We kick off the Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch with the episode that started it all 25 years ago. We meet Captain Janeway, Chakotay, the EMH, Neelix, Tom Paris, Harry Kim, B’Elanna Torres, Tuvok, Rollins, Ayala, and a bunch of other characters who die, so we’re supposed to pretend they don’t matter. Sigh. My take on “Caretaker.”
Okay, if there was a TNG episode in which Riker, Ro, La Forge, Crusher, and Ogawa were all killed, it might, y’know, get mentioned once or twice. In fact, it would devastate the crew and have repercussions from which the characters would struggle to recover.
Yet the equivalent characters on Voyager are all killed, and by the second hour nobody seems to give a shit. Janeway’s waxing rhapsodic about talking to Kim’s parents and how he forgot his clarinet, and Kim’s just missing for a bit. What about your first officer who died? What about Stadi? What about the entire medical staff, who aren’t even given the dignity of names, or the chief engineer, who isn’t given the dignity of a name or a face? (And hey, did they just keep all those dead bodies in stasis for seven years?)