By Joe Bergren 8:37 AM PDT, May 23, 2021
Star Trek: Voyagerended 20 years ago, which made it the franchise’s third consecutive series to run for seven seasons, following The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. When the show came to a close, it marked the beginning of the end for a special era in Gene Roddenberry’s universe, which had flourished with the one-hour sci-fi dramas led by Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks). Upon its debut in 1995, Voyager’s mission was to continue this success by introducing Captain Kathyrn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), Star Trek’s first series with a female lead actor.
When ET chatted with the cast of Voyager on set in 2001 amid filming the series finale, ‘Endgame,’ the ensemble revealed they were experiencing many of the same feelings behind the scenes as their counterparts on board the show’s Intrepid class starship. “We’ve had a couple days that were a little bittersweet,” Jeri Ryan, who stepped into the role of Seven of Nine at the start of Voyager’s fourth season, told ET. “I’ve been with these people for four years and they’ve been together for seven. And you really do become like a family, because you see them more than your family.”
After having been stranded thousands of lightyears away from the Alpha quadrant, the ship’s crew of Starfleet officers and Maquis rebels had successfully banded together while they endured a bombardment of deadly obstacles throughout the journey home. And now, the time had come for actors and characters alike to bid farewell.
The Borg Queen (Alice Krige) interrogates Admiral Janeway.