I read with interest the blog about why Voyager/Janeway was not successful, and was struck by several things. One, was that supposedly all men hate the show. Struck, I say, because in my experience the Trek community I was associated with was full of heterosexual married males who loved Voyager. How do I know? Because we talked the show into the ground every thursday, because we shared tapes of shows back and forth when someone missed an ep. Because one grateful wife gave me my first star trek ornament (Romulan warbird) as a thankyou for making her husband livable with a constant supply of Voyager tapes. Did the males like it even more after Seven arrived? Is Janeway a goddess among women? Two, regarding the fear that young men didn't like Voyager... why doesn't the scifi community "worry" as much about whether or not "I" watch their TV show? I'm pretty damned sure that I've purchased more cars in the last 15 years than any under 25 male. I'm sure I travel and spend more than any pubescent male. I'm sure I've purchased as many scifi dvds' and "my share" of video games over the intervening years... so how come no-one worried when I stopped watching "Enterprise", or "Andromeda"? Three, with apologies to Jacqueline's blog, I don't want to know after the first 5 episodes of a TV show, what's going to happen 170 eps later! Even BSG, a show that wormed its way into my heart after its first post miniseries episode, didn't know what was going to happen 4 years later. Hell, after the first 5 eps of BSG, not only did we not know WHO the final five were... we didn't even know to ask "if" they were! What we DO know, after the first 5 eps of Voyager, is that they are in an impossible situation, and it will not be resolved without the intervention of an outside source, be that Q, Kes, The BORG, or deux ex machine of one type or another. How do we know this? Because they are 75000 freaking light years from home, and try as she may, Torres "cannae change the laws of physics." The Voyager can only go "so fast" and no faster. There! Four, should we bring back Janeway in another Universe that will give us everything (J/C) denied in the first go round? No. I will not have Janeway's history be rewritten for that reason only, and I speak as a rabid J/Cer. I would rather keep her flawed relationships with Chakotay, Torres, Seven, Tom, The EMH, Harry and Neelix than find those stories merely forgotten because a new producer rewrote trek history and gave a Romulan Annorax a feature film role. Again I will remind TPTB that I do buy cars, and computers and TVs and travel and fund my pension with bonds and mutual funds... in short I'm a freaking advertiser's dream and maybe they should wonder what they can do to lure me back to broadcast television. Think about it. In the last month I've watched more hours of Xena circa 1995-2001 on DVD (w/o commercial breaks) than I have watched on TV in the last 4 months. Somebody should be worried about something more than the 14-24 yearolds with y chromosomes. Five. Janeway/Mulgrew captured me in the pilot ep of Voyager and NEVER let me go, despite whatever inconsitencies others have seen in her writing and or portrayal. Xena/Lawless has nearly succeeded as well. If TPTB can add 2+2, perhaps they will see that women will respond to strong women role models as well as men respond to strong male role models. And if they're lucky, very lucky, they will see both sexes fall over for their stars. Hercules Legendary Journeys was such a hit, and it spun off Xena. According to at least one book I've checked out on the subject, the strong female led series became much higher rated than the male series ever did. You'd think "someone" would notice. I think I'll go home and pop a dvd into the player, and enjoy the golden age of TV, when you couldn't turn switch a station without finding a woman worth my time to watch on TV.