I was going to put this in the thread on sexism, but I actually think that this is something of a seperate issue. One of the problems that I had with the Janeway character was that unlike all of the male captains, she was pigeonholed into the role of mother to her crew. To me it stems from the idea that Janeway was, from the start, concieved as a female captain instead of a captain that happened to be female. The writers on the show seemed to have a real problem actually depicting women outside of a rigid binary of either sex pot or mother figure. Thus Janeway did not get to be the captain/leader in the same way that Kirk, Picard, Sisko or even Archer were assumed to be. No she was placed in the familial role of matriarch with the crew acting more as her children rather than comrades. To me, this is the essence of the sexist nature of the Janeway character and why it always baffled me that some female fans hold her up as a good female character. I also think that this is one aspect of the character's personality that really turned off a lot of male fans. Who want's to go explore the universe with their mother watching over them? Its also tied into the idea that the Voyager crew had to be depicted as more of a family unit rather than a simple team. So in a way it makes sense that this is the version of Trek that turned a group of kids into recurring characters and made one of the regulars an outright babysitter (I personally percieve it as the Disneyfication of Trek). Doesn't it seem a bit stereotypical that the first female lead is thrust into a maternal role in a family structure...one not shown on ANY other Trek series. Just look at our other Captains: Kirk was something of a womanizing rogue, who worked hard and played hard. When he was in the big chair he was clearly in charge, but could go have drinks with his men, get in a brawl, or take his men to see exotic dancers (with implied strip clubs not being out of the question). His people looked up to him, but as a friend and trusted leader...not as some father figure. Picard was first and foremost THE BOSS. You respected him for his position and the sense of authority that he projected. He was no nonsense and did not take kindly to personal drama getting in the way of doing the job. He commanded a ship full of children and actively worked to keep them away from him. He was not a family man and had no interest in playing that role...and certainly would have none of that from his crew. I recall a specific instance where he was actively annoyed that Counselor Troi wanted him to go talk to Data about some problem he was having. I think he said something about the last thing he wanted to do was go "nursemaid" an android. Sisko was simply put, a brother in arms. He was not in the business of being a father to his crew because he had his own kid to worry about...amongst all the chaos he delt with on a regular basis. the role of dad was restricted to his relationship with Jake. Fr everyone else he was friend and boss. Archer was an idiot...and spent the first few years trying to be everyone's best pal. Over time he realized that that was a bad idea...especially when things got tough. But even at his friendliest...he was never in the role of dad...nor was his crew ever clamoring for him to fill such a role. So why was Janeway forced into this position? Why is the Voyager crew now suddenly a "family?"