Great Scott, it sure has been a while since I did one of these! If fact, it has been so long I've had to rewatch the whole of Voyager's seventh season in order to make my selections! As I now recall, it was a pretty good final season for Janeway and Co too, though the fifth season remains the best I think. Nonetheless, I had to leave out a couple of episodes I really like in addition to the ploppier offerings.
|B'Elanna and Tom prepare for the race...|
Getting towards the middle of the season and Harry finally gets to play captain when he takes charge of an alien medical transport, and we get another two-parter in which the stupid Hirogen make holographic prey that ends up not only wiping them all out, but also does a runner to find a safe haven, with Voyager's precious EMH in tow. B'Elanna fans will be happy about her main episode this season, where she starts freaking out about her impending baby. It's not a classic but does give us some background on her character by way of flashbacks, which is always nice.
|The Doctor using Seven's body for his own pleasure...|
But sadly, that's yer lot as far as the adventures of the USS Voyager and her crew are concerned. Even all these years later it's a show that continues to divide the notoriously picky Trek fandom - most seem to like it to varying degrees but, of course, some still despise it. Either way, it was the first show to have a female captain in the main role, and the writers basically gave themselves license to throw anything at her by stranding the ship 70,000 light years away in the previously-unexplored Delta Quadrant, so it always had a huge amount of potential.
I personally liked it from the off - just in the warm, familiar way that I like all Trek stuff at first, but it grew on me too, ending up as possibly my favourite of all the Trek shows, and I was certainly bummed when it finished. I liked the sense of togetherness and family the show put across and it was home to two of my all-time favourite Trek characters in the Doctor and Seven. There were also some interesting new races introduced (as well as some crap ones) and we got a lot of Borg action since we were now on their home turf.
The ship itself is pretty cool too - sleek and fast, but small for a Federation ship, making its plight all the more challenging. Still, at least it came equipped with unlimited supplies of... well, near enough everything, most notably torpedoes and shuttles (chortle!), and it was a tough old bird. Good bye, NCC-74656. Lets hope we get at least a glimpse of you in the upcoming Star Trek: Picard show.
Shattered (Episode 11)
The Void (Episode 15)
Workforce (Episodes 16 & 17)
Friendship One (Episode 21)
Endgame (Episode 24)
And now it's on to the next Trek show, which will probably be Deep Space Nine. Look out for my picks from its first season soon(ish)!