Star Trek: Voyager is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. Set in the 24th century from the year 2371 through 2378, the series follows the adventures of the Starfleet vessel USS Voyager, which becomes stranded in the Delta Quadrant 70,000 light-years from Earth while pursuing a renegade Maquisship. Both ships' crews merge aboard Voyager to make the estimated 75-year journey home. The show was created by Rick Berman, Michael Piller, and Jeri Taylor and is the fourth incarnation of Star Trek, which began with the 1960s series Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry. It was produced for seven seasons, from 1995 to 2001, and is the only Star Trek series with a female captain, Kathryn Janeway, as a lead character. Voyager aired on UPN and was the network's second longest-running series.
Voyager was produced to launch UPN, a television network planned by Paramount. This was the second time that Paramount had considered launching a network anchored by a Star Trek show: the studio planned to launch a network showcasing Star Trek: Phase II in 1977.
Initial work on Voyager started in 1993, and seeds for the show's backstory, including the development of the Maquis, were placed in several Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes. Voyager was shot on the stages The Next Generation had used and the pilot, "Caretaker", was shot in October 1994. Around that time, Paramount was sold to Viacom, making Voyager the first Star Trek TV series to premiere after the sale concluded.
Voyager was also the first Star Trek TV show to eliminate the use of models for exterior space shots and exclusively use computer-generated imagery (CGI) instead. Other television shows such as seaQuest DSV and Babylon 5 had previously used CGI exclusively to avoid the huge expense of models, but the Star Trek television department continued using models, because they felt models provided better realism. Amblin Imaging won an Emmy for the opening CGI title visuals, but the weekly episode exteriors were captured using hand-built miniatures of the Voyager, shuttlecraft, and other ships. That changed when Star Trek: Voyager went fully CGI for certain types of shots midway through Season 3 (late 1996). Paramount obtained an exclusive contract with Foundation Imaging, the studio responsible for special effects during Babylon 5's first three seasons. Season 3's "The Swarm" was the first episode to use Foundation's effects exclusively. Deep Space Nine started using Foundation Imaging in conjunction with Digital Muse one year later (season 6). In its later seasons, Voyager featured visual effects from Foundation and Digital Muse.
As with all other Star Trek series, the original Star Trek's Vulcans,
Klingons and Romulans appear in Star Trek: Voyager. Voyager saw appearances by several races who initially appear in The Next Generation: the Q, the Borg, Cardassians, Bajorans, Betazoids, Ferengi, and Jem'Hadar (via hologram), as well as the Maquis resistance movement, previously established in episodes of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.
A total of 22 numbered books were released during the series' original run from 1995 to 2001. They include novelizations of the first episode, Caretaker, The Escape, Violations, Ragnarok and novelizations of the episodes Flashback, Day of Honor, Equinox and Endgame. There are also an amount of so called "unnumbered books", which are still part of the series, though not part of the official release. These novels all consist of episode novelizations except for Caretaker, Mosaic (a biography of Captain Kathryn Janeway), Pathways (a novel in which the biography of various crewmembers, including all of the senior staff is given); and The Nanotech War, a novel released in 2002, one year after the series' finale.
A series of novels focusing on the continuing adventures of Voyager following the TV series finale was implemented in 2003, much as Pocket Books did with the Deep Space Nine relaunch novel series, which features stories placed after the finale of that show. In the relaunch, several characters are reassigned while others are promoted but stay aboard Voyager These changes include Janeway's promotion to admiral, Chakotay becoming captain of Voyager, Tuvok leaving the ship to serve as First Officer under William Riker, and Tom Paris' promotion to First Officer. The series also introduces several new characters.
The series began with Homecoming and The Farther Shore in 2003, a direct sequel to the show's finale, Endgame. These were followed in 2004 by Spirit Walk: Old Wounds and Spirit Walk: Enemy of My Enemy. Under the direction of a new author, 2009 brought forth two more additions to the series: Full Circle and Unworthy . In 2011 another book by the same author called Children of the Storm was released. Other novels – some set during the relaunch period, others during the show's TV run—have been published
Launched in the year 2371, the Intrepid-class Federationstarship USS Voyager was a ship built to return toStarfleet's founding principle of scientific exploration. It was fitting that the ship's Captain, Kathryn Janeway, rose up through the science ranks rather than command. On the ship's first mission, which required it to find and capture aMaquis vessel that disappeared into the treacherousBadlands, the crews of both Voyager, as well as the Maquis ship it was pursuing, were swept clear across thegalaxy and deep into the Delta Quadrant.
This was the doing of a powerful alien being known as the Caretaker. The 70,000 light year transit cost the lives of over a dozen crew members. Captain Janeway was forced to destroy the massive alien array that housed the remains of the Caretaker. In doing so, she saved an alien race, theOcampa, but stranded Voyager and the crew in the Delta Quadrant.