A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No onscreen sex or nudity, but several romances blossom among the crew during their long voyage home.
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Products & Purchases
Star Trek is a commodity in itself.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional social drinking.
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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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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