I've recently started watching Voyager and have to admit that the show is not very good. I recently found a post on this forum, more like a guide that helps people like me choose which episodes to watch. I decided to repost it so more people like me can find it. Klaitu wrote a great guide that covers which episodes people like us would actually enjoy. Thanks to google helping me find this thread: All you Voyager people should keep in mind that this thread is written to address a specific group of people: Voyager for people who hate Voyager If you are a Voyager fan, then you will be unhappy with this thread. Sorry. Because you're a Trek fan, you've probably already seen an episode of Voyager here and there, and you probably didn't like what you saw. After all, that's why you didn't watch the entire run, right? Oh, I know there are some of you out there who actually like Voyager (go figure) this guide isn't for you. This guide is for people who: - Find Neelix to be annoying - Think Chakotay is a meathead - Hear chicken clucking whenever Janeway speaks - fast forward through Seven of Nine and the Doctor's unfortunate bouts with singing If you find yourself agreeing to those 4 basic tenets, you've come to the right place! This guide lists episodes in the order of their airing, and not in any order of preference. So here we go, Star Trek Voyager, with most of the suck removed! Season 1: 1. Caretaker This is the pilot, so you're probably stuck watching it either way. It's somewhat entertaining, although you'll probably wonder why Janeway purposefully strands her crew in the Delta Quadrant while violating the prime directive. Oh well! There are explosions! 2. Parallax Time travel paradox story. Ultimately forgettable, but not atrocious. 3. Time and Again Reset button episode. No reason to watch it. 4. Phage Vidiians beam Neelix's lungs out of his body. Ridiculous use of hologram technology here, but the episode isn't horrible. Watchable. 5. The Cloud The crew fiddles around with a space amoeba. Not bad, not good.. just there. Watchable, but not good. 6. Eye of the Needle The crew finds a wormhole too small to fly through. One of the best of Season 1. Watchable, mildly interesting. 7. Ex Post Facto Tom Paris accused of murder. Does anyone in the universe believe he is guilty? Easily skippible. Watchable, but boring. 8. Emanations Harry Kim's first foray into being Voyager's official "displaced out of reality" guy. Watchable, somewhat entertaining. It's like a mediocre TNG episode. Chakotay gets a little annoying. 9. Prime Factors Tuvok's illogical behavior is, for the first time, a plot point.. not that this makes it excusable. A completely forgettable episode. Watchable but boring. 10. State of Flux The beginning of the Chakotay/Seska soap opera drama. This particular episode is alright. Watchable. 11. Heroes and Demons Holodeck malfunction (the first of MANY). Pass. 12. Cathexis Chakotay is a ghost. If you're like me, that pretty much seals it into the "pass" category. 13. Faces Torres gets a lot of stories about her Klingon half vs her human half through out Voyager. This is the best one of them all. Watchable, and interesting. 14. Jetrel An excellent performan by James Sloyan makes this one watchable, despite being a Neelix episode. This is the Manhattan Project with alien juice hosed on. 15. Learning Curve It's "Heartbreak Ridge" except without all the stuff that made Heartbreak Ridge good. Pass. Season Two: 1. The 37's Apparently aliens love to kidnap humans from Earth and drop them on far flung planets. Heck, it happened to Amelia Earhart! The next thing you know they'll kidnap cowboys! Watchable, but just barely. Easily skippable if needed. 2. Initiations 43 minutes of "Is that Nog? I bet that's Nog. Yeah, it's got to be Nog." For the record it IS, in fact. Nog. Unfortunately, the episode is a complete pass. 3. Projections Holodeck malfunction. pass. 4. Elogium Kes and Neelix may or may not have a baby. No redeeming quality here. Pass. 5. Non Sequitur Harry Kim is (again) shunted to an alternate reality. This episode is pretty good except for Tom Paris' completely nonsense handheld "personal transporter". He might as well have a wormhole belt. Watchable, interesting. 6. Twisted Voyager get's so distorted, it's as if the set crew moved the sets around! Watchable, but boring. 7. Parturition Paris and Neelix fight over Kes. As if that weren't bad enough, they also find a baby. Unfit for human consumption, avoid at all costs. 8. Persistence of Vision Holodeck Malfunction. Reset Button. Pass. 9. Tattoo Chakotay episode. Indian mysticism. Megapass. 10. Cold Fire Kes episode. End of the Caretaker story. Watchable, but just barely. 11. Maneuvers Chakotay/Seska soap opera arc, part 2. This is the one where she impregnates herself. Pass. 12. Resistance The crew does irrelevant things on an irrelevant planet. Not atrocious, but no reason to watch. 13. Prototype Robots trick Torres into building more of them. Darn those robots! Watchable, but not terribly interesting. 14. Alliances Voyager steals an episode of Stargate and replays it almost line for line. Aliens who suck more than the Kazon are revealed. Pass. 15. Threshold Going faster than warp 10 causes Paris and Janeway to turn into salamanders and have babies together. Absolutely the worst episode of the Star Trek franchise ever produced to date. It's so bad that the guy who wrote it even admitted it was his worst work. It is unfit to be watched by anyone, and may God have mercy on your soul. 16. Meld The episode that shows why Vulcans shouldn't mind meld with serial killers. Watchable and suprisingly interesting, but you'll solve the "mystery" about 10 minutes in. 17. Dreadnought An AI controlled cardassian missile is on course to explode a nearby planet, which it has mistaken for it's target. A Torres episode. This episode is actually more than watchable.. in fact, it's almost good. 18. Death Wish Q is in it. Riker is in it. Beginning of the Q arc. Quinn plotline is mildly interesting. Ultimately unfulfilling, but watchable. 19. Lifesigns A great one-off Doctor character piece with romance element. Watchable, and pretty good. 20. Investigations Neelix is the host of a morning talk show.. and then things get worse from there. Part of the Chakotay/Seska soap opera arc. Pass. 21. Deadlock Duplicate Voyagers occupy the same space. The real Harry Kim dies and is replaced with an alternate from another dimension. Same for Naomi Wildman. Watchable, and somewhat entertaining. 22. Innocence Tuvok is trapped on a planet. With old people.. who look like children. I think you know where I'm going here: pass. 23. The Thaw Squiggy from Laverne and Shirley is the most awful clown you could ever possibly imagine. He's actually worse than Neelix. Awful, do not watch. 24. Tuvix You know how the government is always trying to create super soldiers in the movies? This episode shows you what happens when the transporter combines the annoyance of Neelix with the boredom of Tuvok. The result? The perfectly engineered most annoying character ever created for any Star Trek episode.. ever. This episode is completely awful, and should be locked away for public safety. Just thinking about it gives me the willies, I wish I could unwatch it. There's still hope for you! Avoid at all costs! 25. Resolutions Janeway and Chakotay spend the entire episode thinking about humping each other, but never do. In Janeway's defense, Chakotay is a meathead. They would make meathead children. You made the right call Chakotay. Pass. 26. Basics, Part 1 Displaying extraordinary incompetance, Voyager is captured by the Kazon and the crew is stranded on a matte painting.. I mean a planet. Part of the Chakotay/Seska arc. Just barely watchable, and it's a season finale 2 parter, so if that adds weight for you, so be it. Season 3: 1. Basics, Part 2 Last appearance of the Kazon (yay!). End of the Chakotay/Seska Soap Opera (yay!). Death of Seska (yay!). Interesting performance with Suder the serial killer. In all, not terrible at all. Watchable, and somewhat entertaining. 2. Flashback Sulu is in it. Grace Lee Whitney is in it. Unfortunately, their parts are reset button. Nostalgia factor gives this episode extra points, but the plot is really boring. This was what Voyager came up with for the 40th anniversary. They got completely rolled by DS9's "Trials and Tribble-ations". Watchable, but boring. 3. The Chute Harry Kim and Paris are trapped in an alien prison. Will they escape before the episode ends? If you said no, you obviously haven't seen any Voyager before. Pass. 4. The Swarm First appearance of Lewis Zimmerman. Watchable, but nothing special. 5. False Profits Kudos for pulling from a (superior) episode of TNG. Wacky Ferengi antics. Janeway loses yet another chance to get home. Watchable, somewhat boring. 6. Remember Torres relives an old woman's life through psychic dreams that are boring and uninteresting. Pass. 7. Sacred Ground Janeway goes through mystic nonsense trials to save Kes. Pass. 8. Future's End 2 part episode with the Voyager crew on 1996 Earth. Though the plot is fatally flawed (the guy with a time machine yells "NO TIME!") it is mildly amusing to see the crew interact with "modern" Earth. Watchable. 9. Warlord Kes is taken over by a Warlord, and screams at people in her high pitched woman voice from her 5 foot tall waif body.. Awful. Do not watch. 10. The Q and the Grey Q and Q make a baby. The Q Continuum is displayed as US Civil War era America. Watchable, but meh. 11. Macrocosm You should only watch this episode if you have no knowledge of physics or virusses, because this episode is completely ridiculous. I hesitate to call it "watchable" but you could probably watch it without turning it off in disgust. It's on the border. 12. Fair Trade A Neelix episode. Does it really matter what happens? Pass. 13. Alter Ego A girl alien stalks Tuvok. Holodeck malfunction. Pass. 14. Coda A brain-bending hallucination reset button episode with no redeeming qualities. Pass. 15. Blood Fever B'Elanna Torres is HORNY ENOUGH TO KILL!! Does the idea of a sweaty Torres with heaving bosoms in a starfleet tank top appeal to you? I'll let you make the call on this one. The plot? Well, it was phoned in. 16. Unity Chakotay episode with Borg in it.. which will be forgotten about by the entire crew next week! Pass. 17. Darkling A Kes romance episode. Need I say more? Pass. 18. Rise Neelix and Tuvok trapped in an elevator. Suprisingly, not as atrocious as it sounds. Watchable, but just barely. 19. Favorite Son Harry Kim has secretly been a Delta Quadrant alien for the entire run of Voyager!! Or maybe.. not. I'll let you guess which one is true. Pass. 20. Before and After Kes actually does something interesting. You'll be shocked at the prospect of a solid Voyager Time Travel episode. Watchable, interesting. 21. Real Life The holographic Doctor programs a holographic family that you'll never see again. There might be some drama here if it had an kind of impact on his character in the future. It doesn't. Watchable. 22. Distant Origin Dinosaurs track down Voyager and kidnap Chakotay. Unfortunately, they return him. Watchable despite Chakotay. 23. Displaced Aliens use the most ridiculous invasion strategy ever to take over Voyager. It's a good thing the crew is used to ridiculous aliens. Pass. 24. Worst Case Scenario Holodeck malfunction. Pass. 25. Scorpion Introduction of species 8472. Beginning of the end for the Borg. Many, many continuity problems. Watchable, but barely. It's a 2 part season ended too, if that matters to you. Season 4: 1. Scorpion, part 2 Introduction of Seven of Nine. Introduction of Fluidic Space. First of many Borg technobabble plot solutions. Watchable, but annoying. 2. The Gift Kes leaves the main cast, and is only seen in one more epiosde (yay!). I assume that's what the title refers to. Pass. 3. Day of Honor Beginning of Paris/Torres romance. Aliens steal the warp core. Pass. 4. Nemesis Chakotay episode. Pass. 5. Revulsion Nonsense hologram ethics. Seven wants to hump Kim. Kim is a chicken. Pass. 6. The Raven The story behind Seven of Nine's assimilation. Not horrible, but awfully convienient. Watchable. 7. Scientific Method Aliens experiment on the crew.. oddly, they do not use the scientific method to examine the results. Pass. 8. Year of Hell 2 part reset button episode. Mildly entertaining, but ultimately a waste of time. Watchable. 9. Random Thoughts Telepathic nonsense episode. Pass. 10. Concerning Flight Aliens steal Voyager's computer and a Leonardo da Vinci hologram. Completely obtuse? yes. Awful? not entirely. Watchable. 11. Mortal Coil Not just a neelix episode.. a Neelix morality episode. Doublepass. 12. Waking Moments Telepathic nonsense episode. Pass. 13. Message in a Bottle The Doctor is sent back to the alpha quadrant and ends up fighting the Romulans. Episode is entertaining despite the prescence of Andy Dick. Multi-Vector-Assault-Mode demonstrates the writer's complete disregard for common sense. Watchable. 14. Hunters Hirogen. Ugh. Pass. 15. Prey Hirogen. Ugh. Pass. 16. Retrospect It's one of those "it's all in your head" episodes. Pass. 17. The Killing Game Hirogen. Ugh. Pass. Need more? Janeway is a klingon. Ugh. 18. Vis a Vis It's like an even worse version of Turnabout Intruder. Pass. 19. The Omega Directive The Omega Directive requires Starfleet personnel to be overdramatic.. i.e. "Oh my God, we have to implement.... THE OMEGA DIRECTIVE!" Watchable, but boring. 20. Unforgettable Chakotay falls in love with a woman who makes him forget her, but then she wants him to remember, but he can't and in fact, never does.. and then later forgets her again. Watchable if you can tolerate Chakotay romances. 21. Living Witness Future aliens make a museum about Voyager, but they get all the facts wrong. Good thing the Doctor is part of the exhibit. Watchable. 22. Demon Alien doppelgangers. Pass. 23. One The crew needs to go into stasis to pass through some space phenomenon. This is a direct rip of the Wizard of Oz, and Seven is dorothy. Pass. 24. Hope and Fear The episode starts with an interesting premise, but it turns out that the whole thing is just the world's most complicated ploy to get Voyager assimilated by the Borg. Watchable, but predictable. Season 5 1. Night Voyager passes through a starless void, despite that not exactly being quite possible in space. Watchable. 2. Drone Seven accidentally assimilates the doctor's mobile emitter, which turns into Robocop. The advanced drone blows itself up at the end. Watchable, but useless. 3. Extreme Risk Torres goes bonkers (a theme that will get more and more boring) the Delta Flyer is created. Pass. 4. In the Flesh 8472 creates the most ridiculous invasion program for Earth, but Voyager finds it and convinces the gardener to call it off. Pass. 5. Once Upon a Time This episode is home to the abomination which is referred to as "Flotter". It's also home to a continuity error where holodecks existed before they actually existed. Do not view, completely awful. 6. Timeless Geordi is in it. Janeway dies. Harry Kim gets stuff to do.. this is my kind of episode! Watchable, and mildly entertaining. 7. Infinite Regress Seven goes bonkers. I think they mislabeled the show, it should have been "infinite lameness". megapass. 8. Nothing Human I hate it when plastic aliens attach to crewmembers. This is a medical ethics drama about using researched obtained through torture. A for effort, and it's watchable for that reason alone. 9. Thirty Days Tom Paris disobeys order over an irrelevant space-borne ocean. Preachy. Awful. Do not watch. 10. Counterpoint Janeway romance. Pass. 11. Latent Image The Doctor is somehow ethically confused by doing his job as he was programmed to do it. The episode makes no sense, but the mystery portion of it is solid. Watchable. 12. Bride of Chaotica! Holographic aliens "from the fifth dimension" invade the holodeck. Holodeck malfunction. This works as a send-up to 30's serial sci-fi, but has no place whatsoever in Voyager's continuity. Barely watchable. 13. Gravity A Tuvok love story episode. Pass. 14. Bliss Voyager is nearly eaten by a space monster. Pass. 15. Dark Frontier Borg nonsense and continuity condradiction. Megapass. This is a 2 part sweeps episode. 16. The Disease Harry Kim gets an alien STD. Seriously, I'm not joking. At least Kim gets to do something. Suprisingly watchable. 17. Course: Oblivion Reset button, spoiler: It's not even the actual voyager crew you watch. Pass. 18. The Fight Chakotay episode with indian mystic nonsense. Pass. 19. Think Tank Jason Alexander attempts a protection racket scheme on Voyager. He fails. Mildly watchable. 20. Juggernaut Torres gets sweaty on an alien freighter, is naked in a sonic shower. You be the judge, because you're not gonna watch this episode for the plot. 21. Someone to Watch Over Me Doctor falls in love with Seven. "Hilarity" ensues. Viewers disgusted. Pass. 22. 11:59 Star Trek decides to freak out about Y2K in this completely irrelevant and useless Janeway story. Pass. 23. Relativity As if "Future's End" needed a sequel, they went ahead and made this show, which stars an entirely different Captain Braxton than the first Captain Braxton. Aside from the screwy time travel "reintegration" nonsense, it's an interesting episode. Watchable. 24. Warhead Uh oh, someone saw the 1974 movie "Dark Star" and stole the plot. Oops, we noticed. Pass. 25. Equinox Janeway is shocked to discover that a Starfleet captain even more incompetant than she is is in the Delta Quadrant! Somewhat interesting. Watchable. This is a 2 part finale. Season 6: 1. Equinox, part 2 The Equinox is destroyed, even though it looks way cooler than voyager. This made me sad. Watchable. 2. Survival Instinct Seven discovers more unassimilated borg. Apparently de-assimilation happens all the time in the Borg collective. Too bad, I kinda liked tough borg. Pass. 3. Barge of the Dead This episode is famous for being Ronald D. Moore's last Star Trek script. It features klingon mysticism nonsense. Too bad RDM. Pass. 4. Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy The origin of the "Emergency Command Hologram" which is, quite possibly, the stupidest thing anyone has ever done in Star Trek... oh wait.. I forgot about that salamander thing and Tuvix. Okay, this is the THIRD stupidest thing in all of Star Trek. Awful Awful Awful, do not watch!! 5. Alice Tom Paris' shuttle falls in love with him.. or something like that. Anyways, it also wants to kill him. Pass. 6. Riddles The biggest riddle is how this episode made it to air. Tuvok story with mystical nonsense. Pass. 7. Dragon's Teeth Voyager discovers aliens in stasis (wow, haven't seen that before). Not bad, but pretty boring. Watchable. 8. One Small Step Once again, Voyager encounters crap from Earth alllll the way out in the delta quadrant. This time hauled off by a graviton ellipse. Watchable, but not memorable. 9. The Voyager Conspiracy Seven goes bonkers again. Pass. 10. Pathfinder A very good episode, mostly because it's a Barclay episode. Very Watchable, almost good. 11. Fair Haven Janeway romance. Pass. 12. Blink of an Eye An interesting take on time travel. Voyager is orbiting a planet that develops from stone age to super advanced in a matter of hours. Watchable, and even good. 13. Virtuoso The doctor sings. A lot. He sings opera. Awful. Do not watch. 14. Memorial A giant stone alien penis makes everyone hallucinate. Pass. 15. Tsunkatse The Rock beats the crap out of Seven of Nine. Finally! Watchable and amusing. 16. Collective Seven deassimilates.. borg children. As sad as that sounds, it's better than it seems. Sort of interesting to see borg children. Sort of annoying too. Sort of watchable. 17. Spirit Folk Holodeck malfunction and Janeway romance in the same episode. Doublepass. 18. Ashes to Ashes Kim's girlfriend died, and now she's an alien zombie. The Doctor fixes her, but she'd rather be dead. Poor Kim. Pass. 19. Child's Play An Icheb/Seven story that is better played in Icheb's side. Lame, but watchable. 20. Good Shepherd Janeway decides that all the losers on Voyager should all go on the same away mission at the same time... shocker.. things go wrong. Zoe Mclellan guest stars (yay!) Watchable, but predictable. 21. Live Fast and Prosper A completely awful episode in which con artists impersonate Voyager crew.. poorly. Do not watch. 22. Muse A completely awful episode about a society creating Shakespeare-like plays based on shuttlecraft logs. Do not watch. 23. Fury Kes is back, and girlfriend's maaaaaadddd. Pass. 24. Life Line A Voyager episode that features Troi prominently.. One of the best Voyager episodes. Most watchable. 25. The Haunting of Deck Twelve Neelix tells ghost stories to children. Pass. 26. Unimatrix Zero The Zero is for how much plot there is. Season finale. Pass. Season 7: 1. Unimatrix Zero, part 2 Janeway, Tuvok, and Torres are assimilated, and then deassimilated. Sorry, Picard, that whole locutus deal was just a hat trick. Awful, do not watch. 2. Imperfection One of Seven's brain implants malfunctions.. but this is an Icheb episode.. and darned it he doesn't rock it. This Voyager episode is actually GOOD. It makes you want more Icheb. Too bad you won't get much more Icheb. 3. Drive A space race episode with ridiculous racing outfits. Pass. 4. Repression Tuvok goes bonkers. Pass. 5. Critical Care The Doctor is kidnapped. Watchable but boring. 6. Inside Man The Ferengi reprogram a holo-barclay to kidnap Seven of Nine for her nanoprobes. Interesting depiction of Starfleet from an Admiral's perspective. Watchable. 7. Body and Soul The Doctor makes Seven of Nine act like an idiot. Pass. 8. Nightingale Harry Kim botches his first command, and is assisted by Seven of Nine, who has never commanded anything. Watchable, but not interesting. 9. Flesh and Blood Hirogen.. urgh. Malfunctioning holograms.. double urgh. Pass. 10. Shattered Voyager is split into different timeframes.. and only Chakotay can save the ship! Did you know that when you inject your body with a formula that allows you to travel in time, it also injects your clothes? Watchable, but lame. 11. Lineage Torres goes bonkers again. Awful. Do not watch. 12. Repentance An overly preachy commentary on prison systems. Pass. 13. Prophecy Klingons think that Torres' baby is the Klingon messiah.. and another useful alpha quadrant ship is destroyed meaninglessly! Not only that, but none of the Klingons stick around! LAME! Pass. 14. The Void The universe finally gets tired of Voyager and flushes it down a cosmic toilet bowl that nobody can get out of.. oh wait, they get out of it. I am so shocked. Watchable, and entertaining. 15. Workforce The entire crew's memory is erased and they are programmed to believe that they are minimum wage workers in an alien factory town. To make matters worse, the Emergency Command Hologram is back, AND it outranks Harry Kim, an actual starfleet officer. AWFUL. Do not watch. 16. Human Error Seven wants to get it on with Chakotay, but the Borg have programmed her to self destruct if she gets too turned on. At least Chakotay isn't stuck with stupid Seska. A shame Seven doesn't have better taste. Watchable, but ultimately forgettable. 17. Q2 O's son is having a discipline problem... so he has Janeway babysit. The worst Q episode ever created. Pass. 18. Author, Author The Doctor's awful holonovel is plagarized by people in the Alpha Quadrant. The legality of the doctor's sentience is called into question. Watchable, but bland. 19. Friendship One Dumbass aliens blow themselves up with an ancient Earth space probe. Janeway assumes responsibility for the stupid aliens. Barely watchable. 20. Natural Law A completely boring episode involving preserving cavemen from a technologically advanced society. Pass. 21. Homestead Neelix LEAVES VOYAGER FOREVER! This is my kind of episode. Watchable! 22. Renaissance Man The Doctor is spying for aliens. Boring. Pass. Neelix isn't in this episode though, so that's awesome. 23. Endgame About 40% of this episode is reset button. Janeway finally makes it back to earth some 20 years after the show ends, but she's sad that Chakotay died, so she goes back in time to save herself from her own incompetance... and her younger self screws everything up anyway. Perhaps most distressing, you never do see Voyager get home, even though the last scene is it approaching Earth. Seeing Voyager get back to earth and the conclusions to all the characters is a no brainer, and still they couldn't deliver. Awful, but you have to watch it because it's the finale. On the up side, Alice Krige is the Borg queen, must better than that other lame one they had in the series.