I was disappointed that Neelix left Voyager

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Voyager' started by Cavewoman, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. Cavewoman

    Cavewoman Ensign Newbie

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    After seeing it back when the show originally aired. I started bingeing the show because I had forgotten so much. It was so much fun to watch it again like it was the first time (I could have sworn Seven got with Kim by the end. .oh well) Anyway, I can't get over how Neelix left Voyager after years with this crew as his family. They set it up pretty good with his own people and a woman to give him a good excuse, but I feel it just wasn't enough. He barely knew these people, woman and her child. Plus the environment was sad. No sky or land. Depressing. Plus, Neelix had so many other opportunities to leave. I would have liked him to see Earth. Not sure why the writers decided to let him jump ship.
     
  2. 1.21 Gigawatts

    1.21 Gigawatts Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Welcome to the board.

    It was a kind of random ending for him, I'll say that. But it gave him a more important role than ship's cook was, and gave him a chance to rebuild with his people rather than hang out with a bunch of humans on the other side of the galaxy forever. I could've gone either way with it, personally, but it was nice to see a character have a more definite conclusion than what we got with "Endgame."
     
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  3. Cavewoman

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    Thank you for welcome. I finished it the other night, and couldn't get it out of my head so I looked for a Voyager board. The Neelix thing along with Seven and Chakotay relationship bugged me the most, although a homecoming scene and how everyone got settled on Earth would have been nice.
     
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  4. Santa Quark

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    I like the ending for Neelix. We meet him as somebody whose home and family were destroyed and settled in on Voyager because it’s the only place he’s accepted and valued. So it fits well that he got to reconnect with his own people and find a new purpose.
     
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  5. Cavewoman

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    Yes, you're right. He seems happy enough. I guess I'm being selfish. I wanted to see what he thought of Earth and fit in, but then, the show didn't show any characters personal arrival. I think the show was a product of it's time and time limits.
     
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  6. Tosk

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    On one hand, it's super lame that they waited until the second-last ep to drop him...but on the other hand if he'd stuck around he really wouldn't have had anything to do in the finale so Neelix actually gets a better send-off than almost every other main character.
     
  7. Santa Quark

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    I wonder if Neelix knows Voyager got home. Or if all he knows is they vanished.

    I guess they could have used Pathfinder to tell him.
     
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  8. jmidnight_99

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    That ending for Neelix took me by surprise, too. I like it because it was unexpected, and don't like it for the same reasons that you don't like it.
    It would have really sucked if Seven got re-assimilated to help Voyager get home. Imagine the backlash! I'll bet some would have liked that plot twist, but some of us just need our happy ending, and the Neelix ending wasn't the happy ending we were expecting. That's all.
     
  9. NCC-73515

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    If he had gone all the way to earth, he would've been stranded on the other side of the galaxy, 70000 ly from home. I guess 7 years will make anyone kinda homesick, and when you then find a colony of 'your' people, and it's the last chance before your get lost in a new place where you're the only one of your kind, maybe you'd choose to join them as well.
     
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  10. Thomas Eugene

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    I know that the books aren't exactly canon but the so-called "Voyager relaunch books" are some kind of official continuation of the story and if they are anything to go by, he does know about their having reached home.

    In fact I think he really becomes what Janeway wanted him to become in HOMESTEAD: some kind of Delta Quadrant ambassador for them. Just like in the show he doesn't exactly play a big role in those books but he is definitely there and is in constant contact with Voyager.
     
  11. Santa Quark

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    That’s a good point that he has continuing value to the Federation beyond just friendship.

    It makes you wonder if they used Pathfinder to contact all the worlds that were friendly to Voyager after and kind of built a DW intel network and alliance against the Borg.
     
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    darrenjl Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    I would like to think he spread word amongst the Delta Quadrant that Voyager did eventually make it home.
     
  13. Cavewoman

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    Oh that's nice to know!
     
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  14. Neurion

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    I was always sad that he never got to see Earth! He always expressed so much interest in seeing it and was always so curious :(
     
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    Welcome to the board.

    He was indeed curious, and he would've enjoyed it for a time, but what he was most attached to was the Voyager crew, not Earth. It's safe to assume that almost all of the crew parted ways after getting home, so unless he became Harry's roommate or something, he would've started missing his people anyway.
     
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  16. Prax

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    Once they get that enhanced quantum transwarp slipstream drive working, they can just visit Neelix
     
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    Or once they rediscover the spore drive XD
     
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  18. Santa Quark

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    Neelix would have found something he loves doing in the AQ. Like, he would probably run a DQ cuisine based holo-broadcast cooking show.

    But it wouldn’t give him the same sense of purpose. He would be happy and have fun but still be the outsider.
     
  19. A Chimpanzee & 2 Trainees

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    Well Captain Sisko is dead and/or communing with the Prophets, Jake is a writer... I say Neelix would have taken over Grandpa Sisko's restaurant in New Orleans, and made it a DQ/Cajun fusion place! :)
     
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  20. Santa Quark

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    I would eat there!
     
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