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View Poll Results: How do you feel about Voyager?
I love Voyager, both it and DS9 are excellent 13 8.39%
I like Voyager, but I prefer DS9 56 36.13%
Voyager was okay, I have no strong feelings 27 17.42%
I disliked Voyager, DS9 was the superior show 42 27.10%
I loath Voyager, it ruined my life 10 6.45%
I'm not a Niner but I want to vote in this poll 7 4.52%
Voters: 155. You may not vote on this poll

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Old October 19 2009, 02:59 PM   #46
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Re: How do Niners feel about Voyager?

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By contrast, I simply like the DS9 characters. That means I like re-watching even the okayish (plot-wise) episodes, or even some of the bad ones.

What's interesting to me is that, DS9 aside, Trek has never really relied on interesting characters per se.

Kirk, Spock and McCoy are archetypes, the rest of the crew are paper-thin, just people with a job and an ethnicity, basically.

TNG muddies the waters a bit, so the three archetypes are less obvious and less dominant (Picard/Data for Spock, Riker/Worf for Kirk, Crusher/Troi for McCoy), and all the characters get fleshed out a bit, with a family and so on, but nothing that would really hold anyone's attention if characterization were the show's main attraction.

I think what makes it work is that there is something compelling about the group, the idea of this crew out there exploring space, relying on each other, learning about the universe, learning about themselves.

I guess for those who love Voyager, that particular crew works for them and captures or recaptures the magic of that idea. For me that particular crew never inspired me, like TNG's did, and TOS (though that was after the fact for me personally).

DS9 is a bit of a separate case because that show developed characters that had more depth and were individually more complex than has otherwise been attempted in Trek. It relied less heavily on the "crew."
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Old October 19 2009, 05:42 PM   #47
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Yes, I include Encounter of Farpoint (Which I like a lot, btw) and All Good Things... in that.
Encounter at Farpoint, for me, rates among the worst of all Trek.
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Old October 19 2009, 06:15 PM   #48
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I voted that I like VOY, but I prefer DS9.

VOY was a good show. I liked the characters, for the most part, and I loved the premise. VOY, IMO, also has the ONLY decent 'ship in all of Trek (J/C), and I liked the idea of a female captain. Plus, I LOVE Kate Mulgrew. Saw her speak at the Vegas Trek con the year I went and was hugely impressed. I also very much love Tim Russ and thought he was the best Vulcan in Trek, outside of Leonard Nimoy himself (and yes...as much as I love Zach Quinto, I include him in this assessment too).

VOY also had some outstanding episodes, a few of which would number in my top 25 episodes of Star Trek (VOY is the only show besides DS9 which has episodes in that top 25) - Deadlock, Death Wish, Timeless, and Year of Hell would all be included in my top 25 episodes of Trek....which is otherwise populated by only DS9 episodes.

Like any show (INCLUDING DS9), VOY has it's faults. I thought the premise was not fully realized (I'd have liked for VOY to have been alot more like nuBSG turned out) and I did not like the way the show focused so much on the EMH and 7 of 9 in later seasons. Also I REALLY hate two characters on VOY - Neelix (too sugary sweet) and the EMH (can you say 'treason'?). And finally, I was very distressed at how the show ended - especially since I was a Janeway fan and felt Endgame ruined the character.

But overall, it was a good show, and when I find myself wanting to watch Star Trek, if I don't watch a DS9 DVD, my next most often pick is an episode of VOY from my VOY DVDs.

I simply prefer DS9 because it was darker and grittier and has a long complex story arc. And I like dark and gritty...and I like long complex story arcs. Some of my other favorite shows are Babylon 5, nuBSG, and LOST...all of which are dark and gritty, and all of which have long complex story arcs (it doesn't GET anymore complex than the LOST story arc! ). So it should be no surprise that I prefer DS9.

This in no way takes away from VOY. It's just my personal preference.
I pretty much agree exactly with PKTrekgirl here on VOY's strengths and weaknesses. However, my personal "Trek Top 25" includes some TNG and some TOS in addition to some VOY and some DS9. I do agree that DS9 is, generally speaking, a better show than VOY, and usually a much better show, but there are some truly great VOY episodes, and I do really like most of the crew.

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Old October 19 2009, 08:42 PM   #49
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DS9 was great storytelling. I always wanted to know what happened next, and the series arc had some great dramatic beats that made waiting a week (or a summer!) very difficult. There were some great characters, and a few excellent episodes that I might recommend to a non-Trekkie as an example of what Trek can be, and I'd recommend the entire series if they seemed interested.

Voyager was not great storytelling. Between the hero shields and the reset button, nothing of consequence could really happen. Consequently, I never cared what would happen. The main characters rarely said or did anything interesting; I didn't care about them. The episodic nature stymied most attempts to introduce recurring minor characters, and the minor characters they did introduce were unappealing--either ugly, crass villains or precocious children. I can really only think of two episodes that I'd show a non-Trekkie ("Living Witness" and "Blink of an Eye"), and I wouldn't tell one to watch the series.

I don't loathe Voyager. It's not worth loathing. It's just silly empty calories, tastes okay at first but quickly sours.
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Old October 19 2009, 09:07 PM   #50
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Re: How do Niners feel about Voyager?

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Oh....and as a 'Mod Post'...I'd be VERY curious about the results of such a poll (in reverse, of course) in the VOY forum.
I was curious myself, so I posted the reverse poll in the Voyager forum. If this goes badly then you can take the blame for it.
I'm a mod. I'm used to taking blame when things go badly. It's part of the job description.

Although I would really like to know who voted for each option.

Wouldn't want anyone stacking the deck. Because these polls should really just be for the hardcore fans of DS9 (for the one in here) and the hardcore fans of VOY (for the one in there).

That would give us 'real' results.
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Old October 20 2009, 12:36 AM   #51
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Oh....and as a 'Mod Post'...I'd be VERY curious about the results of such a poll (in reverse, of course) in the VOY forum.
I was curious myself, so I posted the reverse poll in the Voyager forum. If this goes badly then you can take the blame for it.
I'm a mod. I'm used to taking blame when things go badly. It's part of the job description.

Although I would really like to know who voted for each option.

Wouldn't want anyone stacking the deck. Because these polls should really just be for the hardcore fans of DS9 (for the one in here) and the hardcore fans of VOY (for the one in there).

That would give us 'real' results.
So I can't go jihad the VOY poll?
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Old October 20 2009, 01:49 AM   #52
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Re: How do Niners feel about Voyager?

^ That would be a 'no'.
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Old October 20 2009, 02:46 AM   #53
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I like it too. Certainly better than a lot of TNG.
Liking Descent must be some sort of Cardassian thing.
I resent the implication
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Old October 20 2009, 03:35 AM   #54
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Liking Descent must be some sort of Cardassian thing.
I resent the implication
What's the problem? We Cardassians aren't like Klingons. We don't bite. At least, not in the literal fashion.
Cardassians don't do anything in the literal fashion. Straight shooters, you are not.
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Old October 20 2009, 03:37 AM   #55
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What can I say? We love complexity!
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Old October 20 2009, 03:41 AM   #56
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Walking in a straight line makes a Cardassian dizzy!
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Old October 20 2009, 03:51 AM   #57
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Old October 20 2009, 03:56 AM   #58
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No, it doesn't! We have wonderful headpieces to compensate for that!

Oh, wait...that's right...the funding for that got cut back in 2367...
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Old October 20 2009, 04:01 AM   #59
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Old October 20 2009, 06:08 AM   #60
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I consider my self a fan of all the Trek shows, but if pushed, DS9 is my favourite and (discounting the Animated series, as I've never seen it) Voyager is my least favourite. Having said that, possibly one of the episodes I enjoy the most is the Voyager episode, Distant Origins. This is despite my irrational dislike of the Chakotay character, or maybe not so irrational, I always felt he 'acted' like he was just happy to be getting a steady paycheck. The biggest problem I had with Voyager was the fact it would drop in quality too often and always left me with the feeling it could have been so much more after the 'good' episodes.
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