Voyager: Nearly 13 Years Since the Beginning…

I’ll admit to being a bit of a Trek fan but only of The Next Generation and Voyager installments. I suppose this admission comes with the anticipation of the pending new film from the Star Trek franchise. Voyager to me was the Trek creative team’s answer to the vacuum left behind when The Next Generation ended in 1994. (No, I don’t consider Deep Space Nine as a viable alternative since they really didn’t go “where no one has gone before;” they pretty much just stayed put and dealt with whatever the wormhole spat out.) But, I digress. I’m here to blab about Voyager.

While channel surfing tonight, I happened upon an old Voyager episode, and wondered what the actors who used to portray characters that I grew to love were doing now. Here’s a brief update:

Kate Mulgrew (“Katherine Janeway”) – Like most Trek alumni, Mulgrew can be seen at Trek Conventions and Sci-Fi Expos periodically. She is also a “champion” for the National Alzheimer’s Association Awareness Campaign. It was also interesting to read on her website that she was actually recently in my backyard– figuratively speaking, of course– to support a gallery showing of her son’s work.

Robert Beltran (“Chakotay”) – One of many Latino actors to portray Native American roles in entertainment, Beltran did a couple of Trek-related films at the conclusion of the Voyager series. In addition to convention appearances, he also has a Latino poetry CD out.

Tim Russ (“Tuvok”) – Russ had small parts in film following his stint on Voyager. He currently portrays the role of Frank, The Doorman on Samantha Who?

Roxann Dawson (“B’Elanna Torres”) – Dawson went behind the camera after Voyager, directing episodes on Enterprise (another Trek spin-off) and even Heroes. She also remains active in theater and some acting projects.

Robert Duncan McNeil (“Tom Paris”) – Yet another one to focus his energies behind the camera, McNeil has gone on to direct, including the pilot episode of aforementioned Samantha Who?

Garrett Wang (“Harry Kim”) – Wang has not been too busy in the acting biz since his Voyager job, and, according to his Wikipedia entry, wants to pursue interests outside of acting. You’ll most likely see him in conventions.

Robert Picardo (“The Doctor”) – Well, his website still has a holiday greeting video. Picardo played the role of “The Cowboy” in one of my most favorite flicks, Innerspace. You know, that movie when Meg Ryan was still genuinely cute? Anyway, Picardo was brilliant in it, if I do say so myself.

Ethan Phillips (“Neelix”) – After playing the human version of ALF on TV for seven seasons, it appears that Phillips turned to writing, but did have roles on several TV shows in 2007 (according to his Wikipedia entry).

Jennifer Lien (“Kes”) – Kes was inarguably the “pivotal character” for the first three seasons of the show, whose storyline seemed ever-present. Since her character evolved herself out of the series in 1997, Lien did some work before seeming to disappear completely from acting.

Jeri Ryan (“Seven of Nine/Annika Hansen”) – Ryan replaced Lien with the role of having the “pivotal character” on the show until the series ended in 2001. She successfully continued her TV career as a regular in the show, Boston Public.

Live long and…uh, never mind.


2 Responses to “Voyager: Nearly 13 Years Since the Beginning…”

  1. 1 Steve February 2, 2008 at 6:50 am

    Very interesting blog! Voyager was also in my top two of the various Trek incarnations. I enjoyed reading what they’re doing now.

    Steve’s Peeves & Affinities blog

  2. 2 Steve February 2, 2008 at 7:10 am

    I forgot two things: 1) No RSS feed? 2) Get well soon!

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