Favorite Things About Voyager

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Voyager' started by Tribble Threat, May 29, 2020.

  1. Tribble Threat

    Tribble Threat Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Mar 11, 2020
    What are your favorite things about Voyager?

    I like Kate Mulgrew's performance as Janeway, Tim Russ' performance as Tuvok, Roxann Dawson's performance as Torres, and Robert Picardo's performance as the doctor.
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  2. Qonundrum

    Qonundrum Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 18, 2017
    The clinic located by the Q Continuum
    Seven of Nine

    Their interactions and the former learning a lost humanity from the latter after being free from the Borg all those decades.

    Tuvok - the most complex Vulcan to be presented, and Vulcan culture explored. (and not diluted down, unlike the Borg - which still got a decent introduction.)
    Neelix - quite the foil and I ma happy to be one of his three fans. (Ethan Philips also played a Ferengi in 'Menage a Troi' and is exceptional as a villain actor! That alone wants me to look up what else he's been and if he did villain roles. Okay, that's typecasting but he knew how to play Neelix from the start as well. A lesser actor couldn't make Neelix believeable. Like or dislike Neelix's character, one cannot deny he feels authentic and that's what a great actor can really do.)

    "Scorpion", "Year of Hell", "Blink of an Eye", "Hope and Fear", and "Timeless" as examples.

    After something as gritty as DS9 it's understandable that VOY would return to basics (TNG) while blending in a little TOS.
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  3. Lynx

    Lynx Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 27, 2001
    Lynx Empire
    The characters. Very likeable.
    The actors who did a magnificent job in portraying those characters.
    The premise for the whole series about a ship lost in unknown space.
  4. FederationHistorian

    FederationHistorian Commander Red Shirt

    Feb 6, 2020
    The last ‘90s Trek, before 9/11 & all the dystopia stories that has followed since.

    Good premises – both being stranded over 70 000 light years from home, and Starfleet and Maquis crews having to work together.

    Introduced dozens of new species – Talaxians, Ocampa, Hirogen, Viidians, Krenim, Kazon, Species 8472.

    Tuvix – the character was quite interesting.

    Adventures of Captain Proton.

    “Tsunkatse” – although not the greatest episode, it is a personal favourite of mine. And not just because Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson guest stars either.

    Naomi Wildman.

    The dynamics between the main characters (B’Elanna and Seven, Janeway and Seven, Seven and The Doctor, Chakotay and Janeway, Tuvok and Neelix, Paris and Kim, Paris and The Doctor, etc).

    Great two part episodes - "Scorpion" and "Year of Hell"

    The Delta Flyer.
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  5. DigificWriter

    DigificWriter Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 20, 2001
    West Haven, UT, USA
    * The premise

    * The blend of serialization and Procedural storytelling

    * The characters (especially Janeway, Tuvok, Seven, B'Elanna, and Tom)
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  6. Tribble Threat

    Tribble Threat Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Mar 11, 2020
    I agree with all of this. The actors are really good, their characters interact wonderully, it's a great premise with a good blend of serialization and procedural storytelling. I'll be honest that I haven't seen the second half of VOY yet, so I have a lot to look forward to. I just saw 7 of 9 join the crew, and I have yet to have the pleasure of Captain Proton or the Year of Hell.
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  7. jmidnight_99

    jmidnight_99 Captain Captain

    Mar 27, 2015
    I like the characters and the stories!

    I especially like a good story that is written for the characters. For example, in "Body and Soul" the Doctor has to upload himself into Seven's Borg implants, which gives him control of her body. The doctor experiences human senses for the first time, and over indulges, upsetting Seven. Jeri Ryan and Robert Picardo's performances are outstanding, and the story is interesting and funny.

    I could go on and on listing great character-based stories "Gravity", "Latent Image", "Timeless", "Living Witness", "Shattered", "Relativity"... so many great stories..
  8. Kitty

    Kitty Commodore Commodore

    Mar 10, 2001
    With Demiurge
    The premise and the aliens. I think they did a good job introducing new and in some cases, more morally complex aliens. The Vidians, the Hirogen, and Species 8472 were some of the best aliens in Trek, I think.
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  9. Orac Zen

    Orac Zen Mischief Manager Super Moderator

    Mar 14, 2000
    Land of beauty and terror.
    First, foremost and always: The characters (with the notable exception of Chuckles - a poorly conceived and poorly written character, played by a mediocre actor who did nothing to disguise the fact he didn't give a damn). The Voyager characters (with that one exception) are my favourite group in any Trek series. I liked them, I cared about them and I wanted to see what happened to them.

    The cast (again, with that one exception). They just worked, from day one. All of them (with that exception) were able to rise above the sometimes dismal material they had to work with and were professional and great to watch.

    The premise. Thanks to UPN it wasn't realised as fully as it could have been but it was still an excellent concept.

    Janeway. Regardless of how inconsistently she was written, she's someone I can actually imagine following. Eternal kudos to Mulgrew for making her such a memorable character.

    Tuvok. Despite the modern-era Trek tendency to portray Vulcans as insufferable arseholes, Tuvok was a fabulous character and Russ absolutely got Vulcans and how to portray them.

    The Janeway / Tuvok friendship - while it lasted, anyway. It was shoved aside as the series progressed but it was just brilliant when it was properly utilised.

    Seven. The character added so much to the show, despite the lazy writing ("Borg nanoprobes can do absolutely anything!!11!!"), and Ryan was (is) exceptional. The character could have been a disaster if played by a less capable performer.

    There's not a lot I dislike about the show, really. It was deeply flawed in many ways but it was nowhere near as bad as some people make it out to be and when it was good, it was bloody good. Shame Chuckles wasn't jettisoned out the nearest airlock as soon as possible but despite that chunk of dead wood the show had plenty going for it. IMO, anyway.
  10. Delta Vega

    Delta Vega Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Nov 17, 2011
    The Great Barrier

    And the Doctor
  11. Vger23

    Vger23 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Apr 19, 2014
    Avoiding tha Covidz!!!
    Tuvok was a great character and probably the best portrayal of a Vulcan other than Spock in the franchise.

    The opening music and montage are gorgeous
  12. somebuddyx

    somebuddyx Captain Captain

    Nov 14, 2014
    I love the characters and their distinct personalities. Tom is probably my favourite Voyager character and I even really enjoy Threshold with RDM's acting like a lunatic and ripping his own tongue out. I loved his dumb bar, his dumb traitor arc in Season 2 which was pretty much Trek's first swing at multiple episode continuity way before DS9 did it in Season 6. Captain Proton was always fun and his love of obscure historical trivia probably makes him the patron saint of Trekkies or fandom's in general. He has a nice romance with Torres and is a good husband and father.
    I think it's lack of major continuity works well if you just want to rewatch any episode in any order. But also I love how Voyager would revisit it's continuity in episodes like Shattered or Relativity or Before and After. "Oh Janeway has Season 1 hair, is this a flashback, oh wait Seven's there WTF?!" Or do alternate versions of the ship like Demon/Course:Oblivion, Living Witness and even Live Fast and Prosper.
    Brannon Braga was great at coming up with really interesting sci-fi concepts. Or they'd do stuff against the norm like have Distant Origin without regulars for an act or so, or do meta commentary on writing in Muse.
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  13. Captain pl1ngpl0ng

    Captain pl1ngpl0ng Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Oct 10, 2017
    out there...
    Yeah Tuvok is a great Vulcan, i think T'pol (which also does a brilliant vulcan) must have studied Voyager/Russ,
    i find them to be very similar.
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  14. Tribble Threat

    Tribble Threat Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Mar 11, 2020
    There's some great Vulcans out there but I think Tim russ is the greatest.

    And I loved how Distant Origins started out with all those scenes from the aliens' perspective. I'd love to see that happen regularly.
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  15. Coffeenebula333

    Coffeenebula333 Ensign Newbie

    Jun 11, 2020
    One of my favourite aspects of Voyager was how often it balanced dealing with ethical dilemmas and lighted-hearted dynamics between characters. There was room for massive philosophical questioning of things like the rights of holograms like the Doctor and the humanity of Seven as a drone freed from the Collective, or how technology should or shouldn't be shared with other species, or whether or not Starfleet ships should disrupt indigenous cultures under the pretext of providing advancement or education etc, etc. But this was complimented with characters like Neelix who brought heaps of warmth to the show, or details like Harry Kim playing the clarinet, Seven playing kadis-kot with the youngest crew member Naomi Wildman, and Tom creating the Captain Proton holonovel series on the holodeck.
  16. Nakita Akita

    Nakita Akita Commodore Commodore

    Feb 8, 2017
    I like Chacotay ( that may be spelled wrong)
    He had been a Maquis leader and then he had to accept being a Starfleet leader.
    I see him being pulled in two directions. As a Maquis he was anti-Federation mantra, now suddenly it is supposed to be His mantra. I see him as close to tortured as one could be without physical pain.
    He comes off as glib and non-caring, but I think it's that he is supposed to be actually be living in a totally contrary way.
    There is an episode where he and Seven crash on a plant with people that are not advanced at all. Chacotay seems to accept that they can't leave and he is learning their customs right away. He seems like he wouldbe perfectly content just staying in the primative culture for the rest of his life.

    My other favorite is of course Janeway. For a lot of reasons.