The Fourth television incarnation of the legendary Star Trek franchise, Star Trek: Voyager more than ably took up Gene Roddenberry's original and uniquely successful vision of humanity's future into the dawning of the new millennium.
By opting to exile Voyager and her crew from the comfortable familiar environs of the Alpha Quadrant and place the ship in the unknown and dangerous vastness of the unexplored Delta Quadrant some 70,000 light years from home, series creators Rick Berman, Michael Piller and Jeri Taylor successfully restored the original 'To Boldly Go' element to the expanded Trek universe in a way unseen since the original series itself.
With it's mixture of Federation Personnel and Maquis freedom fighters the task of Voyager was to return home whilst truly boldly going where no man has gone before; in the process discovering new worlds and new civilisations, whilst remaining true to the Federations 'Prime Directive' in non- involvement in the evolution of the races it encountered. In keeping with established Trek philosophy however, Voyager was as much an examination of the human condition and the emotional interaction of its cast of core characters, as it was a standard science-fiction action/adventure series.
With the respected and accomplished Kate Mulgrew as the driven, caffeine-addicted Captain Kathryn Janeway, the series is given a strong central core which bears striking similarities to many of the qualities exhibited by that other, most legendary of past Starfleet captains, James T. Kirk. Original series memories are also deliberately called to mind by the close personal trust and bond of friendship between Janeway and her Vulcan security officer, Tuvok, while the most overt hark-back to bygone era comes in the character of Robert Piccardo's wonderfully realised, drolly sarcastic Emergency Medical Holographic Program known simply as 'The Doctor'.
With the later addition of favourite 'Next Generation' baddies The Borg, and Jeri Ryan's arrival as the former Borg drone, Seven of Nine, slowly rediscovering her humanity, the series continued to evolve and refine its trademark style of the examination of both the well drawn and fully rounded central characters and the ramifications of their continuing involuntary exile.
Published on February 4th, 2019. Written by Stve Hulse (2002) for Television Heaven.