I have recently started re-watching Star Trek Voyager. I have a new appreciation for the series. Out of all of the post TOS Star Treks, it remind me the most of the spirit of The Original Series. Sure TOS had way more good episodes than Voyager, especially percentage wise, but I appreciate having an ST series that’s really based on exploration and meeting new alien races. Anyway, I started re-watching with a few lists that I found online of top 10 episodes, and all of them were good lists, but I tend to be biased towards prime directive episodes, Vulcan issue episodes, and I have a few other biases like mostly hating time paradox episodes and not giving a shit about romantic relationships in Star Trek. I also definitely hate all holodeck episodes from all of Star Trek. A few glimpses of the holodeck here and there are cool, but whole episodes on it are totally lame. So for what it’s worth here is my Voyager top 10. Oh yeah, before I forget, the Kazon are probably the lamest enemy in all of Star Trek. They’re basically shitty Klingons with bad Afros that we meet early on in Voyager… At least the series makes up for it later. You’ll notice that I have a lot of Season 2 picks. I believe that this was when Voyager really fulfilled its promise as a series, and as hot as Seven of Nine is, I think getting her onto the series required the producers, and writers, to jump a shark to get her there.
10. Season 4 Episodes 8 and 9 — Year of Hell (Parts 1 and 2) — Ok, in general I hate episodes that deal with time, but this one is an exception. Yeah, I spoiled it for some, but whatever, if you don’t know about this series by now then shame on you. Otherwise, this episode shows how tough both ship and crew are, and reminds us of the dangers of space travel.
9. Season 2 Episode 13 — Prototype — Another awesome episode that deals with what happens when you violate the Prime Directive, even when your intentions are good. Plus I love robots.
8. Season 2 Episode 15 — Threshold — I know that even I was able to pick out some of the problems in this episode with even my limited understanding of genetics, but the way that the episode unfolds is great, and the ending in fantastic. Overall this is probably the second most old school Trek like episode in all of the post TOS series.
7. Season 2 Episode 16 — Meld — I love that this episode doesn’t just deal with the problems with ancient Vulcans, and mind melds, but also examines the criminal mind and the concepts of crime and punishment.
6. Season 2 Episode 24 — Tuvix — Ok, I didn’t think this was going to be good when I read the synopsis either, but Tuvix ends up being an amazing character. This episode deals with the concept of the sanctity of life and the rights of an individual.
5. Season 2 Episode 26 and Season 3 Episode 1 — Basics (Parts 1 and 2) — This is the resolution of the super lame Kazon and Seska story. I put this in here because I loved seeing the crew deal with being stranded on a planet and having to learn to live primitively. There is an excellent cliffhanger that involves Tom Paris, and shows his real value to the crew as a pilot and dependable crew member, regardless of his past. Also, we get to see Voyager in the wrong hands, and we get some very cool atmospheric entry visuals of the ship.
4. Season 3 Episode 26 and Season 4 Episode 1 — Scorpion (Parts 1 and 2) — Captain Janeway has to make a deal with the devil (aka the Borg) to fight an even more dangerous enemy. I don’t think I need to say anything else about this one :).
3. Season 1 Episode 9 — Prime Factors — I love this episode because it puts the Federation on the other side of the Prime Directive and lets them feel what it’s like to be denied a technology that they desperately need because of a culture’s refusal to share it with them.
2. Season 5 Episode 25 and Season 6 Episode 1 — Equinox (Parts 1 and 2) — Who can say no to an episode where the Voyager crew meets another Star Fleet vessel that has dealt with the problem of being trapped in the Delta Quadrant in a very different way, including by using a fuel source that is a direct violation of the Prime Directive.
1. Season 2 Episode 23 — The Thaw — The Trekkiest of all of the Voyager episodes, this episode focuses on the concept of fear.