Star Trek: Voyager

 
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Getting lost in space has never been so much fun.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series follows the galactic journey of a group of people trying to get home and get along.

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.

Sexy stuff

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

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that some of the main characters in this series 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.

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?

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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 harkens back to the original Star Trek's off-the-cuff feeling and can be refreshing.

What Voyager doesn't have is many storylines that serve as metaphors for important social issues, which gave the original series such cultural heft -- though this isn't necessarily a flaw, just a difference. The lost-in-space premise gave 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about humanity's need for companionship. 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? What does it have in common with those shows? Which is your favorite?

TV details

Cast:Jeri Ryan, Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran
Networks:Spike, Syndicated
Genre:Science Fiction
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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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 women in the show, particularly Captain Janeway, a great role model. My daughter loves her and likes to pretend to be her. You also have Belanna the chief engineer. Kes is a great character for kids because she's only 2 years old when she joins the crew, and has a great love of life. After she gets replaced by Seven (another woman), Naomi Wildman, the little girl born on the ship, starts to make appearances too. Naomi grows fast being 1/2 Ktarian, so the actor who plays her is about my daughters age . Unlike poor Wesley Crusher in STNG, Naomi is well written, and acts like a normal kid, and is fun to watch. Other kids also join the show briefly. You see Naomi in Season 4, but season 5 and 6 is when you see her a lot. Unlike the other reviewer, we are not hung up over Seven's form-fitting suit. No one on the ship ogles her body or acts in any way unprofessionally. It is unfortunate the producers thought they needed to add a sexy body to the cast. However, her plot points generally focus on learning how to be more human, more of well rounded person, how to make friends, and be less of an automaton.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
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 times, get a "Curse Free TV' box to block those out. Violence doesn't involve blood or gore. A few episode show genetic mutations that change the crew's form to a scary, twisted being. (e.g. yellow vines growing up a ensign's body, a once young and healthy commander suddenly becomes old, etc.) I have seen 48 episodes so I know quiet a bit about this series.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
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 one of the crew is terrorists because they just want freedom and they are far from terrorists. Voyager can be a scary for example Species 8472 is an alien species that are scary but they later find out they are friendly in the series.
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