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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.

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.


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


Also starring

From late 1996 onward, Biggs-Dawson was credited as Roxann Dawson.

Executive producers

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:

Title Episode Prodno. Stardate Original Airdate
Caretaker 1x01/02 101 (721) 48315.6-48317 1995-01-16
Parallax 1x03 103 48439.7 1995-01-23
Time and Again 1x04 104 Unknown 1995-01-30
Phage 1x05 105 48532.4 1995-02-06
The Cloud 1x06 106 48546.2 1995-02-13
Eye of the Needle 1x07 107 48579.4 1995-02-20
Ex Post Facto 1x08 108 Unknown 1995-02-27
Emanations 1x09 109 48623.5 1995-03-13
Prime Factors 1x10 110 48642.5 1995-03-20
State of Flux 1x11 111 48658.2 1995-04-10
Heroes and Demons 1x12 112 48693.2 1995-04-24
Cathexis 1x13 113 48734.2 1995-05-01
Faces 1x14 114 48784.2 1995-05-08
Jetrel 1x15 115 48832.1 1995-05-15
Learning Curve 1x16 116 48846.5 1995-05-22

Season 2

Season 2, 26 episodes:

Title Episode Prodno. Stardate Original Airdate
The 37's 2x01 120 48975.1 1995-08-28
Initiations 2x02 121 49005.3 1995-09-04
Projections 2x03 117 48892.1 1995-09-11
Elogium 2x04 118 48921.3 1995-09-18
Non Sequitur 2x05 122 49011.0 1995-09-25
Twisted 2x06 119 Unknown 1995-10-02
Parturition 2x07 123 Unknown 1995-10-09
Persistence of Vision 2x08 124 Unknown 1995-10-30
Tattoo 2x09 125 Unknown 1995-11-06
Cold Fire 2x10 126 49164.8 1995-11-13
Maneuvers 2x11 127 49208.5 1995-11-20
Resistance 2x12 128 Unknown 1995-11-27
Prototype 2x13 129 Unknown 1996-01-15
Alliances 2x14 131 49337.4 1996-01-22
Threshold 2x15 132 49373.4 1996-01-29
Meld 2x16 133 Unknown 1996-02-05
Dreadnought 2x17 134 49447.0 1996-02-12
Death Wish 2x18 130 49301.2 1996-02-19
Lifesigns 2x19 136 49504.3 1996-02-26
Investigations 2x20 135 49485.2 1996-03-13
Deadlock 2x21 137 49548.7 1996-03-18
Innocence 2x22 138 49578.2 1996-04-08
The Thaw 2x23 139 Unknown 1996-04-29
Tuvix 2x24 140 49655.2 1996-05-06
Resolutions 2x25 141 49690.1 1996-05-13
Basics, Part I 2x26 142 Unknown 1996-05-20

Season 3

Season 3, 26 episodes:

Title Episode Prodno. Stardate Original Airdate
Basics, Part II 3x01 146 50032.7 1996-09-04
Flashback 3x02 145 50126.4 1996-09-11
The Chute 3x03 147 50156.2 1996-09-18
The Swarm 3x04 149 50252.3 1996-09-25
False Profits 3x05 144 50074.3 1996-10-02
Remember 3x06 148 50203.1 1996-10-09
Sacred Ground 3x07 143 50063.2 1996-10-30
Future's End 3x08 150 50312.5 1996-11-06
Future's End, Part II 3x09 151 50312.5 1996-11-13
Warlord 3x10 152 50348.1 1996-11-20
The Q and the Grey 3x11 153 50384.2 1996-11-27
Macrocosm 3x12 154 50425.1 1996-12-11
Fair Trade 3x13 156 Unknown 1997-01-08
Alter Ego 3x14 155 50460.3 1997-01-15
Coda 3x15 158 50518.6 1997-01-29
Blood Fever 3x16 157 50537.2 1997-02-05
Unity 3x17 159 50614.2 1997-02-12
Darkling 3x18 161 50693.2 1997-02-19
Rise 3x19 160 Unknown 1997-02-26
Favorite Son 3x20 162 50732.4 1997-03-19
Before and After 3x21 163 Unknown 1997-04-09
Real Life 3x22 164 50836.2 1997-04-23
Distant Origin 3x23 165 Unknown 1997-04-30
Displaced 3x24 166 50912.4 1997-05-07
Worst Case Scenario 3x25 167 50953.4 1997-05-14
Scorpion 3x26 168 50984.3 1997-05-21

Season 4

Season 4, 26 episodes:

Title Episode Prodno. Stardate Original Airdate
Scorpion, Part II 4x01 169 51003.7 1997-09-03
The Gift 4x02 170 51008 1997-09-10
Day of Honor 4x03 172 Unknown 1997-09-17
Nemesis 4x04 171 51082.4 1997-09-24
Revulsion 4x05 173 51186.2 1997-10-01
The Raven 4x06 174 Unknown 1997-10-08
Scientific Method 4x07 175 51244.3 1997-10-29
Year of Hell 4x08 176 51268.4 1997-11-05
Year of Hell, Part II 4x09 177 51425.4 1997-11-12
Random Thoughts 4x10 178 51367.2 1997-11-19
Concerning Flight 4x11 179 51386.4 1997-11-26
Mortal Coil 4x12 180 51449.2 1997-12-17
Waking Moments 4x13 182 51471.3 1998-01-14
Message in a Bottle 4x14 181 51462 1998-01-21
Hunters 4x15 183 51501.4 1998-02-11
Prey 4x16 184 51652.3 1998-02-18
Retrospect 4x17 185 51658.2 1998-02-25
The Killing Game 4x18 186 Unknown 1998-03-04
The Killing Game, Part II 4x19 187 51715.2 1998-03-04
Vis à Vis 4x20 188 51762.4 1998-04-08
The Omega Directive 4x21 189 51781.2 1998-04-15
Unforgettable 4x22 190 51813.4 1998-04-22
Living Witness 4x23 191 Unknown 1998-04-29
Demon 4x24 192 Unknown 1998-05-06
One 4x25 193 51929.3 1998-05-13
Hope and Fear 4x26 194 51978.2 1998-05-20

Season 5

Season 5, 25 episodes:

Title Episode Prodno. Stardate Original Airdate
Night 5x01 195 52081.2 1998-10-14
Drone 5x02 196 Unknown 1998-10-21
Extreme Risk 5x03 197 Unknown 1998-10-28
In the Flesh 5x04 198 52136.4 1998-11-04
Once Upon a Time 5x05 199 Unknown 1998-11-11
Timeless 5x06 201 52164.3 1998-11-18
Infinite Regress 5x07 203 52356.2 1998-11-25
Nothing Human 5x08 200 Unknown 1998-12-02
Thirty Days 5x09 202 52179.4 1998-12-09
Counterpoint 5x10 204 Unknown 1998-12-16
Latent Image 5x11 206 Unknown 1999-01-20
Bride of Chaotica! 5x12 207 Unknown 1999-01-27
Gravity 5x13 205 52438.9 1999-02-03
Bliss 5x14 209 52542.3 1999-02-10
Dark Frontier 5x15/16 211/212 52619.2 1999-02-17
The Disease 5x17 210 Unknown 1999-02-24
Course: Oblivion 5x18 213 52586.3 1999-03-03
The Fight 5x19 208 Unknown 1999-03-24
Think Tank 5x20 214 Unknown 1999-03-31
Juggernaut 5x21 215 Unknown 1999-04-26
Someone to Watch Over Me 5x22 216 52648.0 1999-04-28
11:59 5x23 217 52840 1999-05-05
Relativity 5x24 218 52861.274 1999-05-12
Warhead 5x25 219 Unknown 1999-05-19
Equinox 5x26 220 Unknown 1999-05-26

Season 6

Season 6, 26 episodes:

Title Episode Prodno. Stardate Original Airdate
Equinox, Part II 6x01 221 Unknown 1999-09-22
Survival Instinct 6x02 222 53049.2 1999-09-29
Barge of the Dead 6x03 223 Unknown 1999-10-06
Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy 6x04 224 Unknown 1999-10-13
Alice 6x05 226 Unknown 1999-10-20
Riddles 6x06 227 53263.2 1999-11-03
Dragon's Teeth 6x07 225 53167.9 1999-11-10
One Small Step 6x08 228 53292.7 1999-11-17
The Voyager Conspiracy 6x09 229 53329 1999-11-24
Pathfinder 6x10 230 Unknown 1999-12-01
Fair Haven 6x11 231 Unknown 2000-01-12
Blink of an Eye 6x12 233 Unknown 2000-01-19
Virtuoso 6x13 234 53556.4 2000-01-26
Memorial 6x14 236 Unknown 2000-02-02
Tsunkatse 6x15 232 53447.2 2000-02-09
Collective 6x16 235 Unknown 2000-02-16
Spirit Folk 6x17 237 Unknown 2000-02-23
Ashes to Ashes 6x18 238 53679.4 2000-03-01
Child's Play 6x19 239 Unknown 2000-03-08
Good Shepherd 6x20 240 53753.2 2000-03-15
Live Fast and Prosper 6x21 242 53849.2 2000-04-19
Muse 6x22 244 53918.0 2000-04-26
Fury 6x23 241 Unknown 2000-05-03
Life Line 6x24 243 Unknown 2000-05-10
The Haunting of Deck Twelve 6x25 245 Unknown 2000-05-17
Unimatrix Zero 6x26 246 Unknown 2000-05-24

Season 7

Season 7, 24 episodes:

Title Episode Prodno. Stardate Original Airdate
Unimatrix Zero, Part II 7x01 247 54014.4 2000-10-04
Imperfection 7x02 248 54129.4 2000-10-11
Drive 7x03 249 54058.6 2000-10-18
Repression 7x04 251 54090.4 2000-10-25
Critical Care 7x05 250 Unknown 2000-11-01
Inside Man 7x06 252 54208.3 2000-11-08
Body and Soul 7x07 255 54238.3 2000-11-15
Nightingale 7x08 256 54274.7 2000-11-22
Flesh and Blood 7x09/10 253 54315.3-54337.5 2000-11-29
Shattered 7x11 257 Unknown 2001-01-17
Lineage 7x12 258 54452.6 2001-01-24
Repentance 7x13 259 54474.6 2001-01-31
Prophecy 7x14 260 54518.2-54529.8 2001-02-07
The Void 7x15 261 54553.4-54562.7 2001-02-14
Workforce 7x16 262 54584.3-54608.6 2001-02-21
Workforce, Part II 7x17 263 54622.4 2001-02-28
Human Error 7x18 264 Unknown 2001-03-07
Q2 7x19 265 54704.5 2001-04-11
Author, Author 7x20 266 54732.3 2001-04-18
Friendship One 7x21 267 54775.4 2001-04-25
Natural Law 7x22 268 54827.7 2001-05-02
Homestead 7x23 269 54868.6 2001-05-09
Renaissance Man 7x24 270 54890.7 2001-05-16
Endgame 7x25/26 271 54973.4 2001-05-23

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