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Star Trek: Voyager is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. Set in the 24th century from the year 2371 through 2378, the series follows the adventures of the Starfleet vessel USS Voyager, which becomes stranded in the Delta Quadrant 70,000 light-years from Earth while pursuing a renegade Maquis ship.[1] Both ships' crews merge aboard Voyager to make the estimated 75-year journey home.[2]

The show was created by Rick Berman, Michael Piller, and Jeri Taylor and is the fourth incarnation of Star Trek, which began with the 1960s series Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry. It was produced for seven seasons, from 1995 to 2001, and is the only Star Trek series with a female captain, Kathryn Janeway, as a lead character.

Voyager aired on UPN and was the network's second longest-running series.


ProductionEdit

Voyager was produced to launch UPN, a television network planned by Paramount. This was the second time that Paramount had considered launching a network anchored by a Star Trek show: the studio planned to launch a network showcasing Star Trek: Phase II in 1977.

Initial work on Voyager started in 1993, and seeds for the show's backstory, including the development of the Maquis, were placed in several Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes. Voyager was shot on the stages The Next Generation had used and the pilot, "Caretaker", was shot in September 1994. Around that time, Paramount was sold to Viacom, making Voyager the first Star Trek TV series to premiere after the sale concluded.

Voyager was also the first Star Trek TV show to eliminate the use of models for exterior space shots and exclusively use computer-generated imagery (CGI) instead. Other television shows such as seaQuest DSV and Babylon 5 had previously used CGI exclusively to avoid the huge expense of models, but the Star Trek television department continued using models, because they felt models provided better realism. Amblin Imaging won an Emmy for the opening CGI title visuals, but the weekly episode exteriors were captured using hand-built miniatures of the Voyager, shuttlecraft, and other ships. That changed when Star Trek: Voyager went fully CGI for certain types of shots midway through Season 3 (late 1996).[3] Paramount obtained an exclusive contract with Foundation Imaging, the studio responsible for special effects during Babylon 5's first three seasons. Season 3's "The Swarm" was the first episode to use Foundation's effects exclusively. Deep Space Nine started using Foundation Imaging in conjunction with Digital Muse one year later (season 6). In its later seasons, Voyager featured visual effects from Foundation and Digital Muse.

Plot overviewEdit

See also: List of Star Trek: Voyager episodesIn the pilot episode, "Caretaker", USS Voyager departs station Deep Space Nine on a mission into the treacherous Badlands to find a missing ship piloted by a team of Maquis rebels, which the Vulcan Lt. Tuvok, Voyager's security officer, has secretly infiltrated. Suddenly, the starship is enveloped by a powerful energy wave, which ends up damaging the ship, killing several of its crew, and stranding the ship on the far side of the galaxy, more than 70,000 light-years from Earth.

Voyager eventually finds the Maquis ship, and the two crews reluctantly agree they must join forces in order to survive their long journey home. Chakotay, leader of the Maquis group, becomes 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 her 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 for short-term use only, is employed as the Chief Medical Officer. Neelix, a Talaxian scavenger, and Kes, a young Ocampan, natives of the Delta Quadrant, are welcomed aboard as the ship's chef/morale officer, and The Doctor's medical assistant respectively.[4]

Due to the great distance from Federation space, the Delta Quadrant is unexplored and Voyager truly is going where no man has gone before. As the ship sets out on its projected 75-year journey home, the crew passes through regions belonging to various species indigenous to the Delta Quadrant, such as the barbaric and belligerent Kazon; the organ-harvesting, disease-ravaged Vidiians; the nomadic hunter-race the Hirogen; the fearsome, scorpion-like Species 8472 from a fluid-space realm; and most notably the Borg, as Voyager has to move through large areas of Borg-controlled space in later seasons. They also encounter perilous natural phenomena such as a nebulous area called the Nekrit Expanse (episode 5x01), a large area of empty space called the Void (episode 7x15), wormholes, dangerous nebulae, and other anomalies.

However, Voyager does not always deal with the unknown. It is the second Star Trek series to feature Q on a recurring basis (Q made only one appearance on Deep Space Nine). Also, Starfleet Command learns of Voyager's survival when the ship discovers an ancient interstellar communications network that the crew is able to tap into. Starfleet develops a means to establish regular audiovisual and data contact with the ship using this network, thanks to the efforts of Reginald Barclay (who was featured more prominently on The Next Generation).

In the show's fourth season, Kes is replaced on the ship by Seven of Nine, a Borg drone (known colloquially as Seven), who was assimilated as a six-year-old Human girl but liberated from the collective by the Voyager crew. Seven begins to regain her humanity as the series progresses, thanks to ongoing efforts by Captain Janeway to show her that the perfection the Borg seek is not compatible with the imperfection of humanity; however emotions such as love and care are more important to happiness. The Doctor also becomes more human-like, thanks in part to a mobile holo-emitter the crew obtains in the third season, which allows the Doctor to roam freely whereas he was previously confined to the sickbay. He starts to discover his love for 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 re-humanized the children; three of them eventually find a new adoptive home while the fourth, Icheb, chooses to stay aboard Voyager.

Life for the Voyager crew continued to change over their seven-year journey. Traitors (Seska and Jonas) were uncovered in the early months; loyal crew members were lost late in the journey; and other wayward Starfleet officers were integrated into the crew. During the second season, the first child was born aboard the ship to Ensign Samantha Wildman; as she grew up, Naomi Wildman would become great friends with her godfather, Neelix. Early in the seventh season, Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres married after a long courtship, and Torres would give birth to their child in the series finale. Late in the seventh season, the ship finds a colony of Talaxians on a makeshift settlement in an asteroid field, and Neelix chooses to bid Voyager farewell and live once again amongst his people.

Over the course of the series, the crew of Voyager find a number of ways to shorten their journey by a number of decades, thanks to shortcuts (in the episodes "Night", "Q2"), technology boosts ("The Voyager Conspiracy", "Dark Frontier", "Timeless", "Hope and Fear"), subspace corridors ("Dragon's Teeth"), and a mind-powered push from a powerful former shipmate ("The Gift"). There were also other transportation and time travel opportunities the crew were not able to use ("Prime Factors", "Future's End"). All these efforts shorten their journey from 75 years to 23 years, however one final effort (involving time travel) brings them home after 7 years as shown in the series finale, "Endgame".

CastEdit

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

Their first mission was 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 were transported against their will into the Delta Quadrant, 75,000 light-years away, by a massive displacement wave. The Maquis ship is destroyed while fighting the Kazon-Ogla, and although Voyager survives, there are numerous casualties. In order to protect an intelligent species (the Ocampa), Janeway destroys a device, the Caretaker Array, that has the potential to return her crew to Federation space, stranding her ship and crew seven decades' travel from home.

Robert Beltran Chakotay First Officer Maquis/Starfleet Seasons 1–7 Human Lieutenant Commander (Starfleet/Provisional)
While Starfleet was trying to capture him in the Badlands, he and his Maquis crew were pulled into the Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker's array and forced to merge with the crew of the Voyager during its seven-year journey home.

Before serving as Voyager's first officer, he had resigned Starfleet after years of service in order to join the Maquis to defend his home colony against the Cardassians.

Tim Russ Tuvok Security/Tactical Officer Maquis (cover)/Starfleet Seasons 1–7 Vulcan Lieutenant

Lieutenant Commander

Tuvok was a Vulcan Starfleet officer who served aboard USS Voyager while it was stranded in the Delta Quadrant.

In 2371, Tuvok was assigned to infiltrate the Maquis organization aboard Chakotay's Maquis vessel and then he was pulled in to the Delta Quadrant. He served as tactical officer and second officer under Captain Kathryn Janeway during Voyager's seven year journey through an unknown part of the galaxy.

Robert Duncan McNeill Tom Paris Helmsman/Medic Maquis (former)/Starfleet Seasons 1–7 Human Lieutenant

Ensign Lieutenant junior grade

Thomas Eugene Paris was a Human Starfleet officer who served for seven years as flight controller of the Federation starship USS 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 was transferred 70,000 light years across the galaxy, deep into the Delta Quadrant.

Roxann Dawson B'Elanna Torres Chief Engineer Starfleet cadet/Maquis Seasons 1–7 Human/Klingon Hybrid Lieutenant junior grade (Provisional)
B'Elanna Torres was a Klingon-Human hybrid who served as Chief Engineer on the Federation starship USS Voyager.

B'Elanna was pulled into the Delta Quadrant on Chakotay's ship and was forced to merge with the crew of the Voyager during its seven-year journey home.

Garrett Wang Harry Kim Operations Officer Starfleet Seasons 1–7 Human Ensign
Ensign Harry Kim was a human Starfleet officer. He serves as the USS Voyager's operations officer.

When Voyager was pulled in to the Delta Quadrant, Harry was fresh out of the Academy and was very nervous about his assignment.

Robert Picardo The Doctor Chief Medical Officer Starfleet Seasons 1–7 Human Hologram Chief Medical Officer

Acting Captain (Emergency Command Hologram)

"The Doctor" was USS Voyager's Emergency Medical Holographic program and Chief Medical Officer during the ship's seven year journey through the Delta Quadrant.

The EMH Mark I was a computer program with a holographic interface in the form of Lewis Zimmerman; the creator of the Doctor's program. Although his program was 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.

Ethan Phillips Neelix Cook

Morale Officer Ambassador

None Seasons 1–7 Talaxian Morale Officer, Ambassador (Highly Appreciated Diplomat)
Neelix was a Talaxian who became a merchant, shortly after the Haakonians launched an attack on his homeworld which resulted in the death of his entire family, he joined the USS Voyager, serving 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 Nurse
Kes was a female Ocampa who joined the USS Voyager after it was catapulted into the Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker's array.

Kes was the partner of Neelix, who had promised to save her from the Kazon who had captured her. She leaves the show in the episode "The Gift" and returns for the episode "Fury," then leaves again and does not come back.

Jeri Ryan Seven of Nine

(Annika Hansen)

Astrometrics Lab Crewman Borg (formerly) Seasons 4–7 Human (De-assimilated Borg)

Astrometrics Officer

Seven of Nine (full Borg designation: Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix 01) was a Human female who was 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 was liberated by the crew of the USS Voyager at the start of Season 4.

Secondary cast (Recurring)
Josh Clark Joe Carey Asst. Chief Engineer Starfleet Seasons 1–7 Human Lieutenant
An engineer aboard the U.S.S. Voyager, Carey served under B'Elanna Torres. In 2371, Carey was briefly named acting chief engineer when the original officer in that position was killed during the ship's violent passage to the Delta Quadrant. He was disappointed when Captain Janeway later named Torres for the position of chief engineer, but he soon recognized her superior abilities.
Nancy Hower Samantha Wildman Science Officer Starfleet Seasons 1–7 Human Ensign
Science Officer married to a Ktarian named Greskrendtregk. Wildman joined the U.S.S. Voyager crew unaware that she was pregnant with a daughter. She gave birth to Naomi in 2372 and selected Neelix as her godfather. Wildman continued her scientific duties while raising her child
Alexander Enberg Vorik Engineering Starfleet Seasons 1–7 Vulcan Ensign
A Starfleet engineer aboard the U.S.S. 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 (formerly)

Starfleet

Seasons 6–7 Brunali (De-assimilated Borg) Cadet
A Brunali who was assimilated by the Borg and then "adopted" by the U.S.S. Voyager after being abandoned by the Collective
Scarlett Pomers Naomi Wildman None None Seasons 2–7 Human/Ktarian hybrid Civilian
Half-human, half-Ktarian daughter of Samantha Wildman, the first child born on the U.S.S. Voyager after it was swept into the Delta Quadrant.
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 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 the U.S.S. Voyager in 2371.
Raphael Sbarge Michael Jonas Engineering Maquis Seasons 1–3 Human Ensign (Provisional)
Member of the Maquis contingent that joined the U.S.S. Voyager crew in 2371.
Temporary Starfleet Officers (One or Two Episodes)
Keegan de Lancie Q2, Temporary Cadet Q
Robert Picardo Emergency Command Hologram (Prototype) Sickbay Starfleet Seasons 6–7 Human Hologram Chief medical officer

Notable guest appearancesEdit

Connections with other Star Trek incarnationsEdit

Characters and racesEdit

As with all other Star Trek series, the original Star Treks Vulcans, Klingons and Romulans appear in Star Trek: Voyager.[5] Voyager saw appearances by several races who initially appear in The Next Generation: the Q, the Borg, Cardassians, Bajorans, Betazoids, and Ferengi, along with Deep Space Nines Jem'Hadar (via hologram), as well as the Maquis resistance movement, previously established in episodes of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.[5]

One notable connection between Voyager and The Next Generation appears regarding a wormhole and the Ferengi. In The Next Generation season 3 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 3 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 series or films appearing on VoyagerEdit

Actors from Voyager appearing on other Star Trek series or filmsEdit

  • Robert Duncan McNeill (Paris) appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The First Duty" as Starfleet cadet Nicolas Locarno. (The character of Tom Paris was based on Locarno, but he was felt to be 'beyond redemption' for his actions during "The First Duty"; Paramount would also have been obliged by contract to pay royalties to the author of "The First Duty" for the use of the name "Nick Locarno" in every episode).[citation needed]
  • 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.
  • 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 in the film Star Trek: First Contact as the Enterprise-E's EMH.
  • 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 Maitre d' on the holodeck.
  • Kate Mulgrew appears as Kathryn Janeway, promoted to vice admiral, in the film Star Trek Nemesis.

Behind-the-scenes connectionsEdit

  • Robert Duncan McNeill (Paris) and Roxann Dawson (Torres) have also directed episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise.
  • 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 re-used for the Deep Space Nine episode "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges" for its 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's sickbay in the films Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection. Additionally, Voyager's ready room and the engineering set were also used as rooms aboard the Enterprise-E in Insurrection.

Broadcast HistoryEdit

NOTE: The most frequent time slot for the series is in bold text.

  • Monday at 8:00-9:00 PM on UPN: January 16, 1995—May 20, 1996
  • Wednesday at 9:00-10:00 PM on UPN: September 4, 1996—October 29, 1997; April 8, 1998—May 23, 2001
  • Wednesday at 8:00-9:00 PM on UPN: November 5, 1997—March 4, 1998

Novels and novelizationsEdit

Main article: List of Star Trek: Voyager novelsA total of 22 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. There are also an amount of so called "unnumbered books", which are still part of the series, though not part of the official release. These novels all consist of episode novelizations except for Caretaker, Mosaic (a biography of Captain Kathryn Janeway), Pathways (a novel in which the biography of various crewmembers, including all of the senior staff is given); and The Nanotech War, a novel released in 2002, one year after the series' finale.

Book relaunchEdit

A series of novels focusing on the continuing adventures of Voyager following the TV 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, Tuvok leaving the ship to serve as First Officer under William Riker, and Tom Paris' promotion to First Officer. The series also introduces several new characters.

The series began with Homecoming and The Farther Shore in 2003, a direct sequel to the show's 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 TV run—have been published.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Caretaker, Part 1". StarTrek.com. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
  2. ^ Star Trek: Voyager [TV series synopsis]. Retrieved April 4, 2007.
  3. ^ "DVD Reviews – Star Trek Voyager Season 3". Thelogbook.com. June 10, 2009. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
  4. ^ "Caretaker (episode) - Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki". Memory-alpha.org. December 5, 1994. Retrieved December 11, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c Okuda, Mike and Denise Okuda, with Debbie Mirek (1999). The Star Trek Encyclopedia. Pocket Books. ISBN 0-671-53609-5.
  6. ^ "Full cast and crew for "Star Trek: Voyager" – Virtuoso". Virtuoso. IMDB. Retrieved October 6, 2011.

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