Saturday, March 03, 2007

In Defense of Voyager

Ah Spike... Home of Army recruiting commercials, wrestling and, of course, Star Trek. Not original recipe, but the troika of TNG, DS9 and VOY.

If the short form names mean nothing to you then you might as well move on because the rest of this post will mean even less.

Until Enterprise came (and went) Voyager was probably the most abused of the Treks. Even I didn't watch it regularly. I'll not deny that there are weaknesses in the show. Weak episodes and weak characters. That being said, it isn't a bad show. Not at all. It has strong female chracters, something unknown in all the other Trek's (with the exception of Kira and, arguably, Dax) and there are a good number of strong episodes.

Watching the two parter "Year of Hell" prompted this post. It's a well-written, well-conceived story. Just as Spike let me rediscover DS9 it is doing the same thing for Voyager. I find that my appreciation of both shows has grown dramatically. Really, if you leave aside the first year or two of TNG, the TNG, DS9, VOY trilogy could rightly be called Trek's Golden Age.

Regrettably, I'm not sure we will see a return to it anytime soon.

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