Trekathon Season Review: Voyager, Season 4

Sometimes retooling works.

This season sees some big changes in the setup of the show. Kes was replaced by Seven of Nine. And then Seven of Nine got a *lot* of screen time – she was the main plot driver in 7 episodes, had the B-plot in another handful, and played a significant role in the plot of another seven. That’s well ahead of anyone else on the ship except Janeway.

So that was pretty high risk – it’s a fundamentally new factor being added into the show’s equation. It paid off. Seven is an interesting character, and the performance is good. She’s supported several interesting stories. But I do have a concern – she keeps getting character development, then she drops back to where she was for the start of the next episode.

There were still a handful of bad episodes (*Mortal Coil*, *Hunters*, *Retrospect*, *Unforgettable*). But these were handily matched by the very good (*Nemesis*, *Message in a Bottle*, *One*) and excellent (*Year of Hell* (well, part 2 at least), *The Killing Game*, *Living Witness*). Overall this is definitely in the ‘Strong Performers’ bracket, just behind TNG Season 4.

So the overall rankings are now:

The very best of Trek:

– TNG Season 6

– DS9 Season 2

Strong performers:

– DS9 Season 5

– TNG Season 3

– TNG Season 5

– TOS Season 2

– TNG Season 4

– VOY Season 4

Mixed bag:

– TOS Season 1

– DS9 Season 2

– DS9 Season 1

– VOY Season 1

– TNG Season 7

Not good:

– DS9 Season 3

– VOY Season 3

– TNG Season 2

– TAS Season 1

– VOY Season 2

– TOS Season 3

– TAS Season 2

– TNG Season 1