Robert Duncan McNeill
Theme music composer
Country of origin
No. of seasons
No. of episodes
172 (List of episodes)
45 min. per episode
CBS Television Distribution
Dolby Surround 2.0
Dolby Digital 5.1
January 16, 1995 (1995-01-16) May 23, 2001 (2001-05-23)
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Star Trek: Voyager is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek
universe. Set in the 24th century from the year 2371 through 2378, the series
follows the adventures of the Starfleet vessel USS Voyager, which becomes
stranded in the Delta Quadrant 70,000 light-years from Earth while pursuing a
renegade Maquis ship. Both ships' crews merge aboard Voyager to make the
estimated 75-year journey home.
The show was created by Rick Berman, Michael Piller, and Jeri Taylor and is the
fourth incarnation of Star Trek, which began with the 1960s series Star Trek,
created by Gene Roddenberry. It was produced for seven seasons, from 1995 to
2001, and is the only Star Trek series with a female captain, Kathryn Janeway,
as a lead character.
Voyager aired on UPN and was the network's second longest-running series.
[hide] 1 Production
2 Plot overview
4 Notable guest appearances
5 Connections with other Star Trek incarnations 5.1 Characters and races
5.2 Actors from other Star Trek series or films appearing on Voyager
5.3 Actors from Voyager appearing on other Star Trek series or films
5.4 Behind-the-scenes connections
6 Novels and novelizations 6.1 Book relaunch
8 External links
Voyager was produced to launch UPN, a television network planned by Paramount.
This was the second time that Paramount had considered launching a network
anchored by a Star Trek show: the studio planned to launch a network showcasing
Star Trek: Phase II in 1977.
Initial work on Voyager started in 1993, and seeds for the show's backstory,
including the development of the Maquis, were placed in several Star Trek: The
Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes. Voyager was shot on the
stages The Next Generation had used and the pilot, "Caretaker", was shot in
October 1994. Around that time, Paramount was sold to Viacom, making Voyager the
first Star Trek TV series to premiere after the sale concluded.
Voyager was also the first Star Trek TV show to eliminate the use of models for
exterior space shots and exclusively use computer-generated imagery (CGI)
instead. Other television shows such as seaQuest DSV and Babylon 5 had
previously used CGI exclusively to avoid the huge expense of models, but the
Star Trek television department continued using models, because they felt models
provided better realism. Amblin Imaging won an Emmy for the opening CGI title
visuals, but the weekly episode exteriors were captured using hand-built
miniatures of the Voyager, shuttlecraft, and other ships. That changed when Star
Trek: Voyager went fully CGI for certain types of shots midway through Season 3
(late 1996). Paramount obtained an exclusive contract with Foundation
Imaging, the studio responsible for special effects during Babylon 5's first
three seasons. Season 3's "The Swarm" was the first episode to use Foundation's
effects exclusively. Deep Space Nine started using Foundation Imaging in
conjunction with Digital Muse one year later (season 6). In its later seasons,
Voyager featured visual effects from Foundation and Digital Muse.
 Plot overview
See also: List of Star Trek: Voyager episodes
In the pilot episode, "Caretaker", USS Voyager departs station Deep Space Nine
on a mission into the treacherous Badlands to find a missing ship piloted by a
team of Maquis rebels, which the Vulcan Lt. Tuvok, Voyager's security officer,
has secretly infiltrated. Suddenly, the starship is enveloped by a powerful
energy wave, which ends up damaging the ship, killing several of its crew, and
stranding the ship on the far side of the galaxy, more than 70,000 light-years
Voyager eventually finds the Maquis ship, and the two crews reluctantly agree
they must join forces in order to survive their long journey home. Chakotay,
leader of the Maquis group, becomes first officer. B'Elanna Torres, a
half-human/half-Klingon Maquis, becomes chief engineer. Tom Paris, whom Janeway
released from a Federation prison to help her find the Maquis ship, is made
Voyager's helm officer. Due to the deaths of the ship's entire medical staff,
the The Doctor, an Emergency Medical Hologram designed for only short-term use,
is employed as the Chief Medical Officer. Neelix, a Talaxian scavenger, and Kes,
a young Ocampan, natives of the Delta Quadrant, are welcomed aboard as the
ship's chef/morale officer, and The Doctor's medical assistant, respectively.
Due to the great distance from Federation space, the Delta Quadrant is
unexplored and Voyager truly is going where no one has gone before. As the ship
sets out on its projected 75-year journey home, the crew passes through regions
belonging to various species indigenous to the Delta Quadrant, such as the
barbaric and belligerent Kazon; the organ-harvesting, disease-ravaged Vidiians;
the nomadic hunter-race the Hirogen; the fearsome, scorpion-like Species 8472
from a fluid-space realm; and most notably the Borg, as Voyager has to move
through large areas of Borg-controlled space in later seasons. They also
encounter perilous natural phenomena such as a nebulous area called the Nekrit
Expanse, a large area of empty space called the Void, wormholes, dangerous
nebulae, and other anomalies.
However, Voyager does not always deal with the unknown. It is the second Star
Trek series to feature Q on a recurring basis (Q made only one appearance on
Deep Space Nine). Also Starfleet Command learns of Voyager's survival and
situation, initially when the ship discovers an ancient interstellar
communications network that Voyager taps into, and eventually after Starfleet
develops a means to establish regular audiovisual and data contact with the ship
thanks to the efforts of Reginald Barclay, who was featured more prominently on
The Next Generation.
In the show's fourth season, Kes leaves the series after experiencing a
transformation due to her increasing psionic abilities, while the crew grows to
include Seven of Nine, a Borg drone, assimilated as a six-year-old Human girl
but liberated from the collective by the Voyager crew. Seven begins to expand
(or rather, regain) her humanity as the series progresses as does The Doctor,
thanks in part to a mobile holo-emitter the crew obtains in the third season,
which allows the Doctor to roam freely whereas he was previously confined to
sickbay. In the sixth season, the crew discovers a group of adolescent aliens
assimilated by the Borg, but prematurely released from their maturation chambers
due to a malfunction on their cube-ship. As he did with Seven of Nine, The
Doctor de-assimilates the children; three of them eventually find a new adoptive
home while the fourth, Icheb, chooses to stay aboard Voyager.
Life for the Voyager crew continued to change over their seven-year journey.
Traitors (Seska and Jonas) were uncovered in the early months; loyal crew
members were lost late in the journey; and other wayward Starfleet officers were
integrated into the crew. During the second season, the first child was born
aboard the ship to Ensign Samantha Wildman; as she grew up, Naomi Wildman would
become great friends with her godfather, Neelix. Early in the seventh season,
Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres married after a long courtship, and Torres would
give birth to their child in the series finale. Late in the seventh season, the
ship finds a colony of Talaxians on a makeshift settlement in an asteroid field,
and Neelix chooses to bid Voyager farewell and live once again amongst his
Over the course of the series, the crew of Voyager find a number of ways to
shorten their journey by a number of decades, thanks to shortcuts (in the
episodes "Night", "Q2"), technology boosts ("The Voyager Conspiracy", "Dark
Frontier", "Timeless", "Hope and Fear"), subspace corridors ("Dragon's Teeth"),
and a mind-powered push from a powerful former shipmate ("The Gift"). There were
also other transportation and time travel opportunities the crew were not able
to use ("Prime Factors", "Future's End"). All these efforts shorten their
journey from 75 years to 23 years, however one final effort (involving time
travel) brings them home after 7 years as shown in the series finale, "Endgame".
Of Star Trek: Voyager composed by Jerry Goldsmith.
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Captain Janeway took command of the Intrepid-class USS Voyager in 2371.
Their first mission was to locate and capture a Maquis vessel last seen in the
area of space known as the Badlands. While there, the Maquis ship and Voyager
were transported against their will into the Delta Quadrant, 75,000 light-years
away, by a massive displacement wave. The Maquis ship is destroyed while
fighting the Kazon-Ogla, and although Voyager survives, there are numerous
casualties. In order to protect an intelligent species (the Ocampa), Janeway
destroys a device, the Caretaker Array, that has the potential to return her
crew to Federation space, stranding her ship and crew seven decades' travel from
While Starfleet was trying to capture him in the Badlands, he and his Maquis
crew were pulled into the Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker's array and forced to
merge with the crew of the Voyager during its seven-year journey home.
Before serving as Voyager's first officer, he had resigned Starfleet after years
of service in order to join the Maquis to defend his home colony against the
Tuvok was a Vulcan Starfleet officer who served aboard USS Voyager while it was
stranded in the Delta Quadrant.
In 2371, Tuvok was assigned to infiltrate the Maquis organization aboard
Chakotay's Maquis vessel and then he was pulled in to the Delta Quadrant. He
served as tactical officer and second officer under Captain Kathryn Janeway
during Voyager's seven year journey through an unknown part of the galaxy.
Robert Duncan McNeill
Lieutenant junior grade
Thomas Eugene Paris was a Human Starfleet officer who served for seven years as
flight controller of the Federation starship USS Voyager.
The son of a prominent Starfleet admiral, he was dishonorably discharged from
Starfleet and later joined the Maquis before being captured and serving time at
the Federation Penal Settlement in New Zealand. After joining Voyager to
retrieve Chakotay's Maquis ship from the Badlands, he was transferred 70,000
light years across the galaxy, deep into the Delta Quadrant.
Lieutenant junior grade (Provisional)
B'Elanna Torres was a Klingon-Human hybrid who served as Chief Engineer on the
Federation starship USS Voyager.
B'Elanna was pulled into the Delta Quadrant on Chakotay's ship and was forced to
merge with the crew of the Voyager during its seven-year journey home.
Ensign Harry Kim was a human Starfleet officer. He serves as the USS Voyager's
When Voyager was pulled in to the Delta Quadrant, Harry was fresh out of the
Academy and was very nervous about his assignment.
Chief Medical Officer
Chief Medical Officer
Acting Captain (Emergency Command Hologram)
"The Doctor" was USS Voyager's Emergency Medical Holographic program and Chief
Medical Officer during the ship's seven year journey through the Delta Quadrant.
The EMH Mark I was a computer program with a holographic interface in the form
of Lewis Zimmerman; the creator of the Doctor's program. Although his program
was specifically designed to function in emergency situations only, Voyager's
sudden relocation to the Delta Quadrant and the lack of a live physician
necessitated that The Doctor run his program on a full-time basis, becoming the
ship's Chief Medical Officer.
Morale Officer, Ambassador (Highly Appreciated Diplomat)
Neelix was a Talaxian who became a merchant, shortly after the Haakonians
launched an attack on his homeworld which resulted in the death of his entire
family, he joined the USS Voyager, serving as chef, morale officer, ambassador,
navigator, and holder of many other odd-jobs.
Seasons 13 (4+6 recurring)
Kes was a female Ocampa who joined the USS Voyager after it was catapulted into
the Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker's array.
Kes was the partner of Neelix, who had promised to save her from the Kazon who
had captured her. She leaves the show in the episode "The Gift" and returns for
the episode "Fury" Then leaves again and does not come back.
Seven of Nine
Astrometrics Lab Crewman
Human (De-assimilated Borg)
Seven of Nine (full Borg designation: Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of
Unimatrix 01) was a Human female who was a former Borg drone.
She was born Annika Hansen on stardate 25479 (2350), the daughter of eccentric
exobiologists Magnus and Erin Hansen. She was assimilated by the Borg in 2356 at
age six, along with her parents, but was liberated by the crew of the USS
Voyager at the start of Season 4.
Secondary cast (Recurring)
Asst. Chief Engineer
An engineer aboard the U.S.S. Voyager, Carey served under B'Elanna Torres. In
2371, Carey was briefly named acting chief engineer when the original officer in
that position was killed during the ship's violent passage to the Delta
Quadrant. He was disappointed when Captain Janeway later named Torres for the
position of chief engineer, but he soon recognized her superior abilities.
Science Officer married to a Ktarian named Greskrendtregk. Wildman joined the
U.S.S. Voyager crew unaware that she was pregnant with a daughter. She gave
birth to Naomi in 2372 and selected Neelix as her godfather. Wildman continued
her scientific duties while raising her child
A Starfleet engineer aboard the U.S.S. Voyager, Vorik is one of two Vulcans to
survive its cataclysmic arrival in the Delta Quadrant. Within the merged crews
of Voyager, Vorik likely trails only Chief Engineer B'Elanna Torres and Lt. Joe
Carey in engineering expertise.
Asst. Astrometrics Lab Crewman
Brunali (De-assimilated Borg)
A Brunali who was assimilated by the Borg and then "adopted" by the U.S.S.
Voyager after being abandoned by the Collective
Half-human, half-Ktarian daughter of Samantha Wildman, the first child born on
the U.S.S. Voyager after it was swept into the Delta Quadrant.
Seasons 13, 7
Born Cardassian, this female Obsidian Order agent was surgically altered to
appear Bajoran and infiltrate a Maquis cell commanded by former Starfleet
officer Chakotay. A good friend of the Starfleet dropout B'Elanna Torres, she
joined the cell after Chakotay's approval and soon became his lover.
Maquis fighter, engineer and homicidal Betazoid, Suder joined the U.S.S. Voyager
Member of the Maquis contingent that joined the U.S.S. Voyager crew in 2371.
Temporary Starfleet Officers (One or Two Episodes)
Keegan de Lancie
Q2, Temporary Cadet
Emergency Command Hologram (Theory, Prototype)
Chief medical officer
 Notable guest appearances
Gary Graham, who portrayed Ambassador Soval on Star Trek: Enterprise, played
Ocampan community leader Tanis in the season 2 episode "Cold Fire".
John Rhys-Davies plays Leonardo da Vinci in Captain Janeways holodeck program.
He appeared in "Concerning Flight" and "Scorpion: Part I".
Ray Walston, who appeared as Starfleet Academy groundskeeper Boothby in the Star
Trek: The Next Generation episode The First Duty, reprised the role in the
episodes "In the Flesh" and "The Fight".
King Abdullah II of Jordan played an Unnamed ensign (science officer) in the
Comedian Andy Dick played the Emergency Medical Hologram Mark 2 on the USS
Prometheus in "Message in a Bottle".
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson portrayed the Pendari Champion when Seven of Nine and
Tuvok were captured and forced to play in the game, in the episode "Tsunkatse".
Kurtwood Smith played Annorax, a Krenim who was determined to restore his
original timeline, in "Year of Hell" parts 1 and 2.
John Savage played Captain Rudy Ransom of the USS Equinox, another Federation
Starship that Voyager encountered in the Delta Quadrant, in "Equinox" parts 1
Comedian Sarah Silverman appeared as Rain Robinson, a young astronomer who finds
Voyager in orbit of 20th Century Earth, in "Future's End" parts 1 and 2.
Ed Begley Jr. portrayed Henry Starling, an unscrupulous 20th Century
industrialist, also in "Future's End" parts 1 and 2.
Musician Tom Morello played Crewman Mitchell, seen when Captain Janeway asks him
for directions on Deck 15, in "Good Shepherd".
Sharon Lawrence played the famous aviator Amelia Earhart in the episode "The
David Graf appeared as Fred Noonan, Amelia Earhart's navigator, also in "The
Michael McKean plays a maniacal "Clown" character in a simulation in which the
crew's minds are held hostage in the episode "The Thaw".
Joel Grey played Caylem, a delusional widower who believes Capt. Janeway is his
daughter, in "Resistance".
Jason Alexander played Kurros, the spokesperson for a group of alien scholars,
in "Think Tank".
Virginia Madsen played Kellin, a Ramuran tracer, in "Unforgettable".
Titus Welliver played Lieutenant Maxwell Burke in "Equinox" parts 1 and 2.
 Connections with other Star Trek incarnations
 Characters and races
As with all other Star Trek series, the original Star Trek's Vulcans, Klingons
and Romulans appear in Star Trek: Voyager. Voyager saw appearances by several
races who initially appear in The Next Generation: the Q, the Borg, Cardassians,
Bajorans, Betazoids, Ferengi, and Jem'Hadar (via hologram), as well as the
Maquis resistance movement, previously established in episodes of The Next
Generation and Deep Space Nine.
 Actors from other Star Trek series or films appearing on Voyager
Majel Barrett voices the ship's computer, having performed the same role in
previous Star Trek series.
Dwight Schultz played Reginald Barclay on Star Trek: The Next Generation and
in the film Star Trek: First Contact. He appeared in the following Voyager
episodes: "Projections", "Pathfinder", "Life Line", "Inside Man", "Author,
Author", and "Endgame"
John de Lancie plays the mischievous Q, who also annoyed Captain Picard on
the Enterprise. He appeared in "Death Wish", "The Q and the Grey", and "Q2".
Marina Sirtis, as Counselor Deanna Troi from The Next Generation, appears in
"Pathfinder", "Life Line", and "Inside Man".
Jonathan Frakes played Commander William Riker from The Next Generation,
appearing in "Death Wish".
LeVar Burton, who played Geordi La Forge on The Next Generation, appeared as
Captain LaForge of the USS Challenger in an alternate future in the episode
Armin Shimerman, who portrayed Quark on Deep Space 9, appeared in the pilot
"Caretaker", continuing a tradition where an existing Star Trek series spawns
a spinoff in this case, Deep Space Nine to Voyager.
Original Series cast member George Takei reprised his role as Captain Hikaru
Sulu of the USS Excelsior from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. He
appeared in Star Treks 30th anniversary commemorative episode, "Flashback".
Dan Shor, who appeared as the Ferengi Dr. Arridor in The Next Generation
episode "The Price", reprised the role in the follow-up episode "False
Profits", having become stranded in the Delta Quadrant at the end of the
The Borg Queen, the antagonist from Star Trek: First Contact, makes several
appearances in Voyager. Susanna Thompson played the role in the episodes
"Unimatrix Zero" and "Dark Frontier"; however, Alice Krige, who played the
character in First Contact, reprised the role for the series finale.
Aron Eisenberg (Nog of Deep Space Nine) appeared in "Initiations" as a Kazon
adolescent named Kar.
Gwynyth Walsh (B'Etor of The Next Generation and Generations) appeared in
"Random Thoughts" as Chief Examiner Nimira.
Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun and Brunt of Deep Space Nine and Shran of Enterprise)
appeared in "Tsunkatse" as Norcadian Penk.
J.G. Hertzler (Martok of Deep Space Nine and Klingon advocate Kolos in the
Enterprise episode: "Judgement") appeared in "Tsunkatse" as an unnamed
Suzie Plakson, who portrayed Dr. Selar in the TNG episode "The Schizoid Man"
as well as K'Ehleyr, Worf's mate in "The Emissary" and "Reunion", appeared as
the female Q in the episode "The Q and the Grey".
Kurtwood Smith, who plays Annorax in Year of Hell appears in Star Trek: Deep
Space 9 episode "Things Past" as a Cardassian, Thrax. Prior to this, he also
appeared in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as the President of the
Leonard Crofoot, who appears in "Virtuoso" as a Qomar spectator,
previously appeared as Trent in the TNG episode "Angel One".
 Actors from Voyager appearing on other Star Trek series or films
Robert Duncan McNeill (Paris) appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation
episode "The First Duty" as Starfleet cadet Nicolas Locarno. (The character of
Tom Paris was based on Locarno, but he was felt to be 'beyond redemption' for
his actions during "The First Duty"; Paramount would also have been obligated
by contract to pay royalties to the author of "The First Duty" for the use of
the name "Nick Locarno" in every episode).
Tim Russ (Tuvok) appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Starship
Mine", the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes "Invasive Procedures" and
"Through the Looking Glass", and the film Star Trek: Generations, as various
Robert Picardo (the Doctor) guest-starred in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
episode "Doctor Bashir, I Presume" as Dr. Lewis Zimmerman and an EMH Mark I,
and in the film Star Trek: First Contact as the Enterprise-E's EMH.
Ethan Phillips (Neelix) was featured in the Star Trek: The Next Generation
episode "Mιnage ΰ Troi" as the Ferengi Farek, the Star Trek: Enterprise
episode "Acquisition" as the Ferengi pirate Ulis, and in Star Trek: First
Contact as an unnamed Maitre d' on the holodeck.
Kate Mulgrew appears as Kathryn Janeway, promoted to vice admiral, in the
film Star Trek Nemesis.