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Trekkie thoughts

Okay. I'm a lifetime Trekkie. I am. But I've seen Voyager a few times through, now, and I just have to ask: what the hell was Starfleet thinking, promoting Janeway?

I mean, let's look at her record. Straight off the bat, not even a week into her very first command, she botches a perfectly simple assignment from Starfleet Intelligence to track down one measly little Maquis ship which was apparently not even important enough to warrant more than one Cardassian spy, and that one not very good at her job, let's face it. Good operatives do *not* fall in love with their primary target and then get caught out by accident. (By a holographic Starfleet doctor that is not Julian Bashir, no less. That's got to be embarassing.)

Gets her ship lost in the Delta Quadrant, more or less on purpose. Collaberates with terrorists: gives them field commissions! (*thinks very little of the noble Maquis*) Loses a quarter of her crew in seven years. Violates the Prime Directive with a regularity that rivals the record of James Kirk. Commits "necessary" genocide not once, not twice, but three times under, all right, arguably necessary circumstances, but hardly in keeping with Starfleet doctrine. Oh, and let's not forget: TEAMED UP WITH THE BORG, resulting in a very severe, albeit brief secondary threat from an alien race that proved to be a much greater threat *than* the Borg, said threat averted only through the judicious application of First Officer Nookie Magic, aka Chakotay's Lips.

Returns home thanks to yet another rather impressively questionable command decision, placing the entire Alpha Quadrant at risk in the meantime, and what does Starfleet do? They make her an Admiral. Forget the questionable command decisions and the flagrant violations of the Federation's most sacred precepts; it was her first command.

And then they made another movie and STILL NO SPACE STATION MISFITS, damnit.

I blame Brannon Braga. >.


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Sep. 7th, 2004 10:07 am (UTC)
I think you pinpointed it when you mentioned Kirk. She is like Kirk, in a lot of ways, except without all the poon you seem to think she's been getting.

Maybe I missed some episodes, but the only time I saw her touch lips with Chakotay was that time he gave her CPR? O_o; He ends up with Seven of Nine, which I thought was fairly twisted, because to me it seemed like he and the Captain were more like a pair of surrogate parents to the woman.
Sep. 7th, 2004 11:52 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, I found Seven/Chakotay to be most *deeply* creepy. On a par with Julian/Serena (I think that was her name - the just-post-catatonic fellow mutant girl? Her. *shudder*) It was completely random and had everything to do with fanservice, which is one of the main reasons I couldn't stand most of the last three seasons of Voyager.

There was a lot of subtextual Janeway/Chakotay and a lot of heavy hinting in the first chunk of the show. I mean, he's her only emotional support for the better part of at least seven years; he's the only one who calls her by her first name and the only person who ever questions her. The primary 'ship episode is the one whose name I can't remember where they're stranded alone on an alien planet together for six months. When they're cured and have to leave he's simply heartbroken. Eventually she places him at arm's length, leaving him vulnerable for Seven and fanservice to pounce upon him. Poor Chakotay.
Sep. 7th, 2004 09:49 pm (UTC)
Resolutions! Resolutions! Resolutions! also, Coda was where she died, and then at the end he gives her a rose and they
go for a walk around a holographic lake, and, and.....IT's JUST NOT FAIR!!!!!!!!! they should have been together. They're Sooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuullllllllllllllllmmmmmmmmmaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttessss!
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