How well do you really know the crew of the USS Voyager? Sure, you may know that Capt. Kathryn Janeway was played by Kate Mulgrew. But how much do you really know about her character or the other members of the crew? Here are some facts about Star Trek Voyager that you might not have known.
Kate Mulgrew originally played Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: The Next Generation
According to Mulgrew, her character was originally supposed to die at some point in season one. Instead of killing off Mulgrew’s character, producers swapped out TNG for ‘Voyager’. While it must have been hard for Mulgrew to say goodbye to her crewmates on TNG and switch to a new show with a totally different cast (not counting Picard), imagine how awful it would’ve been if Janeway had died! We’re glad they gave ‘Voyager’ another chance.
Neelix was supposed to die in Caretaker
Neelix was supposed to be killed off in Caretaker. Unfortunately, no one told actor Ethan Phillips, who had been in L.A. while filming. He only found out when he arrived on set for his next scene. Shooting an angry rant at Kes after she goes behind his back to sabotage Paris and Kim’s relationship. He was so upset that he refused to film it. Eventually calmed down and continued with Season 1…where he lasted four more seasons!
The Borg Queen was introduced as an older version of Kes
When Kes was turned into a full-fledged member of Species 8472, she took on some of their characteristics including a voice. Once you compare her voice to that of Borg Queen, it’s easy to see why fans noticed these similarities. The Borg Queen is also referred to as Seven of Nine by Captain Janeway which was Kes’ name while in captivity with Species 8472 and in flashbacks seen on Voyager.
There were supposed to be two holodecks on Voyager
The show was originally supposed to have two separate holodecks: one on Deck 2 and another on Deck 10. But since sets can cost thousands of dollars per day to film in, and an additional $10,000 or more for a set-piece. t’s no surprise that these sets were never built. (Source)
Some episodes were produced by a different company
Though Paramount Television produced all seven seasons of Star Trek: Voyager, not every episode was made by Paramount’s team. The sixth season featured an episode called Dark Frontier that was co-produced by an independent company called Renegade 83. To be fair, it wasn’t really a co-production; they just brought in a random off-the-wall production team to handle one episode.
A timeslot change killed ratings of Star Trek Voyager
The most talked-about moment in Star Trek history—the series finale, Endgame—aired as part of a five-hour block on UPN. But it wasn’t always planned that way. The network originally scheduled all five hours for Fridays at 8 p.m., believing that would be a more competitive timeslot than Sundays at 7 p.m., where Deep Space Nine had aired its last several seasons.
Captain Janeway’s Rank Was Lowered for Endgame
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Alex Kurtzman revealed that he and showrunner Michael Chabon were forced to lower Captain Janeway’s rank due to the fact that she was originally a captain at the end of her series.
“We were always aware of the fact that we were going to have a problem when it came time to show her,” Kurtzman said. “I think what we did was we lowered her rank so that she would be able to join Picard in his mission.”