Star Trek: Voyager created the greatest love story between Kathryn Janeway and Chakotay, but never pulled the trigger.
Star Trek: Voyager is a show that is starting to earn its place in the historical canon. A show that was once considered very average by some of those who watched it live, has found its footing in the historical sense thanks to the advent of streaming. A lot more fans got to see the adventures of Kathryne Janeway, Chakotay, and the rest of the Voyager crew.
The did a lot of things right, and you can see that in many, many episodes, but one of the things that didn’t get done right was the conclusion to the love story between Janeway and Chakotay. The show hinted at it more than once, but they never pulled the trigger and for fair reasons.
The one thing that the writers never wanted to do was show Janeway as some love-struck so-and-so who needed a man to solve her issues. In the show, it was stated, or more alluded to that it was inappropriate for a captain to have a romantic dynamic with a subordinate.
And that’s fair.
But the man built her a bathtub on a planet with little sentient life. If that’s not a sign of someone’s love, I don’t know what is.
Star Trek: Voyager never concluded Chakotay and Kathryne Janewa’s romance.
Admittedly, the romance between Chakotay and Kathryne Janeway was only ever something fans wanted to see because of the chemistry of Kate Mulrew (Janenway) and Robert Beltran (Chakotay). The two were magnetic together and while it was likely that the show never intended for them to be together, their ability to make magic together on screen was too hard to pass up.
With so many rumors of a Voyager sequel, specifically one that focused on Mulgrew, we could finally get some form of resolution to their dynamic. Especially since the duo would no longer be assigned to the same ship anymore.
Now, would her admiral status and his captain status (as seen in Prodigy) detour things? Maybe, but maybe that could also be part of their story.