It’s been a rocky road for the Star Trek: Voyager documentary, but it’s finally back on track
Filming actually began on the documentary that celebrates the seven-year journey of Star Trek: Voyager earlier this year when the Star Trek Cruise set sail. Documentary filmmaker David Zappone said they were given unlimited access on the cruise and shot or seven days. They had intended to go to Germany and then England for Destination Star Trek events, but that all came to a halt when the pandemic hit.
"CBS] was kind enough to let us tag along on the Star Trek Cruise in March of this year, which is Voyager’s 25th anniversary year. We were given unlimited access on that cruise and shot for seven days. We returned March 8th and within a week the cruise industry shut down… The original plan was to start with the cruise and then we were booked to go to Germany and then to England for Destination Star Trek events. We probably would have been at [Star Trek Las Vegas], but as you know, all of those had been cancelled. So, thankfully we have the only footage of the Voyager reunion, the only one that happened was on that cruise. And we got most of them."
Production has now resumed, but it takes more time as they are conducting individual interviews that are socially distant and safe. Much of the main cast has already been interviewed separately, and an extensive interview with Executive Producer Brannon Braga has already been completed as well. Plans are still underway to interview Executive Producers Jeri Taylor and Rick Berman and the rest of the cast members.
Zappone said they are hoping to include remastered HD footage like they did with the Deep Space Nine documentary, What We Left Behind. However, that might require crowdfunding as CBS might not be 100% convinced to foot the cost, and he can’t convince the network on his own. Crowdfunding would help CBS to see that the desire to see the remastered footage is there. Crowdfunding was successful with the DS9 documentary, and there’s little doubt fans would be on board to help secure the funds for this project as well.
A release date hasn’t been set or the Voyager documentary, and with the wheels turning slowly, it could be quite some time before we see one of our favorite casts all together again.