Star Trek: Spaceship Voyager

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Television series
German title Star Trek: Spaceship Voyager
Original title Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek VOY logo.svg
Country of production United States
original language English
Year (s) 1995 - 2001
length 45 minutes
Episodes 172 in 7 seasons ( List )
genre Science fiction , political drama , action , anti-war drama , adventure
Theme music Jerry Goldsmith
idea Rick Berman
Michael Piller
Jeri Taylor
music Paul Baillargeon,
David Bell,
Jay Chattaway ,
Dennis McCarthy
First broadcast Jan 16, 1995 ( USA ) on UPN
first broadcast
June 21, 1996 on Sat.1

Star Trek: Spaceship Voyager is the fifth television series to be set in the Star Trek universe. It was produced in seven seasons between 1995 and 2001. The series is about the journey of the USS Voyager , stranded at the other end of the galaxy and making its way home through unknown territory.

Voyager is the only Star Trek series so far with a female captain in the lead role ( Captain Kathryn Janeway ). In contrast to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , Voyager dealt with more topics that had also shaped the earlier Star Trek series Spaceship Enterprise and Spaceship Enterprise: The Next Century , such as the discovery of alien civilizations.


Time of action
Season Sidereal time year
1 48XXX 2371
2 49XXX 2372
3 50XXX 2373
4th 51XXX 2374
5 52XXX 2375
6th 53XXX 2376
7th 54XXX 2377

The first two-digit number of the sidereal time increases by 1 per season or year.

Framework story

In the 24th century, Voyager, together with a second enemy spaceship of the Maquis, is moved by an alien being to an area of ​​the Milky Way 70,000 light years away , the Delta Quadrant ( → see main article: The Welfare ). In an emergency, the two formerly opposing crews work together to start the long journey back to earth. This is made easier, among other things, by the fact that some members of the Maquis crew were formerly members of Starfleet. So Chakotay, the former captain of the Maquis ship, becomes the first officer of Voyager and thus deputy of Captain Janeway. Other maquis such as B'Elanna Torres are also given leading positions within the crew. The integration also makes sense, as some crew members, including the original first officer, the head of the infirmary or the head of the engine room, are killed in the event of an unintentional transport into the Delta Quadrant. These gaps can be closed by the crew of the destroyed Maquis ship, some of whom were active in similar positions during her Starfleet time.

On the way home, the Voyager has to traverse long stretches of unknown space and overcome numerous dangers. These include, for example, confrontations with other races, technical problems, space anomalies, time travel, moral dilemmas, food shortages or the procurement of raw materials. The crew has to cover a distance of around 70,000 light years, which would mean a duration of around 70 years at maximum warp without interruptions. Research in unknown space, the actual target of a Starfleet spaceship, as well as other interruptions would extend this period additionally. However, over the course of the 7 years, through technical discoveries, space anomalies and interventions by members, it is possible to cover larger distances in a short time, for example 10 light years in a few seconds.

The crew of the starship is repeatedly confronted with the question of how they can follow the ethical principles and regulations of the Federation to which they are committed as they travel through often hostile territory . Voyager has limited resources, is on its own, and is cut off from the usual chain of command and other institutions for the first three seasons. Only from the fourth season onwards does the Voyager briefly manage to establish contact with Starfleet and thus with the Federation via the network of another race. From the sixth season onwards, new technologies will enable regular exchanges to be established between Starfleet headquarters and Voyager. Captain Janeway repeatedly has to choose between a faster journey home and observing moral principles. After seven years, Voyager and its crew manage to return to earth.

During the voyage, the crew of the Voyager must constantly fight for their survival, for example against alien races such as the Kazon , the Vidiians , the Borg , the Hirogen or species 8472 . However, the team also takes on several members of foreign species, including the former Borg drone Seven Of Nine , which finds its way back to its human identity in the course of the series, the Talaxian Neelix and the Ocampa Kes . The question of the development of artificial intelligence and human identity is also addressed in a further figure: The medical holographic emergency program ( EMN ) of the spaceship (the computer projection of a doctor) gains more and more independence in the course of the series and thus develops from the programmed fictional character to an individual being with an independent consciousness. Due to the hologram technology initially limited to the infirmary and the holodecks, in the third season it is possible to travel through time to obtain a mobile holo emitter from the 29th century (5 centuries in the future), so that the MHN can henceforth freely the ship, but also anywhere else.

The USS Voyager , an Intrepid-class spaceship, is a small but very modern and fast spaceship ( Warp 9,975) compared to the spaceships in other Star Trek TV series, with a crew of up to 152 people , which varies in size during different episodes. It is capable of landing on planets (in the original series of the 1960s, beaming , i.e. teleporting, was also invented to avoid time-consuming and costly landing scenes of the spaceship on planetary surfaces; with the development of improved computer animation in the 1990s costs are no longer an issue). The spaceship also has organic computer elements, referred to as "bionural gel packs" in the Technobabble , and is technologically improved in the course of the series with new findings from other species.

Recurring species in the Delta Quadrant

  • Borg - machine-humanoid hybrids that integrate alien species into the Borg collective through assimilation.
  • Hirogen - Hunting other species is an honorable duty for them.
  • Ocampa - species whose representatives are very short-lived (approx. 9 years) and have telepathic and telekinetic abilities
  • Kazon - divided into sects.
  • Species 8472 - life form from the liquid space (other dimension, not located in the Delta Quadrant), a species that is equal to the Borg.
  • Vidiianer - organ hunter; Because of a leprosy- like virus (the so-called "scavenger cell") they constantly need new tissue.
  • Talaxians - collectors and traders, similar to Ferengi , but less intrusive and devious.
  • Malon - a people whose planet Malon Prime is represented in narratives as paradise. However, this is only achieved by keeping much of their economy engaged in garbage disposal in order to maintain their high standard of living.

Origin background

In 1996, on the occasion of the 30th birthday of Star Trek, the anniversary episode "Tuvoks Flashback" was created, in which Janeway and Tuvok think about the events at the beginning of the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Land .

Of the 31 directors, David Livingston was the most frequently used with 28 episodes.

Use of real images from space

Many of the fictional astronomical phenomena shown in the series are not generated on the computer, but are based on recordings of distant objects by the Hubble telescope . An employee of the Space Telescope Science Institute of NASA , Inge Heyer, provided the special effects team current images.

Cast and dubbing

For the role of Captain Janeway Geneviève Bujold was initially planned. But she quit after a day and was replaced a little later by Kate Mulgrew and the role was renamed from Nicole Janeway to Kathryn Janeway. All of the scenes in which Bujold had played in the pilot film up to then had to be shot again. Alice Krige, Robert Picardo, Dwight Schultz and Ethan Phillips all appear in the movie Star Trek: First Contact and in the finale of the series "Endgame". With the exception of Ethan Phillips, all of them play their roles from the film (Borg Queen, MHN and Barclay). Only three of the main characters appeared in all 172 episodes: Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, and Robert Duncan McNeill. Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres) got pregnant while filming the fourth season, which is why B'Elanna wears a cloak for several episodes to hide her stomach. Only in the two-part "Das Kötungsspiel" was the pregnancy built into the story and thus visible. By the end of the third season, it was clear that a leading actor (Jennifer Lien ultimately hit) had to leave the field to make room for Seven of Nine. In addition to the character of the Kes, Harry Kim was also up for debate, which is why in “Scorpio, Part I” he is “sent into the summer break” while dying in the infirmary. King Abdullah II , then Crown Prince of Jordan and Star Trek fan, had a cameo appearance (at minute 2:38) as an extra in the episode “Der Verräter” (Season 2, Episode 20) .

Overview of performers and voice actors for recurring roles
The table lists the actors, their role names, their affiliation with the main cast (●) or with the supporting and guest actors (•) per season, the total number of episodes with performances and their German voice actors .
actor Role name 1 2 3 4th 5 6th 7th number German voice actor
Kate Mulgrew Captain Kathryn Janeway 172 Gertie Honeck
Robert Beltran Commander Chakotay 172 Frank-Otto Schenk
Robert Duncan McNeill Lieutenant Tom Paris 172 Tom Vogt (seasons 1–4) , Erich Räuker (seasons 5–7)
Tim Russ Lieutenant Commander Tuvok 170 Christian Toberentz
Garrett Wang Ensign Harry Kim 170 Michael Iwannek
Robert Picardo The doctor 169 Stefan Staudinger
Roxann Dawson Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres 166 Arianne Borbach
Ethan Phillips Neelix 163 Michael Tietz
Jennifer Lien Kes 071 Diana Borgwardt
Jeri Ryan Seven of Nine 102 Anke Reitzenstein
Tarik Ergin Lieutenant Ayala 120 Uwe Jellinek (episode 46, 141 & 170) , Ulrich Johannson (episode 70)
Majel Barrett Computer voice 103 Elvira Schuster (season 1–2) , Margot Rothweiler (season 2–7) , Heidi Weigelt (season 3)
Martha Hackett Ensign Seska 013 Mo Asumang
Anthony De Longis Maje Culluh 005 Dieter Memel
Josh Clark Lieutenant Joseph Carey 007th Andreas Conrad (season 1, pilot episode) , Michael Christian (season 1) , Walter Alich (season 5) , Ulrich Johannson (season 6) , Oliver Siebeck (season 7)
Brian Markinson Lieutenant Peter Durst 002 Ulrich Johannson
unknown infant Naomi Wildman 002
Brooke Stephens 002 Jill Cooper
Scarlett Pomers 017th
Vanessa Branch 001 Gundi Eberhard
Nancy Hower Ensign Samantha Wildman 008th Andrea Grossmann
Simon cheap Ensign Hogan 007th Ulrich Johannson
Raphael Sbarge Crewman Michael Jonas 006th Gunnar Helm
Brad Dourif Ensign Lon Suder 003 Berno from Cramm
John de Lancie Q 003 Hans-Werner Bussinger
Dwight Schultz Lieutenant Commander Reginald Barclay 007th Florian Krüger-Shantin
Alexander Enberg Ensign Vorik 008th Thomas Nero Wolff
Allan G. Royal Captain Braxton 002 Victor Deiß
Bruce McGill 001
Susanna Thompson Borg queen 004th Katja Nottke
Alice Krige 002
Manu Intiraymi Icheb 011 Sebastian Schulz
Kurt Wetherill Azan 006th Fabian Hollwitz
Cody Wetherill Rebi 006th Fabian Hollwitz
Marley McClean Mezoti 005 Esra Vural
Marina Sirtis Counselor Deanna Troi 003 Ulrike Lau

Other Star Trek appearances by the main cast

As is usual with the Star Trek series, some of the Voyager stars also had guest appearances or other roles in other series or films in the franchise:


In the US, the series ran right after the end of Starship Enterprise: The Next Century and thus for five years parallel to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine . After The Next Century and Deep Space Nine were not distributed via a large network but directly to small broadcasters (syndication), Voyager ran on the newly founded United Paramount Network (UPN). In order to avoid overlapping actions in the two series, the action has been moved to the distant Delta Quadrant. While the Deep Space Nine series developed the extensive Star Trek universe from the Spaceship Enterprise: The Next Century series , Spaceship Voyager played in "undiscovered space" and therefore followed on from the original Spaceship Enterprise series from the 1960s.


Analysis and interpretation

According to an article by Doyle Leigh - published in EPU Research Papers 10/2008 - the television series differs from the previous productions, among other things, in that the protagonists see the threat of violence and its use as an effective means of resolving conflicts .

The US political scientist George A. Gonzalez interpreted Star Trek: Voyager as "metaphorically lost in the developing world, " for which the Delta Quadrant is a metaphor. Episodes like Die Voyager (Season 6) in particular show that Voyager argues for moral or principled behavior and at the same time against pragmatic action - even under demoralizing and dangerous circumstances - by Americans and people from the Western world . In this regard, the series takes an optimistic standpoint, whereas it offers a negative view of the politics of developing countries and insofar overlaps with neoconservative argumentation are recognizable. This is particularly evident in the Kazon, who in the series as "tirelessly and relentlessly hostile" to. the Voyager crew.


Novels, short stories and comics


The series has so far been adapted for 47 novels , 32 of which were also published in German translation (as of February 2016). Five of these novels are novel versions of single or double episodes of the television series, including the pilot film and the final two-part series. In addition, the anthology Distant Shores , which contains 13 short stories, was published - so far only in English . The books are published in English by Pocket Books , which belongs to the Simon & Schuster group, and in German by Heyne Verlag until 2003, and since 2013 by Cross Cult .

Continuation of the television series

Since 2003, Pocket Books has continued the series in novel form after its plot ended. Twelve novels had been published here by February 2016. The first four were written by Christie Golden . From the fifth novel onwards, they are written by Kirsten Beyer and deal with the Voyager as the flagship of the Full Circle expedition fleet, which Starfleet sent to the Delta Quadrant.

See also


Web links

Commons : Star Trek: Voyager  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files


  1. Because of the PAL acceleration on DVD only 42 minutes.
  2. a b The episode counting is based on that of , according to which the 90-minute pilot film and the final double episode are counted as two individual episodes each, resulting in an episode total of 172.
  3. For the main actors, the number of episodes results from the sum of those episodes in which they are mentioned in the opening credits, minus those episodes in which they do not appear.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Inge Heyer: Strange New Worlds # 2: The Voyager-Hubble Connection. In: . May 13, 2012, accessed March 22, 2018 .
  2. Star Trek: Spaceship Voyager. In: German synchronous index , accessed on May 1, 2014 .
  3. Leigh Doyle: Hegemony of Violence. Conflict Resolution Practices in Star Trek: Voyager ( Memento from September 19, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 320 kB), European University Center for Peace Studies Research Papers: Issue 10/08, Stadtschlaining 2008.
  4. George A. Gonzalez: The Politics of Star Trek: Justice, War, and the Future , Palgrave Macmillan, New York 2015, ISBN 978-1-137-54940-2 , pp. 165-183, original quotations: “metaphorically lost in the developing world ”(p. 183),“ indefatigably and implacably hostile ”(p. 166)
  5. Primetime Emmy® Award Database , in: Academy for Television Arts & Sciences, search results accessed March 6, 2013