Star Trek: Voyager

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
Star Trek: Voyager TV Poster Image
Getting lost in space has never been so much fun.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series follows the galactic journey of a two groups trying to get home and get along. The Starfleet members and rebels are able to reach an unlikely truce and cooperate to save each other. However, this series lacks some of the metaphors for social issues that made other Star Trek series so impactful.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Captain Janeway is a strong female role model. Half the characters are order-following Starfleet members, the other half comes from a renegade terrorist group who joined them when their own ship is destroyed. They don't always get along.

Violence & Scariness

Marooned in uncharted space, the Voyager encounters many hostile aliens. Combat often ensues, and some characters have died during the course of the series, but there's no graphic violence.

Sexy Stuff

No onscreen sex or nudity, but several romances blossom among the crew during their long voyage home.

Language
Consumerism

Star Trek is a commodity in itself.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional social drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that some of the main characters in Star Trek: Voyager die, though they're generally resurrected through a variety of advanced technological devices, including time travel. This can make life and death seem somewhat fluid, rather than a permanent condition, which might seem confusing to some young viewers -- though older children will probably understand that these twists are just one of many common plot devices in the sci-fi realm. Overall, as with most of the Star Trek series, there's not too much content to worry about.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySolinga September 12, 2014

Great show for kids, especially girls

My daughter loves this show. She has seen a few episodes of the other Star Treks, but really only wants to watch Voyager. The reason is obvious, the role of w... Continue reading
Adult Written byRegina R. February 8, 2014

Loved the first 5 seasons

We really enjoyed the first five seasons, especially Captain Janeway and the Doctor, and all characters were great. Good acting. We were sorry to see Kess leave... Continue reading
Kid, 5 years old July 2, 2015

Good TV Series

Good TV Series but it does have a good amount of violence and scariness. 2 Crews come together on the ship. I don't know why commonsensemedia says that o... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bystartrekker7849244 August 11, 2011

Cleanest Trek Series

It is a great show with many positive lessons and role models. The language is limited. Only one low level word every 3 or 4 episodes. I have recommended many t... Continue reading

What's the story?

STAR TREK: VOYAGER follows the crew of a starship that's been teleported to the very farthest reaches of the galaxy and is struggling to find its way home, a 70,000-light-year journey that could take decades. This handy plot device means that Voyager's structure can be pretty much identical to its predecessors, but with an almost completely new set of alien guest stars. Many of the ship's crew members perished when the Voyager was zapped across the universe; a renegade ship that the Voyager was pursuing was destroyed shortly afterward. Circumstances force the two groups to team up -- predictably, the "marriage" of the Starfleet crew and the rebels doesn't always go well.

Is it any good?

While this series lacks the cultural heft of the original series -- far fewer storylines serve as metaphors for important social issues -- this isn't necessarily a flaw, just a difference. The lost-in-space premise gave Star Trek: Voyager (which originally aired from 1995 to 2001) a compelling narrative arc. It may not be as deep as the original series, but it was ultimately a good addition to the Star Trek universe.

Because the Voyager is stranded out in the Delta Quadrant, Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) -- the only female captain in the Star Trek franchise -- has to solve any problems that arise on her own, without being able to call for backup. The influence of characters who never attended the rigid Starfleet Academy leads her to make decisions that might never have happened on another starship or on a more traditional mission. In this way, the series does harken back to the original Star Trek's off-the-cuff feeling and can be refreshing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about humanity's need for companionship in Star Trek: Voyager. This series follows the lonely travails of a ship that's been transported to the farthest reaches of the universe and is struggling to find a way back to Earth -- which could take about 75 years. How do you think you'd react in that kind of situation? How does the ship's separation from the rest of society make this series different from the other Star Trek shows?

  • The Voyager unites two groups of former foes into one crew. How are they able to set aside their differences and cooperate on the starship? What happens when they cannot cooperate?

  • Which things in the Star Trek universe are possible and which are purely science fiction? In what ways do they use technology that is similar or the same to ways we use it?

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