Voyager Favourite Episodes - Season One
I obviously can't speak for anyone else but I was very surprised when Star Trek Voyager was announced. After so many years without any Trek TV show, The Next Generation was very welcome and proved extremely popular too, revitalising the ailing franchise in the process. A follow-up series therefore wasn't too unexpected, and Deep Space Nine duly appeared towards the end of TNG's run. But then, after only two seasons of Captain Sisko's adventures, yet another show was unveiled.
After the mixed reaction to DS9's space station-based exploits, Voyager saw a return to starship-based adventures, and for the first time that ship was not called Enterprise. Voyager was a brand new, state-of-the-art Intrepid-class ship - much smaller than most of the hulking great brutes Starfleet had in service (around 140 crew, no families/civilians) but fast and outfitted with all the latest technology and gizmos such as bio-neural circuitry and the ultra-handy EMH (Emergency Medical Hologram), and it would need every bit of help after getting stranded 70,000 light years from Earth on its very first mission!
It was a pretty great idea when you think about it too - the Alpha Quadrant and parts of the Beta Quadrant had been featured extensively in The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and the movies, the Dominion-infested Gamma Quadrant had also been featured in DS9, so that just left the Delta Quadrant as the only part of the galaxy untouched by pesky humans... until now!
Indeed, shortly after stopping off at Deep Space Nine, Captain Janeway and her new crew set off on their maiden voyage. Their objective is to find and capture a Maquis vessel which is believed to be hiding in the area but both ships end up deep in the Delta Quadrant where neither they nor we know anyone or anything. And so begin their adventures including encounters with lots of new, mostly malevolent races (Kazon, Vidiian, Hirogen, Species 8472), all sorts of weird new 'spatial anomalies', and let's not forget, the Delta Quadrant is also the home of the Borg. Eeeek!
Those cybernetic nincompoops don't make any appearances this early but the first season does feature many other new wonders over its unusually meagre sixteen episodes. Aside from the five examples below, delights include B'Elanna getting a rapid promotion, those gruesome Vidiians stealing Neelix's lungs, the crew making contact with the alpha quadrant for the first time (kind of), Paris shagging an alien woman and (possibly) killing her husband, the crew hypocritically trying to steal fancy technology from a more advanced race (surely the Prime Directive works both ways guys?), the Doctor battlling a Nordic demon, Seska giving everyone attitude before betraying Voyager for the idiotic Kazon, B'Elanna getting split into her (gorgeous but meek) human and (angry and aggressive) Klingon halves, and Neelix having a hissy fit when an evil alien comes on board. Even better in my opinion, though, are the five I've selected thus:
Caretaker (Episode 1)
Time and Again (Episode 4)
The Cloud (Episode 6)
Emanations (Episode 9)
Cathexis (Episode 13)
Look out for my Season Two picks soon!