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Star Trek: Voyager

Friday, 22 February 2008 08:13

A woman takes charge of bringing her crew home ...

 

USA - 1995-2001 - 172 episodes (60 mins) - colour

By the time Voyager arrived on screen to replace the recently retired Star Trek: The Next Generation, the challenge for its creators was to devise something different while remaining true to Gene Roddenberry's original vision. With the final frontier looking increasingly familiar as each series expanded the Star Trek universe their answer was to take Voyager out of the conventional environs and place it in the unknown Delta Quadrant, out of contact with Starfleet.

Stranded 70,000 light years from Earth, the crew of the USS Voyager, along with the Maquis freedom fighters they were sent to apprehend, found themselves closest of all the franchise's incarnations to it's original roots. Although their prime motivation was to return home, the route back still allowed them to "seek out new life and new civilizations" along the way.

Viewed by audiences with ambivalence, although Voyager enjoyed the novelty of a female Captain, Kathryn Janeway, once on its course the stories proved formulaic and repetitive. The Federation and Maquis crews settled in as allies too quickly and comfortably and attempts to create credible story arcs proved less than successful, while the Kazon, created as a continual thorn in Voyager's side, proved disappointing and were replaced by the always-reliable Borg.

Once again secondary characters became the most interesting, in particular the holographic Doctor with his dry sarcasm and curmudgeonly bedside manner reminiscent of the original series' Leonard McCoy, and Seven of Nine, the shapely Borg Drone, rediscovering her humanity after being separated from the Collective.

 

REGULAR CAST
Kate Mulgrew as Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran as Chakotay
Roxann Biggs-Dawson as B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill as Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips as Neelix
Robert Picardo as the Doctor
Tim Russ as Tuvok
Garrett Wang as Harry Kim
Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine
Jennifer Lien as Kes

 

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