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Star Trek: Voyager - Episode Guide - Season 6

It’s unfortunate for Star Trek: Voyager that by season 6 its viewing audience had dissolved to essentially only the more passionate devotees, because only here do the scriptwriters feel consistently comfortable with the material and resources available. As the production certainly realized that season 7 would be the final run for Voyager, a sense of getting closer to home of the Federation more directly influencing the Voyager crew’s lives was imparted.

Second-banana Reginald Barclay, along with Next Generation refugee Deanna Troi, gets some quality screen time in Voyager season 6 and some good ol’ Federation-based conspiracies poke up now and again. This season also brings us a re-sendoff for Kes and the seriously underrated classic “Blink of an Eye.” With a fantastic run of a half-dozen episodes at the end of this bunch, season 6 of Voyager could well be its strongest altogether.

1. Equinox, Part II – After unleashing the nucleogenic aliens on Voyager, captain Ransom and the Equinox crew escape with Seven aboard as well as Voyager’s version of the EMH program. As Janeway obsessively and single-mindedly pursues the Equinox, Ransom inversely becomes more humanized and thus regretful about his stunningly immoral stand. ***

2. Survival Instinct – This one’s sort of a cross between the TNG episode “I, Borg” and Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit. Three Borg units who were formerly part of Seven’s unimatrix have become separated from the great collective but remain enslaved to one another’s thoughts. ***

3. Barge of the Dead – When knocked into a coma, B’Elanna finds herself on the titular vehicle and ultimately in Gre’thor, a.k.a. Klingon Hell. It’s not nearly as badass as it sounds. ***

4. Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy – A seriously funny Doctor-centric episode features the EMH’s new penchant for daydreaming. Things go from humorous to hilarious when would-be invaders on a cloaked ship tap into the holographic matrix and believe the Doctor’s over-the-top heroism is real. ****

5. Alice – Alice? Who the f*** is Alice? In short, a shuttlecraft which has some strange telepathic qualities over the easily-obsessable man with a thousand hobbies, Tom Paris. **

6. Riddles – Tuvok is attacked by aliens whose plot is easily solved by Janeway et al, but Tuvok must recover psychically in ways sadly predictable for anyone who’s ever seen such an episode about a Vulcan character. **

7. Dragon’s Teeth – In fleeing an attack, Janeway lands Voyager on an alien planet where hundreds of humanoids are in stasis and hidden from the surface. ***

8. One Small Step – Not dissimilar to a Voyager version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Chakotay, Paris and Seven check out a classic mysterious cloud which contains within bits of the Ares IV, a 22nd-century Mars mission. ***

9. The Voyager Conspiracy – Seven downloads too much information from the Voyager databases and becomes a conspiracist. This one is reminiscent of Twin Peaks, in keeping the viewer’s attention until he/she realizes that there is actually far less below the surface-level story here than he/she thought. **

10. Pathfinder – How do you feel about Reg Barclay and Deanna Troi of TNG? It will directly affect your enjoyment of this episode. In an effort to locate Voyager, Barclay creates holodeck versions of the ship and its crew to help advance his theories. Unfortunately, his superiors believe that Barclay is suffering again from holodeck addiction; of course, if Barclay were merely holo-addicted, this wouldn’t be an episode of Voyager now, would it…? ***

11. Fair Haven – Janeway falls in love with a holodeck program character and … oh, just skip it. *

12. Blink of an Eye – As though to make up for “Fair Haven”, the Voyager production team slated this, one of the single best Voyager episodes, directly thereafter. In a sort of reverse “The Inner Light”, Voyager is trapped in orbit around a planet on which, due to relativistic effects, times progresses tens of thousands of times more slowly. The planet’s entire history is affected by the continuous sight of Voyager for thousands of years until space travel is finally developed. *****

13. Virtuoso – The Doctor becomes an interplanetary celebrity when aliens without music hear him singing. Some good stuff here, but couldn’t the Doctor’s range have been displayed a bit beyond opera? Did not the Qomar appreciate the Beatles as well…? ***

14. Memorial – The title gives away the twist a bit, but if you’ve missed it, what follows is a strange story about an away team of non-favorites (Chakotay, Tom Paris, Harry Kim, Neelix) have flashbacks of a military exercise in which none of them ever participated – and the rest of the crew soon follows. ***

15. Tsunkatse – Can you smell what the Rock is replicating? B’Elanna, Chakotay, Paris and Neelix are huge fans of the ultra-violent combat sport Tsunkatse. It’s all fun and games watching combatants beat each other senseless – until Seven is kidnapped and forced to face off against 24th-century Dwayne Johnson, that is... ***

16. Collective – Chakotay, Kim, Paris and Neelix, a quartet who really should not have pushed their luck after hogging much screen time in the past two episodes, are captured and brought aboard a Borg cube manned by just five drones – all children. Not nearly as unwatchable as it sounds. ****

17. Spirit Folk – As though “Fair Haven” weren’t lame enough and holodeck-centered stories already rife in six years of Voyager, here’s “Spirit Folk.” The people of the quaint Irish town Fair Haven suddenly gain consciousness and … ah, come on. *

18. Ashes to Ashes – A Red Shirt so insignificant her death was not even shown during an episode returns in the body of a Kobali, an alien race that reproduces by genetically altering dead bodies. (How the hell did this species ever evolve in the first place?) And apparently she digs on Harry, which gives Paris another chance to nauseatingly run through the stupid list of Kim’s crushes through the years. **

19. Child's Play – The parents of one of the four Borg children taken aboard Voyager after the events of “Collective”, are found. The usual stuff about arguing where the lad “belongs” precedes a revelation about the boy’s origin. **

20. Good Shepherd – In an effort to prevent them from someday becoming Red Shirts, three, likesay, below-average Starfleet crew members are taken on an away mission with Janeway; naturally, things go south in a hurry. Also, the dude from Rage Against the Machine is in this one! ***

21. Live Fast and Prosper – Three con artists pose as Janeway, Tuvok and Chakotay and start pulling jobs based on Voyager’s ever-burgeoning reputation in the Quadrant. Often quite funny with a couple of nice twists. ****

22. Muse – B’Elanna Torres crash lands (no, really?) and soon “The Away Mission of B’Elanna Torres” is a highly successful play by the Bronze Age culture’s leading poet. Said poet pumps Torres for information to write more scripts while Harry Kim somehow takes two weeks to walk 200 kilometers (124.2 miles). Dude, seriously? Just 14¼ km/8.2 miles a day? Dude, I’m older than you and not as fit as a Starfleet officer and I can do nine miles in three hours. ****

23. Fury – Nobody’s favorite character returns to Voyager in greatly aged form. Obviously carrying some grudge or another, she proceeds to kick a lot of ass and travel four years back in time, so that we get double Kesses (?) as Old Kes attempts to change the past. Tuvok and Janeway solve the complex time-travel paradox in such fashion that we wonder why this kind of answer is deployed more often in the ST universe. Though the ending is well too pat, “Fury” is at least a more proper sendoff episode for Kes – no matter how one feels about her. ***

24. Life Line – More fun with Troi and Barclay! The Federation establishes a method of communicating massive compressed messages to Voyager once a month. So when ol’ Reg informs the Doctor that his creator, Lewis Zimmerman, is dying from a Phage-like disease, he insists that his program be compressed and sent in to help. In a Doctor-style take on TNG’s “Brothers,” Robert Picardo shines. ****

25. The Haunting of Deck Twelve – Finally, Neelix made not insufferable! When the Enterprise must power down for a few hours, Neelix regales the Borg children with a “ghost story” about a mysterious space-dwelling alien which – yep – still haunts Deck Twelve. Good stuff here is sadly missing an- “The End – or is it?” payoff. ****

26. Unimatrix Zero, Part I – Voyager’s producers heap old-fashioned bloody horror onto the pre-existent existential horror that is Borg. Seven discovers Unimatrix Zero, a shared virtual reality entered via dream state. Only a tiny number of “mutant” Borg drones can experience individuality in this manner, but Janeway sets the task of freeing/rescuing these few. Soon, an away team of Janeway, Tuvok and Torres board a Borg cube and are apparently assimilated…****

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Season 6 – Star Trek: Voyager

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Star Trek: Voyager

Star Trek: Voyager is the fifth Star Trek series. It was created by Rick Berman , Michael Piller , and Jeri Taylor , and ran on UPN , as the network's first ever series, for seven seasons in the USA , from 1995 to 2001 . In some areas without local access to UPN, it was offered to independent stations through Paramount Pictures , for its first six seasons. The series is best known for its familial crew, science fiction based plots, engaging action sequences, and light humor. The writers often noted that many episodes had underlying themes and messages or were metaphors for current social issues. This is the first Star Trek series to feature a female captain in a leading role. However, Kathryn Janeway herself is not the first female captain to be seen within Star Trek as a whole. Additionally, the show gained in popularity for its storylines which frequently featured the Borg . Voyager follows the events of Star Trek: The Next Generation and ran alongside Star Trek: Deep Space Nine during its first five seasons.

  • Main Title Theme  file info (composed by Jerry Goldsmith )
  • 1 Series summary
  • 2 Distinguishing Voyager
  • 3 Reception
  • 4.1 Starring
  • 4.2 Also starring
  • 5 Executive producers
  • 6 Opening credits
  • 7.1 Season 1
  • 7.2 Season 2
  • 7.3 Season 3
  • 7.4 Season 4
  • 7.5 Season 5
  • 7.6 Season 6
  • 7.7 Season 7
  • 8 Related topics
  • 9 Syndication
  • 11 External links

Series summary [ ]

Launched in the year 2371 , the Intrepid -class Federation starship USS Voyager was a ship built to return to Starfleet 's founding principle of scientific exploration. It was fitting that the ship's captain , Kathryn Janeway , rose up through the science ranks rather than command. On the ship's first mission while departing the space station Deep Space 9 , which required it to find and capture a Maquis vessel that disappeared into the treacherous Badlands , the crew of Voyager , as well as that of the Maquis ship it was pursuing, were swept clear across the galaxy and deep into the Delta Quadrant . This was the doing of a powerful alien being known as the Caretaker . The seventy thousand light year transit cost the lives of over a dozen crew members. Captain Janeway was forced to destroy the massive alien array that housed the remains of the Caretaker. In doing so, she saved an alien race, the Ocampa , but stranded Voyager and the crew in the Delta Quadrant.

United in a common purpose, the surviving Maquis rebels joined with Janeway's Starfleet-trained crew on Voyager . Though a journey back to the Alpha Quadrant would have taken more than seventy years through unknown and treacherous territory , the crew of Voyager was well served by Janeway's skilled leadership and their own steadfast determination. Ultimately, Voyager returned to the Alpha Quadrant in seven years.

The crew's journey home was eventful. Voyager made first contact with over four hundred completely new species in the Delta Quadrant, discovered links to Earth 's early space exploration history , utilized and even pioneered new technologies, all the while engaging in countless other adventures. (" Distant Origin ")

The crew encountered species ranging from the violent and ruthless Kazon , the Phage -afflicted Vidiians , the colorful Talaxians and the ephemeral Ocampa . The crew's other encounters included run-ins with the temporal sophistication of the Krenim , the predatory Hirogen , the toxic Malon and the scheming Hierarchy . The crew picked up passengers along the way, including the wily but extremely resourceful Talaxian Neelix (who served, at times, as Voyager 's ambassador , morale officer , and even head chef ), along with the Ocampan telepath Kes (who, as a parting gift to the crew, used her powers of telekinesis to thrust Voyager 9,500 light years closer to the Alpha Quadrant).

Most memorable, however, were Voyager 's repeated clashes with the dreaded Borg . While each encounter posed grave danger, Voyager was able to prevail every time. At one point, Janeway actually negotiated a temporary peace with the Borg when they perceived a common threat in a mysterious alien species from fluidic space . (" Scorpion ") At other times, she was able to liberate drones from the Borg Collective , including Seven of Nine (who became a permanent member of the crew), Mezoti , Azan , Rebi , and Icheb . Other instances pitted Voyager against not only the Borg, but also against the nightmarish Borg Queen herself.

Several years after Voyager 's disappearance into the Delta Quadrant, Starfleet Command learned of the starship's fate. Subsequently, the Pathfinder Project was created, a Starfleet Communications project that attempted to communicate with Voyager through the MIDAS array , via a micro-wormhole and the Hirogen communications network . Thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of Lieutenant Reginald Barclay , the communications technology improved to a level whereby contact could be made on a regular basis. In 2377 , the crew was able to receive monthly data streams from Earth that included letters from the crew's families, tactical upgrades, and news about the Alpha Quadrant.

By the end of the year, Voyager made a triumphant return to the Alpha Quadrant, under the guidance of Starfleet and the Pathfinder Project, by utilizing and then destroying a Borg transwarp hub , and after a turbulent trip, a celebration was held in honor of Voyager 's return back home.

Distinguishing Voyager [ ]

Despite the general prosperity of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , Paramount pressured Rick Berman for yet another Star Trek television series. Although it was decided very early on that the new series would be set aboard a starship once again, it was important for the writers to vary the series from Star Trek: The Next Generation in other ways. Berman stated, " When Voyager came around and we knew we were going to place the next series back on a starship we wanted to do it in a way that was not going to be that redundant when it came to The Next Generation . So we had a certain amount of conflict on the ship because of the Maquis. We had a different dynamic because we were not speaking every day to Starfleet and because we had a female captain. Those were the major differences that set this show apart from the others… It had the core belief of what Star Trek was all about, both in terms of the excitement and the action and in terms of the provocative elements of ideas that Star Trek has always been known to present to the audience. " ( Star Trek: Voyager Companion , p. ? )

The series' premise of being lost in deep space was itself a variation on a theme explored in The Next Generation . Michael Piller explained, " We remembered the episodes, many episodes, where Q would show up and throw one of our ships or one of our people off to a strange part of the universe. And we'd have to figure out why we were there, how we were going to get back, and ultimately – by the end of an episode – we'd get back home. But […] we started to talk about what would happen if we didn't get home. That appealed to us a great deal […] You have to understand that Rick, Jeri and I had no interest in simply putting a bunch of people on another ship and sending them out to explore the universe. We wanted to bring something new to the Gene Roddenberry universe. The fans would have been the first people to criticize us if we had not brought something new to it. But everything new, everything was… a challenge, in the early stages of development of Voyager." ("Braving the Unknown: Season 1", VOY Season 1 DVD special features)

Jeri Taylor concurred that Voyager had to be different from its predecessors. She stated, " We felt a need to create an avenue for new and fresh storytelling. We are forced into creating a new universe. We have to come up with new aliens, we have to come up with new situations. " Taylor also recalled, " We knew we were taking some risks. We decided, in a very calculated way, to cut our ties with everything that was familiar. This is a dangerous thing to do. There is no more Starfleet, there are no more admirals to tell us what we can and cannot do, there are no Romulans, there are no Klingons, there are no Ferengi, no Cardassians. All those wonderful array of villains that the audience has come to love and hate at the same time will no longer be there. This is a tricky thing to do. " ("Braving the Unknown: Season 1", VOY Season 1 DVD special features)

Differentiating the new series from what had gone before hardened the challenge of inventing the series' main characters. Jeri Taylor recounted, " It took a long, long time, it took us weeks and weeks and weeks, even to come up with a cast of characters, because we found that so many wonderful characters had already been done and we didn't want to exactly repeat ourselves. We'd come up with an idea then say, 'No, that's too much like Data ,' or, 'That's too much like Odo ,' or, 'That's too much like Worf .' So to try to find the right balance of characters, in terms of gender and alien species and that kind of thing, really took a long time. " ("Braving the Unknown: Season 1", VOY Season 1 DVD special features)

↑ John Van Citters listed "VGR" as the series' official abbreviation when announcing the "DSC" abbreviation for Star Trek: Discovery . [1] MA , among other venues, will continue to use the abbreviation VOY for Voyager , for historical reasons.

Reception [ ]

During its seven-year run, Star Trek: Voyager was nominated for 34 Emmy Awards , mostly in "technical" categories such as visual effects and makeup. It won seven, including "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music" for Jerry Goldsmith 's theme.

Main cast [ ]

Starring [ ].

  • Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway

Also starring [ ]

  • Robert Beltran as Commander Chakotay
  • Roxann Biggs-Dawson as Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
  • Jennifer Lien as Kes ( 1995 - 1997 )
  • Robert Duncan McNeill as Lieutenant Tom Paris
  • Ethan Phillips as Neelix
  • Robert Picardo as The Doctor
  • Tim Russ as Lieutenant Commander Tuvok
  • Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine ( 1997 - 2001 )
  • Garrett Wang as Ensign Harry Kim

Executive producers [ ]

  • Rick Berman – Executive Producer
  • Michael Piller – Executive Producer (1995-1996)
  • Jeri Taylor – Executive Producer (1995-1998)
  • Brannon Braga – Executive Producer (1998-2000)
  • Kenneth Biller – Executive Producer (2000-2001)

Opening credits [ ]

The opening credits for Star Trek: Voyager contained imagery of USS Voyager passing near various spatial phenomena.

Episode list [ ]

Season 1 [ ].

Season 1 , 15 episodes:

Season 2 [ ]

Season 2 , 26 episodes:

Season 3 [ ]

Season 3 , 26 episodes:

Season 4 [ ]

Season 4 , 26 episodes:

Season 5 [ ]

Season 5 , 25 episodes:

Season 6 [ ]

Season 6 , 26 episodes:

Season 7 [ ]

Season 7 , 24 episodes:

Related topics [ ]

  • VOY directors
  • VOY performers
  • VOY recurring characters
  • VOY studio models
  • VOY writers
  • Recurring characters
  • Character crossover appearances
  • Undeveloped VOY episodes
  • Paramount Stage 8
  • Paramount Stage 9
  • Paramount Stage 16

Syndication [ ]

With five seasons, Voyager reached syndication in some markets airing in a daily strip on weekdays in most markets or as a weekly strip on weekends in selected markets, with the first cycle of episodes from the first five seasons began airing on 13 September 1999 , with the second cycle of episodes covering the 25 episodes of Season 6 and the final episode of Season 5 beginning on 13 November 2000 and the final cycle of episodes covering episodes of the final season and the final episode of Season 6 beginning on 25 October 2001 . Voyager was broadcast in syndication for four years until 12 September 2003 , with some stations continuing to carry Voyager after leaving syndication.

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External links [ ]

  • Star Trek: Voyager at Wikipedia
  • Star Trek: Voyager at Memory Beta , the wiki for licensed Star Trek works
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  • Crafting a satisfying Star Trek series finale can be challenging, with some failing to meet expectations due to outside factors like network cancelation.
  • The concept of a series finale wasn't widely established until the 1990s, when Star Trek: The Next Generation set the trend with some of the best-loved finales ever.
  • While some series like Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: Enterprise struggled with their finales, others like Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine excelled, delivering satisfying conclusions.

It can be a daunting prospect to deliver a truly great Star Trek series finale, which is why a handful have failed to perform to expectations. Occasionally, outside factors can impede the writers' abilities to write a satisfying finale, as a cancelation by the network can abruptly bring a Star Trek TV show to an end. Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Enterprise were afforded the opportunity to respond creatively to their cancelation , with differing results. However, Star Trek: The Original Series existed at a time when the concept of a series finale was yet to be widely established.

It was really in the 1990s when the idea of a Star Trek series finale took hold , as network television became more writer-led. The success of Star Trek: The Next Generation and its spinoffs meant that, by seven seasons of Star Trek , TNG was afforded the luxury of canceling itself. These 1990s series finales are among some of the best-loved episodes of Star Trek ever, as they have thrilling stakes and also give their hugely talented casts one last chance to shine.

12 Best Star Trek Season Finales Ranked

In its impressive nearly 60-year history, the various Star Trek series have delivered some truly excellent season finales.

8 "Turnabout Intruder"

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"Turnabout Intruder" is a fairly weak episode of Star Trek: The Original Series that also acts as the show's de-facto finale. In its defense, the series finale was not an established feature of network television in the late 1960s , which is why "Turnabout Intruder" isn't designed as a fitting conclusion to TOS . However, even with that in mind, it has a dated, and sexist, storyline about Janice Lester (Sandra Smith) swapping bodies with Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) so that she can become a female starship captain . It's hardly a story that serves as a fitting farewell to the TOS cast.

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Star Trek: The Original Series follows the exploits of the crew of the USS Enterprise. On a five-year mission to explore uncharted space, Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) must trust his crew - Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (Forest DeKelley), Montgomery "Scotty" Scott (James Doohan), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Chekov (Walter Koenig) and Sulu (George Takei) - with his life. Facing previously undiscovered life forms and civilizations and representing humanity among the stars on behalf of Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets, the Enterprise regularly comes up against impossible odds and diplomatic dilemmas.

"Turnabout Intruder" provides William Shatner with a chance to play a different side of Captain Kirk, and also showcases the Enterprise crew's loyalty, as they refuse to follow Lester's orders. However, the dated plot and disposable nature of "Turnabout Intruder" makes it a poor finale for Star Trek: The Original Series . Thankfully, the Enterprise crew's movie revival would lead to a far more fitting farewell in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country .

7 "The Counter-Clock Incident"

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In many ways, Star Trek: The Animated Series got a better finale than its live-action predecessor. "The Counter-Clock Incident" brings things full circle by teaming up two captains of the starship Enterprise , James T. Kirk and Robert April (James Doohan). However, the stakes involved in the team-up do undermine the occasion of the TAS finale, somewhat. The titular "Counter-Clock Incident" involves the Enterprise flying into negative space, which forces the crew to age backwards.

The climactic scenes where Kirk and his crew are crawling around on the floor like babies undermines them in a far more substantial way than anything in Star Trek: Enterprise 's controversial finale. Thankfully, the older Robert April is also aged backwards, to an age where he can command a starship and ultimately save the day. "The Counter-Clock Incident" is as ageist as "Turnabout Intruder" was sexist , but the Star Trek: The Animated Series finale has more fun with its central premise, and a sense of passing on the torch, that makes it the superior finale.

Now played by Adrian Holmes, Admiral Robert April has become a recurring character in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds .

6 "These Are The Voyages..."

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Star Trek: Enterprise 's finale is notorious among fans for undermining the cast by bringing back Commander William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis). It's a fair criticism, given that the Enterprise characters as seen in "These Are The Voyages..." are holographic replicas , not the real deal. Also, controversial was the death of Commander Trip Tucker (Connor Trinneer), which co-writer Brannon Braga had intended as a heartbreaking moment but, in execution, it just angered fans. For all the problems with Enterprise 's finale, it does at least try to end the story of Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula).

Star Trek: Enterprise acts as a prequel to Star Trek: The Original Series, detailing the voyages of the original crew of the Starship Enterprise in the 22nd century, a hundred years before Captain Kirk commanded the ship. Enterprise was the sixth series in the Star Trek franchise overall, and the final series before a twelve-year hiatus until the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery in 2017. The series stars Scott Bakula as Captain Jonathan Archer, with an ensemble cast that includes John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating, Anthony Montgomery, Linda Park, and Connor Trinneer.

Because the show was canceled, the Star Trek: Enterprise finale skips ahead to the founding of the United Federation of Planets. Given that this was always what Enterprise was building to, it makes sense for the finale to deliver that pay off even if the long road to getting there was curtailed. It's just hugely unfortunate that the culmination of Archer and his crew's adventures are overshadowed by a tribute to Star Trek: The Next Generation and Enterprise 's more beloved franchise stablemates.

Brannon Braga apologized to the cast of Star Trek: Enterprise for the finale in the 2013 Bluray special feature In Conversation: The First Crew

Star Trek: Enterprise is now getting some long overdue recognition from new Star Trek and its heartwarming to see shoutouts to Scott Bakula's show.

5 "Life, Itself"

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Star Trek: Discovery 's finale was never intended as the show's ending, which does count against "Life, Itself" in some respects. That being said, Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) coming face to face with the alien race that seeded all humanoid life in the Star Trek universe is bigger than anything in the TOS, TAS , and Enterprise finales. As a de-facto finale for the entire series, "Life, Itself" works as an ending for the Discovery crew, as their quest for the Progenitors' technology gives many of the characters a greater grasp of what matters to them the most.

Star Trek: Discovery is an entry in the legendary Sci-Fi franchise, set ten years before the original Star Trek series events. The show centers around Commander Michael Burnham, assigned to the USS Discovery, where the crew attempts to prevent a Klingon war while traveling through the vast reaches of space.

Ironically, if "Life, Itself" had gone out as originally intended after Star Trek: Discovery was canceled, it may be regarded more highly. There's a neat thematic symmetry to Burnham's journey beginning with the Battle of the Binary Stars, and ending between the primordial black holes . Unfortunately, a contrived epilogue that gives the Discovery crew one last chance to pat themselves on the back and allows the writers' room to wrap up a dangling thread from Star Trek: Short Treks makes this an uneven and unsatisfying conclusion to the series.

4 "Endgame"

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Star Trek: Voyager 's ending brings Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and the crew back home to the Alpha Quadrant. However, Voyager 's season finale is seriously hampered by the show's outdated approach to episodic storytelling. Voyager could have built a multi-episode arc about the crew making one last-ditch attempt to escape the Delta Quadrant. Recurring elements like the Pathfinder Project certainly gave Voyager the chance to build up to the crew's return home. Instead, audiences get "Endgame", a feature-length Voyager finale that ends before the crew even makes it into Earth's orbit .

The fifth entry in the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek: Voyager, is a sci-fi series that sees the crew of the USS Voyager on a long journey back to their home after finding themselves stranded at the far ends of the Milky Way Galaxy. Led by Captain Kathryn Janeway, the series follows the crew as they embark through truly uncharted areas of space, with new species, friends, foes, and mysteries to solve as they wrestle with the politics of a crew in a situation they've never faced before. 

It's an odd decision to spend so much time in the alternate future where Voyager gets home too late, but completely avoid showing how the crew readjusted to life on Earth in the prime Star Trek timeline. There's a lot of great material in "Endgame", from present and future Janeway collaborating to save Voyager to the final battle with the Borg Queen (Alice Krige). However, the oddly abrupt ending prevents Star Trek: Voyager 's finale from being truly great .

Ronald D. Moore clashed with Star Trek: Voyager's writers, but channelled those frustrations into creating the acclaimed Battlestar Galactica reboot.

3 "The Last Generation"

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Star Trek: Picard may have been uneven in terms of quality over its three seasons, but the final episode, "The Last Generation", is the best finale of the modern franchise . The Star Trek: Picard finale , written and directed by Terry Matalas, manages something that's almost impossible; it gives everyone a chance to shine. "The Last Generation" is a fond farewell to Patrick Stewart and his beloved Star Trek: The Next Generation co-stars, while also setting up Starfleet's next generation. No character feels short-changed as Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise-D face the Borg Queen for one final time.

After starring in Star Trek: The Next Generation for seven seasons and various other Star Trek projects, Patrick Stewart is back as Jean-Luc Picard. Star Trek: Picard focuses on a retired Picard who is living on his family vineyard as he struggles to cope with the death of Data and the destruction of Romulus. But before too long, Picard is pulled back into the action. The series also brings back fan-favorite characters from the Star Trek franchise, such as Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton), Worf (Michael Dorn), and William Riker (Jonathan Frakes).

"The Last Generation" is a thrilling Star Trek action movie that has genuine emotion at its core. Picard's fight to save Jack Crusher (Ed Speleers), the son he's only just met, is beautiful, and is given monumental stakes given that his love and acceptance is the only thing that can break Jack's Borg processing. "The Last Generation" is exciting, emotional, occasionally hilarious, and full of warmth . Everything you could want from a Star Trek series finale, basically.

2 "What You Leave Behind"

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 's series finale is epic and intimate, which is the perfect reflection of the show itself . "What You Leave Behind" brings DS9 's Dominion War to a shattering conclusion, leaving Cardassia Prime a devastated warzone, mirroring the state of Bajor at the show's beginning. The DS9 finale also fulfilled the tragic destiny of Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks), Emissary of the Prophets, who gave his life to seal Gul Dukat (Marc Alaimo) and the Pah-wraiths in the Bajoran Fire Caves. However, amidst all the fire and brimstone in "What You Leave Behind", DS9 's overriding themes of family and friendship prevail.

Benjamin Sisko's ending in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine finale was originally a lot less ambiguous until Avery Brooks asked for it to be changed.

From the melancholic goodbye between Constable Odo (Rene Auberjonois) and Colonel Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) to the emotionally restrained farewell between Garak (Andrew J. Robinson) and Dr. Julian Bashir (Alexander Siddig), there's a palpable feeling of finality. Arguably, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 's finale is too good, as its resolution has so far put off Alex Kurtzman from returning to the show and its characters. "What You Leave Behind" is the most conclusive of Star Trek series finales , paying off seven years of storytelling. It's one of the reasons why DS9 remains such a satisfying viewing experience more than 30 years after its premiere.

1 "All Good Things..."

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Star Trek: The Next Generation 's "All Good Things" is the gold standard of Star Trek series finale, even 30 years after it aired. Riffing on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol , Captain Picard is split across his past, present, and future to deal with a threat to all creation. The only constant in these three time zones is Picard's crew, who remain loyal to him throughout his life . Picard's final test isn't so much whether humanity is deserving of its place in the stars, but whether the Enterprise-D's captain can appreciate the smaller things.

Star Trek: The Next Generation is the third installment in the sci-fi franchise and follows the adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew members of the USS Enterprise. Set around one hundred years after the original series, Picard and his crew travel through the galaxy in largely self-contained episodes exploring the crew dynamics and their own political discourse. The series also had several overarching plots that would develop over the course of the isolated episodes, with four films released in tandem with the series to further some of these story elements.

The Star Trek: The Next Generation finale is a celebration of seven years of television that never feels indulgent or self-congratulatory. "All Good Things" honors the journey of the TNG cast, while looking hopefully toward the future , as all good series finales should do. TNG was never a serialized show with a clear endpoint. However, "All Good Things" wraps up the relationship between Q (John de Lancie) and Picard, while giving him the family he's always denied himself; his crew. It's for those reasons that "All Good Things" remains the greatest Star Trek series finale.

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The Breen have really taken over Star Trek: Discovery at this point, which is why it might be time to revisit Deep Space Nine.

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This Star Trek: Discovery article contains spoilers.

Since its inception in 2017, Star Trek: Discovery has been compared to various aspects of the Star Trek franchise. But, perhaps the show it most closely resembles, at least tonally, is Deep Space Nine , the gritty ‘90s spin-off of The Next Generation . And, with its fifth and final season, it feels like Discovery knows it’s the Deep Space Nine of modern Trek , and has leaned into that feeling more than ever.

The series has also taken on the mantle of being the new DS9 by simply making a ton of references to that series, as well as continuing huge storylines from that series. In the 7th episode of season 5, “Erigah,” Discovery makes a ton of references to the breadth of the Trek canon, with a specific focus on DS9 . Here’s all the best easter eggs and shout-outs you might have missed.

The Return of Nhan 

At the top of the episode, we get the first appearance of Rachael Ancheril as Nhan since season 4 episode “Rubicon.” Nhan’s journey is unique within Star Trek , and Discovery specifically. Originally a part of the crew of the USS Enterprise under Pike, Nhan joined the Discovery in season 2 during the search for the Red Angel. She stayed with the crew when they jumped to the future in season 3, making her seemingly the only Enterprise crew member from the 23rd century who now lives in the 32nd century . Nhan is from Barzan II, a planet established in the TNG episode “The Price.”

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Dominion War Medical Research 

Culber says he’s doing a deep-dive into Dominion War medical research, in order to learn more about the Breen, noting, “We don’t know much about Breen physiology.” This is accurate since, although the Breen appeared for the first time in DS9 , they never took their helmets off in that series. Culber’s deep dive into Dominion War research is also interesting in light of Star Trek: Picard season 3. It was in that season that we learned Starfleet was secretly experimenting on Changelings. Did Culber stumble on any of that research?

“Never Turn Your Back on a Breen”

Reynar reminds President T’Rina of the Romulan saying, “Never turn your back on a Breen.” This comes from the DS9 episode “By Inferno’s Light,” and was uttered by an unnamed Romulan prisoner. Although T’Rina is seemingly Vulcan, the Vulcans and Romulans are essentially the same people in the time of Discovery . As revealed in season 3’s “Unification III,” all Vulcans and Romulans live together on the planet Ni’var, previously known as the planet Vulcan.

Breen Attack on the Federation 

In this episode, we’re reminded that “the last time the Breen paid a visit to the Federation, they destroyed an entire city.” This references the Deep Space Nine episode, “The Changing Face of Evil,” in which the Breen attack Starfleet Headquarters on Earth, directly, and nearly destroy all of San Francisco. Most of the city was rebuilt by the time of the Picard flashbacks in season 1 of that series, and certainly, is fully rebuilt by seasons 2 and 3 of Picard . But, it seems like the Federation has not had a direct battle with the Breen in Federation space since the DS9 era.

Tilly Is Worried About Her Cadets

In another reference to DS9 and “The Changing Face of Evil,” Tilly expresses concern about her cadets safety if the Breen attack Federation HQ. In the DS9 era, Starfleet Academy was still located in San Francisco, though now it’s at Fed HQ. That said, the upcoming show, Starfleet Academy , set in the Discovery timeline, will move the Academy back to Earth, and San Francisco.

We learn in this episode that the next piece of the Progenitor puzzle is a book called Labyrinths of the Mind , a Betazoid manuscript written by Dr. Marina Derex. “Marina” is almost certainly a reference to Marina Sirtis, the beloved actress who has played the half-Betazoid character Deanna Troi in all of The Next Generation and Picard , a few cameos on Voyager , and the Enterprise finale.

The book was also written in 2371, which is the same year that the USS Voyager left space station Deep Space 9 for the Badlands. It’s also the same year that Thomas Riker stole the USS Defiant from the same station. It’s also the year that the USS Enterprise-D crash-landed its saucer section on Veridian III in Star Trek Generations , which also means it’s the same year that a time-displaced Captain James T. Kirk was killed. Big year!

Seven of Limes 

Reno mentions a cocktail called “Seven of Limes.” This can only be a reference to Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), the former Borg drone turned Fenris Ranger and Starfleet Captain. Because Discovery is set several centuries beyond Picard Season 3, we can only assume that Reno and the crew now have knowledge of events well beyond the early 2400s.

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“A Holodeck Adventure for the Littles”

Reno jokes that the entire premise of the current clue—connected to a library card—makes everything sound like “something out of a holodeck adventure for the littles.” The most prominent holodeck adventure for children that we’re aware of in Trek canon is The Adventures of Flotter , which first appeared in the Voyager episode “Once Upon a Time.” In Picard season 1, Soji had a Flotter lunchbox.

The Badlands 

By the end of the episode, the Eternal Gallery’s location—and thus the location of the book  Labyrinths of the Mind —is revealed to be in the Badlands. This is an unstable area of space that was first mentioned in…you guessed it… Deep Space Nine ! Although the Badlands is most famous as the area where the USS Voyager went missing in its 1995 debut episode, “Caretaker,” the concept of the Badlands was introduced about a year earlier in 1994, during DS9’s second season, specifically in the episode “The Maquis Part 1.”

The Badlands is located near what used to be Cardassian space, so in its next episode, Discovery will literally be traveling directly to the neighborhood of Deep Space Nine . We have no idea if the wormhole is still there in this time period, or if that old station is still kicking. But, as Discovery continues to drop surprises in its final season, we can all keep our fingers crossed for a glimpse of a very special space station.

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Kate Mulgrew Wanted A Gay Character Added To Star Trek: Voyager

  • Kate Mulgrew requested a gay character on Star Trek: Voyager but was told no.
  • Despite breaking barriers with the first female Captain to lead a Star Trek series, Voyager did not include an LGBTQ+ cast member.
  • Seven of Nine became an LGBTQ+ character on Star Trek: Picard 20 years after Voyager ended.

Kate Mulgrew says she requested Star Trek: Voyager add a gay character, but the answer was no. Mulgrew starred as Captain Kathryn Janeway, the first female Captain to lead her own Star Trek series. Star Trek: Voyager ran for 7 seasons on UPN, and Janeway became an icon who inspired countless women to pursue careers in STEM. Star Trek: Voyager expanded the Star Trek universe and introduced numerous new and beloved characters and concepts, but an LGBTQ+ cast member is not part of Star Trek: Voyager 's legacy.

Appearing on stage at FAN EXPO Boston, Kate Mulgrew revealed that she told Star Trek executive producer Rick Berman that "we need a gay character" on Star Trek: Voyager. But despite Mulgrew making it known to Paramount that this was "my preference and my choice," Kate was told "there wasn't any room " for an LGBTQ+ character on Star Trek: Voyager . X user Craig Semon (@CraigSemon) shared the video which you can watch below:

20 years after Star Trek: Voyager ended, Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) became an LGBTQ+ character, sparking a romantic relationship with Commander Raffi Musiker (Michelle Hurd) on Star Trek: Picard.

Captain Janeway "Chose Not To Have A Lover" On Star Trek: Voyager, Explains Kate Mulgrew

Captain Janeway chose to dedicate herself to her crew in Star Trek: Voyager, and Kate Mulgrew delves into why she and Janeway made that decision.

Star Trek Has Added Many LGBTQ+ Characters After Voyager Ended

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Star Trek in the 1990s declined to Kate Mulgrew's attempt to have a gay character join Star Trek: Voyager 's cast, but Star Trek on Paramount+'s current series made LGBTQ+ characters throughout Starfleet perfectly normal . Star Trek: Discovery broke barriers by introducing Commander Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz) as Star Trek' s first gay married couple, and Discovery also introduced Star Trek 's first nonbinary character, Ensign Adira Tal (Blu del Barrio), and Star Trek' s first transgender character, Gray Tal (Ian Alexander). Every other Star Trek series now has at least one character who identifies as LGBTQ+.

Lt. Hikaru Sulu (John Cho) in the alternate Kelvin Timeline was revealed to be gay in Star Trek Beyond.

Seven of Nine wasn't defined as LGBTQ+ on Star Trek: Voyager, but on Star Trek: Picard, Seven is the first queer Captain of the USS Enterprise, with her partner, Commander Raffi Musiker serving as her First Officer. Lieutenant Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome) has dated women on Star Trek: Lower Decks , and so has Nurse Christine Chapel (Jess Bush) on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds . Kate Mulgrew can be proud that her progressive vision for Star Trek: Voyager has been realized by modern Star Trek.

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  • Although Star Trek has strong LGBTQ+ representation in its fandom, on-screen representation has faced challenges due to network standards.
  • Kate Mulgrew pushed for LGBTQ+ inclusion on Voyager but was turned down by producers, despite her groundbreaking role as Captain Janeway.
  • Star Trek 's journey to LGBTQ+ representation has been slow, with the first explicitly queer character not appearing until 2016's Star Trek Beyond .

Although Star Trek has long had significant LGBTQ+ representation in its fandom, representation on-screen has been harder to come by, thanks to network standards and practices and the timidity of the show's producers. Kate Mulgrew wanted to address that when she captained Star Trek: Voyager for seven seasons, but she was turned down by the show's producers.

Mulgrew broke new ground for women when she became the first-ever female-lead captain on a Star Trek series in 1995, but ultimately wasn't able to steer the franchise towards representing the LGBTQ+ community. Said Mulgrew at Fan Expo Boston this weekend, at a panel moderated by Collider's Maggie Lovitt , when asked about Voyager 's representation:

"I wanted a gay character on that bridge with me! But they couldn't be pushed. 'Good enough to get a woman in the seat,' you know? As it turned out, Genevieve Bujold was offered the role, and she lasted 24 hours. She said 'This is impossible.' I went to Rick Berman and I said 'It's a good cast. It's a very good cast. But we need a gay character. I want this known, that this is my preference and my choice.' But there wasn't any room, they felt at that time. Things changed quickly."

However, despite that disappointment, Mulgrew remains optimistic about the future of representation on Star Trek :

"But I think, all things considered, Star Trek has come and gone all the way towards advancing representation. It’s nothing if not of the people, by the people, for the people. It’s for everyone. It will continue to be that."

When Did the First LGBTQ+ Characters Appear on 'Star Trek'?

The inclusion of LGBTQ+ themes in Star Trek has come in fits and starts. In "The Outcast," a 1992 episode of The Next Generation , the Enterprise visits a planet of androgynous aliens and meets one alien, Soren, who wants to live as a woman. However, as the crew is forbidden from interfering in their culture, they are forced to surrender her to the authorities, where she is reconditioned to fit into their society. Jonathan Frakes , whose character has a romance with Soren, pressed for the producers to cast a male actor in the role, although they ultimately went with actress Melinda Culea .

Openly gay writer David Gerrold , who penned the classic episode "The Trouble With Tribbles," wrote "Blood and Fire," a proposed Next Generation episode that would have addressed the AIDS crisis and depicted a homosexual couple on board the Enterprise ; it was rejected for its then-controversial content. Star Trek didn't have its first explicitly queer character until 2016's Star Trek Beyond when Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu ( John Cho ) was revealed to be gay as a nod to his original actor, gay activist George Takei .

Since the revival of Star Trek as a TV franchise in 2017, several gay characters have been introduced to the series, including Paul Stamets ( Anthony Rapp ), Hugh Culber ( Wilson Cruz ), Jett Reno ( Tig Notaro ), and Adira Tal ( Blu del Barrio ) on Star Trek: Discovery ; Raffi Musicker ( Michelle Hurd ) and Seven of Nine ( Jeri Ryan ) on Star Trek: Picard ; Beckett Mariner ( Tawny Newsome ) on Star Trek: Lower Decks ; and Christine Chapel ( Jess Bush ) on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds .

Star Trek: Voyager can be streamed on Paramount+, and Mulgrew's Kathryn Janeway will return in the second season of Star Trek: Prodigy , which will premiere on Netflix on July 1. Stay tuned to Collider for future updates.

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Robert Beltran, Kate Mulgrew, and Tim Russ in Star Trek: Voyager (1995)

S1.E1 ∙ Caretaker

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S1.E2 ∙ Parallax

Kate Mulgrew in Star Trek: Voyager (1995)

S1.E3 ∙ Time and Again

Jennifer Lien and Robert Duncan McNeill in Star Trek: Voyager (1995)

S1.E4 ∙ Phage

Kate Mulgrew and Ethan Phillips in Star Trek: Voyager (1995)

S1.E5 ∙ The Cloud

Robert Beltran, Robert Duncan McNeill, and Kate Mulgrew in Star Trek: Voyager (1995)

S1.E6 ∙ Eye of the Needle

Francis Guinan and Tim Russ in Star Trek: Voyager (1995)

S1.E7 ∙ Ex Post Facto

Cecile Callan in Star Trek: Voyager (1995)

S1.E8 ∙ Emanations

Ronald Guttman in Star Trek: Voyager (1995)

S1.E9 ∙ Prime Factors

Jennifer Lien and Robert Picardo in Star Trek: Voyager (1995)

S1.E10 ∙ State of Flux

Kate Mulgrew and Roxann Dawson in Star Trek: Voyager (1995)

S1.E11 ∙ Heroes and Demons

Jennifer Lien, Kate Mulgrew, Roxann Dawson, and Tim Russ in Star Trek: Voyager (1995)

S1.E12 ∙ Cathexis

Roxann Dawson and Brian Markinson in Star Trek: Voyager (1995)

S1.E13 ∙ Faces

Kate Mulgrew and Ethan Phillips in Star Trek: Voyager (1995)

S1.E14 ∙ Jetrel

Tim Russ in Star Trek: Voyager (1995)

S1.E15 ∙ Learning Curve

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