Star Trek Voyager: What Might Have Been

There are lots of people who dislike Star Trek Voyager. Some cite the characters, others the “stranded and trying to get home” concept. Even fans of the show, such as myself, concede it has flaws. The Borg lost some of their fearsome edge. The ship had critically limited resources, but still managed to blithely lose nearly twenty shuttlecraft. Neelix survived multiple near-death situations. But what I’m here to talk about today is something a little different – namely, how the show’s episodic focus wasted a great chance to tell a longer and more complex story. Continue reading

Voyager’s Worst Holodeck Programs

Ever since its introduction in Encounter at Farpoint, the Star Trek writers have loved the holodeck. Within its confines, the crew could visit any time or place they liked – which pretty much meant a setting on 19th or 20th century Earth.

Although TNG had its fair share of bad holodeck programs, in this article we’re going to purely focus on Voyager. Despite being short on power to the point of having to ration replicator use, Voyager was magically able to run the holodeck as much as it wanted – apparently because it used a power source that was incompatible with the rest of the ship (except when it wasn’t). Thanks to that, we got a selection of holodeck programs and episodes that ranged from the barely tolerable to the downright cringeworthy. So, without further ado – and in no particular order – let’s explore the seven worst Voyager holodeck programs. Continue reading

Star Trek Continuity Issues Part IV: Voyager and miscellaneous

Parts one, two and three.


First contact with the Borg

For years, it seemed as if humanity’s first contact with the Borg happened in 2365, when Q flung the Enterprise across the galaxy to give them a taste of the horrors that awaited. Even though it was implied that the Borg were the perpetrators behind the destruction of Federation and Romulan colonies way back in TNG season one, this was the first time the Federation found out anything at all about this new adversary.

Flash forward to Voyager season four, however, and we learn that Seven of Nine’s parents, the Hansens, had set out for the Delta Quadrant in search of the Borg as early as 2353. What gives? Continue reading

Delta Quadrant Disasters: The Ten Worst Voyager Episodes

Even if you were one of the select few who enjoyed Voyager (and if so, welcome aboard), you have to admit that the show did come up with some stinkers from time to time. Since I’ve already done a run down of Voyager’s best ten episodes, the time has come to turn our attention to the bottom of the barrel, and examine the ten episodes we really could have done without. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Renaissance Man

Something doesn’t seem quite right with Captain Janeway. Why would the same captain who has fought against every obstacle to get home now be content to surrender the ship’s warp core and have the crew settle on the nearest M-class planet? But what the crew don’t know is that ‘Janeway’ is actually The Doctor in disguise, and that he is being coerced into helping the aliens who captured the real Janeway. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Natural Law

On the way to a conference about warp mechanics, Chakotay and Seven end up crash landing on a continent inhabited by a primitive indigenous people. The locals are friendly and keen to help, but how much can Chakotay and Seven risk relying on them without breaking the Prime Directive? Meanwhile, Paris breaks local traffic laws in the Delta Flyer, and is forced to attend a three day course on flight training. Continue reading