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''Star Trek: Voyager'' is an American science fiction television series created by Rick Berman, Michael Piller, and Jeri Taylor. It originally aired from January 16, 1995 to May 23, 2001 on UPN, lasting for 172 episodes over seven seasons. The fifth series in the ''Star Trek'' franchise, it served as the fourth sequel to ''Star Trek: The Original Series''. Set in the 24th century, when Earth is part of a United Federation of Planets, it follows the adventures of the Starfleet vessel USS Voyager (Star Trek), USS ''Voyager'' as it attempts to return home after being stranded in the Galactic quadrant (Star Trek)#Delta Quadrant, Delta Quadrant on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy. Paramount Pictures commissioned the series following the termination of ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'' to accompany the ongoing ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine''. They wanted it to help launch UPN, their newly established network. Berman, Piller, and Taylor devised the series to chronologically overlap with ''Deep Space Nine'' and to maintain thematic continuity with elements that had been introduced in ''The Next Generation'' and ''Deep Space Nine.'' The complex relationship between Starfleet and ex-Federation colonists known as the Maquis (Star Trek), Maquis was one such element and a persistent central theme. ''Voyager'' was the first ''Star Trek'' series to feature a female captain, Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), as the lead character. Berman served as head executive producer in charge of the overall production, assisted by a series of executive producers: Piller, Taylor, Brannon Braga, and Kenneth Biller. Set in a different part of the galaxy from preceding ''Star Trek'' shows, ''Voyager'' gave the series' writers space to introduce new alien species as recurring characters, namely the Kazon, Vidiians, Hirogen, and Species 8472. During the later seasons, the Borg—a species created for ''The Next Generation''—were introduced as the main antagonists. During ''Voyagers run, various episode novelisations and tie-in video games were produced; after it ended, various novels continued the series narrative.


Production


Development

As ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'' ended, Paramount Pictures wanted to continue to have a second ''Star Trek'' TV series to accompany ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine''. The studio also planned to start a new television network, and wanted the new series to help it succeed. This was reminiscent of Paramount's earlier plans to launch its own Paramount Television Service, network by showcasing ''Star Trek: Phase II'' in 1977. Initial work on ''Star Trek: Voyager'' began in 1993, when the seventh and final season of ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'' and the second season of ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'' were in production. Seeds for ''Voyager''s backstory, including the development of the Maquis (Star Trek), Maquis, were placed in several ''The Next Generation'' and ''Deep Space Nine'' episodes. ''Voyager'' was shot on the stages ''The Next Generation'' had used, and where the ''Voyager'' pilot "Caretaker (Star Trek: Voyager), Caretaker" was shot in September 1994. Costume designer Robert Blackman decided that the uniforms of ''Voyager''s crew would be the same as those on ''Deep Space Nine''. ''Star Trek: Voyager'' was the first ''Star Trek'' series to use computer-generated imagery (CGI), rather than models, for exterior space shots. ''Babylon 5'' and ''seaQuest DSV'' had previously used CGI to avoid the expense of models, but the ''Star Trek'' television department continued using models because they felt they were more realistic. Amblin Imaging won an Emmy for ''Voyager''s opening CGI title visuals, but the weekly episode exteriors were captured with hand-built miniatures of ''Voyager'', its shuttlecraft, and other ships. This changed when ''Voyager'' went fully CGI for certain types of shots midway through season three (late 1996). Foundation Imaging was the studio responsible for special effects during ''Babylon 5''s first three seasons. Season three's "The Swarm (Star Trek: Voyager), The Swarm" was the first episode to use Foundation's effects exclusively. ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'' began using Foundation Imaging in conjunction with Digital Muse in season six. In its later seasons, ''Voyager'' featured visual effects from Foundation Imaging and Digital Muse. The digital effects were produced at standard television resolution and some have speculated that it cannot be re-released in HD format without re-creating the special effects. However, ''Enterprise'' has been released in HD, but the special effects were rendered in 480p and upscaled.


Music

Unlike ''The Next Generation'', where composer Jerry Goldsmith's theme from ''Star Trek: The Motion Picture'' was reused, Goldsmith composed and conducted an entirely new main theme for ''Voyager''. As done with ''The Next Generation'' and ''Deep Space Nine'', a soundtrack album of the series' pilot episode "Caretaker" and a CD single containing three variations of the main theme were released by GNP Crescendo Record Co., Crescendo Records in 1995 between seasons one and two. In 1996, the theme was also released as piano solo songbook. In 2017, La-La Land Records issued ''Star Trek: Voyager Collection, Volume 1'', a four-disc limited-edition release containing Goldsmith's theme music and tracks from Jay Chattaway's "Rise", "Night", the two-parter "Equinox", "Pathfinder", "Spirit Folk", "The Haunting of Deck Twelve", "Shattered", "The Void", and the two-parter "Scorpion"; Dennis McCarthy (composer), Dennis McCarthy's "The 37's", the two-parter "Basics", "The Q and the Gray", "Concerning Flight", "Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy", and the two-parters "Workforce" and "Year of Hell", David Bell (composer), David Bell's "Dark Frontier", and Paul Baillargeon's "Lifesigns". In 2020, Newsweek magazine said that the Voyager theme by Goldsmith, was the best of all ''Star Trek'' television series' theme songs. They elaborate, "..''Voyager'' recaptures some of the spacey ethereality of Courage's original vocal melody, while adding a deep space resonance that evoked the series' lost explorers, far from home among uncharted stars."


Behind-the-scenes

In August 2015, the main cast members (except Jennifer Lien, who retired from acting in 2002) appeared together onstage in Las Vegas for the 20th anniversary of ''Star Trek: Voyager'' at the 2015 Las Vegas ''Star Trek'' convention. Robert Duncan McNeill (Paris) and Roxann Dawson (Torres) have also directed episodes of ''Star Trek: Enterprise'', while Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, and Andrew Robinson (actor), Andrew Robinson (Garak of ''Deep Space Nine'') all directed episodes of ''Star Trek: Voyager''. The sets used for USS ''Voyager'' were reused for the ''Deep Space Nine'' episode "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges" for her sister ship USS ''Bellerophon'' (NCC-74705), both of which are ''Intrepid''-class starships. The sickbay set of USS ''Voyager'' was also used as the ''Enterprise''-E sickbay in the films ''Star Trek: First Contact'' and ''Star Trek: Insurrection''. Additionally, the ''Voyager'' ready room and the engineering set were also used as rooms aboard the ''Enterprise-''E in ''Insurrection''. Production of episodes ran from August to May each year, with one episode typically taking about week to shoot. Shooting started at 7 am each weekday and continued until finished for the day. The pilot (first) episode, "Caretaker" took longer to shoot at 31 days.


Plot overview

File:Jeri Ryan 2010.jpg, upJeri Ryan, appearing at the Creation Entertainment, Creation ''Star Trek'' convention in 2010; she joined the cast in Season 4 of the show, as the ex-Borg character Seven of Nine In the pilot episode, "Caretaker (Star Trek: Voyager), Caretaker", departs the Deep Space Nine (space station), Deep Space Nine space station on a mission into the treacherous Badlands (Star Trek), Badlands. They are searching for a missing ship piloted by a team of Maquis (Star Trek), Maquis rebels, which ''Voyager''s security officer, the Vulcan (Star Trek), Vulcan Lieutenant Tuvok, has secretly infiltrated. While in the Badlands, ''Voyager'' is enveloped by a powerful energy wave that kills several of its crew, damages the ship, and strands it in the galaxy's Galactic quadrant (Star Trek)#Delta Quadrant, Delta Quadrant, more than 70,000 light-years from Earth. The wave was not a natural phenomenon. In fact, it was used by an alien entity known as the Caretaker to pull ''Voyager'' into the Delta Quadrant. The Caretaker is responsible for the continued care of the Ocampa, a race of aliens native to the Delta Quadrant, and has been abducting other species from around the galaxy in an effort to find a successor. The Maquis ship was also pulled into the Delta Quadrant, and eventually the two crews reluctantly agree to join forces after the Caretaker space station is destroyed in a pitched space battle with another local alien species, the Kazon. Chakotay, leader of the Maquis group, becomes ''Voyager''s first officer. B'Elanna Torres, a half-human/half-Klingon Maquis, becomes chief engineer. Tom Paris, whom Janeway released from a Federation prison to help find the Maquis ship, is made ''Voyager''s helm officer. Due to the deaths of the ship's entire medical staff, Doctor (Star Trek), the Doctor, an emergency medical hologram designed only for short-term use, is employed as the ship's full-time chief medical officer. Delta Quadrant natives Neelix, a Talaxian scavenger, and Kes (Star Trek), Kes, a young Ocampa, are welcomed aboard as the ship's chef/morale officer and the Doctor's medical assistant, respectively. Due to its great distance from United Federation of Planets, Federation space, the Delta Quadrant is unexplored by Starfleet, and ''Voyager'' is truly going where no human has gone before. As they set out on their projected 75-year journey home, the crew passes through regions belonging to various species: the barbaric and belligerent Kazon; the organ-harvesting, disease-ravaged Vidiians; the nomadic hunter race the Hirogen; the fearsome Species 8472 from fluidic space; and most notably the Borg (Star Trek), Borg, whose home is the Delta Quadrant, so that ''Voyager'' has to move through large areas of Borg-controlled space in later seasons. They also encounter perilous natural phenomena, a nebulous area called the Nekrit Expanse ("Fair Trade (Star Trek: Voyager), Fair Trade", third season), a large area of empty space called the Void ("Night (Star Trek: Voyager), Night", fifth season), wormholes, dangerous nebulae and other anomalies. ''Voyager'' is the third ''Star Trek'' series to feature Q (Star Trek), Q, an omnipotent alien—and the second on a recurring basis, as Q made only one appearance on ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine''. Starfleet Command learns of ''Voyager''s survival when the crew discovers an ancient interstellar communications network, claimed by the Hirogen, into which they can tap. This relay network is later disabled, but due to the efforts of Earth-based Lieutenant Reginald Barclay, Starfleet eventually establishes regular contact in the season-six episode "Pathfinder (Star Trek: Voyager), Pathfinder", using a communications array and micro-wormhole technology. In the first two episodes of the show's fourth season, Kes leaves the ship in the wake of an extreme transformation of her mental abilities, while Seven of Nine (known colloquially as Seven), a Borg drone who was assimilated as a six-year-old human girl, is liberated from the collective and joins the ''Voyager'' crew. As the series progresses, Seven begins to regain her humanity with the ongoing help of Captain Janeway, who shows her that emotions, friendship, love, and caring are more important than the sterile "perfection" the Borg espouse. The Doctor also becomes more human-like, due in part to a mobile holo-emitter the crew obtains in the third season which allows the Doctor to leave the confines of sickbay. He discovers his love of music and art, which he demonstrates in the episode "Virtuoso (Star Trek: Voyager), Virtuoso". In the sixth season, the crew discovers a group of adolescent aliens assimilated by the Borg, but prematurely released from their maturation chambers due to a malfunction on their Borg cube. As he did with Seven of Nine, the Doctor rehumanizes the children; List of minor recurring characters in Star Trek: Voyager#Azan, Azan, Rebi and Mezoti, three of them eventually find a new adoptive home while the fourth, List of minor recurring characters in Star Trek: Voyager#Icheb, Icheb, chooses to stay aboard ''Voyager.'' Life for the ''Voyager'' crew evolves during their long journey. Traitors List of minor recurring characters in Star Trek: Voyager#Seska, Seska and List of minor recurring characters in Star Trek: Voyager#Jonas, Michael Jonas are uncovered in the early months ("State of Flux (Star Trek: Voyager), State of Flux", "Investigations (Star Trek: Voyager), Investigations"); loyal crew members are lost late in the journey; and other wayward Starfleet officers are integrated into the crew. In the second season, the first child is born aboard the ship to Ensign Samantha Wildman; as she grows up, Naomi Wildman becomes great friends with her godfather, Neelix, and develops an unexpected and close relationship with Seven of Nine. Early in the seventh season, Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres marry after a long courtship, and Torres gives birth to their child, List of minor recurring characters in Star Trek: Voyager#Miral, Miral Paris, in the series finale. Late in the seventh season, the crew finds a colony of Talaxians on a makeshift settlement in an asteroid field, and Neelix chooses to bid ''Voyager'' farewell and live once again among his people. Over the course of the series, the ''Voyager'' crew finds various ways to reduce their 75-year journey by five decades: shortcuts, in the episodes "Night (Star Trek: Voyager), Night" and "Q2 (Star Trek: Voyager), Q2"; technology boosts in "The Voyager Conspiracy (Star Trek: Voyager), The Voyager Conspiracy", "Dark Frontier", "Timeless (Star Trek: Voyager), Timeless" and "Hope and Fear"; a subspace corridor in "Dragon's Teeth (Star Trek: Voyager), Dragon's Teeth"; and a mind-powered push from a powerful former shipmate in "The Gift (Star Trek: Voyager), The Gift". Several other trip-shortening attempts are unsuccessful, as seen in the episodes "Eye of the Needle (Star Trek: Voyager), Eye of the Needle", "Prime Factors (Star Trek: Voyager), Prime Factors", "Future's End", "Course: Oblivion", and "Inside Man (Star Trek: Voyager), Inside Man". After traveling for seven years, a current (yet returning) shipmate helps instigate a series of complex efforts which shortens the remainder of the journey to a few minutes in the series finale, "Endgame (Star Trek: Voyager), Endgame".


Cast

*Geneviève Bujold, originally cast as Janeway, quit a day and a half into shooting the pilot "Caretaker (Star Trek: Voyager), Caretaker" and was replaced by Kate Mulgrew.


Notable guest appearances

The show's many visitations across time and space provide a range of performances ranging from cameos to almost being interwoven into much of the show, such as when being portrayed as a love interest or protagonist of one the show's regulars.


Cameos

* Abdullah II of Jordan, Prince Abdullah of Jordan (now List of kings of Jordan, king) played an unnamed ensign (science officer) in the episode "Investigations (Star Trek: Voyager), Investigations". * Musician Tom Morello played Crewman Mitchell, seen when Captain Janeway asks him for directions on Deck 15, in "Good Shepherd (Star Trek: Voyager), Good Shepherd".


Actors

Source material:#ruditis2003, Ruditis (2003) * Jason Alexander played Kurros, the spokesperson for a group of alien scholars, in "Think Tank (Star Trek: Voyager), Think Tank". * John Aniston played the Quarren Ambassador in the two-part episode "Workforce (Star Trek: Voyager), Workforce". * Ed Begley Jr. portrayed Henry Starling, an unscrupulous 20th-century industrialist, in "Future's End" parts 1 and 2. * Dan Butler played Steth in "Vis à Vis (Star Trek: Voyager), Vis à Vis". * Robert Curtis Brown portrayed Neezar, the Ledosian ambassador, in "Natural Law (Star Trek: Voyager), Natural Law". * David Clennon played Dr. Crell Moset in the episode "Nothing Human" (the episode was tailored to Clennon's stance against torture, in that Moset tortured people to find a cure for a disease). * Henry Darrow playing Chakotay's father in the episodes "Tattoo" and "Basics: Part I". * Andy Dick plays the Emergency Medical Hologram Mark 2 on USS ''Prometheus'' in "Message in a Bottle (Star Trek: Voyager), Message in a Bottle". * David Graf appeared as Fred Noonan, Amelia Earhart's navigator in the episode "The 37's". * Gary Graham, who portrayed Ambassador Soval on ''Star Trek: Enterprise'', played Ocampan community leader Tanis in the season-two episode "Cold Fire (Voyager episode), Cold Fire". * Gerrit Graham, who played a Q (Quinn) in "Death Wish (Star Trek: Voyager), Death Wish" who sought asylum on ''Voyager'' as he wanted to leave the Q (Star Trek), Q Continuum so he could end his life. * Joel Grey played Caylem, a delusional widower who believes Janeway is his daughter, in "Resistance (Star Trek: Voyager), Resistance". * Lori Hallier played Riley Frazier, one of a group of former Borg drones, in "Unity (Star Trek: Voyager), Unity". * Dwayne Johnson, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson portrayed the Pendari Champion when Seven of Nine and Tuvok were captured and forced to play in the game, in the episode "Tsunkatse (Star Trek: Voyager), Tsunkatse". * Alice Krige played the Borg Queen in the movie ''Star Trek: First Contact'', trying to assimilate Earth shortly before the first warp flight, before she and her collective were destroyed. She reprised her role as the Borg Queen in the series' finale "Endgame (Star Trek: Voyager), Endgame", where she is also destroyed by a virus. * Sharon Lawrence played the famous aviator Amelia Earhart in the episode "The 37's". * Michael McKean plays a maniacal clown character in a simulation in which the crew's minds are held hostage in the episode "The Thaw (Star Trek: Voyager), The Thaw". * Virginia Madsen played Kellin, a Ramuran tracer, in "Unforgettable (Star Trek: Voyager), Unforgettable". * Marjorie Monaghan played Freya, a shieldmaiden, in "Heroes and Demons (Star Trek: Voyager), Heroes and Demons". * Leland Orser played Dejaren, an unstable hologram, in "Revulsion (Star Trek: Voyager), Revulsion" * John Savage (actor), John Savage plays Captain Rudolph Ransom of the USS ''Equinox'', another Federation starship that ''Voyager'' encountered in the Delta Quadrant, in "Equinox (Star Trek: Voyager), Equinox" parts 1 and 2. * Lori Petty played Noss in the episode "Gravity". Tuvok and Tom become stranded on a planet and befriend Noss, an alien stranded there many years before. * John Rhys-Davies plays Leonardo da Vinci in Janeway's holodeck program. He appeared in "Scorpion (Star Trek: Voyager), Scorpion: Part I" and "Concerning Flight". * Sarah Silverman appeared as Rain Robinson, a young astronomer who finds ''Voyager'' in orbit of 20th-century Earth, in "Future's End" parts 1 and 2. * Kurtwood Smith, who played the Federation president in ''Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country'', played Annorax, a Krenim scientist who was determined to restore his original timeline, in "Year of Hell" parts 1 and 2. * Comedian Scott Thompson (comedian), Scott Thompson played the alien Tomin in "Someone to Watch Over Me (Star Trek: Voyager), Someone to Watch Over Me". * Susanna Thompson played the Borg Queen in "Dark Frontier" parts 1 and 2 and "Unimatrix Zero" parts 1 and 2. * Ray Walston, who appeared as Starfleet Academy groundskeeper Boothby in the ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'' episode "The First Duty", reprised the role in the episodes "In the Flesh (Star Trek: Voyager), In the Flesh" and "The Fight (Star Trek: Voyager), The Fight". * Songwriter Paul Williams (songwriter), Paul Williams played Prelate Koru in "Virtuoso (Star Trek: Voyager), Virtuoso". * Titus Welliver played Lieutenant Maxwell Burke in "Equinox" parts 1 and 2. * Joseph Will played Tellis in "Muse (Star Trek: Voyager), Muse". * Ray Wise played Arturis in "Hope and Fear". He also had an appearance in an episode of ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'' called "Who Watches the Watchers". * Tom Wright (American actor), Tom Wright, who appeared as Tuvix in "Tuvix".


Connections with other ''Star Trek'' incarnations


Characters and races

As with other ''Star Trek'' series, the original ''Star Trek''s Vulcans, Klingons, and Romulans appear in ''Star Trek: Voyager''.#okuda1999, Okuda (1999) ''Voyager'' had appearances by several other races who initially appear in ''The Next Generation'': the Q, the Borg, Cardassians, Bajorans, Betazoids, and Ferengi, along with ''Deep Space Nine''s Jem'Hadar (via hologram), as well as the Maquis resistance movement, previously established in episodes of ''The Next Generation'' and ''Deep Space Nine''. One notable connection between ''Voyager'' and ''The Next Generation'' appears regarding a wormhole and the Ferengi. In ''The Next Generation'' season-three episode "The Price (Star Trek: The Next Generation), The Price", bidding takes place for rights to a wormhole. The Ferengi send a delegation to the bidding. When the ''Enterprise'' and Ferengi vessel each send shuttles into the wormhole, they appear in the Delta Quadrant, where the Ferengi shuttle becomes trapped. In the ''Voyager'' season-three episode "False Profits", the Ferengi who were trapped have since landed on a nearby planet, and begun exploiting the inhabitants for profit.


Actors from other ''Star Trek'' incarnations appearing on ''Voyager''

In some cases, the actors play the same character as elsewhere, such as Dwight Schultz who plays Reginald Barclay. In other cases, the same actors play different characters. * Michael Ansara is one of seven actors to play the same character (in his case the Klingon commander Kang) on three different ''Star Trek'' TV series—the original series ("Day of the Dove"), ''Deep Space Nine'' ("Blood Oath (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Blood Oath"), and ''Voyager'' ("Flashback"). * Vaughn Armstrong, who portrayed a wide variety of guest characters throughout the show's run, later went on to portray Maxwell Forrest, Admiral Forrest in ''Star Trek: Enterprise''. * Majel Barrett voices the ship's computer, having performed the same role in previous ''Star Trek'' series. * LeVar Burton, who played Geordi La Forge on ''The Next Generation'', appeared as Captain LaForge of USS ''Challenger'' in an alternate future in the episode "Timeless". * Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun and Brunt of ''Deep Space Nine'' and Shran of ''Enterprise'') appeared in "Tsunkatse" as Norcadian Penk. * Leonard Crofoot, who appears in "Virtuoso" as a Qomar spectator, acted in ''The Next Generation'' episode "Angel One" and as the prototype version of Data (Star Trek), Data's daughter Lal in ''The Next Generation'' episode "The Offspring". * John de Lancie plays the mischievous Q, who also annoyed Captain Jean-Luc Picard on the ''Enterprise'' and Commander Benjamin Sisko on ''Deep Space Nine'' in the ''Deep Space Nine'' episode "Q-Less (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Q-Less". He appeared in "Death Wish (Star Trek: Voyager), Death Wish", "The Q and the Grey" and "Q2 (Star Trek: Voyager), Q2". * Aron Eisenberg (Nog of ''Deep Space Nine'') appeared in "Initiations (Star Trek: Voyager), Initiations" as a Kazon adolescent named Kar. * Jonathan Frakes played Commander William Riker from ''The Next Generation'', appearing in "Death Wish (Star Trek: Voyager), Death Wish". * Gerrit Graham, who played the Hunter in a ''Deep Space Nine'' episode called "Captive Pursuit", and later played a Q (Quinn) in the ''Voyager'' episode "Death Wish (Star Trek: Voyager), Death Wish". * J. G. Hertzler (Martok of ''Deep Space Nine'' and Klingon advocate Kolos in the ''Enterprise'' episode: "Judgement") appeared in "Tsunkatse" as an unnamed Hirogen. * Suzie Plakson, who portrayed Dr. Selar in ''The Next Generation'' episode The Schizoid Man (Star Trek: The Next Generation), The Schizoid Man" as well as Ambassador K'Ehleyr, Worf's mate in The Emissary (Star Trek: The Next Generation), "The Emissary" and "Reunion (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Reunion", appeared as the female ''Q'' in the episode "The Q and the Grey". * Joseph Ruskin played a Vulcan Master in the episode "Gravity". Ruskin also played Galt in the ''Star Trek Original Series'' episode "Gamesters of Triskelion", the Klingon Tumek ''Deep Space Nine'' episodes "House of Quark" and "Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places", a Cardassian informant in the ''Deep Space Nine'' episode "Improbable Cause", and a Suliban doctor in the ''Enterprise'' episode "Broken Bow (Star Trek: Enterprise), Broken Bow". * Dwight Schultz played Reginald Barclay on ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'' and in the film ''Star Trek: First Contact''. He appeared in the following ''Voyager'' episodes: "Projections (Star Trek: Voyager), Projections", "Pathfinder (Star Trek: Voyager), Pathfinder", "Life Line (Star Trek: Voyager), Life Line", "Inside Man (Star Trek: Voyager), Inside Man", "Author, Author (Star Trek: Voyager), Author, Author" and "Endgame". * Mark Allen Shepherd also appears uncredited as Morn, alongside Quark (Star Trek), Quark in the pilot. * Armin Shimerman, who portrayed Quark (Star Trek), Quark on ''Deep Space Nine'', appeared in the pilot "Caretaker". * Dan Shor, who appeared as the Ferengi Dr. Arridor in ''The Next Generation'' episode "The Price", reprised the role in ''Voyager'' episode "False Profits", having become stranded in the Delta Quadrant at the end of the ''Next Generation'' episode. * Marina Sirtis, as Counselor Deanna Troi from ''The Next Generation'', appears in "Pathfinder", "Life Line", and "Inside Man". * James Sloyan portrayed Alidar Jarok (a defecting Romulan admiral) in "The Defector (Star Trek: The Next Generation), The Defector" and Alexander Rozhenko (Worf's son) as an adult in the future in "Firstborn", both ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'' episodes. In ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'', he portrayed the Bajoran scientist Mora Pol and Odo's "father" in the episodes "The Begotten" and "The Alternate". The ''Star Trek: Voyager'' episode entitled "Jetrel" featured Sloyan as the title character. * Kurtwood Smith, who plays Annorax in "Year of Hell", appeared in ''Star Trek: Deep Space 9'' episode "Things Past" as a Cardassian, Thrax. Before this, he also appeared in ''Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country'' as the president of the Federation. * George Takei from the ''Original Series'' reprised his role as Hikaru Sulu, who became Captain of USS ''Excelsior'' in ''Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country''. He appeared in ''Voyager'' episode "Flashback", commemorating the 30th anniversary of ''Star Trek''. * Tony Todd, who played Worf's brother Kurn in ''The Next Generation'' episodes "Sins of the Father (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Sins of the Father", "Redemption (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Redemption", parts 1 and 2 and the ''Deep Space Nine'' episode "Sons of Mogh", also the adult Jake Sisko in the ''Deep Space Nine'' episode "The Visitor (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), The Visitor", played an unnamed Hirogen in the ''Voyager'' episode "Prey (Star Trek: Voyager), Prey". * Gwynyth Walsh (B'Etor of ''The Next Generation'' and ''Generations'') appeared in "Random Thoughts (Star Trek: Voyager), Random Thoughts" as Chief Examiner Nimira. * Grace Lee Whitney from ''Star Trek: The Original Series, Original Series'' reprised her role as Janice Rand in ''Voyager'' episode "Flashback (Star Trek: Voyager), Flashback", commemorating the 30th anniversary of ''Star Trek''.


Actors from ''Voyager'' appearing on other ''Star Trek'' incarnations

* Martha Hackett (Seska) appeared as a member of the Terellian alien species in the finale of ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'', "All Good Things... (Star Trek: The Next Generation), All Good Things..." and in the ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'' two-part episode "The Search (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), The Search" as Romulan Subcommander T'Rul. * Robert Duncan McNeill (Paris) appeared in ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'' episode "The First Duty" as Starfleet cadet Nicolas Locarno. (The character of Locarno was used as a template for Tom Paris). * Kate Mulgrew appears again as Kathryn Janeway, promoted to vice admiral, in the 2002 film ''Star Trek: Nemesis'' a year after ''Voyager'' ended its run. * Ethan Phillips (Neelix) was featured in the ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'' episode "Ménage à Troi" as the Ferengi Farek, the ''Star Trek: Enterprise'' episode "Acquisition" as the Ferengi pirate Ulis, and in ''Star Trek: First Contact'' as an unnamed maître d' on the holodeck. * Robert Picardo (the Doctor) guest-starred in the ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'' episode "Doctor Bashir, I Presume" as Dr. Lewis Zimmerman and an EMH Mark I, and made a cameo appearance in the film ''Star Trek: First Contact'' as the ''Enterprise''-E's EMH. * Tim Russ (Tuvok) appeared in ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'' episode "Starship Mine", the ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'' episodes "Invasive Procedures (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Invasive Procedures" and "Through the Looking Glass (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Through the Looking Glass" (as Mirror Tuvok), and the film ''Star Trek: Generations'', as various characters. * Jeri Ryan appeared as Seven of Nine in ''Star Trek: Picard'' Actress Kate Mulgrew is scheduled to reprise her character Janeway in the upcoming animated kids show ''Star Trek: Prodigy''.


List of episodes

The series consists of 172 episodes, all 45 minutes in length, excluding advertisement breaks. Four episodes, "Caretaker", "Dark Frontier", "Flesh and Blood" and "Endgame" originally aired as 90 minute episodes (excluding advertisement breaks). In syndication these four episodes are each split into two episodes (45 minutes in length).


Tie-in media


Novels

A total of 26 numbered books were released during the series' original run from 1995 to 2001. They include novelizations of the first episode, "Caretaker", "The Escape", "Violations", "Ragnarok", and novelizations of the episodes "Flashback", "Day of Honor", "Equinox" and "Endgame". Also, "unnumbered books", which are still part of the series, were released, though not part of the official release. These novels consist of episode novelizations except for ''Caretaker'', ''Mosaic'' (a biography of Kathryn Janeway), ''Pathways'' (a novel in which the biography of various crew members, including all of the senior staff, is given); and ''The Nanotech War'', a novel released in 2002, one year after the series' finale.


Book relaunch

A series of novels focusing on the continuing adventures of ''Voyager'' following the television series finale was implemented in 2003, much as Pocket Books did with the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine relaunch, ''Deep Space Nine'' relaunch novel series, which features stories placed after the finale of that show. In the relaunch, several characters are reassigned while others are promoted but stay aboard ''Voyager''. These changes include Janeway's promotion to admiral, Chakotay becoming captain of ''Voyager'' and breaking up with Seven of Nine, Tuvok leaving the ship to serve as tactical officer under William Riker, and Tom Paris's promotion to first officer on the ''Voyager''. The series also introduces several new characters. The series began with ''List of Star Trek novels, Homecoming'' and ''The Farther Shore (Star Trek), The Farther Shore'' in 2003, a direct sequel to the series' finale, "Endgame". These were followed in 2004 by ''Spirit Walk: Old Wounds'' and ''Spirit Walk: Enemy of My Enemy''. Under the direction of a new author, 2009 brought forth two more additions to the series: ''Full Circle'' and ''Unworthy''. In 2011, another book by the same author called ''Children of the Storm'' was released. Other novels—some set during the relaunch period, others during the show's broadcast run—have been published.


Video games

Image:Elite Force screenshot.jpg, Screenshot from the game ''Elite Force from 2000'' Three video games based specifically on ''Voyager'' were released: ''Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force'' for PC (2000) and PS2 (2001), the arcade game ''Star Trek: Voyager – The Arcade Game'' (2002) and ''Star Trek: Elite Force II'' (2003), a sequel to ''Elite Force''. The PS2 game ''Star Trek: Encounters'' (2006) also features the ship and characters from the show. ''Voyager (video game), Voyager'' was a graphic adventure video game developed by Looking Glass Technologies but it was cancelled in 1997. ''Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force'' drew revenues of $15 million and sold roughly 300,000 units worldwide by 2003.


Reception


Broadcast history

''Star Trek: Voyager'' launched with UPN network with repeats entering into Broadcast syndication, syndication. The two hour long debut "Caretaker (Star Trek: Voyager), Caretaker" was seen by 21.3 million people in January 1995. The series is available, Sunday through Friday evenings, on the broadcast network Heroes and Icons. It is also available for streaming in the United States on CBS All Access, Hulu, Prime Video, and Netflix.


Critical response

In 2016, in a listing that included each ''Star Trek'' film and TV series separately, Voyager was ranked 6th by the Los Angeles Times, ''L.A. Times''. In 2017, Vulture.com, Vulture ranked ''Star Trek: Voyager'' the 4th best live-action ''Star Trek'' television show, prior to ''Star Trek: Discovery''. In 2019, Nerdist News, Nerdist ranked this show the 5th best Star Trek series, in between ''Enterprise'' and ''Star Trek: Discovery''. Also in 2019, Moviefone, MovieFone ranked it the fifth best live-action Star Trek series. In 2019, Comic Book Resources, CBR ranked Season 5 the 4th best season of a ''Star Trek'' show, and Season 4, the 8th best. In 2019, Popular Mechanics ranked ''Star Trek: Voyager'' the 36th best science fiction television show ever. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the show a rating of 77% overall of the seven seasons based on 49 reviews. Metacritic gives ''Star Trek: Voyager'' a score of 66 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally mixed reviews". In 2021, Variety ranked it the fourth best installment of ''Star Trek'', counting series and movies together, placing it ahead of all television series to-date except the original.


Cultural influence

''Voyager'' is notable for being the most gender-balanced ''Star Trek'' series with the first female lead character and strong female supporting characters, with a review of the different series giving ''Voyager'' the highest Bechdel test rating. In an article about ''Voyager'', Ian Grey wrote: "It was a rare heavy-hardware science fiction fantasy not built around a strong man, and more audaciously, it didn't seem to trouble itself over how fans would receive this. On ''Voyager'', female authority was assumed and unquestioned; women conveyed sexual power without shame and anger without guilt. Even more so than ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy'', which debuted two years later, it was the most feminist show in American TV history." About her years on ''Voyager'', Kate Mulgrew said: "The best thing was simply the privilege and the challenge of being able to take a shot at the first female captain, transcending stereotypes that I was very familiar with. I was able to do that in front of millions of viewers. That was a remarkable experience—and it continues to resonate." In 2015, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti tweeted the line from the Voyager TV show about coffee, from the International Space Station. The station was getting a shipment of supplies which triggered a chance to say how coffee really was in the incoming spacecraft (a SpaceX Dragon, Dragon cargo spacecraft). The spacecraft was carrying the ISSpresso machine which really would allow coffee beverages to be made aboard the real-life Space Station. The popular tweet was accompanied by her wearing a Star Trek uniform also.


Home media

The series was released on DVD in 2004 and again in 2017. In addition to the episodes, the DVDs also include some extra videos related to the show. There was an extra bonus video with the DVD set from the store Best Buy in 2004. ''Voyager'' had releases of episodes on VHS format, such as a collectors set with a special display box for the tapes. By the 2010s, the episodes were made available on various streaming services including the owners CBS All Access In 2016 Netflix made an agreement with CBS for worldwide distribution of all then existing 727 ''Star Trek'' episodes (including Voyager). ''Voyager'' has 172 episodes and has been reviewed as a binge watch, with the whole series taking about three months, as rate of two episodes per day on weekdays and three episodes per day on weekends. As of 2015 services known to carry the series include Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, and CBS.com. ''Star Trek: Voyager'' has not been remastered in high definition and there are no plans to do so, due to the costs of reassembling each episode from the film negatives and recreating visual effects.


Awards and nominations

''Voyager'' won 20 different awards and was nominated for 70. In 1995 for example, Jerry Goldsmith won an Emmy award for ''Outstanding Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music'' and the series also won an Emmy for ''Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects.''


Cast Reunion

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020, the cast of ''Voyager'' reunited for a live virtual event. The reunion broke the ''Stars in the House'' single-episode fundraising record, drawing donations totaling $19,225 for The Actors Fund's efforts to assist entertainment professionals in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The previous ''Stars in the House'' record was set by a ''Glee (TV series), Glee'' reunion episode that raised $13,910.


Documentary

In 2021, plans for a ''Star Trek: Voyager'' documentary made news when it raised over $638,000 in the first two weeks of its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The film is being produced by 455 Films which also produced the 2018 reunion documentary ''What We Left Behind'' about ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,'' as well as other documentaries. Production of the film started in 2020 and included cast member interviews prior to kicking off crowdfunding to take the film to full production. By the end of March 2021 they had raised over $1.2 million from over 11 thousand donators, and announced the name ''To The Journey: Looking Back At Star Trek: Voyager'' for the documentary. The fundraising campaign was noted for getting support from Nana Visitor, Kate Mulgrew, William Shatner, Jonathan Frakes, and others.


References


Citations


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External links

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