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6 Reasons Star Trek: Voyager Was A Failure.

6 Reasons Star Trek: Voyager Was A Failure.

The next Star Trek movie has began filming and it seems that the story instead of going forward is looking back in the history. It’s easy to pinpoint where the franchise began to go south. Any Trekker could tell you that things began to deteriorate with Voyager.
Voyager was the fourth series of Star Trek that hit the television. The three series before it were quite successful. Saying that Star Trek: Voyager was a disaster would be wrong. The show definitely had some very inspiring moments. Voyager was not the sole reason for the downfall of Star Trek but the trend had begun that would kill it. People started to lose faith in Gene Rodenberry’s vision. The image got worse after Voyager went off the air. Here is a list of 6 reasons why Voyager was not up to the mark for Star Trek franchise. Click on the next button to have a look:

1) Instead of Being a Female Captain Picard, Janeway Should Have Been A Female Captain Kirk

Kate Mulgrew played the role of Captain Katherine Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. In an interview she admitted that she never gave the role her all. The reason was not that she was disinterested, but her personal life was in ruins. This made hard for her to create a balance between her personal and professional life. However the fact is Kate Mulgrew was not the problem, but the character she played never really worked out. Trekkers think that a female Captain Kirk would have been a better option than creating a female Captain Picard.
Picard sabotaged the traditional, Captain Kirk, stereotypic alpha male image and that’s the reason it worked so brilliantly. On a contrary, a female Picard mostly plays into them. What the viewers wanted was a strong, dynamic female Captain Kirk that could take charge. But what they got was an extra liberal pushover, who was willing to throw away the life of her crew for no reason at all. Ultimately, nobody was really sure as to what to do with her in the end.

2) Meg Griffin was B’Elanna Torres

Watching B’Elanna in Voyager, we kind of had her image as a strong and fiery female with iron-ovaries. That was supposedly the show’s vision. Characters portray her as a woman with a legendary Klingon temper, fierce Klingon toughness and a rather intimidating demeanor. But that’s all talk. Instead, we got one of the worst performances ever by Roxann Dawson, and her character seemed like Meg Griffin from Family guy. Her so called legendary Klingon temper never really crossed the barrier of being ‘bitchy’. Her legendary Klingon toughness was nothing but a lot of pouting. She was like a cancer to Star Trek.

3) Chakotay Is A Racist Character

Chakotay is Star Trek: Voyager’s Native American officer. He is described that way because that’s probably all that we know about him, even after watching all the seven seasons. The reason is not that he is not developed as a human being. The issue is that no matter how hard the show tries, they just can’t seem to leave their Native American angle. Chekov didn’t rely on the typical racial stereotypes that the original Star Trek character included. Chekov, despite having a tendency to credit Russia with every great advancement in history, didn’t really try to convince everyone to become communists.

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  1. Peter Cooper

    September 3, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    While Voyager had its weaknesses, to say it was “hated” is an overstatement. But now, just because you brought it up, here is my counter response of “The 6 Best Innovations / Introductions of Star Trek Voyager”. In no order other than how they came to me. Other fans are welcome to make nominations of their own.

    1. The Mobile Emitter — giving The Doctor freedom from the confines of sick bay and the holodeck.

    2. The Doctor himself, who proved to be such an interesting and versatile character that he as even given a small part on “First Contact”, widely regarded as one of the best of the Trek movies.

    3. Seven-of-Nine, and the whole subsequent story arc on “What’s a nice Borg like you doin’ on a ship like this?”.

    4. Fluidic Space.

    5. Some of the best moments on The Original Series were the interactions between Spock and McCoy. Likewise were the altercations between Tuvok, an otherwise flat and boring character, with Neelix.

    6. The return of Alice Krige as the Borg Queen in the series finale.

  2. Rod Simmons

    September 1, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Well, I have been a “Trekkie” since Sept 8, 1966 when at 11 I first saw the original series. That was even BEFORE we were called “Trekkies.” I would offer MY thoughts and opinion in difference to yours.

    1. Actually, I thought she DID take charge in many ways. She was a strong, determined female captain. I, personally, liked Capt. Janeway.

    2.Again, I disagree with his assessment of B’lanna Torres. She started off strong and bitchy, but because she learned over the course of the series to calm her temper, mostly due to the love she had for Tom Paris, her character arc grew and changed. The fact that she whined about being half-Klingon was not necessarily a weakness. Many people have had to deal with two halves of their lives. Before recent days, being gay was problematic for many people. They either hid that part of their lives and lived in a closet or the faced their demons. Being half-Klingon was her demon and she faced it rather well finally in the “Barge of the Dead” episode. And need I mention Spock battling with his two halves??

    3. Chakotay was supposed to be Native American and it did come up in many episodes. That’s all that was needed. Chekov, on the other hand, though he did not try to convince people to be Communist, was added as a tongue-in-check gesture because the Russians had noted their absence in the the first season and attributed it to the decadency of the West at the time. Hence his “it was invented in Leningrad” or “It was invented by a little old lady in Moscow” comments. Now THAT was a shallow character trait.

    4. Again, the story arc of Tom Paris as a WHOLE is interesting because he grows from the bad-boy in the beginning to somebody you can empathize with. Same thing with Neelix. He started off as annoying, but grew into an interesting character. The one thing Neelix had to face as they got closer and closer to the Alpha Quadrant was that he was leaving everything and everybody that was familiar to him very far away. Eventually, again, he dealt with those issues. Thankfully, they got rid of goody-two-shoes Kes after 3 years as she was definitely the WORST of any of the characters on Voyager.

    5. I will grant that this is mostly true. In the beginning, they rebellious crew was utilized a lot. As a story arc as a whole, again, they grew to trust and rely on the Starfleet way to get them home. Since we don’t know what happened to them AFTER they got home, we don’t know if they returned to the Maquis or not. It’s possible they did, it’s possible they didn’t. THAT is where some interesting stories would be.

    6. Well, it is science fiction in the FUTURE. Look how we rely on technology of today. You go out in public and everybody is staring into the smartphones either texting friend not there or playing games or music. How is that different from holodecks of the future? Our culture today values entertainment in all forms. Look at the un-Godly salaries of A-list actors, musicians and sports stars. They get paid more than our military!!! OUR MILITARY that is out there fighting wars that you may or may not agree with and risking their lives daily!! Also, they did not have the luxury of stopping at Risa whenever they wanted to, so what would you have them do to pass the time and relax after a stressful day in unknown territory. Trust me when I say that when I was in the Navy, the battleship I was on (the USS Iowa in 1984-5) had a crew of 1500 officers and enlisted. When we were at sea, it was not work 24/7. It was 9-5 for work (drills could happen any time of day). After 5 the crew was allowed to relax, but MY job was to operate the ship’s closed-circut tv system by showing movies, tv shows and sports games all shipped to us on betamax video tape cassettes. Sure they were not the current episodes, but they provided a “touch of home” to our people. I can only imagine in a society that learned to overcome that form of entertainment with holodecks would allow off duty personnel the same chance to “take your shoes off, kick back and relax.” Overuse? No, logical. Totally logical!

  3. Connie Colvin

    August 6, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Voyager was boring, so was Next Gen. They were so boring and inane, I do not know why anyone watched them. And DS 9 was a rip off of the best SF series ever, Babylon 5, which was about something with the best characters, incredible story lines, and everything. I do love The Original and Best Star Trek series, the first one with the best Captain, Kirk, and then I love Archer, the 2nd best Trek series, Enterprise. The rest MEH!

  4. Jennifer

    August 3, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Well I for one find this article insulting to Voyager fans. I’d like to point out the GOOD points of Voyager if I may:
    1) the show lasted seven seasons which meant to me that it was very successful in its run from 1995-2001.
    2) Voyager by far had the best premise of any Trek series! I thought the idea of a ship being stranded 70,000 light years from Earth or Starfleet was a wonderful and creative idea and very different for Trek.
    3) a female Captain-did the author know that the show was gonna be cancelled before it actually aired?!? I read in a Voyager book that Genevieve Bujold who was gonna play Janeway quit the show before the series got on air and almost got canned! If it hadn’t been for Kate Mulgrew’s tenacity then the show would have never been at all. So I praise her for that! Nuff said.
    4)the crew-I loved this cast! They got along off camera just spendlidly as they did on camera! I also heard they were pretty funny on set sometimes!
    5) some episodes made you think and kept you in your toes at times!
    Episodes I would like to mention that the author may want to re evaluate are:
    Caretaker, The Cloud, The 37’s, Alliances, Tattoo, Persiatsnce of Vision, Night, Scorpion, Year of Hell, Timeless, Renaissance Man, Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy. Dark Frontier, The Haunting of Deck Twelve, Coda, Blood Fever, and if you really want to know and understand B’Ellana Torres without comparing her to Meg Griffin then research the ep Barge of the Dead. That’ll explain her character to you even better and the ep Lineage as well.

    • JB

      August 13, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Hey, I completely agree with you. I watched all the Treks shows, even the cartoons, and I would rate Voyager behind only TNG and that is only because that show was the first in the neqw era and deserves points for that. I really thought alot of the Voyager shows were some of the best of all of them.

  5. Yanks

    July 29, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    This article can be written with only one goal in mind… to anger Trek fans, not just Voyager fans.

    To be frank, the author is an idiot.

    Voyager is outstanding trek, just like all the other spin-offs.

    I won’t even break down this article because it doesn’t warrant the effort it would take to debate such tripe.

    …and for all you commenters that bash Enterprise, you are no better. Enterprise had gained it’s footing around season 3 & 4 just like all the other spin-offs. It’s biggest problem is it was on a crappy failing network and they cancelled it.

    • Jennifer

      August 3, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Oh my God! I so agree with this statement!
      The author of this article is a damn idiot and clearly doesn’t know or understand Voyager wholeheartedly.
      I disagree about Janeway- she was by far the best Captain and also the most determined character. She wasn’t a female Captain Kirk! I wish people would stop comparing her to Picard or Kirk!!
      I disagree about B’Ellana Torres: Roxann Dawson played her beautifully and to compare her to Meg Griffin is an insult!!! I loved her character and even though in the beginning she was a bit…fiesty…I really enjoyed her character as the seasons progressed.
      Disagree about Chakotay being a bigot: WTF is that all about mister?!? Obviously the author must be bigoted himself to write such a stupid statement about the First Officer of, HOW DARE YOU!!! Does the author even know what an American Indian IS?!? Geesh talk about shallow!
      So in the words of Tuvok, I find this article illogical and foolish. Obviously the author isn’t a fan of Voyager at all or any Trek for that matter and has thus pissed off this loyal fan of Voyager(since the premiere in 1995 thank you very much!). Now that might not mean a blasted thing to some people but I think that Voyager was awesome! I mean sure it had its glitches but what Trek series doesn’t?

  6. Bob

    July 28, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    No one has commented on the sexual tension between Janeway and Seven of Nine. Go back and watch some of the lingering looks they exchange. Clearly an undercurrent of girl/girl in those scenes. Probably too much for TV audiences to acknowledge.

  7. Curt

    July 22, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    I like the original series I have watched many times. Star Trek Voyager is the best of all the Star Trek series. The Enterprise is very good too. The Next Generation was good. Deep Space Nine I couldn’t watch, it is not Star Trek it is the worst Star Trek series..

  8. Dan Uff

    July 22, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    This article should aim at Enterprise, NOT VOYAGER. Sure, Voyager had its WTF moments, but Enterprise had more of them then Voyager ever did.

    The problem with Voyager was, that:

    1) It got redundant in the fact that Janeway always went off course to ‘investigate’ every little star that was out of place. While that was what the show was about, the writers could have handled that better then it becoming an “annoyance” to the fans after a while.

    2) It seemed that the producers / writers really didn’t know what the show was about until around the 3rd or 4th season. All Star Trek shows seemed to have the feeling that every episode was a day after the last adventure. Voyager never had that feeling.

    3) Some of the storylines were unbelievable (such as when Voyager gained that special shelling during one of the fights with the Borg) or when there were two Keses. Those episodes feel forced and something that the writers drew from there asses.

    Those are MY feelings. Thanks.

  9. mark

    July 19, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    I have been watching Star Trek from the first day it aired. To me Voyager was one of the better of the Star Trek Shows, and then came Enterprise. Enterprise went back to sticks and bones as far as tech was involved, thats were they went wrong. We left Voyager with Multi-Phasic Shielding and waited a season or two for Phase cannons on Enterprise. Then on top of all that Enterprise started running a soap opera type show where you could not miss an episode or you were lost. I liked Star Trek because it wasn’t all tied together in the series.I can watch different shows at different times and not be confused when I was done, that’s where they screwed up.

  10. Todd Halverson

    July 19, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Wow!! Look at all the comments slamming this article. And I know why… The story couldn’t be any more biased or wrong. The Kazon stories got a little old to me, but after that it rocked! It just got better with every season. Do you even know what good Star Trek is?!

  11. sue clarke

    July 19, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    I think most of those comments are rubbish, I was a reluctant viewer of the new female captain but thought they did very well with what they had to work with and in the later series had some really interesting storylines, the borg stories the timeline stories. I thought Chakotay was a great character, but I do think they could have made more of the Marquee. Overall though I think Voyager holds up very well and most of the characters are well developed unlike Enterprise where the characters seem very one dimensional and the storylines fail to engage me.

  12. Greg

    July 19, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I can’t imagine what brain dead misogynistic person wrote this article. Captain janeway was not an offset of captain Picard or captain Kirk and she wasn’t trying to be either of them. She was her own character and she did an awesome job. If Kate Mulgrew never gave that role her all then I can’t imagine how much more powerful that show would have been if she did because she was awesome. I often tell my friends that I believe Voyager to have been quite possibly the best star trek series. The writers boldly went where no others had gone before. But I’m gonna end my rant there because somehow I have no desire to continue.

  13. Matt

    July 19, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Wow this is all really bitter, bitchy, and completely unfounded! You obviously don’t know Voyager half as well as you think you do! I find these comments totally off-base and downright offensive. Voyager was certainly among the best of the Treks!

    Any real Trek fan knows that it was ENTERPRISE that killed the franchise! All that steamy decon-chamber sex crap… thanks a lot Scott Bacula!

  14. Bryan

    July 19, 2015 at 3:20 am

    This article comes across as one with only a passing knowledge of Voyager and not written by someone who actually watched all seven seasons. Perhaps before writing a similar article in the future you should, oh, just a wild idea here, but WATCH the show. The first four points sound like they were written by someone who was dumped by a Voyager fan, and since they couldn’t come up with reasons to hate the show, they made stuff up.

  15. Happy Shez

    July 19, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Unsuccessful? I challenge the assumption. It went well over six years and only slumped significantly in the ratings in the final season. You can’t call that unsuccessful. As for being a female version of any man… Get f*cked!

    • Bruce

      July 19, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      Any Captain Archtypes can be used on any gender any of them could be done well by a male or female.

  16. Bill Sullivan

    July 18, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed Voyager and do not feel that the criticisms of Kate Mulgrew and the actors who played Belanna Torres and Chekotay have any merit. It was different from the others and that was it’s strength.

  17. Lia

    July 18, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    We must not have been watching the same series….

  18. Adrian

    July 18, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    ‘m sorry but I don’t agree with any of those statements at all. At first I did not like cap Janeway, but by the time we were through the 1st episode she was absolutely great and measures up to all the other captains. I think Voyager was great. It started to take a dip then 7 of 9 came along and she was great too. I personally think the new “enterprize” was as boring as hell. They would not have made 7 seasons of an unsuccessful series if it was as awful as said here (in the article). It is much like “The Next Generation” – that has a good story (most of the time) and is not just sci-fi but it gave a feel that these guys were my family. I still watch it and it will easily compare (if not better) than many of the sci-fi series out there.

  19. LaughingAtAuthor

    July 18, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    … bwahaha…. Top 6 reasons your article fails.

    1. Janeway was her OWN BEST CAPTAIN. Voyager was great all on it’s own. She handled decisions like Picard did. She wasn’t sleeping around with other men, like Kirk has done with women.

    2. B’Elanna was no Meg Griffin. She took charge and control of things. Meg never did. I watch both Family guy and this show and you’ve got no comparisons. you know nothing on Klingons, nor enough about Meg to know that the two are more different than the same.

    3. Chakotay was not a racist… He never attacked any of the other species or people or anything just based on their skin or what they were. You clearly are judging more on appearance, than he ever did. This leads me to tell you that Chakotay accepted people for who they were, not what they were. You should do the same.

    4. THE MOST INTERESTING CHARACTERS ARE THE LOWEST RANKED SUPPORTING CHARACTERS. No, all characters had their interesting tails and they gave each character his/her own development, even with them all together.

    5. THE PREMISE IS NOT FULLY UTILIZED BY THE VOYAGER… Uh, what?? x-D You clearly never paid attention to the story lines, etc. to follow it in it’s self. what did you do? watch certain episodes and judged on them?? Seriously, that’s rhetorical.

    6. TECHNOLOGY IS OVERUSED.. Yep, you never watched all the seasons, etc. to know that’s not true. So, fail. Love laughing at this. Keep up the ignorance of what you don’t know with Star Trek and the shows and the FACT.

    that… Top Reasons Voyager was successful!!!

    1. The series are on dvds.

    2. The show had Seven Seasons.

    3. The show was accepted into the fan base, not by all but by a good many.

    4. They had several different styles and kinds of episodes, exploring areas NO Star Trek Ship had Explored before.

    5. There was only one sacrifice by a minor / semi – major character. Most all of the others survived the entire Seven Seasons.

    6. They made it home through lots of adventures, but never used TECHNOLOGY to get them there!! So, Technology abuse? I think not. See, this is what it takes when a real fan pays attention to the shows, episodes for what they are.

    • Jennifer

      August 3, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      YEEEESSSS!!!! Thank you!! ???

    • Rick Saint

      August 6, 2015 at 10:57 am

      Perfect revenge for a writer who seems to have gotten all knowledge of the Trek Universe from the back room at a convention of angry Trek fans. l fully agree that Voyager was an excellent show and that it was in own way unique and innovative. This author should have actually watched the show instead of reading blogs by others who at best watched 5 or 6 eps to judge the entire show by.

  20. mickey

    July 18, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Agreed. I take each series on its own merits, and there was much to like about Voyager. Comparisons to previous series are the hallmarks of inferior intellects.

  21. Joshua

    July 18, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Most of these reasons are pure opinion, and have no basis in fact. I’ve seen the whole series, more than once…and they rarely stooped to any kind of pandering. Even the catsuit worn by Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine went through a few changes, to make her less of a “fembot”. I loved the connection between B’Elanna and Tom Paris; they bickered like an old married couple without being too crass or forced. Janeway was not some “passive liberal”; her actions helped save the lives of her crew on many occasions. Yes, Chakotay was not developed very far until later on, and pairing him with Seven instead of Janeway did seem arbitrary…but you could say the same about TNG’s brief attempt to put Deanna Troi with Worf.

  22. Mike

    July 18, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Voyager lasted seven years that is in my way of thinking is successful series. Janeway should have had her own personality not Kirk or Picard’s. Voyager could have been better but it was not a bad series.

    • Jaded Phoenix

      July 18, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      I agree. She shouldn’t have been modeled after any other captain. Rather, she should have been her own flavor. Of course, I’m in the minority in that the only series I didn’t like was the original. I HATE Kirk. Don’t know why, just could never stand watching the original series and only like half of the movies with Kirk.

    • shak

      July 18, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Good on you. It was a fresh show while going back to the exploration roots of the series.

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