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.
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.
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.