As my husband and I are going through our second full watch of Star Trek as a couple, I thought it would be fun to report on the highlights along the way. So I decided to copy the same format as Charlene at Bookish Whimsy, who is going through her first-ever run of Star Trek and sharing her favorite episodes for each season. To compare, see her favorite episodes of Voyager season one.
The first season of Voyager is a short one, so I was going to do a top 3, but then I found it was actually pretty easy for me to come up with a top 5. After the huge significance of the pilot, not a lot happens in this season; the best is yet to come for Voyager.
This is the Doctor’s first real episode and first time experiencing life beyond sick bay. It was good to see him wrestle with, and then embrace, this new experience.
This hedonistic planet (that is not Risa) is interesting to me, but what gets me most in this episode is the end! I don’t want to spoil it, but let’s just say a character makes a surprising decision!
This is another plot twist episode where you find out someone isn’t all that he or she said they were. Dun dun DUN!
Now that I have rewatched every Star Trek pilot except Enterprise’s, which bored me to tears the first time, I think I can stand by my opinion that it is the best pilot in Star Trek. I don’t love everything about it, but it raises the stakes a ton and really sets the tone of the show from the get-go.
I really like this episode and I don’t know how to pinpoint why. I mean, you know they’re not actually going to make it home, but there’s the angle of hope that maybe they’ll get to send out messages. I won’t go any further about the plot, but will also add that I really like the Romulan character in this one. Everything in Star Trek was often overblown with Klingons, or in DS9 Ferengi, but I always want more Romulans (thanks Enterprise for finally indulging me). They fascinate me.
If you’ve seen Voyager, what your favorite episodes of the first season?
Ugh, I barely remember Eye of the Needle! I need to watch that again. This is a great list – I’m also glad to know that you think Caretaker is the best ST pilot yet! It is really well done, and immediately draws you in – definitely unlike Enterprise.
Speaking of, it’s so hard to motivate myself to watch Enterprise – somehow the first season is so painful to get through. I wish I could get to the good parts already. 🙂
Aww, I’m sorry it’s hard for you! It took me a little while to warm up to it, but it was some point in season one where I liked it. I think my liking of Trip helped a lot. But once they start talking about the Xindi you’ll know it’s getting real!