Over the years there have been countless stories of evryday folks as well as more than a few well known people who've said something in Star Trek (TOS) inspired them to become engineers, scientists, doctors or some other profession or even just helped them somehow in their personal lives. Did this continue with each subsequent version of Trek? Several years ago I was cohosting a panel at Toronto Trek called Women In Command that discussed the strong female characters in science fiction on television and film. After the panelists shared their views we opened it up for those in the audience to share their favourites and why. I recall one woman explaining how she found VOY's Janeway and 7 of 9 inspirational. Now I freely admit I don't have much regard for VOY as a series, but I couldn't argue with this woman's take on it because I could see what she was saying in terms of character. And so the question is open: is Star Trek still inspirational?