My Favorite Star Trek Series Turned 15 Last Week
I only found out an hour ago that my favorite Star Trek series had actually turned 15 last week. Unlike most people, who probably thought the original series or the next generation series was awesome, I find myself more attracted to the circumstances surrounding the USS Voyager.
For one thing, they were stuck on the other side of the galaxy, with a long trip home ahead of them. They had seven seasons in which to pull this off, and they miraculously got through the voyage intact, save for some main character changes and red-shirt deaths.
What really struck me about Star Trek: Voyager was the way it tried to place complex social issues in the spacefaring framework, and for me, I appreciated that. I liked watching the crew (especially Janeway) struggle to maintain the ethics of Starfleet’s code even in the direst of situations. I liked seeing Robert Picardo’s character, The Doctor, grow to become more human along with all the emotional turmoil that brought. I liked seeing the seemingly heartless cyborg Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero-One banter with the all too human Doctor.
Whether it was the topic of what made a being human or the medical ethics of triage, or even just fighting the borg (or staring at Jeri Ryan), it made for great television for me, so much so that, when the series ran here in the Philippines, I saw every episode as it aired on the Hallmark Channel, on midnight without fail.
Alas, I doubt I’ll see much of that these days, unless I want to relive Trek feelings by playing Star Trek Online, but I suppose I’d rather just have the nostalgia for now.
In any event, after the cut is a video of the opening, just for you!
Original Picture Source: Starfleet Modeler