As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, last year, I began watching Star Trek: Voyager for the first time. I’ve been steadily watching two episodes a night for the past few months, and I just wrapped the series by watching the finale, Endgame. Now that I’ve already shared the top five things I loved about the finale, here are the five things I disliked about it the most.
Seven of Nine and Chakotay’s sudden relationship
This won’t come as a surprise to anyone as I know many people dislike it. This relationship was so rushed, it was almost painful to watch. We went from Seven and Chakotay being friends/colleagues to being on their third date at the start of the episode. And, to me, the chemistry just wasn’t there. Even though she’d been using a holographic projection of him to improve her social skills and a romance took place on the holodeck, it didn’t make up for the lack of real, romantic interaction between the two.
The complete disregard for the Temporal Prime Directive
I certainly understood Admiral Janeway’s reasoning for wanting to bring the crew home earlier. She wanted to save her family. However, by completely disregarding the Temporal Prime Directive, she could have caused major issues down the road. Of course, we weren’t shown those, but it stands to reason there would be some repercussions. And certainly there were many other instances of the violation of this direction by other captains, but, to me, I was hoping the crew would have been able to find their own way home in a more natural way.
That Tom Paris wasn’t present for the birth of his child
This one irritated me because there was such a big deal made out of B’Elanna’s concern about Tom staying with her and her daughter. It just seemed like the writers would have allowed Tom to be there for the birth of his child. And, in the end, we didn’t even get to see him with his daughter. This is a minor irk, I know, but I just thought it should have been important for Tom and B’Elanna to have this moment together with their newborn.
We don’t actually see the crew step foot on Earth
It was good seeing Earth and Voyager approaching; however, I wanted to see the crew actually walk onto solid ground. I wanted to see them at least enter Starfleet headquarters and know they were home. I wanted to see a crowd to welcome them home. Maybe that was asking too much, but it was what I wanted.
The brief glimpse of Neelix
I know not a lot of viewers are fans of Neelix, but he did spend seven years with this crew. He got his own happily ever after, but it would have been nice to see his reaction when he learned the crew were going home, that they’d actually found a way. And while it was nice knowing that Seven stayed in touch with him, I would have personally preferred a conversation with Tuvok as they actually had more of a relationship than he and Seven of Nine.
And that’s my top five dislikes. I really did overall like Voyager’s series finale. I just think it could have been much stronger than it was if certain changes had been made.