TV Tuesdays highlights TV shows that started in or after the 1980’s, with occasional exceptions.
This week’s TV show is….
Yeah, I know it wasn’t well received. But if you like Star Trek: The Next Generation and you’re unbiased (in terms of thinking it the only true Star Trek (besides the Original Series,) you will probably enjoy Voyager. Plus, it’s on Netflix Instant play right now, so who needs a better reason to watch a new show?
The show starts out in a Maquis ship being chased by the Cardassians. After evading them in the Badlands, they get hit by a big shockwave. Cue title credits.
We then cut over to Voyager, a Starfleet ship about to launch on a mission to go find that Maquis ship that just disappeared. A lot of fun stuff happens, you meet most of the main cast, Voyager gets hit by the same shockwave that hit the Maquis, and gets thrown to the other side of the galaxy – 75 years from home. More fun stuff happens, we meet the last two main characters, and the two crews, Starfleet and Maquis, join up to try and get home.
I just gave you the first episode in two minutes.
It’s actually a pretty great series. It had its share of corny episodes, but it also had some pretty good ones. The Doctor, Voyager’s Emergency Medical Hologram (Robert Picardo) had (in my opinion) the single best lines in the entire series. Like this conversation from season 4, episode 14 “Message in a Bottle.”
Doctor: “Stop breathing down my neck.”
EMH Mark II: “My breathing is simulated.”
Doctor: “So’s my neck. Stop it anyways.”
That conversation makes me laugh every time.
Voyager does have occasional language, but nothing worse than you’d hear anywhere else these days. A few episodes can be surprisingly disturbing as well. I watched this series at about 8 or 9, and I was fine. But I had learned to distinguish fiction from reality by that point. There’s also the occasional… mildly inappropriate joke. They are few and far between, however. I can only think of two or three lines off the top of my head. Out of 172 episodes, and considering what’s usually said on TV these days… it’s not actually a bad track record.
I’d count this as something for the whole family to watch, definitely. Janeway, captain of Voyager, is the only female captain of the five series, and she did a fine job of keeping the ship running for all seven series. And if she made a poor choice, she was corrected by her senior officers fairly quickly (usually in the form of refusing to carry out her orders.) Trust and friendship are big in this series, as are space battles. It is Star Trek, after all.