Take that, Voyager haters.
Ahead of the Sept. 24 release of Star Trek: Discovery, Netflix dropped a list of the 10 most-watched Star Trek episodes, and it’s filled with the adventures of Capt. Janeway, Tuvok, and the whole Voyager crew. (The survey excluded the first two episodes of each series, which would dominate with people checking them out for the first time.)
Everyone loves The Next Generation. And Trekkies have long talked up the multi-episode story arcs and political intrigue of Deep Space Nine.
But hardcore fans love to hate on Voyager. Admitting you like the show, at least in some circles, is like defending Shia LaBeouf as Indiana Jones. Well, it looks like the people have spoken with their Netflix accounts — and they love Voyager.
1. Voyager, “Endgame: Parts 1 & 2”
2. The Next Generation, “The Best of Both Worlds: Part 1”
3. The Next Generation, “The Best of Both Worlds: Part 2”
4. Voyager, “Scorpion: Part 1”
5. Voyager, “Scorpion: Part 2”
6. Voyager, “The Gift”
7. Voyager, “Dark Frontier: Parts 1 & 2”
8. The Next Generation, “Q Who?”
9. Voyager, “Time and Again”
10. The Next Generation, “Clues”
That’s right, six of the 10 Star Trek episodes Netflix subscribers watched most are from Voyager.
Sure, Neelix, the spotted alien chef, is kind of cheesy. And Tom Paris has no charisma. And also there’s that episode where Janeway and Paris turn into lizards and have sex. Oh, and that Andy Dick guest appearance.
Yet I always loved the fun, light-hearted tone of the show. It didn’t get bogged down in battles for Federation supremacy, like DS9 and TNG, or take itself too seriously.
It was just a crew of wacky misfits flying across totally unknown space encountering new alien species — much like the original series in the ’60s.
So, watch long and prosper, Voyager fans. There are more of you out there than you thought.