6 Reasons Star Trek: Voyager Never Really Worked

The next Star Trek movie is about to begin filming, and all indications are that it’s probably going to be a reboot of the classic Khan storyline. That makes it the perfect time to take a step back, and examine just how we got here, to a place where a franchise which used to be all about going forward is now suddenly throwing it in reverse and instead revisiting the past. Pinpointing the place where Star Trek first started to go wrong is easy, as any serious Trek fan will tell you, things began to go south with Voyager.

Voyager was the fourth Star Trek series to arrive on television. The three which preceded it were all, in their own way, resoundingly successful. Even Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, though it never quite got the ratings of Next Generation, proved to be a solid critical, award winning success. Then came Voyager

It’s not that Star Trek: Voyager was a disaster. The show lasted the Star Trek requisite seven seasons and among those seasons had a few truly inspired moments. Voyager didn’t kill Star Trek but it was the beginning of a trend which would kill it. It was in Voyager that we all started to sense something might be going wrong with Gene Rodenberry’s vision, and it only got worse after Voyager went off the air. The next Trek series was cancelled early in its run. Almost none of the Next Generation movies were any good and what’s worse, by the end no one was even showing up to see them. Voyager didn’t kill Star Trek but it signified the beginning of the end. The things which did kill the franchise, putting it in a tailspin which could only be solved with the current reboot, all started here.

Here are the six biggest reasons Voyager never truly lived up to its Star Trek potential.

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  • Michael Rose

    This article was obviously written by someone that only watched about 10 episodes from the whole show. The whole first 2 to 3 seasons was about a possible uprising with the maquis. The best episode was when they found the other Starfleet ship that was going rogue and doing things their own way. They did a show in which the maquis fictionally took over the ship. B’elana torres was a thoughtful character that grew. I know what it’s like to be of a different culture and trying my best to assimilate to another culture and failing as she did. What’s the point of watching a show and the protagonists are the bad guys? The next show killed the series. Name another ship enterprise, with less technology, less races of people and forgettable characters and wonder what you get? Star trek enterprise. The next show should’ve been Starfleet academy. Take the fav character of ds9 tng and voyager and put them as professors to a new class of cadets and follow them through their training missions as we watch 4-6 new Starfleet officers get created.

  • 7of mine

    Gosh, I’ve watched most of the episodes on voyager and I actually think they are better many other episodes. What I’ve noticed with most of the star trek I’ve watched, is that the frame for the storyline tends to cycle, and it ends there. I like voyager better because of its slight uniqueness and how they have more of a purpose than just exploration.

  • bitter_trekkie

    Forget the characters, it’s all about #6 and #7 – it takes all the oomph out of the premise for these characters to be on Starship Cornucopia, with all conflicts quickly swept away. Janeway should not have been Kirk or Picard, she should have been SANE. The writers forgot what she did from one week to the next. One week, she’s endangering her crew to protect Starfleet principles and the next week, it’s the reverse. The crew never noticed their captain was schizo.

  • Misty Sman-Esay

    I only disagree about the Doctor and maybe it is because I can’t stand his character.

  • grant ellsworth

    I disagree with the author’s characterization o mulgrew’s Janeway as PicArd in skirts. I always thought of her as “Kirkerine T, Jamesway” — clearly Kirk in Skirts.

  • sdfsdf

    the helll…Voyager is one of the best series ever