ELSEWHERE: In Praise of ‘Star Trek: Voyager’

When I wrote on Star Trek for CaPC Magazine Issue #5, space considerations did not allow me to discuss the fourth Trek incarnation, Voyager.  Over at RogerEbert.com, Ian Grey has some interesting thoughts on what he calls “convulsively inventive humanist science fiction.”  I could quibble with some of the details, but there’s some solid commentary on how Voyager does (and doesn’t) fit with the Trek vision I discussed.

About Geoffrey Reiter

Geoffrey Reiter is Assistant Professor of English at the Baptist College of Florida. He holds a B.A. in English from Nyack College and a Ph.D. in English from Baylor University, along with an M.A. in Church History from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

  • E. Stephen Burnett

    Saw that article at the Ebert “legacy” site and loved it. Plenty of great material in there about the unnecessary hate versus Voyager. Christians have unique reasons to enjoy the program. First, one of its heroes is a strong woman who never succumbs to the absurd action-hero stereotypes that strength is only expressed in traditional “masculine” actions. Second, the actress behind Kathryn Janeway herself, Kate Mulgrew, is strongly pro-life. Third, the series itself followed somewhat in the footsteps of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, by exploring the roles of different religious faiths — beyond assumed humanism — in the future.

  • Stuart Blessman

    Voyager was my Trek show growing up, as it’s the first one I saw start to finish, yet now it’s hard to watch alot of it. I’d highly recommend Opinionated SF Fan’s Voyager reviews on Blip.tv or elsewhere, he does a good job of pointing out the utter inconsistency of Voyager, from Chakotay’s often changing interests and talents, to Janeway’s tendency toward despotism.

    It seems many vocal Voyager apologists focus on the wrong things. No one has an issue with Janeway, a woman, being in command. It’s her dumb choices that’s questionable. No one has a problem with every character but one not being a white male. It’s their inconsistency and lack of development that are the issues. Harry Kim had zero growth through the entire series! To the point where it was a running joke in some episodes (specifically the 100th). (And let’s not forget the fact he was apparently a terrible person to work with, was fired, but due to the fact he was an Asian American actor, Trek in it’s all it’s PC glory had to keep him on.)

    I’m convinced Trek fandom boils down to two extremes: those who think The Best of Both Worlds is the best Trek has to offer, or those who think The Inner Light is the best.