Re: A Hater Revisits Voyager Can I be the exception which proves the rule? I can understand why some people wouldn't be able to stomach watching a main character in emotional pain week after week, but it is something I would find intellectually stimulating if done right. The Voyager writers certainly weren't capable of pulling off the level of grief that would have been involved in the death of a child, but there are some shows where I would trust the writers enough to believe they could pull it off. It's not like we would need to focus on it every week, I think that most of us have gone through gut-wrenchingly painful moments in our lives, and after the initial pain is dealt with we grieve in the privacy of our own homes while we get on with our professional lives. If Chakotay's non-existent child were to die then it wouldn't take over the show; there would only be a handful of episodes dealing with it, a few scenes about the subject every season, and just a general change in Chakotay's tone. It's not like as if he was a well-defined character to begin with. And as teya said, BSG did a story of this nature in the second season when Sharon and Helo thought that their daughter had died, and the show handled it fairly well. Admittedly jumping the show over a year into the future only a few episodes later helped, but the event was still an open wound even after the narrative jump.