We look back at the best of Star Trek: Voyager on the 15th anniversary of its final episode.
On May 23, 2001 the final episode of Star Trek: Voyager aired, for better or worse it marked the end of an era for Star Trek. After Voyager Star Trek ventured into a time travel, alternate universe, and prequel era that while producing some great Trek, was inherently different from the Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager era. It’s not that we didn’t enjoy Enterprise or the new Star Trek movies, it’s just that their tone sets them apart from the 90’s Trek TV shows.
Voyager was supposed to be a show about a great journey, but like all Star Trek it ended up being a show about people. Let’s take a look at some of the best of the Voyager crew.
Captain Kathryn Janeway was our first female Star Trek captain. Janeway was a formidable captain, but still had a very human weakness we could relate to.
Coffee aside, Janeway had some fantastic moments.
Janeway’s second in command was Commander Chakotay who’s spiritual beliefs and terrorist past always reminded me of a more patient Kira Nerys.
Voyager also saw the return of a Vulcan to the bridge of a Star Trek starship. Tuvok managed to not only capture the Vulcan logic, but also the Vulcan wit.
Voyager’s Chief Engineer was B’Elanna Torres a part human and part Klingon officer who sometimes had trouble controlling her temper, especially with Tom Paris.
Tom is Voyager’s helmsman and best pilot, he and B’Elanna end up having a good, but complicated relationship.
Harry Kim is Voyager’s go to guy to end up in a tight spot, poor Harry Kim.
After Kes left Voygaer Seven of Nine was introduced. Some fans hate on Seven claiming she was only there to have a pretty woman on the show, but Jerri Ryan did an incredible job making her one of the most interesting characters on the show. Seven’s struggle with what it meant to be human after being a Borg drone was reminiscent of Data’s quest for humanity.
Seven wasn’t the only crew member who had to come to terms with who they were, Voyager’s doctor was killed in the first episode and the crew then relied on an emergency medical hologram. The Doctor started off as nothing more than a program and grew to become perhaps our favorite
medical officer, and that’s saying something.
Neelix rounded out the Voyager crew, and it’s hard to explain Neelix. Neelix was an alien trader who ended up hitching along with Voyager as she made her way back to the Alpha Quadrant. Neelix ostensibly served as a guide to the Delta Quadrant, but was really there to lighten the atmosphere. Neelix was best when playing of Tuvok as a straight man.
Voyager wasn’t my favorite
show, it had flaws, but it had some fantastic moments as well and I truly miss it.
Luckily we can catch up with the Voyager crew anytime we want over on Netflix!
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