While I was watching DS9 a lot of people talked to me about how "dark" the series was. How different it is from the rest of Trek because of its hard-edged themes and shades of grey. And that's true. But, watching Voyager at Warp 9, it becomes obscenely clear how serious the series is. It's strange how underrated it is in terms of its subject matter and character development.
Take a couple of the characters and episodes I mentioned already:
1- Neelix is a gregarious dude who's kind of goofy and likes to mess around in the kitchen making stuff too spicy. But, in "Jetrel," we see a new side of the character. He dodged the draft, wasn't there to defend his family when they were under attack, helped with the relief effort and ended up with awful survivor's guilt. Nightmares of a little girl who suffered horrible burns (and died as a result of her injuries while Neelix watched over her) haunt him.
|Ethan Phillips is absolutely brilliant in this quiet but emotionally powerful episode.|
|You know, just in case the sheer idea of it wasn't horrifying enough.|
And then there's Tuvix. We aren't to Tuvix yet but we'll get there and when we do, I'll inevitably talk about all this again.
So why does DS9 get all the credit for super deep characters and serious plots while Voyager often gets overlooked? Maybe we forget about this stuff because the characters on Voyager don't wallow. They don't sit around in Quarks drinking raktajino staring forlornly at the wormhole. The Voyager crew has somewhere to be and they don't have time to muck about. They get on with their lives and deal with their emotional issues while they get up every single day and try to figure out a way home.