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Created by


Rick Berman

 Michael Piller

 Jeri Taylor






Kate Mulgrew

 Robert Beltran

 Roxann Dawson

 Robert Duncan McNeill

 Jennifer Lien

 Ethan Phillips

 Robert Picardo

 Tim Russ

 Jeri Ryan

 Garrett Wang




Theme music composer


Jerry Goldsmith




Country of origin












No. of seasons






No. of episodes


172 (List of episodes)








Executive producer(s)


Rick Berman

 Jeri Taylor

 Kenneth Biller

 Brannon Braga




Camera setup






Running time


45 min. per episode




Production company(s)


Paramount Television






CBS Television Distribution








Original channel






Picture format






Audio format


Dolby Surround 2.0

 Dolby Digital 5.1




Original run


January 16, 1995 (1995-01-16) – May 23, 2001 (2001-05-23)








Preceded by


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine




Followed by


Star Trek: Enterprise




Related shows


Star Trek: The Original Series,

 Star Trek: The Animated Series,

 Star Trek: The Next Generation




External links




Voyager at



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.[1] Both ships' crews merge aboard Voyager to make the

estimated 75-year journey home.[2]


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

     3 Cast

     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


    7 References

     8 External links



[edit] Production


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).[3] 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.


[edit] 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

from Earth.


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.[4]


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".


[edit] Cast










Opening theme






Of Star Trek: Voyager composed by Jerry Goldsmith.






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  Main cast














Character's species






Kate Mulgrew


Kathryn Janeway






Seasons 1–7








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





Robert Beltran




First Officer




Seasons 1–7




Commander (Starfleet/Provisional)




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





Tim Russ




Security/Tactical Officer


Maquis (cover)/Starfleet


Seasons 1–7





 Lieutenant Commander




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


Tom Paris




Maquis (former)/Starfleet


Seasons 1–7






 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.




Roxann Dawson


B'Elanna Torres


Chief Engineer


Starfleet cadet/Maquis


Seasons 1–7


Human/Klingon Hybrid


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.




Garrett Wang


Harry Kim


Operations Officer




Seasons 1–7









Ensign Harry Kim was a human Starfleet officer. He serves as the USS Voyager's

operations officer.

When Voyager was pulled in to the Delta Quadrant, Harry was fresh out of the

Academy and was very nervous about his assignment.




Robert Picardo


The Doctor


Chief Medical Officer




Seasons 1–7


Human Hologram


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.




Ethan Phillips





 Morale Officer





Seasons 1–7




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.




Jennifer Lien









Seasons 1–3 (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.




Jeri Ryan


Seven of Nine

 (Annika Hansen)


Astrometrics Lab Crewman


Borg (formerly)


Seasons 4–7


Human (De-assimilated Borg)



Astrometrics Officer





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)




Josh Clark


Joe Carey


Asst. Chief Engineer




Seasons 1–7









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.




Nancy Hower


Samantha Wildman


Science Officer




Seasons 1–7









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




Alexander Enberg








Seasons 1–7









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.




Manu Intiraymi




Asst. Astrometrics Lab Crewman


Borg (formerly)



Seasons 6–7


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




Scarlett Pomers


Naomi Wildman






Seasons 2–7


Human/Ktarian hybrid






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.




Martha Hackett




Science Officer



Maquis (cover)

 Obsidian Order


Seasons 1–3, 7


Bajoran (disguise)



Ensign (Provisional)





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.




Brad Dourif


Lon Suder






Seasons 2–3




Ensign (Provisional)





Maquis fighter, engineer and homicidal Betazoid, Suder joined the U.S.S. Voyager

in 2371.




Raphael Sbarge


Michael Jonas






Seasons 1–3




Ensign (Provisional)





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









Robert Picardo


Emergency Command Hologram (Theory, Prototype)






Seasons 1–7


Human Hologram


Chief medical officer



[edit] 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 Janeway’s 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

episode "Investigations".


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

and 2.


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.


[edit] Connections with other Star Trek incarnations


[edit] Characters and races


As with all other Star Trek series, the original Star Trek's Vulcans, Klingons

and Romulans appear in Star Trek: Voyager.[5] 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.[5]


[edit] 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.[5]

   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 Trek’s 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

  former episode.

   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,[6]

  previously appeared as Trent in the TNG episode "Angel One".


[edit] 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).[citation needed]

   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.