Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager is an American science fiction television series created by Rick Berman, Michael Piller, and Jeri Taylor. It originally aired between January 16, 1995 and 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.
|Star Trek: Voyager|
|Based on||Star Trek|
by Gene Roddenberry
|Theme music composer||Jerry Goldsmith|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||172 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||~45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Paramount Network Television|
|Picture format||NTSC 480i 4:3|
|Original release||January 16, 1995 –|
May 23, 2001
|Preceded by||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine|
|Followed by||Star Trek: Enterprise|
|Star Trek: Voyager at StarTrek.com|
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 their new network, UPN. Berman, Piller, and Taylor devised the series to chronologically overlap with Deep Space Nine and to continue themes—namely the complex relationship between Starfleet and ex-Federation colonists known as the Maquis—that had been introduced in The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. Voyager was the first Star Trek series to use CGI technology and the first 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. Following the termination of Voyager, the franchise continued with Star Trek: Enterprise.
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. 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. 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). 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. However, Enterprise has been released in HD, but the special effects were rendered in 480p and upscaled.
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 episodes "The Voyager Conspiracy", "Dark Frontier", "Timeless" and "Hope and Fear"; subspace corridors in "Dragon's Teeth"; and a mind-powered push from a powerful former shipmate in "The Gift". Also, the crew is not able to use other trip-shortening opportunities, as seen in the episodes "Prime Factors", "Future's End", "Eye of the Needle" and "Inside Man". A technical enhancement that will reduce their return to a two-year journey is found, but only by a duplicate crew in the episode "Course: Oblivion", with this crew dying shortly before finding a way to communicate what they have learned to the “real” Voyager. After traveling for seven years, the remainder of the journey is shortened to a few minutes, when Voyager is able to access a Borg transwarp conduit in the series finale, "Endgame".
In the episode "11:59", which originally aired on May 5, 1999, Captain Janeway tells Neelix a story about her ancestor Shannon O'Donnell. Janeway believes, having been told these stories throughout her childhood, that Shannon was one of the first female astronauts, and was instrumental in helping to build the "Millennium Gate" at the beginning of the 21st century. Per the storyline this gate was a self-contained ecosystem, big enough to be seen from space, and the model for the first colony on Mars. Janeway has always looked up to Shannon as one of the first space explorers in her family, which in turn inspired Janeway to joint Starfleet, and is somewhat disappointed to discover that the stories she was told were greatly exaggerated. While the audience gets to see the true story unfold throughout the episode, Janeway discovers the truth by searching through historical records. She finds that Shannon did train to be an astronaut, but never went to space, and while she became an engineer, she never participated in any of the Mars missions, but was only a consultant on the "Millennium Gate," not a driving force behind its creation. Janeway does find, however, that while the facts don't match the legend she always believed, Shannon's life still had a role in making her into the person she has become. As Seven-of-Nine tells Janeway, "Her life captured your imagination. Historical details are irrelevant."
The original “future” is changed when Admiral Janeway alters her original timeline and reduces the journey to seven years in the series finale, and one depicted in "Relativity".
Voyager's journey home was essentially a trek across a large fraction of the Milky Way. The estimated 75-year duration of the voyage was reduced by several large jumps in distance in several episodes. A number of alternative timelines were explored due to the introduction of races possessing the ability to time travel, as in "Timeless". One such timeline involves the death of the entire crew, with only Chakotay, Harry and The Doctor surviving. Only by altering the past does Voyager continue. Its tele-theater and the flexibility of the science fiction universe created by generations of Star Trek writers and production staff accommodate this and more, with the theatrical devices forming a palette of plot tools. The use of Borg technology in the final episode allows Voyager to return home after only seven years.
Events that shortened Voyager's travel time home:
- 10 years closer – "The Gift"
- about 2 years closer – "Night"
- 10 years closer – "Timeless
- 15 years closer – "Dark Frontier"
- 3 years closer – "The Voyager Conspiracy"
- 19 years closer - "Q2"
These jumps decreased the time needed to return by ~59 years. Counting elapsed time, by the end of the seventh and final season, assuming one year elapsed per season, Voyager was 35 years' travel from Federation space.
- Remaining distance after seven years of travel – "Endgame"
Although meant as a way of saving the Ocampa, the Caretaker's abduction caused the death of many of the Voyager Starfleet crew including some very critical roles including first officer, chief engineer, and medical staff. This creates a labor shortage that has to be filled in various ways; in particular the Maquis crew, who lost their ship, are able to fill some of the highest-ranking positions including first officer and chief engineer. Voyager successfully recovers Tuvok, who was working as a spy, and he is also able to join the crew. However, over the course of the next seven years according to the theatrically exposed timeline over 40 crew are killed. Sources of new crew-members included taking on the Maquis crew, aliens, and other sources. The number of on-screen actors does not exceed the amount of possible crew over the course of the seven seasons.
The series depicts a crew stuck together for a long time and far from home, so personal attraction transcends Starfleet ranks between some officers. Over the series, characters were depicted having romantic encounters ranging from encounters with aliens, other crew members, and holograms. An example of this is when Tuvok has a sexual encounter with a hologram of his wife when hit with the Vulcan species' Pon farr experience. Voyager had a distinct narrative of relationships, with episodes touching marriage proposals, pregnancies, and the struggle of children dealing with various parental issues including failed marriages.
Another example from the series is when Seven of Nine sexually propositions Harry Kim, instructing him to strip naked. The series explores relationships and friendships between the characters in general, especially resolving tension over events and the interplay between events in a person's life and how those events impact a friendship in a crew setting. Examples of episodes that explore two characters; friendship or romance, or interactions:
|Janeway||Chakotay||Tuvok||Tom Paris||B'Elanna Torres||Harry Kim||EMH||Kes||Seven of Nine||Neelix|
|Tom Paris||Threshold||Drive||Bride of Chaotica!||Parturition||Parturition|
|Harry Kim||Alter Ego||Bride of Chaotica!||Revulsion|
|EMH||Projections||Someone to Watch Over Me|
|Seven of Nine||Endgame||Revulsion||Someone to Watch Over Me|
|Other||Fair Haven||Shattered||Meld||Day of Honor||Barge of the Dead||The Disease||Living Witness||The Gift||One||Mortal Coil|
|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|
|Seasons 1–7||Human||* 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)|
|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|
|Seasons 1–7||Human||* Lieutenant junior grade|
* 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|
|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 and the lack of a live physician necessitated that the Doctor run his program on a full-time basis, becoming the ship's chief medical officer. He evolves full self-awareness and even has hobbies.|
|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.|
|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|
|Astrometrics lab crewman||* Borg|
|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, but is liberated by the crew of USS Voyager at the start of season four.|
- Geneviève Bujold was cast as Janeway, but quit a day and a half into shooting the pilot "Caretaker" and was replaced by Kate Mulgrew.
|Secondary cast (Recurring)
|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|
|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|
|* Maquis (cover)|
* Obsidian Order
|Seasons 1–3, 7||Bajoran (disguise)|
|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. 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|
|Seasons 2–3||Betazoid||Ensign (provisional)|
|Maquis fighter, engineer, and homicidal Betazoid, Suder joined USS Voyager in 2371.|
|Raphael Sbarge||Michael Jonas||Engineering||* Maquis|
|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 the show's regulars.
- Jason Alexander played Kurros, the spokesperson for a group of alien scholars, in "Think Tank".
- Ed Begley Jr. portrayed Henry Starling, an unscrupulous 20th-century industrialist, in "Future's End" parts 1 and 2.
- Robert Curtis Brown portrayed Neezar, the Ledosian ambassador, in "Natural Law".
- David Clennon played Dr. Crell Moset in the episode "Nothing Human" (the episode was tailored to Clennon's stance against torture, in that Moset tortured people to find a cure for a disease.)
- Henry Darrow playing Chakotay's father in the episodes "Tattoo" and "Basics: Part I".
- Andy Dick plays the Emergency Medical Hologram Mark 2 on USS Prometheus in "Message in a Bottle".
- David Graf appeared as Fred Noonan, Amelia Earhart's navigator in the episode "The 37's".
- Gary Graham, who portrayed Ambassador Soval on Star Trek: Enterprise, played Ocampan community leader Tanis in the season-two episode "Cold Fire".
- Gerrit Graham, who played a Q (Quinn) in "Death Wish" who sought asylum on Voyager as he wanted to leave the Q Continuum so he could end his life.
- Joel Grey played Caylem, a delusional widower who believes Janeway is his daughter, in "Resistance".
- Lori Hallier played Riley Frazier, one of a group of former Borg drones, in "Unity".
- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson portrayed the Pendari Champion when Seven of Nine and Tuvok were captured and forced to play in the game, in the episode "Tsunkatse".
- Alice Krige played the Borg Queen in the movie Star Trek: First Contact, trying to assimilate Earth shortly before the first warp flight, before she and her collective were destroyed. She reprised her role as the Borg Queen in the series' finale "Endgame", where she is also destroyed by a virus.
- Sharon Lawrence played the famous aviator Amelia Earhart in the episode "The 37's".
- Michael McKean plays a maniacal clown character in a simulation in which the crew's minds are held hostage in the episode "The Thaw".
- Virginia Madsen played Kellin, a Ramuran tracer, in "Unforgettable".
- Marjorie Monaghan played Freya, a shieldmaiden, in "Heroes and Demons".
- Leland Orser played Dejaren, an unstable hologram, in "Revulsion"
- John Savage plays Captain Rudolph Ransom of the USS Equinox, another Federation starship that Voyager encountered in the Delta Quadrant, in "Equinox" parts 1 and 2.
- Lori Petty played Noss in the episode "Gravity". Tuvok and Tom become stranded on a planet and befriend Noss, an alien stranded there many years before.
- John Rhys-Davies plays Leonardo da Vinci in Janeway’s holodeck program. He appeared in "Scorpion: Part I" and "Concerning Flight".
- Sarah Silverman appeared as Rain Robinson, a young astronomer who finds Voyager in orbit of 20th-century Earth, in "Future's End" parts 1 and 2.
- Kurtwood Smith, who played the Federation president in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, played Annorax, a Krenim scientist who was determined to restore his original timeline, in "Year of Hell" parts 1 and 2.
- Comedian Scott Thompson played the alien Tomin in "Someone to Watch Over Me".
- Susanna Thompson, who played the Borg Queen in "Dark Frontier" parts 1 and 2 and "Unimatrix Zero" parts 1 and 2.
- Ray Walston, who appeared as Starfleet Academy groundskeeper Boothby in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The First Duty", reprised the role in the episodes "In the Flesh" and "The Fight".
- Songwriter Paul Williams played Prelate Koru in "Virtuoso".
- Titus Welliver played Lieutenant Maxwell Burke in "Equinox" parts 1 and 2.
- Joseph Will played Tellis in "Muse".
- Tom Wright, who appeared as Tuvix in "Tuvix".
- Ray Wise played Arturis in "Hope and Fear". He also had an appearance in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation called "Who Watches the Watchers".
- Dan Butler played Steth in "Vis à Vis".
Connections with other Star Trek incarnations
Characters and races
As with other Star Trek series, the original Star Trek's Vulcans, Klingons, and Romulans appear in Star Trek: Voyager. 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.
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
- Michael Ansara is one of seven actors to play the same character (in his case the Klingon commander Kang) on three different Star Trek TV series—the original series ("Day of the Dove"), Deep Space Nine ("Blood Oath"), and Voyager ("Flashback").
- Vaughn Armstrong, who portrayed a wide variety of guest characters throughout the show's run, later went on to portray Admiral Forrest in Star Trek: Enterprise.
- Majel Barrett voices the ship's computer, having performed the same role in previous Star Trek series.
- LeVar Burton, who played Geordi La Forge on The Next Generation, appeared as Captain LaForge of USS Challenger in an alternate future in the episode "Timeless".
- Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun and Brunt of Deep Space Nine and Shran of Enterprise) appeared in "Tsunkatse" as Norcadian Penk.
- Leonard Crofoot, who appears in "Virtuoso" as a Qomar spectator, acted in The Next Generation episode "Angel One" and as the prototype version of Data's daughter Lal in The Next Generation episode "The Offspring".
- John de Lancie plays the mischievous Q, who also annoyed Captain Jean-Luc Picard on the Enterprise and Commander Benjamin Sisko on Deep Space Nine in the Deep Space Nine episode "Q-Less". He appeared in "Death Wish", "The Q and the Grey" and "Q2".
- Aron Eisenberg (Nog of Deep Space Nine) appeared in "Initiations" as a Kazon adolescent named Kar.
- Jonathan Frakes played Commander William Riker from The Next Generation, appearing in "Death Wish".
- Gerrit Graham, who played the Hunter in a Deep Space Nine episode called "Captive Pursuit", and later played a Q (Quinn) in the Voyager episode "Death Wish".
- J. G. Hertzler (Martok of Deep Space Nine and Klingon advocate Kolos in the Enterprise episode: "Judgement") appeared in "Tsunkatse" as an unnamed Hirogen.
- Alice Krige, who played the Borg Queen in the TNG movie Star Trek: First Contact, reprised the role for the Voyager series finale "Endgame". Susanna Thompson played the Borg Queen in the Voyager double episodes "Unimatrix Zero" and "Dark Frontier".
- Suzie Plakson, who portrayed Dr. Selar in The Next Generation episode The Schizoid Man" as well as Ambassador K'Ehleyr, Worf's mate in "The Emissary" and "Reunion", appeared as the female Q in the episode "The Q and the Grey".
- Joseph Ruskin played a Vulcan Master in the episode "Gravity". Ruskin also played Galt in the Star Trek Original Series episode "Gamesters of Triskelion", the Klingon Tumek Deep Space Nine episodes "House of Quark" and "Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places", a Cardassian informant in the Deep Space Nine episode "Improbable Cause", and a Suliban doctor in the Enterprise episode "Broken Bow".
- Dwight Schultz played Reginald Barclay on Star Trek: The Next Generation and in the film Star Trek: First Contact. He appeared in the following Voyager episodes: "Projections", "Pathfinder", "Life Line", "Inside Man", "Author, Author" and "Endgame".
- Mark Allen Shepherd also appears uncredited as Morn, alongside Quark in the pilot.
- Armin Shimerman, who portrayed Quark on Deep Space Nine, appeared in the pilot "Caretaker".
- Dan Shor, who appeared as the Ferengi Dr. Arridor in The Next Generation episode "The Price", reprised the role in Voyager episode "False Profits", having become stranded in the Delta Quadrant at the end of the Next Generation episode.
- Marina Sirtis, as Counselor Deanna Troi from The Next Generation, appears in "Pathfinder", "Life Line", and "Inside Man".
- James Sloyan played portrayed Alidar Jarok (a defecting Romulan admiral) in "The Defector" and Alexander Rozhenko (Worf's son) as an adult in the future in "Firstborn", both Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes. In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, he portrayed the Bajoran scientist Mora Pol and Odo's "father" in the episodes "The Begotten" and "The Alternate". The Star Trek: Voyager episode entitled "Jetrel" featured Sloyan as the title character.
- Kurtwood Smith, who plays Annorax in "Year of Hell", appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space 9 episode "Things Past" as a Cardassian, Thrax. Before this, he also appeared in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as the president of the Federation.
- George Takei from the Original Series reprised his role as Hikaru Sulu, who became Captain of USS Excelsior in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. He appeared in Voyager episode "Flashback", commemorating the 30th anniversary of Star Trek.
- Tony Todd, who played Worf's brother Kurn in The Next Generation episodes "Sins of the Father", "Redemption", parts 1 and 2 and the Deep Space Nine episode "Sons of Mogh", also the adult Jake Sisko in the Deep Space Nine episode "The Visitor", played an unnamed Hirogen in the Voyager episode "Prey".
- Gwynyth Walsh (B'Etor of The Next Generation and Generations) appeared in "Random Thoughts" as Chief Examiner Nimira.
- Grace Lee Whitney from Original Series reprised her role as Janice Rand in Voyager episode "Flashback", commemorating the 30th anniversary of Star Trek.
Actors from Voyager appearing on other Star Trek incarnations
- 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).
- Kate Mulgrew appears again as Kathryn Janeway, promoted to vice admiral, in the film Star Trek: Nemesis a year after Voyager ended its run.
- 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 is set to reprise her role of Seven of Nine in the upcoming Star Trek: Picard.
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.
Robert Duncan McNeill (Paris) and Roxann Dawson (Torres) have also directed 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.
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.
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 split into two episodes (45 minutes in length).
|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 was released on DVD in 2004 and again in 2017. In addition to the episodes, the DVDs also include some extra videos related to the show. There was an extra bonus video with the DVD set from the store Best Buy in 2004. Voyager had releases of episodes on VHS format, such as a collectors set with a special display box for the tapes.
By the 2010s, the episodes were made available on various streaming services including the owners CBS All Access In 2016 Netflix made an agreement with CBS for worldwide distribution of all then existing 727 Star Trek episodes (including Voyager). 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. As of 2015 services known to carry the series include Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, and CBS.com.
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.
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".
Awards and nominations
Voyager won 20 different awards and was nominated for 70.
Novels and revival attempts
A total of 26 numbered books were released during the series' original run from 1995 to 2001. 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.
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.
Three video games based on the 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.
Voyager is notable for being the most gender-balanced Star Trek series with the first female lead character and strong female supporting characters, with a review of the different series giving Voyager the highest Bechdel test rating.
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."
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."
In 2016, in a listing that included each Star Trek film and TV series separately, Voyager was ranked 6th by the L.A. Times.
In 2019, CBR ranked Season 5 the 4th best season of a Star Trek show, and Season 4, the 8th best.
In 2019, Popular Mechanics ranked Star Trek:Voyager the 36th best science fiction television show ever.
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