Awesome / Star Trek: Voyager

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You gotta have some serious Awesome in you to survive in the Delta Quadrant, and the Voyager crew definitely had their fair share.
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    Season 1 
  • The series premiere ends with a battle between the two Alpha Quadrant ships and Kazon. While Voyager acquits itself well, the Maquis ship is barely able to hang on much less help Voyager. However, in order to take some of the pressure off Voyager's back, Chakotay weaponizes his ship by using it to ram the main Kazon ship, destroying the vessel and giving Voyager the edge it needs.
  • Janeway's Badass Boast to Maj Cullah when he tells her that if she takes the remains a replicator the Kazon built from Voyager's technology, she'll be committing an act of war.
    Janeway: You know, I'm really easy to get along with most of the time, but I don't like bullies and I don't like threats, and I don't like you, Culluh. You can try and stop us from getting to the truth but I promise you that if you do I will respond with all the 'unique technologies' at my command.
  • One of Harry's earliest focus episodes, "Emanations," sees Harry have the sheer brass balls to seal himself up inside a death chamber, literally killing himself on the gamble that Voyager will find and revive him in time. That's Janeway-levels of guts.
  • And of course the whole "lower decks"-themed episode, "Learning Curve," where Tuvok takes four surly crewmembers and over the course of one episode, turns them into kick ass machines of awesome. When they save Tuvok against orders...
    Season 2 
  • Kes has a subtle one in "Tattoo." The Doctor has programmed himself with a 29-hour Levodian flu to mimic the symptoms of being sick, saying that it's an attempt to show the crew that they overreact to medical matters and that they should not be "coddled." Then he begins to panic when the 29 hour flu has gone on for thirty hours. It turns out that Kes tweaked the program a little.
    Kes: Knowing when it would end didn't exactly make it a fair test, did it, Doctor?
    (beat)
  • Kes had a bigger moment facing off with a powerful telepath. With the alien having incapacitated the entire rest of the ship with various illusions, she manages to look him in the eye and turn his power against him, halting the illusion and hitting him with everything he just subjected her to. By the look of it, he wasn't quite so prepared to take it...
    • The alien gets one a moment later. He's lying on the floor in pain, and Janeway starts asking him about exactly how he creates the illusions (so they can stop him from doing it in the future) with a look that suggests she's just barely holding back the urge to kick him while he's down. He looks up and says:
      Botha: "I'd really like to accommodate you, but you see...I'm not really here." (*vanishes*)
  • One of the darkest Moments Of Awesome in the whole series comes in "Meld." After a Mind Meld with a murderer, Tuvok loses control of his emotions and finally shows us why Vulcans maintain such tight emotional control: he becomes manipulative, downright brutal in attacking peoples mental/emotional weak-points, and even attempts to use his telepathic powers to control Kes before demonstrating how strong a Vulcan is by trying to shove his hand through a forcefield! Holy shit!!
  • "Dreadnought" is forty-two minutes of CMOA for B'Elanna, especially when you consider that she was the one who programmed Dreadnought, so its frequent CMOAs in the episode also belong to her by proxy. Too bad she doesn't really get another set of CMOAs at this level until "Juggernaut."
  • Another one for Janeway, in "Deadlock": after the ship is split into two equal versions and Vidiians invade one of them, that ship's Janeway destroys the ship to save the other one. When the Vidiians enter the bridge, Janeway flashes them a big smile and says "Hello. I'm Captain Kathryn Janeway. Welcome to the bridge." BOOM!
    • Also, Harry saving baby Naomi Wildman from the duplicate Voyager before the ship explodes.
  • "The Thaw" is a particularly cherished moment of awesome by Janeway fans. Several people are stuck hooked up to a virtual reality that is being run by a personification of the emotion of fear, who can only exist as long as there are terrified people connected to the system. Janeway manages to convince it into a "hostage exchange" where she takes the place of everyone else it's got in the simulation, then once everyone else is safely free, she reveals that she tricked Fear with a computer-generated Janeway, and isn't really connected. As Fear begins to fade away into nonexistence he whimpers "I'm afraid," to which Janeway responds with a cold "I know." See it here: [1]
    • From the same episode, the Doctor's handling in his first encounter with the Clown.
    The Clown: How am I supposed to negotiate if I don't know what your thinking?
    Doctor: (stone faced) I have a very trustworthy face.
  • In "Resolutions," the crew — having controversially abandoned a disease-ridden Janeway and Chakotay — has several. First, there's Harry freaking Kim spearheading a near-mutiny and devising an ultimately successful plan to bargain with the Vidiians for a cure. Then there's Kes talking Tuvok into relenting. Then there's Tuvok himself, demonstrating his credibility as Voyager's tactical officer by giving Kim's initial plan the improvements it needs to be successful — as well as his command during the battle itself, which ends up being a pretty awesome Misfit Mobilization Moment for Voyager's crew.
    Season 3 
  • In "Basics, Part 2," Tom Paris destroys a Kazon ship while in the middle of fixing his own damaged shuttlecraft. Actually, what happens is, a fed-up Paris yells "I don't have time for this!!", comes to a complete stop, lets the Kazon ship naturally get ahead of him, and then blasts them into oblivion just for pissing him off. Repeat: he took down a Kazon ship with just a shuttlecraft. And then he goes on to retake Voyager from the Kazons with the help of the Doctor and Suder.
    • Speaking of which, Lon Suder infiltrating Engineering, single-handedly taking out 11 Kazon (without missing!), and overloaded a backup phaser coil, killing Seska - and, tragically, himself - and allowing Tom Paris to retake the ship. After all his desperation in part 1 of wanting to contribute something to the ship as atonement for his crimes, it makes this sequence all the more powerful as he does just that - and it kills him.
    • Chakotay saving a native woman from an erupting volcano was seriously badass.
  • The entirety of Flashback from the very second we see Captain Sulu step into frame until the very end. But especially his Dare to Be Badass speech to young!Tuvok.
    • According to this episode, Janice Rand eventually made commander. Everyone's favorite Bridge Bunny really came a long way.
  • Kim in "The Chute" defending Paris. "This man is my friend; nobody touches him!" In the same episode, he also figures out how to break out of what is basically Space Alcatraz.
  • The Doctor's rescue of B'Elanna and Chakotay in "Future's End, Part 2". "Divine intervention is... unlikely," indeed.
  • Kes had another moment when she'd been body-snatched by an evil warlord. First, when you saw what the warlord did with Kes's powers... well, you learn why a Badass and very male Big Bad would want to spend the rest of the foreseeable future in the body of a waifish girl. (Of course, he didn't know that as an Ocampa, Kes, if she takes very good care of herself, will live to the ripe old age of nine, at best.) Then you find out the body's true owner's not as weak as the villain thought. He starts being driven mad, saying things that sound more Kes-ish than evil warlord-ish, and then we get a Journey to the Center of the Mind in which he confronts Kes. Tieran gives his speech of evilness, and Kes lets him know that he's messed with the wrong "little girl," ending with:
    Kes: "I won't stop until you're broken and helpless. There's nowhere you can go to get away from me. I'll be relentless, and merciless, just. Like. You."
    • At which point, Tieran awakens, and it turns out that he's actually been out for much longer than the few minutes that he experienced. And he is terrified. Of course, quoting it doesn't give you the full effect, which takes Kes' badass delivery. That's right, Kes' badass delivery.
  • Janeway going after the macroscopic macroviruses in "Macrocosm." That is, after Neelix gets Worf'd, and Janeway responds with a kickass Lock and Load Montage.
  • Captain Janeway basically telling DEATH to go fuck itself in "Coda." Kate Mulgrew's delivery is epic.
    Janeway: Go back to HELL, coward!
  • "Rise" features normally nice guy Neelix finally getting tired of Tuvok's verbal abuse and tears into him. From this point on, Tuvok softened a bit on Neelix although Neelix pulling a heroic moment at the end and saving Tuvok's life helped.
  • "Displaced." When alien invaders were switching out the crew for themselves one by one, a couple of extras and Chakotay were the only ones left on the bridge and got to kick major ass before finally being neutralized.
    • Not to be outdone, Janeway is the one to finally corner the masterminds at the end with a phaser, and tell them to set things right, or she'll leave their sorry asses in a frozen wasteland.
  • "Worst Case Scenario." Tuvok is disturbed to find that the crew has become obsessed with a holodeck program he had hidden away since the start of their journey (designed as a simulation of a potential Maquis uprising). Finally, he gets in on the proceedings and opens the program himself for the first time in ages... only to find himself and Paris trapped in a hostile program-within-a-program. It's Seska, getting her revenge on Tuvok, and it all happens a year after she died.
    Mark Oshiro: Like... that is petty. I respect that!
  • Species 8472's introduction was a CMOA and an Oh Crap! moment. When two Borg Cubes slowly move towards the camera delivering their Catch Phrase and Badass Boast, and then both of them are effortlessly blasted to scrap, one shot for each Cube, you know that bad stuff is gonna be happening.
    Borg: We are the Borg. Existence as you know it is over. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Resistance is fu... (both Borg vessels are instantly blown to bits)
    Season 4 
  • The fact that Janeway, in "Scorpion," had the guts to form an alliance with the Borg and keep them from assimilating everyone on the ship, collaborate with them to take down Species 8472, completely shut down Chakotay as he's arguing that it would be so much safer to just give up and appears to send him to the brig. Then when Seven of Nine tries to backstab them as expected, she has a perfect back-stabbing of her own up her sleeve which utilizes the very commander she recently shouted down. In the end, Voyager strolls away having out-backstabbed the Borg, defeated Species 8472, and gained a drone and through her tons of new Borg technology.
    • "Scorpion" has Music of Awesome. The score seems to evoke the TOS era danger music and TNG's "The Best Of Both Worlds."
  • Janeway's absolutely bonkers solution to the problem of the week in "Scientific Method". A large group of invisible aliens do horrible experiments on the crew, with no regard whatsoever for their lives, and have the gall to defend their work as somehow noble. Janeway, who's lost a crew member and has been dealing with horrible headaches all episode, finally snaps and flies the whole damn ship through a huge binary cluster that threatens to burn the ship to a crisp, just to scare them all away. Needless to say, it works. Janeway doesn't take your shit.
  • Although Voyager was notorious for its love affair with the Reset Button, it managed to push it in high style in the episode "The Year of Hell." In simple words: "Time's. Up.". More specifically, Janeway hit the Reset Button with THE SHIP ITSELF.
  • Tuvok in "Random Thoughts," infiltrating a black market for violent emotions on a world of disciplined telepaths, and managing to get their interest and disable them by telepathically revealing WHY Vulcans prefer to repress their emotions.
  • Janeway had one in "Concerning Flight" where she and holo-Leonardo da Vinci built one of his Renaissance-era gliders, and used it in an escape plan. Thoroughly cool.
  • "Message in a Bottle". The USS Prometheus takes its place in the pantheon of Cool Starships with four words: Multi Vector Assault Mode. Holy Crap.
  • Tuvok had a really good one in "Prey". A member of Species 8472 has infiltrated a part of the ship and depressurized it. The crew members have split off in pairs to try to hunt it down, with Tuvok and Seven as one of the pairs. As they walk down a darkened, gravity-less hallway, they turn a corner and Seven spins and fires at something in the air. The camera pans and we see a floating datapad hanging in midair, spinning gently. It pans back to the two of them and Tuvok looks at the datapad critically, turns to Seven and calmly declares, "You missed."
  • In the episode "Blood Fever", B'Elanna takes one of the boldest steps of female empowerment shown in any Star Trek series by naming herself as her champion against Vorik. And by the way he treated her in his pon farr, particularly since he ended up infecting her with it, he definitely had it coming.
    B'Elanna: If anyone is going to smash your arrogant little face in, I will! I take your challenge myself!
  • Neelix and the Doctor saving several of their crewmates from holographic Nazis by attacking them with a group of drunken holographic Klingons in "The Killing Game" was pretty awesome.
    Neelix: Onward my brothers!
    Doc: Qapla! Gentelmen! Qapla!
    • For that episode, two lines/sets of lines:
    Tom: If Betty Grable were to walk through that door right now, what part would you look at?
    Harry: [Beat] Her legs.
    Tom: O.K.
    • Harry being a total Determinator in this episode in general, but especially him standing up to the Hirogen, who have taken control of the ship and mind-controlled the rest of the crew. Even better, it's a great Let's Get Dangerous! moment — the Ops officer, aka the guy whose job basically touches every system on the ship, is ideally suited for acts of secret sabotage, which he does with considerable aplomb. And that's when he's not basically telling them to piss off right to their stupid faces. Yes, we're talking about the same Harry Kim.
    Harry: GO TO HELL!!
    • And yet, after all that... he still never gets promoted, and the fans still call him "the dweeb."
    • Seven had several as well, but to cite one in particular, a Hirogen demands that she sing (her persona in the holoprogram having been a lounge singer). She refuses even as the Hirogen pulls a weapon on her and Tuvok attempts to convince her that getting herself killed over this isn't logical. Seven starts by telling Tuvok - Tuvok - that logic is irrelevant. And then this epic line:
    • Same episode: the Hirogen "Commandant" deconstructing Nazi ideals and harassing a holo-Nazi about it.
    Season 5 
  • Seven of Nine may be a Ms. Fanservice, but she has a few MOAs to her name. A fun one comes in "Night" when Tom tries to make her join his Captain Proton holoprogram. Instead of putting up with the complete overdose of cheese, Seven walks up to the oh-so-intimidating robot, says "I am Borg," opens a panel and pulls out a cord, shutting it down.
    Seven: The robot has been neutralized. May I leave now?
    • Also from "Night" - the bridge crew bands together to keep a guilt-ridden Janeway from making a Senseless Sacrifice and trapping herself in a huge, black void so the crew can escape. This forces her to Take a Third Option with them, and in a blast of CGI and a ton of Scenery Porn, they eventually get through a vortex that shaves two years off their journey.
  • Ensign Harry Kim, "Timeless." Unfortunately, it's pretty much the only episode for the Ensign to shine this brightly, but it's a doozy - fifteen years in the future, an older, grayer Harry finds the remains of what once was the USS Voyager and uses some of Seven's old Borg tech to change the past and save his friends from a crash landing. Also features perhaps the most satisfying Big "YES!" in the entire franchise.
  • "Counterpoint" is a CMoA for the writers in general, but the best part is Janeway giving The Reveal in her best calm "don't you wish you'd figured it out" voice:
    Kashyk: You created false readings!
  • In "Dark Frontier," Harry designs a torpedo to be beamed to a Borg vessel, which destroys it. How the hell was this guy never promoted?!
  • The end of "The Fight." When Chakotay is delusional, sleep-deprived, and running a fever, he can still function well enough to bring Voyager out of Chaotic Space.
    Season 6 
  • The whole last half of "Pathfinder" is one for Barclay. After his radical procedure to contact Voyager is turned down, he breaks into the lab after hours to do it himself. After he's found out, he quickly transfers the controls to a holodeck simulation of Voyager and continues to run through the procedure, all while evading the guards chasing him using various tricks he's learned from his extensive time spent in the program. Finally, he's caught and forced to give up, thinking his plan was a failure, when a message comes through:
    Janeway: Starfleet Command! Come in! This is Captain Kathryn Janeway! Do you read me??
    • Also a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming for both Barclay, who is exonerated, and for the Voyager crew (watch Tom's face when he hears from his dad for the first time in years).
  • For the Doctor, pick a moment from "Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy," especially the pre-credit sequence and the transformation into the ECH.
    • Toward the end, as acting captain, he manages to bluff the aliens with a fake weapon in either a rip-off or homage to the episodes "The Emissary" from DS9 and "The Corbomite Maneuver" from TOS respectively, depending on who you ask. And he does it with style.
    Doc: Tuvok! Activate the Photonic Cannon! (beat) Tuvok, that was an order!
    Tuvok: Activating the Photonic Cannon... Sir.
  • "Live Fast And Prosper." Voyager discovers con artists have been impersonating them, and are none too happy about their reputation being tainted. The sequence of the con artists being Out-Gambitted by the Voyager crew is pretty great as a whole, but the standout is in the climactic scene, where Tuvok faces his double in an underground corridor:
    Fake Tuvok: Logic would dictate that neither of us has the advantage.
    Tuvok: Your logic is flawed.
  • In "The Haunting of Deck Twelve," when B'Elanna exclaims that she can't shut off a forcefield, Chakotay calmly takes out his phaser and shoots it, solving the problem.
    Season 7 
  • Icheb's big moment comes in "Imperfection," when Seven's cortical node starts shutting down, endangering her life. After it's determined that harvesting a node from a dead drone won't save her, Icheb comes up with a way to not only donate his node to her, but also adapt himself to survive without it. And then, when Seven refuses to let him risk his life for her, he forces the issue by disconnecting the node himself while giving a speech about helping others that makes Seven, Janeway, and the Doctor acknowledge that he's no longer Just a Kid.
  • Pretty much everything the Doctor does in "Critical Care," when he finds himself trapped in a morally bankrupt hospital, and, in just a few days, figures out how to manipulate the system so that all the patients get the treatment they need.
    • Neelix got one in that episode too. After the man who took the Doctor from Voyager is put in the brig and Tuvok threatens a mind-meld with him to extract the information, Neelix one-ups him, and brings the prisoner some food..... which is loaded with enough Talaxian root to give him at least 30 long hours of gastrointestinal pains. Unless, of course, he feels like trading information for an antidote. Damn, Neelix.
  • "Body And Soul" is mostly a CMOF, but it's also a meta-MOA for Jeri Ryan, who is utterly perfect emulating Robert Picardo's Doctor mannerisms.
  • The climax of "Shattered" is one for the entire crew. The ship is split into different time frames, and the final console needed to fix everything is in engineering, currently populated by Seska and the Kazon. To fight them, all the crew members from the various time frames join forces: Chakotay from the present day, Janeway and Kim from before the ship leaves the Alpha Quadrant, an adult Naomi and Icheb from the future, and B'Elanna who is still in the Maquis, and a version of Paris most likely from a slightly alternate present. The coup de grace comes when Seska takes Janeway hostage but is stopped by the last arrival: the fully Borg Seven of Nine.
    • Then there's the way Janeway gets Magnificent Bastard Chaotica to inject one of the packs for her — seconds after he was ready to kill her.
  • When the Doctor actually got to be the ECH in "Workforce", he didn't let it go to waste. When informed by some scavengers that they intended to seize his ship, he opened fire on them without a second thought and they were disabled in moments.
    • Remember back in "Dark Frontier" where Harry Kim was the brains behind an explosive device that tricked the Borg? He pulls it off once more in "Workforce," when he made attacking aliens think that the crew was abandoning ship, filling the escape pods with bombs!
  • The Doctor escaping Voyager in "Renaissance Man", which finishes with him, disguised as a pregnant Torres, beating Tuvok in hand-to-hand combat by flipping off of walls. Parkour was never so justified in Star Trek.
  • I submit... Admiral Kathryn Janeway. Crowning Admiral Of Awesome.
    • When Admiral Janeway starts revealing the future to her younger Captain-self, who is uninterested for the most part for fear of violating the Temporal Prime Directive, until that is, she hears about Tuvok's inevitable fall from sanity:
      Captain Janeway: "What about Tuvok?"
      Admiral Janeway: "You're forgetting the Temporal Prime Directive, Captain——"
      Captain Janeway: "TO HELL WITH IT!"
    • Voyager equipping its armor from the future and transphasic torpedoes. For the Borg, resistance is futile.
    • Five words:
    • Not to mention:
      Future!Janeway: Just enough... to bring chaos to order.
    General 
  • Whenever things get dangerous, Voyager's crew tosses aside the little phasers and pull out the big guns.
  • Meta-awesome: many episodes that prominently features Neelix, such as "Jetrel" and "Mortal Coil" are amazing He Really Can Act moments for Ethan Phillips, who may have wound up The Scrappy but was a truly underrated performer.
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