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Learn How VOYAGER Ends!!

Published at: May 6, 2001, 9:23 p.m. CST

I am – Hercules!

TrekToday on Saturday lashed together a summary of the finale both sketchy and spoiler-happy. If this isn’t the real thing, where is the real thing already? Most answers supplied in the following Q&A are based on the TrekToday story you can find here.

What’s the finale called?

“Endgame.”

Does Voyager return to Earth this episode?

It does. We first see it return home in the opening scene, in an old news clip.

Old news clip? Is part of the finale set decades after Voyager’s entry into the Delta Quadrant?

Yes, as one might have guessed from the promos depicting a white-coifed Janeway.

How many decades?

The episode begins 30 years after Voyager was first transported to the Delta Quadrant.

How long does it take for Voyager to get home?

This is the big question. But it appears to have taken considerably longer than seven years.

Why does this episode begin 23 years after the last?

Despite having returned home, Admiral Janeway remains unhappy about the fates of some of her crew.

What became of Janeway’s crew?

Chakotay and Seven are long dead! Tuvok appears to be a shell of his former self! The doctor is now married to an organic woman! Harry is a captain! Neelix is still in the Delta quandrant (the meercat-like morale officer decided to stay there in the third-to-last episode, which airs this week)!

Well, if Janeway & Co. are home before the show begins, what do they do with the two hours?

Chronicle Janeway’s attempts to get the Voyager home faster.

Huh?

Janeway intends to travel back through time to avoid the events she believes slowed the return of Voyager – and led to the deaths of some crew members.

Janeway travels back through time? Does the Guardian of Forever lend a hand?

No. Admiral Janeway has to liberate a special temporal device from the Klingons (with the help of quarter-Klingon Maril Paris, now-grown daugter of Tom & B’Elanna).

Why doesn’t Janeway just stop Voyager from entering the Delta Quandrant in the first place?

One assumes the Klingons’ temporal device has some limitations.

So to which point does Janeway return?

To when she encounters a Borg queen (perhaps even the one who menaced Jean-Luc Picard in “First Contact,” since Alice Krige is rumored to be playing the role.

Again, for more details on the Voyager finale, read the whole TrekToday story here.

Can it be babies?

I am – Hercules!





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  • May 6, 2001, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Aha, yet another time travel episode. woo-hoo.

    by TheGinger Twit

    So this is how it goes. not only does Voyager somehow make it to seven years, now the final episode will time loop us back to season 4 where we'll be forced into watching all again... and again. Damn Voyager has become the longest running trek series of all. Who'd ahve thought. Wonder if Trek X will see the return of Wesley Crusher - only to save the ship at the last minute. No wait.

  • May 6, 2001, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Berman's up to his old tricks again, huh.

    by TheGinger Twit

    What is it with this guy? Above all, why does he demand to have story credit on all of the films. The only thing he did on Generations was demand that it have TOS and well as TNG crews together. 'Oh and make it funny, That's what made Trek 4 so good'. The only reason he recieved story credit on First Contact was because he demanded it be better than Generation. And he wanted the borg to feature in it. 'Oh, and lets have time Travel, That's worked really well for Trek 4.' Then For insurrection he demanded it be less action and more 'trek'. 'Oh, and set it mostly on a planet away from space, That worked great for Trek 4.' You know what's worse. He's now taken story credit on Trek X along side John Logan. "Hey john, Can you try and figure out what made Trek 4 so good?" I think Trek 4 was so good because it wasn't trying to be like other Star Trek films ya wanka! And what's with the names? Generation....Resurrection(original title)....Insurrection .... and now Nemesis. Not only that, the next series will just be called Enterprise. i know his brain is getting smaller and less capacitated that single worded shows help him to keep track easier - but like so many have said before me. Kick this bloke in the balls and tell him to piss off!

  • May 6, 2001, 10:16 p.m. CST

    I'll fix the damn thing:

    by Sith Lord Jesus

    Heh heh, just kidding. ^_^

  • May 7, 2001, midnight CST

    Berman needs to ask for his soul back, the Devil shafted him whe

    by vroom socko

    I really love Star Trek. Voyager, however, has been like heroin for me. During the first few years, whenever I missed an episode, I'd get the shakes. Finally, this season I managed to quit cold turkey. I can now say I don't give a FUCK about the finale of Voyager. Of course, now I'm addicted to The West Wing, but that's like replacing heroin with caffine.

  • May 7, 2001, 3:37 a.m. CST

    NA-AH

    by JJ78

    If this didn't have Star Trek in the title it would have been axed years ago. They have two good characters 7 of 9 and the doctor, although between them you sort of get a Data type character, go figure. Who knows how they'll save the next series when it goes tits up, with no Borg I say get ready for a lot of Klingon episodes. And whats this I hear of an OS alien being in the Trek X (Is it me or does that sound like a dog food?)

  • May 7, 2001, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Pathetic!

    by RightWing Dude

    This synopsis sounds very similar to the show's 100th episode, whatever the title of it was-it had Levar Burton in it. In it, the future Harry Kim & Chakotay (who had made it back to Earth while Voyager crashed into an ice planet, killing the crew) went back to Voyager's wrekcage so that they could arrange for a message to be sent across time to 7 of 9 (another technobabble solution)in order to prevent Voyager's destruction, all the while being chased by Captain LaForge. I wish that time travel were as convenient for me as it is for the VOYAGER crew! So much for the notion of having to live with unfortunate events in your life. The Voyager crew can just go back in time & make everything all better. I swear, VOYAGER has some terrible & untalented writers! A pity that these are the same hacks who are going to be writing series V! If Berman really cared about TREK he would have the DS9 writers (who were truly talented) write the new show! At least he is bringing in new blood for TREK X so I cannot damn him for that!

  • May 7, 2001, 5:15 a.m. CST

    I think I've already seen this one......

    by Halflinger

    Yeah, it was called "All Good Things..."

  • May 7, 2001, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Trying to make up for 7 years of crap in two hours

    by Ghetto_Priest

    Looks like Voyager is going to attempt another round of typical Trek character development. Which basically means 7 seasons of nothing followed by one, two-hour episode that tries to convince the viewer that the previous half-decade+ didn't happen and that these are real and believeable characters. Please Don't insult my intelligence once more with forced and sudden "character development" where the crew is suddenly thrown a bunch of life-changing curve-balls at the very last minute that only serve to illustrate how poorly the show was done. Face it, your average person is affected more by a walk through a supermarket then a Trek crew is by 7 years of recycled misadventures. Trek = Static, unrealistic, unchanging characters and settings. Don't try to pretend in the series finale that the show is anything better.

  • May 7, 2001, 8:31 a.m. CST

    The Real Ending

    by HypnoToad

    Instead of traveling back in time, Janeway travels through a tear in the space-time continuum and suddenly appears in our, yes OUR, universe. Luckily for us, she does so in the year 1993, just in time to kill Rick Berman and thus stop the embarrassment that is Voyager from ever being created. This also, luckily for all of us, keeps Brannon Braga from ever attaining the height of power that he does because of his lackluster work on Voyager. Alas, we can dream can't we?

  • May 7, 2001, 10:08 a.m. CST

    WTF is wrong with everyone?

    by Parallax

    Jesus Christ! This is the worst bunch of shit I've ever read! What a bunch of cynical pricks! I sincerely hope to God the at least one of you has ever tried writing and producing a TV show, just to get verbally decapitated. Voyager, faults notwithstanding is still a great kick-ass hour of sci-fi action. It's fun, god dammit. Shut the hell up.

  • May 7, 2001, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Parallax

    by RightWing Dude

    You are correct! I would imagine that it is very difficult to write & produce a weekly TV series (even more so after going at it non-stop for 14 years & being unable to come up with any fresh ideas-that is why so many of us wish that TREK would go away for a few years)! But, hard work on the part of Berman/Bragga notwithstanding, if the show is bland & not worth watching (an opinion which the majority of us on AICN seem to have) then we will not. I am also reminded that Berman had an extremely talented writer named Ron Moore on his staff & Bragga, who was once a close friend of his, & the rest of the VOYAGER-writing ilk, being intimidated by a writer who actually was talented & could help the show considerably, saw to it that Moore was no longer associated with TREK after DS9 ended. Bragga, by the way, is a real low-life. I read an interview with him in which he bragged about how promiscuous he was (at least before he began dating Jeri Ryan). What is even more pathetic about him is how he wrote that positive review of his own script using another name.

  • May 7, 2001, 11:16 a.m. CST

    I'll join the Chorus

    by moviet00l

    Voyager had great promise but ended up being stale re-hash after stale re-hash of (much better) ST:TNG episodes. The most intersting idea behind the show: the conflict between federation and maqui (sp?) crewmates, evaporated into nothing. I was hoping for real conflict in this "new" quadrant of space - instead, I got episode after episode of holodeck disasters - yawn. Can someone tell me why Deep Space Nine was so good and Voyager was such drek? Wasn't it the same team? What happened?

  • May 7, 2001, 11:56 a.m. CST

    The show had hope but that time is over

    by cooper2000

    Parallax, let me explain myself because I am sure you will call me cynical too. I am in my middle 30s and having grown up with Star Trek and being an onlyu child and liking Sci Fi growing up, I was obsessed with Trek and the ideas that it had. Instead of going out and playing baseball all the time, I would play Star Trek and we would all pretend that we had our own ship..blah blah blah. It wasnt the best show ever but it was good and as a kid it gave us hope for the future. So, I grew up and nothing other than movies really captured my attention as far as Sci Fi goes. Then TNG came along and I found myself feeling I did when I was a kid. Wow, what a cool show. I liked DS9 as well but not to the extent of the two previous shows but I still thought it was written pretty well. Then comes Voyager. I thought, cool, another Trek show, done away from Star Fleet. Its starting out with a new slate and they can basically do anything with the show and the characters. The pilot episode was great. I thought, we have some interesting characters and if they do it right, the mix and the storytelling could bring new Life to Trek. Boy was I dissapointed and it sounds like most people on here are as well. Take for instance the amount of posts on here for this show as opposed to Buffy or X-files. Anyway, The show was set up and then they didnt do anything different except go over the same territory they had in the previous shows. Voyager suffered from being Generic and Braga decided he didnt want continuity because it would be hard to follow so what we had are scripts that had little or no link to each other, generic characters. Was Janeway the stern by the book Captain or the Feminine female captain? They could never seem to decide. All the other characters were by a 2-3 word description that they never really got beyond...Chakotay-the American Indian Second in Command, Tuvok the Boring Vulcan who never really grew farther then his denouncing the logic of the crew. It goes on and on but I dont think Braga or Berman really put the energy into their jobs. The writers and Producers seemed to keep leaving and they never really had any consistancy as we see on the screen. I dont know where they got these writers but they sure didnt seem trained to me. I more than anyone hates to hate Trek but I am not going to praise it just to praise it just because its on. I see some of the comments on other sites and even when the episode is just horrible, they grade it as being Above Average? Is this what Berman and Braga are hoping for? They had their chance and they screwed up. Did they pay for this? With low ratings maybe but they were just handed another Trek show today so this should finally put the nail in the coffin. So as somone suggested, watch another Sci Fi/Fantasy show...and I do. Maybe you have heard of them... Farscape and Buffy. They take chances, the characters evolve and the reset button is not activated at the end of each episode. So you could say I am cynical but its because I used to love this Franchise and it has been ruined.

  • May 7, 2001, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Official MORATORIUM on all Time Travel related Star Trek episode

    by Musashi74

    Well, they should have one. Star Trek sucks. This reliance on the ol' 'Time Travel' schtick once again confirms it...

  • May 7, 2001, 1:15 p.m. CST

    BETTER Not Finish Off The Borg...

    by SpacePhil

    Generally, the only thing that made watching Voyager somewhat worthwhile every now and again. Even if the 'Powers' That Be don't have the slightest idea what kind of a gold mind concept they have on their hands...

  • May 7, 2001, 1:40 p.m. CST

    On Second Thought

    by HypnoToad

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see, even after watching a single season of Voyager, that it looks as though the producers of this show wrote four or five rather general episode formulas on twenty-two pieces of paper and put them in a bingo drum, rolled it around a few times, then picked out the pieces, one by one, and handed them off to the writers and said "here, this is the formula for your episode. go write something." Let's see, there's the holodeck episode, then comes a seven saves the day because she's half-borg (and thus all-knowing), then there will be a doctor episode (where he's either contacted by aliens or by the crew or himself from the future), then there will be the oh-so-exciting Janeway 'Prime Directive' episode. And, it is written in the Voyager bible, that they must destroy a shuttle craft in each episode. Sorry to disappoint, but this show became a farce. There have been times I've expected Seven to turn stiffly to the Doctor and begin saying "Danger Will Robinson, Danger." I can't think of a single culture that Voyager happened to come in contact with in the Delta quadrant that they either didn't piss off, discover that the culture was being victimized, or find, in someway, morally irresponsible. And the talk-backer above who commented on Ron Moore, you my friend, hit the nail on the head.

  • May 7, 2001, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Woo-hoo! More time travel!

    by critical_theory

    Yes! I love it when an unispired writer beats the same (bad) plot line into the ground. If only one hour could be set on the holodeck, and the other hour was time travel, man, that would rock. How did these hacks get funding for this show? And why didn't someone with a clue pull the plug after season two? Cynical? No, I think most people on this talkback know shit when they see it and are willing to call it as such when bad writers, bad producers and clueless suits try to foist it on us as 'original' or a 'kick ass hour of sci fi'.

  • Hey, dosen't this plot sound a tad like Timeless, Voyager's 100 episode?

  • May 7, 2001, 5:18 p.m. CST

    "Does anyone notice how much fire I'm not on?"

    by notaplaya816

    Guess what? That one line from the upcoming "Angel" has more originality and humor than the entire seven years of Voyager. If you did not watch one episode of the whole misbegotten series, you would still know as much. Nothing ever happened and God help us when the new series comes out.

  • May 7, 2001, 6:18 p.m. CST

    All good things

    by Chess Piece Face

    Now this really does sound like All Good Things, as someone else said. The thing I don't understand though, is if Janeway is so set on doing things by the book, even from the very first episode, WHAT the hell would have to happen to make her change her ways when she is 70? I don't see Janeway deciding all of a sudden that they "just didn't get home fast enough" and destroying the timeline? WTF?

  • May 7, 2001, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Pure tedium!

    by Horus

    When I started reading the rundown of the last episode I thought , mmm it's been realllly weak these last seasons , but it sounds like they finally grew some balls ,for this last episode..and its going to end on a downer ,a bitter sweet kind of note.I sort of admired the creators for a brief moment. THEN .. I read on a bit and find that this is just another, f***ing feeble cop out.This show has been riddled with timid, half hearted stories , that involve anything from alternate realities , holodeck set ups ,Dreamscapes , time travel parodoxes and so on ,Just so that they can avoid making any actuall *real life* changes to the week to week tedium of Voyager.No one really dies...if they do..theyre back again by the end of the episode!Theres no sense of danger, no excitment no emotion.. the whole thing is just so cozy.Its candle lit dinners for two and coco brought round at bedtime.More than ever ,it resembles some piss weak daytime soap .Trek has such a brilliantly open concept that literally anything could happen from week to week.Its sad to see the mundane reality of the stuff that actually gets aired.Tedious.On a final point , does anyone out there , know the exact episode {Next Gen I assume} where Star trek descended into technobabble Hell..did it creep up slowly ..or suddenly one episode did Data or Ryker start talking cobblers about *phase Shift, engine polarity reversles..causing a plasma stream coupling breach, with a tempral rift *

  • May 7, 2001, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Ron Moore

    by cooper2000

    Yep. Ron Moore was kicked off Voyager because he actually wanted to make the show better. Hmmm. Something is definitely wrong with that.

  • May 7, 2001, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Wesly Crusher and TheTraveler to the Rescue

    by Paul Allen Voiq

    Well Thats how I thought Voyager should end, Wes To the rescue. Saving the day by sending Voyager into the next Galaxy And the hell away from us. I also think they (the writing staff) could have had Q update the crew on the current trend in Federation Fashion statements with the snap of his finger (ie The New uniforms from the last 2 movies and several seasons of trek) so we know what season we are watching. All I have read about Braga makes me wonder what other big TV writers think about this guy. I will watch the last episode just for the joy of watching it end. Of course no offence to the minority of folks who think this is a great show. Good for you guys, Brannon loves ya.

  • This is bad, really really bad. The 'borg janeway' storyline might work, but 'they didn't get home fast enough cos they missed afternoon tea' just is really, really bad. anyway, I still say bring wesley back for movie 10, just so we can see an explosion on the bridge send him head first into the view screen. actually, what would be an interesting voyager finalle would be for them to do it live (a la E.R.) except give them little rehersal time, so we can hear one of the cast (probably Beltran) break down in the middle of a scene and say "you know, these lines really suck".

  • May 8, 2001, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Farscape!!!

    by SnackyCakes!

    'Nuff said.

  • May 8, 2001, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Babylon 5...

    by mrbadmood

    ...only used time travel _once_ in its 5 year storyline. Because the show didn't use the concept a few times every season as a crutch to prop up lame ideas, it was a really effective and believable episode. The show had its problems, true, but the powers-that-be in Trekland would be very wise to emulate the bold path that B5 blazed.

  • May 8, 2001, 6:52 a.m. CST

    You know what was wrong with Voyager...

    by zsasz

    It was the fact that when the whole damn show started it was supposed to be a crew comprised of Maqui(sp?) and Federation peoples. There was supposed to be a lot of friction and internal conflict on the ship for the entire time. But those damn Maqui bitches became nothing but a bunch of Federation Uncle Tom's in no time what with Chakotay being all yes'um and no'um in about the second episode. Was there any conflict at all? Not really. If Berman had any balls he'd have Janeway throw all those damn Maqui bastards in jail assoon as they get back. Or in one of the last episodes he would at least have then try to revolt or some shit. Christ that show had such potential and they screwed it up. They didn't have quality characters or writers so they had to glam off of all the previous Trek series.. what with Borg, Klingons, human colonies, et all. The Delta quadrant was supposed to be virgin Trek territory when in fact its as soiled as Tracy Lord's honeypot.

  • May 8, 2001, 6:52 a.m. CST

    You know what was wrong with Voyager...

    by zsasz

    It was the fact that when the whole damn show started it was supposed to be a crew comprised of Maqui(sp?) and Federation peoples. There was supposed to be a lot of friction and internal conflict on the ship for the entire time. But those damn Maqui bitches became nothing but a bunch of Federation Uncle Tom's in no time what with Chakotay being all yes'um and no'um in about the second episode. Was there any conflict at all? Not really. If Berman had any balls he'd have Janeway throw all those damn Maqui bastards in jail assoon as they get back. Or in one of the last episodes he would at least have then try to revolt or some shit. Christ that show had such potential and they screwed it up. They didn't have quality characters or writers so they had to glam off of all the previous Trek series.. what with Borg, Klingons, human colonies, et all. The Delta quadrant was supposed to be virgin Trek territory when in fact its as soiled as Tracy Lord's honeypot.

  • May 8, 2001, 6:52 a.m. CST

    You know what was wrong with Voyager...

    by zsasz

    It was the fact that when the whole damn show started it was supposed to be a crew comprised of Maqui(sp?) and Federation peoples. There was supposed to be a lot of friction and internal conflict on the ship for the entire time. But those damn Maqui bitches became nothing but a bunch of Federation Uncle Tom's in no time what with Chakotay being all yes'um and no'um in about the second episode. Was there any conflict at all? Not really. If Berman had any balls he'd have Janeway throw all those damn Maqui bastards in jail assoon as they get back. Or in one of the last episodes he would at least have then try to revolt or some shit. Christ that show had such potential and they screwed it up. They didn't have quality characters or writers so they had to glam off of all the previous Trek series.. what with Borg, Klingons, human colonies, et all. The Delta quadrant was supposed to be virgin Trek territory when in fact its as soiled as Tracy Lord's honeypot.

  • May 8, 2001, 7:05 a.m. CST

    not to beat a dead horse.

    by zsasz

    Sorry about the tri-post. Who is in charge of the Trek franchise anyway? A bunch of morons. They have potentially two of the best villians ever ( Borg and Dominion )and they don't do shit with them. Im a big fan of ST:TNG but lets face facts DS9 was the superior show. They had the best Trek commander EVER! They had the perfect blend of characterization, situation, action and humor. They did just the right amount of those cheesy alternate reality, holodeck, switched time line, episodes and they had one of the best villians. In the next movie I want to see a Borg-Dominion hybrid attack the Alpha quadrant with such force it requires the ability of both Sisko and Picard to contain it. I want to see Picard get his ass kicked by Sisko because Sisko still blames Picard for his wife's death. I want to see Worf and that one eyed bastard general Martok kamikaze into a Dominion ship like all good Klingons would. I want to see a cast member permently assimilated into the Borg or that Cardassian Garak being executed by the Obsidian Order. I want the Maqui members of Voyager thrown in chains as soon as they get back to Earth for crimes against the Federation.

  • May 8, 2001, 7:09 a.m. CST

    in a nutshell

    by zsasz

    Trek sucks because like so many good stories it becomes an institution. Death is not permenant because a dead character can't be made into an action figure. Main characters rarely change because its not safe to for the writers the big wigs or the sponsors. Noone wants to take a chance with any of the characters.

  • May 8, 2001, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Cynical

    by usagibrian

    "Why can't you be constructive?" "Why are you so cynical?" "Why don't you try to do better?" Because we all love TREK. Because VOYAGER has been a betrayal and an embarassment. Because we have done better (there's actually some decent VOYAGER fan fic out there). Because the errors that are being made are stupid; anyone with even a passing knowledge of the franchise should have been able to see the huge, unnecessary plot holes and breaks of continuity. Because the show has become literally unwatchable (I try. I really do. I want my TREK fix, but within 5 minutes, it's "You're not... You can't... You're kidding..." and suddenly THIS OLD HOUSE is a much more entertaining option). Because all the potential was wasted. Oh, and why be so upset about this being a time travel episode? Because VOYAGER has never done one that worked. None of them. And if the omnipotent 29th century time travelers become part of TREK continuity, it will finally kill the franchise. It doesn't work as a story element. It's a gimick. It's a McGuffin. And when the show becomes about the McGuffin instead of the characters and their story, all is lost.

  • May 8, 2001, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Hey King Grinch

    by cooper2000

    If you had read my story above you might understand why we right about Voyager. Because it has virtually killed Trek.This isnt bashing from a non fan of Trek, this is critism of Trek from a True fan and Last time I checked, this column was called...Talk back. Beltran was the only ones with enough sense to see that stories that were told over the course of seven years were mostly lame. I am not saying there werent good episodes but out of Seven season, I can only remember about 10 good ones. That is not a good track record. So I take it youre happy with Voyager? Youre happy with the way the show has been written and the way the characters have developed?

  • May 8, 2001, 5:02 p.m. CST

    No, it ends thus...

    by Kubla_Khan

    The crew except Seven die horribly in the first two minutes. Seven spends the rest of the hour masturbating in a very explicit way.

  • May 8, 2001, 7:28 p.m. CST

    DS9 and timetravel

    by Shazam2001

    U gotta admit that when Ds9 used timetravel, its use were heartfelt and not a crutch. Obrien ep where he was zipping in future , "Vistor" ep, The Crew and that alterted timeline children all had some personality and character altering impact. ie Odo telling Kira that he destroy the altered generation just so he could exist in the normal timeline for her because he truly loved her... Jake sacrificing himself for love of his father unlike Eddy Kim blowing himself up no emotional ties In Timeless

  • May 9, 2001, 12:18 p.m. CST

    LEAVE VOYAGER ALONE !!!!!!!

    by DECKERS

    I'm sick of people rubbishing this great series, but a feel like part of a minority (Voyager fan) of a minority ( Star Trek fan) of a minority (Sc-Fi geek). Believe me when I say there is NOTHING on TV at present which looks as good as Voyager on screen. So, in retrospect .. FUCK OFF !!!!!!

  • May 9, 2001, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Disappointment

    by piss and moan

    Despite having a handful of good episodes every season, Voyager has been disappointing. Part of it is the lack of conflict, ala TNG, but then when you're on a ship that is lost and you're trying to get home as soon as possible, any conflict among your shipmates would slow your progess. That's especially true on a military ship that has a tight chain of command. DS9 was great partly because on a space station with a partly civilian population you can suffer conflict. And DS9 had too many episodes on the holodeck, esp dealing with that silly casino. However, that doesn't excuse Voyager. The stories could have been much more substantial and interesting, rather than gimmicky like they usually were. The first Star Trek (the one with Kirk, Spock and Bones) succeeded partly because great SF pros like Harlan Ellison and Theodore Sturgeon wrote the occasional episode. Had the producers of Voyager done that (fat chance), gotten contemporary writers like David Brin, Rebecca Ore, Greg Bear, Terry Pratchett, Orson Scott Card and Melissa Scott, to name a few, to write the occassional episode, the series would have been terrific. IMHO the single greatest Star Trek moment came at the end of an as usual gimmicky episode. Janeway and Paris were on a planet were they had been evolved into lizards. They mate, and after being transformed back into humans, they leave their baby lizards, evolved humans, on the planet below them. (Without food I don't know how the lizards would survive. Perhaps they should have taken the lizards on board, where they could be both pets and children.) That was great science fiction, and had the rest of the series shown as much imagination as that final part of that episode, Voyager would have been the best of them all. Unfortunately that was not the case.

  • May 11, 2001, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Would have been a better end if

    by Darth Brooks

    Okay here's what SHOULD have been the end of the series - - The crew gets the ship through a transwarp conduit (leftover from the Borg) and - boop - they're in Federation space. That's when Admiral Paris contacts Janeway to tell her that the Maquis members of the crew are all going to be herded up and sent to a penal colony (even his daughter-in-law). Janeway has to come up with a plan to ditch the Maquis so that they don't meet this fate, PLUS evade the Federation from a certain court-martial, PLUS make sure the Doctor isn't dismantled for investigation on his hologram matrix, PLUS figuring out how to hide 7 of 9 so that SHE is not dismantled/jailed/dissected by the Federation. But of course that would have been to cool an episode of Voyager so instead it's going to be 120 minutes of corn-laced poop. Enjoy.