I’ll admit that Voyager took about 3 seasons to grow on me. As far as the characters go, I really only liked Harry Kim and B’Ellana Torres.
(No offense to the acting talent of Kate Mullgrew, but I thought that Janeway’s character didn’t really develop during the series. I secretly wished she’d be written out, and that Chakotay would take the mantle of captain, thinking “what could he do by injecting Marquis sensibilities into a Federation captain”, especially as an opportunity to keep a little conflict going between him and Tuvok… Missed opportunities.)
As far as female leaders go on the Voyager crew, I liked the B’Ellana Torres. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind, was very human in that she was emotive and made mistakes, but worked hard to fix things. (Though, I wished for a little more Klingon nature to show through in how her character was written. The “fiery” temper of hers was much more believable as a Latina character than as a half-Klingon.)
Fun fact, I sold a briefcase to Garrett Wang (who played Harry Kim), when he was shopping at the outlet store I worked at in the '90s.
- (I’m still a little embarrassed that I pronounced “Wang” wrong when speaking with his. For the record, it’s pronounced exactly the same as “Wong”. But the actor himself was very gracious in how he corrected me. He has probably heard his last name pronounced incorrectly many, many times.)
I liked DS9 in a lot of ways. It brought some of the wild-west feel of TOS back to the franchise. My brothers and I saw that the writers seemed to be trying to mirror “Babylon 5”, which I thought was a disservice to Start Trek.
- (I was blindsided when I developed a crush on Ezri Dax, once the character was introduced. I wished they’d added another season, to develop the character more. The only other TV character I ever had a crush on, growing up as an 80s kid, was…Punky Brewster. To be clear, I developed crushes on the characters, not the actresses, as attractive as I found them to be.)
I never got into Enterprise. It seemed like a different universe than Star Trek. (I really liked Scott Bakula’s character in “Quantum Leap”, but these two sci-fi character roles of his were as different as night and day.)
For early 2000s space series, I liked Firefly a lot!