I just received the nicest email thanking me for creating the Star Trek: Voyager episode guide. It really means a lot to hear from someone who enjoys my work.

If you have time on your hands, maybe take a moment and send a thank-you to someone whose work you like!

“This facility has gone 5843 days without an assimilation.”

I think we fans of Star Trek: Picard should start a pool on which day this counter will be reset to 0. 😯🖖

Between the Picard premiere episode and the latest episode of Doctor Who, it has been a great time to be a fan. 🖖🙋🏼‍♀️

53 degrees in Orlando. First time ever I brought a fleece vest to Florida and actually needed it.

Today I am thankful for Star Trek. 🖖 I loved the show since I was kid, but only recently became an active fan in public via blogging and podcasting. It’s a pure hobby for me, and that’s a nice thing to have.

I’m looking forward to a quiet Saturday catching up on chores.

I just love this photo of Jeri Ryan, in London for the Picard premiere.

A reminder: we do have a tagmoji category for Star Trek on Micro.blog. Add the 🖖, and your posts will be added to the category timeline.

My Favorite 25 Star Trek: Voyager Episodes, Ranked

Today is the 25th anniversary of the premiere of my favorite Star Trek series.

You might say I am a big Voyager fan. I put together a guide to every Voyager episode with ratings and descriptions. I launched a podcast called Voyager Revisited for fans of Voyager and for those who might like to revisit their earlier opinions. 🤨

But there is nothing harder than choosing and ranking one’s favorite episodes. It’s like being asked to choose your favorite tribble. And it would be futile to claim that these rankings will never change.

But today, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a show that I love, I have compiled my top 25 Voyager episodes. I may feel differently tomorrow, next week, or far off in the future, but here they are.

LLAP, Voyager cast, crew, creators, and fans.🖖

  1. Deadlock (S2E21)
  2. Counterpoint (S5E10)
  3. Year of Hell (S4E8 - 9)
  4. Equinox (S5E26 - S6E27)
  5. Basics (S2E26 - S3E1)
  6. Gravity (S5E13)
  7. Dragon's Teeth (S6E7)
  8. Dark Frontiers (S5E16 - 17)
  9. Faces (S1E14)
  10. Flashback (S3E2)
  11. Distant Origin (S3E23)
  12. Living Witness (S4E23)
  13. Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy (S6E4)
  14. Timeless (S5E6)
  15. Blink of an Eye (S6E12)
  16. Workforce (S7E16 - 17)
  17. Eye of the Needle (S1E7)
  18. Tuvix (S2E24)
  19. Random Thoughts (S4E10)
  20. Real Life (S3E22)
  21. Critical Care (S7E5)
  22. Dreadnought (S2E17)
  23. Future's End (S3E8 - 9)
  24. Shattered (S7E11)
  25. Child's Play (S6E19)

7 Seven-Of-Nine Episodes to Watch Before the Picard Premiere 🖖

It’s one month until the new Picard series is here. When I saw Seven in first trailer, I shrieked with joy at the prospect of spending more time with this character. And I started rewatching Seven episodes of Star Trek: Voyager to prepare, using my handy Voyager Viewers’ Guide.

Expect this topic to come up, when Picard airs, on my Voyager Revisited podcast.

Picard premieres on January 23. That’s 11.5 hours of television to watch over the next month. You can do it.🖖

Scorpion (S3E26, S4E1)
Voyager makes a deal with The Borg in order to defeat the even more deadly alien species 8472. Seven of Nine is designated to work with the Voyager crew. Captain Janeway takes an active interest in the welfare of this borg who was assimilated when she was a young human girl. And that gets this whole thing started…

The Raven (S4E6)
Seven has only been on Voyager for two months, when she starts hearing Borg voices and experiencing a clear case of PTSD. We learn something about her background, and we see how the crew pulls together to help save her. Throughout the series, Seven has given the writers an opportunity to portray mental health issues.

One (S4E25)
The crew must be put into stasis to avoid the deadly radiation of a nebula that they must pass through on their charted course. The radiation does not affect Seven, so she is left with the responsibility of monitoring the ship and the crew for a month, alone except for the Doctor. The psychological toll of isolation is high for a human who is a former member of the Borg Collective.

Bliss (S5E14)
Voyager finds a wormhole that leads directly back to Earth, but Seven of Nine suspects that it may not be what it appears. Neither she nor her sidekick Naomi Wildman (the Kitaran-Human girl who was born on Voyager in Season 2) have a personal interest in Earth, and are immune to the siren call of this wormhole.

Dark Frontiers (S5E15-16) When Captain Janeway devises a plan to steal a transwarp coil from a damaged Borg sphere, the mysterious Borg Queen learns of the plan and uses this knowledge in an attempt to return Seven of Nine to the Borg by issuing her an ultimatum: rejoin the Collective or watch as Voyager is assimilated. This episode flashes back to Seven’s parents and the events leading up to their assimilation.

Someone To Watch Over Me (S5E21)
The Doctor teaches Seven about making friends, dating, and romantic relationships. This is a key episode in Seven’s evolution and her close bond with The Doctor.

Equinox (S5E26, S6E1)
Voyager finds another Federation starship, the USS Equinox, stranded in the Delta Quadrant. But they also find that the Equinox crew is harboring a dark secret. Janeway seems to lose all human perspective, while Seven gains hers.

Relativity (S5E24)
A popular episode in which Future Seven is sent back to undo a sequence of events in which Voyager is destroyed. Bonus: Seven gets a Starfleet uniform and one pip.

Survival Instinct (S6E2)
Seven encounters three ex-Borg with whom she had been temporarily separated from the Collective eight years previously. This episode illuminates the impact of being assimilated as a child compared to most Borg, who were adults when they were assimilated.

The Voyager Conspiracy (S6E9)
Seven investigates a massive “conspiracy” involving the Federation, the Cardassians, the Caretaker, and numerous other alien races, which indicates that Voyager was deliberately stranded in the Delta Quadrant. This is the episode that cements the tight relationship of trust between Seven and Janeway.

Tsunkatse (S615)
Championship wrestling in the Delta Quadrant. This might not be a key episode to Seven’s story, but I love The Rock, who guest stars, so I am including this.

Unimatrix Zero (S6E26, S7E1)
Seven is drawn into a virtual reality that some Borg drones inhabit during their regeneration cycles. It’s one of the best Seven/Borg Queen/Janeway stories ever. Even Torres and Tuvok take a turn on the Borg ride.

Confession: OK, eagle-eyed readers with strong math skills will notice that this is more than 7 episodes. I tried to come up with a short list, and I did leave some things out, but I couldn’t cut it down to 7. These are the 12 episodes about Seven Of Nine that you should watch to understand this fascinating character’s story arc. (Feel free to suggest which 5 are irrelevant, you soulless Borg! Comments welcome to @voyagercast on Twitter and Micro.blog…)

Voyager Revisited - The Doctor Makes A Pretty Good Captain

In the new episode of @voyager_cast, @jamesdempsey and I discuss the awesome EMH, including a rewatch of “Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy” (S6E4). I also am very jealous of James’s childhood Star Trek toys…

New episode of Voyager Revisited! Brianna Wu, game developer and Democratic candidate for Congress, joins me for a discussion focused on Seven Of Nine.

Brianna chose Equinox as the “homework” for this show. One of the best episodes of Star Trek ever! Let me know what you think.

Star Trek: Voyager — A Viewer's Guide

I have published a viewing guide to Star Trek: Voyager. It’s a big project that I’ve worked on as a hobby for over a year in an effort to provide a constructive response to those who have watched a few random episodes and declared Voyager is not good.

I have 95 episodes to recommend, about 60% of the total. Episodes are rated:

Y = Yes! A must-watch; these episodes are great, or at least important to the story and characters.

S = Skip. Unless you’re interested in a particular character or story.

N = Nope. Even I don’t rewatch these episodes. Some of them are truly dreadful.

I included the IMDb ratings, in case you’re curious about what the collective thinks. I generally agree with those ratings, but there are a few exceptions because I have my own biases. I try to note that where it’s relevant. (Spoiler alert: I have a crush on Tom Paris. Gingers are my weakness…)

I wouldn’t have put this amount of effort and heart into a TV show viewing guide without deeply personal motivations.

My Voyager Voyage

As a little kid in the 1960s, I watched Star Trek. I loved everything about it, but I especially loved Mr. Spock. He was handsome like my father, pointy ears and all. Some of the episodes really scared me, like The Doomsday Machine, which featured an enormous cylinder of unknown origin that just went around the galaxy destroying planets. Seven-year-old me worried such a thing could actually exist.

By the time The Next Generation aired, I was in the “No TV” phase of my life. I attended graduate school for four years; most of the time I was in the library. Even after I left school and went to work in New York, I was living with a man who was a terrible cultural snob and disdained TV watching as an activity. (He was from Buffalo, so we did get a TV in time to watch the Bills lose in the Super Bowl. Four years in a row…)

So I missed the second wave of Star Trek television including TNG, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. I might have seen snippets if I was at someone else’s house, but I didn’t see any complete episodes on a weekly basis.

In Spring 2011, I had a terrible cold, a TV of my own, and a Netflix subscription. I treated myself to the first binge watch of my life. I must have been pretty sick, because my recollection is that I watched all seven seasons of Voyager in a couple weeks. It was fun. It was a great show, but I didn’t think much about it.

A couple years later, I returned to Voyager for a rewatch. It was Summer 2013, and I was running the inaugural session of App Camp For Girls in Portland. I was up until midnight every night, prepping the next day’s materials so we could teach middle school girls how to make iPhone apps. As a way to wind down before sleep, watching Voyager seemed like a good mindless choice to me.

Instead, I found myself watching Janeway and making mental notes. She became my idol in leadership. Nerves of steel, yet kind and compassionate. Fair. And badass when she needed to be. At camp, I had a new mantra: What Would Janeway Do?

In 2014, discussing some of the criticism of Voyager with my friend and fellow Voyager fan Brianna Wu, I tweeted, “I think the series is held to a higher (aka double) standard.”

I hadn’t really noticed it before, but once I started to pay attention, it was so obvious. The mostly-male fans of Star Trek never gave this show a chance. Without watching it from beginning to end, they’d claim Voyager wasn’t as good as their favorite series.

The truth is, when you watch a whole series, you develop a completely different relationship to the characters and stories. If you dip into the series randomly, you don’t have a stake in it.

Gratuitous and uninformed sniping at Voyager continued to make me mad. I finally decided to channel that energy into a a viewing guide that would allow potential fans to avoid the truly bad episodes, skip the ones that aren’t relevant to the ongoing story, and be sure to watch the best episodes, as well as the episodes that are important for understanding the series.

I’m not arguing that every Star Trek fan is obligated to watch every episode of every series. But you cannot claim a series is not good if you haven’t really watched it. I know from my own experience. I didn’t really like Deep Space Nine. The characters mostly get on my nerves. The religious underpinning of the plot is baffling. It’s a war story, the opposite impulse from “seek out new forms of life and new civilizations.” But I had only watched a handful of episodes from the first two seasons. When I learned that the host of Random Trek, Scott McNulty, considers DS9 his favorite, I decided to give it a real chance. I watched the whole thing. I still don’t like it as much as I do Voyager. But I appreciate what is great about Deep Space Nine now.

Voyager is good, in the estimation of legions of fans. It is the most watched Star Trek series on Netflix. It has some of my favorite characters, it travels far, and and it encounters so many different alien species.

But most importantly, it has three major characters who are women: strong characters who are not relegated to second-class status, who are not pigeonholed as healers, counselors or switchboard operators. And one of them is captain. Seven-year-old me could never have imagined that.

🖖

(photo: meeting my hero at a booksigning in Seattle, 2015)

Star Trek: Discovery, Season 2, has been good. My favorite characters get even better, and new characters, like Captain Pike and Engineer Reno, are becoming favorites. 🖖

If you are subscribing to CBS All-Access in order to watch Star Trek: Discovery, there are a lot of fun vintage shows you can watch on the service between Disco episodes: Odd Couple, Perry Mason, Taxi, Wings, Brady Bunch, Caroline In The City. 📺🖖

TV in this age of streaming is so weird. I just watched the new episode of Star Trek: Discovery. It comes on at the same time in all time zones on CBS All-Access, so we get it at 5:30 here. And it came on even earlier. So different from the olden days.

I’m not complaining. 🖖

Star Trek fans: if you use the “tagmoji” 🖖, your posts will appear in the Star Trek Discover feed. Hit it.

(See all the supported tagmoji feeds! and those proposed for support, on @Burk’s handy list.)

New Star Trek Discovery season: it’s an exciting time to be a Star Trek nerd. So great to see the crew from Season 1 getting more to do, plus awesome new guest stars, including Tig Notaro. 🖖

I didn’t realize the extent of Battlestar Galactica fandom here on Micro.blog. Not a single reaction to yesterday’s Grace from Star Trek. 🖖

So…if we had a BSG tagmoji, what would it be?

Janice Rand, played by Grace Lee Whitney, made an impression on me as a girl. She was pretty, and she had a fun job as yeoman to the dashing Captain. But really, it was that beehive hairdo.

Her exit from the series was messy, but she did return to Trek. Gracefully, of course.

Just recorded another episode of The Incomparable tonight, this one discussing Star Trek IV. Another of those pop culture things I missed out on because I was in the library during grad school. I’m making up for lost time…

I received my “Women of Star Trek” set of cards, illustrated by @leesargent for his @startrek365 project. They are even cooler than I anticipated.

Replying to @blankbaby’s Mastodon question: I’ve thought about this all day, but it’s still the most obvious answer for me: Captain Janeway. She’s a scientist, a scholar, and a fierce leader. She takes big risks and makes the hard decisions. My hero. #MyFavStarTrekCharacter 🖖

For the Star Trek fans among us, including @davetreme whom I just discovered, we do have an official tagmoji, 🖖. I forgot to add it in our chat about Voyager. For more details on tagmoji, @Burk is curating the list and FAQs.

Just posted Friday’s episode of @theweeklyreview because it’s Friday somewhere! This one even has a Star Trek reference. 🖖

The Unbearable Lightness of OmniFocus Bankruptcy

Despite my initial resolve not to watch the new Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 trailer, I broke down and watched it anyway. I’m excited for the new season. I forgot Tig Notaro was cast–it will be fun watching her! 🖖

I’m addicted to Lee Draws 365 Star Trek Scribbles and have already purchased two featuring Voyager. To make up for a shipping delay, Lee offered me a Sharpie scribble of any character I choose. And he posted a video of the process on YouTube. 🖖