Voyager recounted the tale of a ship and its group flung to the opposite side of the universe. At the most ideal speed, it would take 75 years for them to return home, if they finished the excursion at all. From 1995 to 2001, we viewed their stories of comradeship, valor and creativity. Here are ten things you might not know about the show.
1. Kate Mulgrew, who played Captain Janeway, was not the initial choice for that part. She just got it after another on-screen character quit two days into shooting of the principal scene. Here’s a scene shot with Geneviève Bujold, the first actress to portray Janeway.
2. In the original series, Tom Paris was a Small Attack Vessel pilot subsequent to graduating from Starfleet Academy. Amid a wargame, he accidentally murdered another officer. Paris lied and blamed the dead man. When investigators revealed his lie, Starfleet sacked him from the service. This story is fundamentally the same as the Next Generation scene “The First Duty.” In that scene, a youthful Starfleet cadet named Nicholas Locarno coincidentally killed another pilot during training, then lied about it. Furthermore, Nicholas Locarno and Tom Paris were played by the same actor namely, Robert Duncan McNeill.
3. Tom Paris’ middle name is Eugene out of appreciation for Gene Roddenberry.