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Star Trek: Voyager

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Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek Voyager Logo.svg
GenreScience fiction[1]
Created by
Based onStar Trek
by Gene Roddenberry
Starring
Theme music composerJerry Goldsmith
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes172 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers Showrunners
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45 minutes
Production companyParamount Network Television
Distributor
Release
Original networkUPN[2]
Picture formatNTSC 480i 4:3
Audio format
Original releaseJanuary 16, 1995 (1995-01-16) –
May 23, 2001 (2001-05-23)
Chronology
Preceded byStar Trek: Deep Space Nine
Followed byStar Trek: Enterprise
Related showsStar Trek TV series
External links
Star Trek: Voyager at StarTrek.com

Star Trek: Voyager is an American science fiction television series created by Rick Berman, Michael Piller, and Jeri Taylor. It originally aired from January 16, 1995, to May 23, 2001, on UPN, lasting for 172 episodes over seven seasons. The fifth series in the Star Trek franchise, it served as the fourth sequel to Star Trek: The Original Series. Set in the 24th century, when Earth is part of a United Federation of Planets, it follows the adventures of the Starfleet vessel USS Voyager as it attempts to return home after being stranded in the Delta Quadrant on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy.

Paramount Pictures commissioned the series following the termination of Star Trek: The Next Generation to accompany the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. They wanted it to help launch UPN, their newly established network. Berman, Piller, and Taylor devised the series to chronologically overlap with Deep Space Nine and to maintain thematic continuity with elements that had been introduced in The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. The complex relationship between Starfleet and ex-Federation colonists known as the Maquis was one such element and a persistent central theme. Voyager was the first Star Trek series to feature a female captain, Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), as the lead character. Berman served as head executive producer in charge of the overall production, assisted by a series of executive producers: Piller, Taylor, Brannon Braga, and Kenneth Biller.

Set in a different part of the galaxy from preceding Star Trek shows, Voyager gave the series' writers space to introduce new alien species as recurring characters, namely the Kazon, Vidiians, Hirogen, and Species 8472. During the later seasons, the Borg—a species created for The Next Generation—were introduced as the main antagonists. During Voyager's run, various episode novelisations and tie-in video games were produced; after it ended, various novels continued the series narrative.

Production

Development

As Star Trek: The Next Generation ended, Paramount Pictures wanted to continue to have a second Star Trek TV series to accompany Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The studio also planned to start a new television network, and wanted the new series to help it succeed.[3] This was reminiscent of Paramount's earlier plans to launch its own network by showcasing Star Trek: Phase II in 1977.

Initial work on Star Trek: Voyager began in 1993, when the seventh and final season of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the second season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine were in production. Seeds for Voyager's backstory, including the development of the Maquis, were placed in several The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine episodes. Voyager was shot on the stages The Next Generation had used, and where the Voyager pilot "Caretaker" was shot in September 1994. Costume designer Robert Blackman decided that the uniforms of Voyager's crew would be the same as those on Deep Space Nine.

Star Trek: Voyager was the first Star Trek series to use computer-generated imagery (CGI), rather than models, for exterior space shots.[4] Babylon 5 and seaQuest DSV had previously used CGI to avoid the expense of models, but the Star Trek television department continued using models because they felt they were more realistic. Amblin Imaging won an Emmy for Voyager's opening CGI title visuals, but the weekly episode exteriors were captured with hand-built miniatures of Voyager, its shuttlecraft, and other ships. This changed when Voyager went fully CGI for certain types of shots midway through season three (late 1996).[5] Foundation Imaging was the studio responsible for special effects during Babylon 5's first three seasons. Season three's "The Swarm" was the first episode to use Foundation's effects exclusively. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine began using Foundation Imaging in conjunction with Digital Muse in season six. In its later seasons, Voyager featured visual effects from Foundation Imaging and Digital Muse. The digital effects were produced at standard television resolution and some have speculated that it cannot be re-released in HD format without re-creating the special effects.[6] However, Enterprise has been released in HD, but the special effects were rendered in 480p and upscaled.[7]

Music

Unlike The Next Generation, where composer Jerry Goldsmith's theme from Star Trek: The Motion Picture was reused, Goldsmith composed and conducted an entirely new main theme for Voyager. As done with The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, a soundtrack album of the series' pilot episode "Caretaker" and a CD single containing three variations of the main theme were released by Crescendo Records in 1995 between seasons one and two.[8][9] In 1996, the theme was also released as piano solo songbook.[10]

In 2017, La-La Land Records issued Star Trek: Voyager Collection, Volume 1, a four-disc limited-edition release containing Goldsmith's theme music and tracks from Jay Chattaway's "Rise", "Night", the two-parter "Equinox", "Pathfinder", "Spirit Folk", "The Haunting of Deck Twelve", "Shattered", "The Void", and the two-parter "Scorpion"; Dennis McCarthy's "The 37's", the two-parter "Basics", "The Q and the Gray", "Concerning Flight", "Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy", and the two-parters "Workforce" and "Year of Hell", David Bell's "Dark Frontier", and Paul Baillargeon's "Lifesigns".[11]

In 2020, Newsweek magazine said that the Voyager theme by Goldsmith, was the best of all Star Trek television series' theme songs.[12] The article elaborates, "...Voyager recaptures some of the spacey ethereality of Courage's original vocal melody, while adding a deep space resonance that evoked the series' lost explorers, far from home among uncharted stars."[12]

Behind the scenes

Robert Picardo, Roxann Dawson, Ethan Phillips, Tim Russ at a Voyager panel in 2009
Robert Picardo, Roxann Dawson, Ethan Phillips, Tim Russ at a Voyager panel in 2009

In August 2015, the main cast members (except Jennifer Lien, who retired from acting in 2002) appeared together onstage in Las Vegas for the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: Voyager at the 2015 Las Vegas Star Trek convention.[13]

Robert Duncan McNeill (Paris) and Roxann Dawson (Torres) went on to direct episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise, while Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, and Andrew Robinson (Garak of Deep Space Nine) all directed episodes of Star Trek: Voyager.[14] Star Trek actors directing has been popular in this franchise, pioneered by Leonard Nimoy (famous for playing Spock in the first Star Trek), who got into directing and had this job for the third and fourth Star Trek theatrical films.[14]

The sets used for USS Voyager were reused for the Deep Space Nine episode "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges" for her sister ship USS Bellerophon (NCC-74705), both of which are Intrepid-class starships. The sickbay set of USS Voyager was also used as the Enterprise-E sickbay in the films Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection. Additionally, the Voyager ready room and the engineering set were also used as rooms aboard the Enterprise-E in Insurrection.

Production of episodes ran from August to May each year, with one episode typically taking about week to shoot.[15] Shooting started at 7 am each weekday and continued until finished for the day.[15] The pilot (first) episode, "Caretaker" took longer to shoot at 31 days.[16]

Plot overview

An artistic rendition of the Milky Way galaxy, overlaid with the fictional quadrant system of the Star Trek universe and the location of certain species. Voyager had to make its way from above where the Kazon species is located back to Earth; this journey is a major plot element in the series
An artistic rendition of the Milky Way galaxy, overlaid with the fictional quadrant system of the Star Trek universe and the location of certain species. Voyager had to make its way from above where the Kazon species is located back to Earth; this journey is a major plot element in the series
Jeri Ryan, appearing at the Creation Star Trek convention in 2010; she joined the cast in Season 4 of the show, as the ex-Borg character Seven of Nine
Jeri Ryan, appearing at the Creation Star Trek convention in 2010; she joined the cast in Season 4 of the show, as the ex-Borg character Seven of Nine

In the pilot episode, "Caretaker", USS Voyager departs the Deep Space Nine space station on a mission into the treacherous Badlands. They are searching for a missing ship piloted by a team of Maquis rebels, which Voyager's security officer, the Vulcan Lieutenant Tuvok, has secretly infiltrated. While in the Badlands, Voyager is enveloped by a powerful energy wave that kills several of its crew, damages the ship, and strands it in the galaxy's Delta Quadrant, more than 70,000 light-years from Earth. The wave was not a natural phenomenon. In fact, it was used by an alien entity known as the Caretaker to pull Voyager into the Delta Quadrant. The Caretaker is responsible for the continued care of the Ocampa, a race of aliens native to the Delta Quadrant, and has been abducting other species from around the galaxy in an effort to find a successor.

The Maquis ship was also pulled into the Delta Quadrant, and eventually the two crews reluctantly agree to join forces after the Caretaker space station is destroyed in a pitched space battle with another local alien species, the Kazon. Chakotay, leader of the Maquis group, becomes Voyager's first officer. B'Elanna Torres, a half-human/half-Klingon Maquis, becomes chief engineer. Tom Paris, whom Janeway released from a Federation prison to help find the Maquis ship, is made Voyager's helm officer. Due to the deaths of the ship's entire medical staff, the Doctor, an emergency medical hologram designed only for short-term use, is employed as the ship's full-time chief medical officer. Delta Quadrant natives Neelix, a Talaxian scavenger, and Kes, a young Ocampa, are welcomed aboard as the ship's chef/morale officer and the Doctor's medical assistant, respectively.

Due to its great distance from Federation space, the Delta Quadrant is unexplored by Starfleet, and Voyager is truly going where no human has gone before. As they set out on their projected 75-year journey home, the crew passes through regions belonging to various species: the barbaric and belligerent Kazon; the organ-harvesting, disease-ravaged Vidiians; the nomadic hunter race the Hirogen; the fearsome Species 8472 from fluidic space; and most notably the Borg, whose home is the Delta Quadrant, so that Voyager has to move through large areas of Borg-controlled space in later seasons. They also encounter perilous natural phenomena, a nebulous area called the Nekrit Expanse ("Fair Trade", third season), a large area of empty space called the Void ("Night", fifth season), wormholes, dangerous nebulae and other anomalies.

Voyager is the third Star Trek series to feature Q, an omnipotent alien—and the second on a recurring basis, as Q made only one appearance on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Starfleet Command learns of Voyager's survival when the crew discovers an ancient interstellar communications network, claimed by the Hirogen, into which they can tap. This relay network is later disabled, but due to the efforts of Earth-based Lieutenant Reginald Barclay, Starfleet eventually establishes regular contact in the season-six episode "Pathfinder", using a communications array and micro-wormhole technology.

In the first two episodes of the show's fourth season, Kes leaves the ship in the wake of an extreme transformation of her mental abilities, while Seven of Nine (known colloquially as Seven), a Borg drone who was assimilated as a six-year-old human girl, is liberated from the collective and joins the Voyager crew. As the series progresses, Seven begins to regain her humanity with the ongoing help of Captain Janeway, who shows her that emotions, friendship, love, and caring are more important than the sterile "perfection" the Borg espouse. The Doctor also becomes more human-like, due in part to a mobile holo-emitter the crew obtains in the third season which allows the Doctor to leave the confines of sickbay. He discovers his love of music and art, which he demonstrates in the episode "Virtuoso". In the sixth season, the crew discovers a group of adolescent aliens assimilated by the Borg, but prematurely released from their maturation chambers due to a malfunction on their Borg cube. As he did with Seven of Nine, the Doctor rehumanizes the children; Azan, Rebi and Mezoti, three of them eventually find a new adoptive home while the fourth, Icheb, chooses to stay aboard Voyager.

Life for the Voyager crew evolves during their long journey. Traitors Seska and Michael Jonas are uncovered in the early months ("State of Flux", "Investigations"); loyal crew members are lost late in the journey; and other wayward Starfleet officers are integrated into the crew. In the second season, the first child is born aboard the ship to Ensign Samantha Wildman; as she grows up, Naomi Wildman becomes great friends with her godfather, Neelix, and develops an unexpected and close relationship with Seven of Nine. Early in the seventh season, Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres marry after a long courtship, and Torres gives birth to their child, Miral Paris, in the series finale. Late in the seventh season, the crew finds a colony of Talaxians on a makeshift settlement in an asteroid field, and Neelix chooses to bid Voyager farewell and live once again among his people.

Over the course of the series, the Voyager crew finds various ways to reduce their 75-year journey by five decades: shortcuts, in the episodes "Night" and "Q2"; technology boosts in "The Voyager Conspiracy", "Dark Frontier", "Timeless" and "Hope and Fear"; a subspace corridor in "Dragon's Teeth"; and a mind-powered push from a powerful former shipmate in "The Gift". Several other trip-shortening attempts are unsuccessful, as seen in the episodes "Eye of the Needle", "Prime Factors", "Future's End", "Course: Oblivion", and "Inside Man". After traveling for seven years, a current (yet returning) shipmate helps instigate a series of complex efforts which shortens the remainder of the journey to a few minutes in the series finale, "Endgame".

Cast

Main cast

Actor Character Position Affiliation Appearances Character's species Rank
Kate Mulgrew Kathryn Janeway Commanding officer Starfleet Seasons 1–7 Human Captain
Captain Janeway took command of the Intrepid-class USS Voyager in 2371.

Her first mission is to locate and capture a Maquis vessel last seen in the area of space known as the Badlands. While there, the Maquis ship and Voyager are transported against their will into the Delta Quadrant, 70,000 light-years away, by a massive displacement wave. The Maquis ship is destroyed while fighting the Kazon-Ogla, and although Voyager survives, numerous casualties are suffered. To protect an intelligent species (the Ocampa), Janeway destroys a device, the Caretaker Array, which had the potential to return her crew to Federation space, stranding her ship and crew 75 years' travel from home. The reason is to stop the array from falling into the wrong hands and to protect the people the Caretaker was caring for.

Robert Beltran Chakotay First officer * Maquis
* Starfleet
Seasons 1–7 Human * Lt. Commander (Starfleet, provisional)
A former Starfleet officer who joined the Maquis, while Starfleet is trying to capture him in the Badlands, his Maquis crew and he are pulled into the Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker's array and are forced to merge with the crew of Voyager during its journey home. Before serving as Voyager's first officer, he had resigned from Starfleet after years of service to join the Maquis to defend his home colony against the Cardassians.
Tim Russ Tuvok Second officer, security officer, tactical officer * Maquis (cover)
* Starfleet
Seasons 1–7 Vulcan * Lieutenant
* Lieutenant commander
Tuvok is a Vulcan Starfleet officer who serves aboard Voyager while it is stranded in the Delta Quadrant. In 2371, Tuvok was assigned to infiltrate the Maquis organization aboard Chakotay's Maquis vessel, and is pulled into the Delta Quadrant. He serves as tactical officer and second officer under Captain Kathryn Janeway during Voyager's seven-year journey through this unknown part of the galaxy. He is the only Voyager crew member to be promoted in the Delta Quadrant (lieutenant to lieutenant commander).
Robert Duncan McNeill Tom Paris Helmsman, medic * Maquis
* Starfleet
Seasons 1–7 Human * Lieutenant
* Ensign
* Lieutenant junior grade
Thomas Eugene Paris is a human Starfleet officer who serves for seven years as flight controller of the Federation starship Voyager. The son of a prominent Starfleet admiral, he was dishonorably discharged from Starfleet and later joined the Maquis before being captured and serving time at the Federation Penal Settlement in New Zealand. After joining Voyager to retrieve Chakotay's Maquis ship from the Badlands, he is transferred with the crew of Voyager 70,000 light-years across the galaxy, deep into the Delta Quadrant.
Roxann Dawson B'Elanna Torres Chief engineer * Maquis
* Starfleet
Seasons 1–7 Human–Klingon hybrid Lieutenant junior grade (Provisional)
A former Starfleet cadet who joined the Maquis, B'Elanna Torres is the sometimes combative Klingon-human hybrid who serves as chief engineer on the Federation starship Voyager. B'Elanna is pulled into the Delta Quadrant on Chakotay's ship and is forced to merge with the crew of Voyager.
Garrett Wang Harry Kim Operations officer Starfleet Seasons 1–7 Human Ensign
Ensign Harry Kim is a human Starfleet officer. He serves as USS Voyager's operations officer. When Voyager is pulled into the Delta Quadrant, Harry is fresh out of the Academy and nervous about his assignment.
Robert Picardo The Doctor Chief medical officer Starfleet Seasons 1–7 Human hologram None
"The Doctor" is USS Voyager's emergency medical holographic program and chief medical officer during the ship's journey. The EMH mark 1 is a computer program with a holographic interface in the form of Lewis Zimmerman, the creator of the Doctor's program. Although his program is specifically designed to function in emergency situations only, Voyager's sudden relocation to the Delta Quadrant resulting in the death of the Chief Medical Officer along with all medical staff necessitated that the Doctor run his program on a full-time basis, becoming the ship's new Chief Medical Officer. He evolves full self-awareness and even has hobbies.
Ethan Phillips Neelix Cook
Morale officer
Ambassador
None Seasons 1–7 Talaxian None
Neelix is a Talaxian who becomes a merchant, shortly after the Haakonians launch an attack on his homeworld, using a technology called a metreon cascade, resulting in the death of his entire family. He joins the Voyager, serving as a valuable source of information about the Delta Quadrant, as well as chef, morale officer, ambassador, navigator, and holder of many other odd jobs.
Jennifer Lien Kes Nurse
Botanist
None Seasons 1–3 (4+6 recurring) Ocampan None
Kes is a female Ocampan with psionic powers who joins USS Voyager after it is catapulted into the Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker's array. Kes is Neelix's partner, who had promised to save her from the Kazon who had captured her. Kes leaves the show in the episode "The Gift" and returns temporarily for the episode "Fury", then leaves and never returns.
Jeri Ryan Seven of Nine
(Annika Hansen)
Astrometrics lab crewman * Borg
* Starfleet
Seasons 4–7 Human (de-assimilated Borg) None
Seven of Nine (full Borg designation: Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix 01) is a human female who is a former Borg drone. She was born Annika Hansen on stardate 25479 (2350), the daughter of eccentric exobiologists Magnus and Erin Hansen. She was assimilated by the Borg in 2356 at age six, along with her parents, and is liberated by the crew of USS Voyager at the start of season four.
Secondary cast (Recurring)

Actor Character Position Affiliation Appearances Character's species Rank
Josh Clark Joseph Carey Assistant Chief Engineer Starfleet Seasons 1-7 Human Lieutenant
An engineer aboard USS Voyager, Carey serves under B'Elanna Torres. In 2371, Carey is briefly named acting chief engineer when the original officer in that position is killed during the ship's violent passage to the Delta Quadrant. He is disappointed when Captain Janeway later names Torres for the position of chief engineer, but he soon recognizes her superior abilities.
Nancy Hower Samantha Wildman Science officer Starfleet Seasons 1–7 Human Ensign
A science officer married to a Ktarian named Greskrendtregk, Wildman joins the Voyager crew unaware that she is pregnant with a daughter. She gives birth to Naomi in 2372 and selects Neelix as her godfather. Wildman continues her scientific duties while raising her child.
Alexander Enberg Vorik Engineering Starfleet Seasons 1–7 Vulcan Ensign
A Starfleet engineer aboard the Voyager, Vorik is one of two Vulcans to survive its cataclysmic arrival in the Delta Quadrant. Within the merged crews of Voyager, Vorik likely trails only Chief Engineer B'Elanna Torres and Lt. Joe Carey in engineering expertise.
Manu Intiraymi Icheb Asst. astrometrics lab crewman * Borg
* Starfleet
Seasons 6–7 Brunali (de-assimilated Borg) Cadet
A Brunali, he was assimilated by the Borg and then "adopted" by the Voyager after being abandoned by the Collective and again after it was revealed that his parents (to whom Voyager had attempted to return him) had deliberately allowed him to be assimilated by the Borg to infect the collective with a destructive pathogen coded into his DNA.
Scarlett Pomers Naomi Wildman Captain's assistant None Seasons 2–7 Human–Ktarian hybrid Civilian
Half-human, half-Ktarian, she is the daughter of Samantha Wildman, and the first child born on the USS Voyager after it was swept into the Delta Quadrant. She is granted the unofficial role of captain's assistant by Captain Janeway.
Martha Hackett Seska Science officer
Engineering
* Maquis (cover)
* Obsidian Order
Seasons 1–3, 7 Bajoran (disguise)
Cardassian
Ensign (provisional)
Born Cardassian, this female Obsidian Order agent was surgically altered to appear Bajoran and to infiltrate a Maquis cell commanded by former Starfleet officer Chakotay. She kept the Cardassian name Seska even while disguised as a Bajoran. A good friend of the Starfleet dropout B'Elanna Torres, she joined the cell after Chakotay's approval and soon became his lover.
Brad Dourif Lon Suder Engineering * Maquis
* Starfleet
Seasons 2–3 Betazoid Ensign (provisional)
Maquis fighter, engineer, and homicidal Betazoid, Suder joined USS Voyager in 2371.
Raphael Sbarge Michael Jonas Engineering * Maquis
* Starfleet
Seasons 1–2 Human Ensign (provisional)
Member of the Maquis contingent that joined the Voyager crew in 2371

Notable guest appearances

The show's many visitations across time and space provide a range of performances ranging from cameos to almost being interwoven into much of the show, such as when being portrayed as a love interest or protagonist of one of the show's regulars.

Cameos

Actors

Source material:[20]

Connections with other Star Trek incarnations

Fictional chronology
Year TNG DS9 VOY
2364 S1
2365 S2
2366 S3
2367 S4
2368 S5
2369 S6 S1
2370 S7 S2
2371 S3 S1
2372 S4 S2
2373 S5 S3
2374 S6 S4
2375 S7 S5
2376 S6
2377 S7

Characters and races

As with other Star Trek series, the original Star Trek's Vulcans, Klingons, and Romulans appear in Star Trek: Voyager.[21] Voyager had appearances by several other races who initially appear in The Next Generation: the Q, the Borg, Cardassians, Bajorans, Betazoids, and Ferengi, along with Deep Space Nine's Jem'Hadar (via hologram), as well as the Maquis resistance movement, previously established in episodes of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.[21]

One notable connection between Voyager and The Next Generation appears regarding a wormhole and the Ferengi. In The Next Generation season-three episode "The Price", bidding takes place for rights to a wormhole. The Ferengi send a delegation to the bidding. When the Enterprise and Ferengi vessel each send shuttles into the wormhole, they appear in the Delta Quadrant, where the Ferengi shuttle becomes trapped. In the Voyager season-three episode "False Profits", the Ferengi who were trapped have since landed on a nearby planet, and begun exploiting the inhabitants for profit.

Actors from other Star Trek incarnations appearing on Voyager

In some cases, the actors play the same character as elsewhere, such as Dwight Schultz who plays Reginald Barclay. In other cases, the same actors play different characters.

Actors from Voyager appearing on other Star Trek incarnations

  • Martha Hackett (Seska) appeared as a member of the Terellian alien species in the finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation, "All Good Things..." and in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine two-part episode "The Search" as Romulan Subcommander T'Rul.
  • Robert Duncan McNeill (Paris) appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The First Duty" as Starfleet cadet Nicolas Locarno. (The character of Locarno was used as a template for Tom Paris).[24]
  • Kate Mulgrew appears again as Kathryn Janeway, promoted to vice admiral, in the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis a year after Voyager ended its run.[25]
  • Ethan Phillips (Neelix) was featured in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Ménage à Troi" as the Ferengi Farek, the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Acquisition" as the Ferengi pirate Ulis, and in Star Trek: First Contact as an unnamed maître d' on the holodeck.
  • Robert Picardo (the Doctor) guest-starred in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Doctor Bashir, I Presume" as Dr. Lewis Zimmerman and an EMH Mark I, and made a cameo appearance in the film Star Trek: First Contact as the Enterprise-E's EMH.
  • Tim Russ (Tuvok) appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Starship Mine", the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes "Invasive Procedures" and "Through the Looking Glass" (as Mirror Tuvok), and the film Star Trek: Generations, as various characters.
  • Jeri Ryan appeared as Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Picard[26]

Actress Kate Mulgrew is scheduled to reprise her character Janeway in the upcoming animated kids show Star Trek: Prodigy.[25][27]

List of episodes

The series consists of 172 episodes, all 45 minutes in length, excluding advertisement breaks. Four episodes, "Caretaker", "Dark Frontier", "Flesh and Blood" and "Endgame" originally aired as 90 minute episodes (excluding advertisement breaks). In syndication these four episodes are each split into two episodes (45 minutes in length).

Episodes by season (1–4)
Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
Episodes by season (5–7)
Season 5 Season 6 Season 7

Tie-in media

Models of the USS Voyager, the setting for Star Trek: Voyager,  and Enterprise "D" version at Star Trek: The Experience
Models of the USS Voyager, the setting for Star Trek: Voyager, and Enterprise "D" version at Star Trek: The Experience

Novels

A total of 26 numbered books were released during the series' original run from 1995 to 2001.[28] They include novelizations of the first episode, "Caretaker", "The Escape", "Violations", "Ragnarok", and novelizations of the episodes "Flashback", "Day of Honor", "Equinox" and "Endgame". Also, "unnumbered books", which are still part of the series, were released, though not part of the official release. These novels consist of episode novelizations except for Caretaker, Mosaic (a biography of Kathryn Janeway), Pathways (a novel in which the biography of various crew members, including all of the senior staff, is given); and The Nanotech War, a novel released in 2002, one year after the series' finale.

Book relaunch

A series of novels focusing on the continuing adventures of Voyager following the television series finale was implemented in 2003, much as Pocket Books did with the Deep Space Nine relaunch novel series, which features stories placed after the finale of that show. In the relaunch, several characters are reassigned while others are promoted but stay aboard Voyager. These changes include Janeway's promotion to admiral, Chakotay becoming captain of Voyager and breaking up with Seven of Nine, Tuvok leaving the ship to serve as tactical officer under William Riker, and Tom Paris's promotion to first officer on the Voyager. The series also introduces several new characters.

The series began with Homecoming and The Farther Shore in 2003, a direct sequel to the series' finale, "Endgame". These were followed in 2004 by Spirit Walk: Old Wounds and Spirit Walk: Enemy of My Enemy. Under the direction of a new author, 2009 brought forth two more additions to the series: Full Circle and Unworthy. In 2011, another book by the same author called Children of the Storm was released. Other novels—some set during the relaunch period, others during the show's broadcast run—have been published.

Video games

Screenshot from the game Elite Force from 2000
Screenshot from the game Elite Force from 2000

Three video games based specifically on Voyager were released: Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force for PC (2000) and PS2 (2001), the arcade game Star Trek: Voyager – The Arcade Game (2002) and Star Trek: Elite Force II (2003), a sequel to Elite Force. The PS2 game Star Trek: Encounters (2006) also features the ship and characters from the show. Voyager was a graphic adventure video game developed by Looking Glass Technologies but it was cancelled in 1997.

Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force drew revenues of $15 million and sold roughly 300,000 units worldwide by 2003.[29]

Reception

Broadcast history

Star Trek: Voyager launched with UPN network with repeats entering into syndication.[30] The two hour long debut "Caretaker" was seen by 21.3 million people in January 1995.[31]

TV season Season No. of episodes Time slot, ET
1994–95 Season 1 16 Monday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 1, 3–16)
Monday at 9:00 pm (Episode 2)
1995–96 Season 2 26 Monday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 1–19, 21–26)
Wednesday at 8:00 pm (Episode 20)
1996–97 Season 3 26 Wednesday at 9:00 pm
1997–98 Season 4 26 Wednesday at 9:00 pm (Episodes 1–7, 19–26)
Wednesday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 8–18)
1998–99 Season 5 26 Wednesday at 9:00 pm (Episodes 1–14, 16–20, 22–26)
Wednesday at 8:00 pm (Episode 15)
Monday at 9:00 pm (Episode 21)
1999–2000 Season 6 26 Wednesday at 9:00 pm
2000–01 Season 7 26 Wednesday at 9:00 pm (Episodes 1–8, 10–24, 26)
Wednesday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 9, 25)

The series is available, Sunday through Friday evenings, on the broadcast network Heroes and Icons. It is also available for streaming in the United States on CBS All Access, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix.

Critical response

In 2016, in a listing that included each Star Trek film and TV series separately, Voyager was ranked 6th by the L.A. Times.[32] In 2017, Vulture ranked Star Trek: Voyager the 4th best live-action Star Trek television show, prior to Star Trek: Discovery.[33] In 2019, Nerdist ranked this show the 5th best Star Trek series, in between Enterprise and Star Trek: Discovery.[34] Also in 2019, MovieFone ranked it the fifth best live-action Star Trek series.[35]

In 2019, CBR ranked Season 5 the 4th best season of a Star Trek show, and Season 4, the 8th best.[36] In 2019, Popular Mechanics ranked Star Trek: Voyager the 36th best science fiction television show ever.[37] Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the show a rating of 77% overall of the seven seasons based on 49 reviews.[38] Metacritic gives Star Trek: Voyager a score of 66 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[39] In 2021, Variety ranked it the fourth best installment of Star Trek, counting series and movies together, placing it ahead of all television series to-date except the original.[40]

Cultural influence

Roxann Dawson, Kate Mulgrew and Jennifer Lien (1995).
Roxann Dawson, Kate Mulgrew and Jennifer Lien (1995).

Voyager is notable for being the most gender-balanced Star Trek series with the first female lead character and strong female supporting characters,[41] with a review of the different series giving Voyager the highest Bechdel test rating.[41]

In an article about Voyager, Ian Grey wrote: "It was a rare heavy-hardware science fiction fantasy not built around a strong man, and more audaciously, it didn't seem to trouble itself over how fans would receive this. On Voyager, female authority was assumed and unquestioned; women conveyed sexual power without shame and anger without guilt. Even more so than Buffy, which debuted two years later, it was the most feminist show in American TV history."[42]

About her years on Voyager, Kate Mulgrew said: "The best thing was simply the privilege and the challenge of being able to take a shot at the first female captain, transcending stereotypes that I was very familiar with. I was able to do that in front of millions of viewers. That was a remarkable experience—and it continues to resonate."[43]

In 2015, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti tweeted the line from the Voyager TV show about coffee, from the International Space Station.[25] The station was getting a shipment of supplies which triggered a chance to say how coffee really was in the incoming spacecraft (a Dragon cargo spacecraft).[25] The spacecraft was carrying the ISSpresso machine which really would allow coffee beverages to be made aboard the real-life Space Station.[44] The popular tweet was accompanied by her wearing a Star Trek uniform also.[44]

Home media

The series was released on DVD in 2004 and again in 2017.[30] In addition to the episodes, the DVDs also include some extra videos related to the show.[30] There was an extra bonus video with the DVD set from the store Best Buy in 2004.[30] Voyager had releases of episodes on VHS format, such as a collectors set with a special display box for the tapes.[45]

By the 2010s, the episodes were made available on various streaming services including the owners CBS All Access[46][47] In 2016 Netflix made an agreement with CBS for worldwide distribution of all then existing 727 Star Trek episodes (including Voyager).[47] Voyager has 172 episodes and has been reviewed as a binge watch, with the whole series taking about three months, as rate of two episodes per day on weekdays and three episodes per day on weekends.[48] As of 2015 services known to carry the series include Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, and CBS.com.[48]

Star Trek: Voyager has not been remastered in high definition and there are no plans to do so, due to the costs of reassembling each episode from the film negatives and recreating visual effects.[49]

Awards and nominations

Voyager won 20 different awards and was nominated for 70.

In 1995 for example, Jerry Goldsmith won an Emmy award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music[50] and the series also won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects.[50]

The following episodes won Emmy awards, "Caretaker", "Threshold", "Fair Trade", "Dark Frontier", and "Endgame".[51]

Cast Reunion

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020, the cast of Voyager reunited for a live virtual event.[52] The reunion broke the Stars in the House single-episode fundraising record, drawing donations totaling $19,225 for The Actors Fund's efforts to assist entertainment professionals in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The previous Stars in the House record was set by a Glee reunion episode that raised $13,910.[53]

Documentary

In 2021, plans for a Star Trek: Voyager documentary made news when it raised over $638,000 in the first two weeks of its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.[54] The film is being produced by 455 Films which also produced the 2018 reunion documentary What We Left Behind about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as other documentaries.[54] Production of the film started in 2020 and included cast member interviews prior to kicking off crowdfunding to take the film to full production.[55] By the end of March 2021 they had raised over $1.2 million from over 11 thousand donators,[56][57][58] and announced the name To The Journey: Looking Back At Star Trek: Voyager for the documentary.[59] The fundraising campaign was noted for getting support from Nana Visitor, Kate Mulgrew, William Shatner, Jonathan Frakes, and others.[58][60]

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