Ok so the may not have the iconic status of the original series or ‘The Next Generation’, but when it comes to Star Trek series, ‘Voyager’ is probably the best of the rest.
The show followed Captain Janeway and her cobbled-together crew as they try to return home from the wrong end of the Milky Way.
You would imagine the opportunity for brand new alien species combined with a lone crew trapped together like feral Big Brother contestants would make for a fascinating series full of chaos, tension and adventure. You’d be mistaken.
It was actually all quite polite and civilised with nicely quiffed hair, neatly pressed uniforms and forgettable new aliens. Here’s the opening intro.
What ever happened the cast? Find out after the jump!
Kate Mulgrew – Kathryn Janeway
Back in 1979 Kate played the previously unseen (and unlikely) role of Detective Columbo’s wife in a spin-off series called ‘Mrs Columbo’. It only last 13 episodes.
Before ‘Voyager’, she also had guest roles in ‘Cheers’ and ‘Murphy Brown’. Geneviéve Bujold first played Janeway but she quit the role after two days and Kate stepped in.
Here’s how Janeway could have been –
Since the show ended Kate returned to theatre, including a run of starring in ‘Equus’ on Broadway, and is now best known for playing Galina ‘Red’ Reznikov in the Netflix series ‘Orange is the New Black’.
Kate has two sons from her first marriage and is now married to Ohio politician Tim Hagan.
Robert Beltran – Chakotay
Since the show he has set up the East LA Classic Theatre Group, appeared in a few plays and had a supporting role on ‘Big Love’.
He is married and has a daughter.
Tim Russ – Tuvok
Tim originally screen-tested for the role of Geordi LaForge on ‘The Next Generation’ but lost out to LeVar Burton.
Nevertheless Tim had small roles in ‘The Next Generation’, ‘Deep Space Nine’ and the movie ‘Star Trek: Generations’.
Tim went on to the play the principal in ‘iCarly’, a doorman in ‘Samantha Who?’ and a surgeon in ‘Hannah Montana’.
He also plays in a band.
Robert Duncan McNeill – Tom Paris
Robert starred opposite a young Courteney Cox in the live-action He-Man movie ‘Masters of the Universe’.
He also popped up in an episode of ‘The Next Generation’ as Wesley Crusher’s college classmate.
He has since directed episodes of ‘One Tree Hill’, ‘Desperate Housewives’, ‘Las Vegas’, ‘Smash’, ‘Supernatural’ and ‘The Mentalist’.
He has three children with his wife Carol Seder.
Roxann Dawson – B’Elanna Torres
Roxann has gone on to direct episodes of ‘Lost’, ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’, ‘Heroes’ and ‘The Mentalist’. She has also written two plays and co-written a series of sci-fi novels.
She has two children with her second husband Eric Dawson.
Garrett Wang – Harry Kim
Garrett has since appeared at a few fan conventions and is due to star in ‘Star Trek: Renegades’ – a Kickstarter-funded pilot reuniting several former Star Trek stars including Walter Koenig (Chekov) from the original series.
Robert Picardo – The Doctor
Robert previously starred in ‘China Beach’ and he played the coach on ‘The Wonder Years’ (more on that cast here).
He also had small roles in ‘innerspace’, ‘The ‘Burbs’, ‘Small Soldiers’ and ‘Gremlins 2′.
Robert went on to appear in ‘Stargate SG-1′ and ‘Stargate Atlantis’ and has had guest roles in episodes of ‘Cold Case’, ‘The Mentalist’, ‘Supernatural’ and ‘CSI: NY’.
He has two daughters with his ex-wife Linda Pawlik.
Ethan Phillips – Neelix
Ethan previously appeared in the sitcom ‘Benson’ and has since gone on to appear in loads of theatre productions on Broadway and has had guest roles in ‘Pushing Daisies’, ‘Bones’, ‘Day of Our Lives’, ‘Arrested Development’, ‘The Middle’ and ‘The Mentalist’.
He’ll next be seen in the Coen brothers film ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ alongside Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund and Carey Mulligan.
Ethan plays the saxophone and has been married Patricia Cresswell since 1990.
Jennifer Lien – Kes
Jennifer was dropped from the cast in 1997 as Jeri Ryan was introduced as ‘Seven of Nine’ – she went on to have voice a character in ‘The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride’ and appeared in ‘American History X’.
She was arrested in 2012 for domestic assault.
She quit acting in 2002 after giving birth to her son Jonah
Jeri Ryan – Seven of Nine
Jeri got her break in the sci-fi series ‘Dark Skies’. She has since played a lawyer in ‘Boston Public‘ and ‘Shark’, was in ‘Down With Love‘ with Ewan McGregor and had guest roles in ‘Desperate Houseives’, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ and ‘The O.C’.
She now played medical examiner Kate Murphy in the legal drama ‘Body of Proof’.
Jeri has a son with her first husband politician Jack Ryan and a daughter with her second husband, French chef Christophe Émé.
The cast of ‘Star Trek Voyager’, we salute you!
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