Star Trek: Voyager – A Viewer's Guide by Jean MacDonald
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Read the blog post: http://jeanmacdonald.me/2018/03/23/star-trek-voyager.html
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Please send feedback to hail@voyagercast.com or @voyager_cast on Micro.blog and Twitter
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Watch it? Y = Yes, watch it; S = Skip if it doesn't interest you; N = Don't watch. This one is just bad. (Totals: 95 Y, 48 S, 20 N)
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Season-EpTitleWatch it?Character focusIMDb
Random Trek Episode Number
Date aired
Bechdel-Wallace Test
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1-1CaretakerYHow they got into this mess. You don't skip the premiere episode.7.21995-01-16Pass
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1-2CaretakerY"7.21995-01-16Pass
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1-3ParallaxYCrew integration issues; Torres named chief engineerTorres7.1791995-01-23Pass
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1-4Time and AgainSInteresting premise, but not compelling.Paris, Janeway7.1731995-01-30Pass
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1-5PhageYThe scary Vidiians' first appearance. Also Janeway kicks butt.7.1161995-02-06Pass
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1-6The CloudNClassic Trek first contact misunderstanding and attempt to rectify.6.41995-02-13Pass
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1-7Eye of the NeedleYInteresting premise, first wormhole. Wormholes are a way to get back to the Alpha Quadrant in theory. Expect to see more of them.8.11451995-02-20Pass
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1-8Ex Post FactoNTom Paris, murder mystery. Oh dear. Rashomon comes to Star Trek.Paris6.61995-02-27Fail
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1-9EmanationsNHarry Kim episode; planet of corpses; weird suicide culture. Kill me now.Kim6.61911995-03-13Pass
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1-10Prime FactorsYCrew going against orders, Janeway shows her mettle, even when being wooed by weird pony-tailed alien.7.3711995-03-20Pass
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1-11State of FluxYBajoran Maquis crewmember Seska's true colors revealed; Awesome Janeway line: I don't like bullies and I don’t like you. (I do like Seska, however.)7.61995-04-10Pass
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1-12Heroes and DemonsYFun doctor episode, holodeck shenanigans. Come on: Beowulf in the Delta Quadrant!Doctor6.71995-04-24Pass
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1-13CathexisSInitially rated "N" but on rewatch, it is an interesting premise, where no one can trust each other, and makes use of the whole cast.Chakotay6.71995-05-01Pass
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1-14FacesYVidiians capture Torres, Paris; Torres struggles with Klingon vs. human nature. I love this episode. Vidiians are cool—and horrible.Torres7.21331995-05-08Pass
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1-15JetrelNNeelix episode, reuniting him with genocidal doctor that destroyed his people. Big message here...but it’s a Neelix episode.Neelix7.21995-05-15Pass
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1-16Learning CurveSTuvok vs. Maquis crew. Classic Trek, if fairly predictable. Fans of Bolians, this is for you.Tuvok7.11995-05-22Pass
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2-1The 37'sNJust silly. Do not watch under any circumstances. Season 1 came to a premature end. Consider S1 and S2 to be one season.7.31995-08-28Pass
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2-2InitiationsYKazon introductions, Chakotay episode, Nog from DS9 guest stars as an Kazon initiate. Classic Star Trek feel. Think Arena or Darmok.Chakotay6.5301995-09-04Pass
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2-3ProjectionsYReg Barclay (TNG) shows up in the first of a series of appearances. Holodeck shenanigans, deceiving the Doctor into believing he’s Lewis Zimmerman, his creator.Doctor7.91995-09-11Pass
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2-4ElogiumNBabies + reproduction + Neelix issues = Nope. Neelix, Kes5.9831995-09-18Pass
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2-5Non SequiturYCool premise. Even if you don’t like Kim or Paris, alternative realities are fun!Kim, Paris7.01995-09-25Pass
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2-6TwistedNKind of slow; a spatial distortion seems bound to tear about Voyager. What happens if the solution is to do nothing?7.0971995-10-02Pass
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2-7ParturitionNNeelix and Paris fight over Kes, survive an away mission together Neelix, Paris6.31995-10-09Pass
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2-8Persistence of VisionNHolodeck shenanigans and malevolent aliens with mind-altering powers.Janeway, Kes6.91995-10-30Pass
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2-9TattooNChakotay Native American stuffChakotay6.21995-11-06Pass
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2-10Cold FireYFemale Caretaker and community of Ocampa.Kes7.21995-11-13Pass
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2-11ManeuversYKazon/Seska steal transporter, good Janeway moments7.21391995-11-20Pass
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2-12ResistanceSCorny Janeway away mission episode in classic Trek mode; Joel Grey guest stars. Janeway7.01995-11-27Fail
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2-13PrototypeYTorres the Engineer shines, creepy premise about androids needing a mechanic.Torres7.51651996-01-15Pass
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2-14AlliancesYJaneway negotiates a truce between the various Kazon sects. We are close to being done with the Kazon, so bear with me here.7.21996-01-22Pass
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2-15ThresholdNParis & Janeway turned into lizards.Your regret will have no bounds if you watch this. ("Single worst episode of the Trek franchise." - @jgamet)Paris5.21996-01-29Pass
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2-16MeldYBrad Dourif guest stars as sociopath Betazoid Lon Suder; powerful, worth watchingTuvok 7.91996-02-05Fail
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2-17DreadnoughtYAnother installment of Torres the Galactically-Renowned Engineer. Tense and well-plottedTorres7.61996-02-12Pass
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2-18Death WishYA Q (not The Q) wants to commit suicide; important Janeway episode. Often ranked in Top 10 Voyager lists.8.3551996-02-19Pass
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2-19LifesignsYThe Doctor falls in love with a Vidiian who needs medical help.Doctor7.41996-02-26Pass
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2-20InvestigationsYTraitor among the crew. A bit too much Neelix, but still a must watch episode.7.41996-03-13Pass
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2-21DeadlockYVidians attack and Voyager is split into to two mirror ships and crews. Fantastic episode.8.21996-03-18Pass
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2-22InnocenceSTuvok story, interesting premiseTuvok6.61996-04-08Pass
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2-23The ThawYWeird, but Michael McKean is good; great Janeway finale.7.31681996-04-29Pass
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2-24TuvixSGood guest actor, playing a melding of Tuvok and Neelix. Interesting premise. People hate this one but not me.Tuvok, Neelix7.5911996-05-06Pass
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2-25ResolutionsYJaneway and Chakotay stranded; Tuvok seeks help from the Vidiians
Tuvok, Janeway, Chakotay
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2-26Basics, Part IYThe Kazon take over Voyager and leave the crew stranded.7.81996-05-20Pass
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3-1Basics, Part IIYBrad Dourif is back as Lon Suder; from the brig, he can fight the Kazon. Great episode. The Doctor is A+.7.81996-09-04Pass
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3-2FlashbackYTuvok reminisces about serving with Sulu. George Takei and Grace Lee Whitney guest star.Tuvok7.71996-09-11Fail
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3-3The ChuteSSemi-interesting setting, but you have to like Paris and Kim. Which I do, more than mostParis, Kim6.71996-09-18Pass
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3-4The SwarmYDoctor episode, with Dr. Zimmerman helping outDoctor7.01051996-09-25Pass
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3-5False ProfitsSFor Ferengi fans, featuring characters from TNG S3E8 who got stuck in the Delta Quadrant. (h/t @TalkingTV) Neelix is good as a Ferengi (a role Ethan Phillips also played in TNG S3E24 and ENT S1E19.)6.61996-10-02Pass
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3-6RememberYGood Torres episode; romantic themesTorres7.11996-10-09Pass
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3-7Sacred GroundNKes episode, religious kerfuffle that Janeway must sortKes5.61996-10-30Fail
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3-8Future's End, Part IYTime travel to modern day LA. Ed Begley Jr. steals technology. Sarah Silverman is a geek.8.31996-11-06Pass
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3-9Future's End, Part IIYA bit of goofy fun8.21996-11-13Fail
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3-10WarlordYKes episode; gender bending ; Neelix breakupKes6.71996-11-20Pass
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3-11The Q and the GreySSuzie Plakson guest stars as Mrs. Q. Q needs a seminar in boundaries and sexual harassment.7.21111996-11-27Pass
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3-12MacrocosmSJaneway as Sigourney Weaver in Alien, fighting creature of the week.Janeway7.21996-12-11Pass
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3-13Fair TradeSNeelix episode; won an Emmy for Hairstying.Neelix6.71997-01-08Fail
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3-14Alter EgoSHolodeck shenanigans; Harry falls for a holodeck characterKim6.61997-01-15Pass
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3-15CodaSJaneway dies but resists the afterlife; Len Cariou guests as her dad.Janeway7.01997-01-29Fail
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3-16Blood FeverYPon farr drama with Vorek, Torres and Paris. Hot stuff.T'Elanna7.21997-02-05Pass
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3-17UnityYFirst Borg episode; foreshadows introduction of Seven in Scorpion7.81997-02-12Pass
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3-18DarklingSDoctor-focused episode; he adds subroutines that make him evil.Doctor6.41997-02-19Fail
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3-19RiseSTuvok and Neelix episode; the orbital tether setting is pretty cool. Watch it unless you are skipping all Neelix episodes.Tuvok, Neelix6.81997-02-26Fail
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3-20Favorite SonNBizarre Kim episode. DO NOT WATCH, OR YOU'LL BE SORRY.Kim6.01997-03-19Pass
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3-21Before and AfterYKes is jumping from future to past and back; a kind of prequel to Year of HellKes7.21997-04-09Pass
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3-22Real LifeYVery funny Doctor episode; he creates the perfect holodeck family, but Torres begs to differ.Doctor7.31997-04-23Pass
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3-23Distant OriginYGreat episode; homage to Inherit The Wind; Earth dinosaurs linked to Delta Quadrant aliens.8.5741997-04-30Fail
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3-24DisplacedYClassic Trek formula; First outsmarted by aliens, Janeway turns the tables. Echoes of Menagerie.7.41997-05-07Pass
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3-25Worst Case ScenarioYHolonovel goes rogue, Seska is back.8.11997-05-14Pass
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3-26Scorpion, Part IYIntroduction of Seven of Nine, as the Borg join forces with Voyager to battle Species 8472Seven8.91997-05-21Pass
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4-1Scorpion, Part IIY" "Seven8.81997-09-03Pass
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4-2The GiftYEvolution of Seven; Kes departs, first propelling Voyager many light years along in its voyageKes7.8521997-09-10Pass
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4-3Day of HonorYParis/Torres episode; Seven evolutionT'Elanna7.31997-09-17Pass
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4-4NemesisSChakotay episode with an interesting story and twistChakotay6.81881997-09-24Pass
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4-5RevulsionYGreat guest star: classic Seven/Kim interaction Doctor, Torres7.31997-10-01Fail
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4-6The RavenYSeven's parents' ship is discovered. Flashbacks to her pre- Borg life.Seven7.31997-10-08Pass
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4-7Scientific MethodYClassic Trek setup, great roles for Janeway, Seven, and the Doctor
Seven, Doctor, Janeway, Tomlanna
7.91997-10-29Pass
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4-8Year of Hell, Part IYOne of the best. Kurtwood Smith guests as an alien time engineer who can't stop tinkering.8.71997-11-05Pass
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4-9Year of Hell, Part IIY"8.61997-11-12Pass
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4-10Random ThoughtsYB’Elanna’s aggressive nature gets her into serious legal trouble on a planet where thoughts are policed.Torres, Tuvok6.81997-11-19Pass
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4-11Concerning FlightSKaterina and Leonardo (da Vinci) are back and they try to foil the heist of the ship's vital equipment Janeway6.81971997-11-26Pass
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4-12Mortal CoilNNeelix thinks he's dying. Nope.Neelix6.61997-12-17Pass
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4-13Waking MomentsSBoring, doesn't add anything to character development Chakotay7.541998-01-14Pass
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4-14Message in a BottleYAndy Dick as the next version of the EMH, on a ship the Doctor is trying to use to send a message to Starfleet.Doctor8.8791998-01-21Pass
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4-15HuntersYMeet the Hirogen, a scary new species who live to hunt.7.91998-02-11Pass
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4-16PreyYMore Hirogen8.11998-02-18Pass
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4-17RetrospectSClassic Trek themes, undermined by simplistic handling of recovered memory. Seven's story is overshadowed by the Doctor's story Doctor, Seven6.81998-02-25Pass
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4-18The Killing Game, Part IYHirogen take over Voyager and make extensive use of the Holodeck's World War II scenarios.7.81998-03-04Pass
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4-19The Killing Game, Part IIY"7.71998-03-04Pass
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4-20Vis à VisSSort of fun, if you like Tom Paris. Which I do.Paris6.6701998-04-04Fail
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4-21The Omega DirectiveYScience and ethics, with a very severe Janeway making tough decisions.Seven7.41401998-04-15Pass
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4-22UnforgettableSApparently not. I can't remember the plot without looking it up. Chakotay6.41998-04-22Pass
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4-23Living WitnessYThe closest thing to a Mirror Universe episode for Voyager.Doctor8.81998-04-29Pass
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4-24DemonYVoyager must land on a Demon class planet for deuterium supplies.7.01691998-05-06Pass
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4-25OneYTwilight Zone meets VoyagerSeven8.8851998-05-13Pass
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4-26Hope and FearYAn alien (the always great Ray Wise) translates a Starfleet communiqué that offers technology to get home in three months.8.1141998-05-20Pass
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5-1NightYJaneway is depressed and withdrawn at the prospect of 2-year travel through a starless void. Drone (S5E2) would have been a better season premiere.Chakotay7.71998-10-14Pass
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5-2DroneYTransporter malfunction! Seven's nanoprobes and the Doctor's mobile emitter fuse, resulting in a super droneSeven8.51998-10-21Pass
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