are also longer lasting plots, changes in the story and characters that change gradual, very gradual at times, but it’s great to see. There is also focus on politics, alien species they meet more often and where previous interactions sometimes influence the next ones. There are also episodes which stand more apart, they tell a story in the episode and we never hear more of it. So those episodes are there too, but the episodes that contribute to the overall plot or character story arc’s where my favourites.
Ofcourse it’s impossible to like all the episodes. My least favourite episodes were the time travel episodes and the Q episodes. Q is the most annoying weird characters and I couldn’t stand him, so making the episodes with him a mayor annoyance in my opinion. When it comes to time travel there are a few of them in the series and the plot is similar in each of them, something bad happens and thanks to time shit nothing every happened. There are also some episodes I really enjoyed, mainly the episodes focussed on the Doctor or Seven of Nine as those were two of my favourite characters and I think they both have an interesting story. The Doctor is a hologram, who is nothing more than a hologram at first, but get’s more rights and becomes a member of the crew eventually. I won’t spoil too much about Seven of Nine,but I thought her journey and change in the series was great to see.
Voyager has a great cast of characters and I liked all of the main characters, Captain Janeway, Chakotay, Kim, Tom, B’Elanna, Seven of Nine, Tuvok, The Doctor and Neelix. They all have great personalities and depth and they all have episodes more focussed on them. We see all of them change and develop over the course of their series and learn more of them. The interactions between the crew member was one of my favourite parts of the series. As they are forced to spend all their days together on the same space ship they get pretty tight and it’s great to see them become friends and I would dare say family towards the end.
There is a bit of romance in the series, although it’s definitely more of a die plot. The first romance I really liked, it build-up slowly and we see them get together, their struggles as a couple and then how they build their family. The other romance, came a bit out of nowhere in the last season and they went from just friends to lovers in the course of an episode. I thought there was potential for more here.
The ending is pretty predictable and perfect at the same time. I loved where the plot headed and there are some emotional scenes in the last episode, although I have to admit I wasn’t a big fan of the last episode. In my opinion there was potential for more, like an epilogue. The ending is pretty abrupt and I thought having it continue a bit longer would give a satisfactory ending. Also I wasn’t a fan of the time travel element that was introduced and how there is some forced drama in one of the romances.
To summarize: I really enjoyed Star Trek Voyager and it was great to follow voyager’s journey home through the delta quadrant and explore the delta quadrant together with the crew. The characters are probably one of my favourite aspect, we get to knwo all of them and I liked all the main characters and seeing them change and develop during the series. I also liked the episodes that tied into the overarching plot or character arc’s. The time travel and Q episodes were my least favourite. The ending was great, although I wished there would’ve been more of an epilogue or homecoming instead of the abrupt stop. All in all it was a great series and I am glad I watched it. Definitely recommend it for fans of sci-fi series with a great cast of characters, but also very plot focussed and lots of adventure, exploration and a great journey.