This Day in Entertainment History: Star Trek – Voyager Premieres (January 16th, 1995)

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

The adventures of Captain Kathryn Janeway and the Intrepid-class Starship Voyager in the Delta Quadrant would be the focus of the fourth-live action Star Trek series.

Following in the footsteps of the success of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, another live-action Star Trek series was commissioned in the mid 1990s. Unlike the previous two, this series would not launch into syndication, but instead as the flagship series of the all-new United Paramount Network.

The series would star Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway. Janeway and the starship Voyager would find themselves thrown halfway across the galaxy in the Delta Quadrant. Forced to unite with a team of rebels known as Maquis led by Chakotay (played by Robert Beltran), they would end up with a 70-year journey back to friendly territory.

The series would be a success and would last seven years on the United Paramount Network until its planned conclusion in 2001. The series would include a variety of adventures including time travel and alternate universes, as well as encountering old foes like the Borg and new ones such as the Kazon.

The entire series has been released on DVD and is available on many streaming video services as well.

Voyager would be immediately followed by Star Trek: Enterprise on UPN. Enterprise, however, was a prequel series.

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