These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Is Janeway really a tyrannical, Trigger HappyOmnicidal Maniac who abuses her crew as she carves a swath of destruction and ruination through the Delta Quadrant? (This is how she's portrayed by SF Debris) Or just suffering from manic-depression? It didn't help that the character was written poorly, making the mood swings unintentional at best. For instance one episode, "Night", has the crew suffering from a severe drop in morale, thanks in large part to Janeway having locked herself in her quarters, with the lights off, for two months and refusing to communicate with anyone but Chakotay. She's the very picture of mental health! According to Kate Mulgrew when asked during an autograph signing, she said her belief was that Janeway was in fact at best Bipolar or at worst, suffered some kind of mental instability.
Chakotay is revealed in "Shattered" to have a hidden supply of Cider in one of the cargo bays for the last 7 years. No wonder he comes across as being wooden, spouts nonsensical mysticism at the strangest times, has questionable command abilities, and for the life of him can't land a shuttle without crashing it into something! Its entirely plausible that he's been secretly tapping the Admiral for the entire trip.
Chakotay's not the only one who might have been intoxicated. Kes constantly sees visions that no one else can see, and speaks in an oddly calm, half-there tone of voice. Kes has a little garden where she grows exotic plants. Coincidence?
One interpretation of Harry Kim is that he's a severely repressed homosexual who deliberately seeks unattainable women in order to vastly overcompensate for his unrequited love for Tom. This would explain a lot. Considering Garrett Wang isgayhimself, it achieves a bit of Hilarious in Hindsight.
Consider for a moment that the Kobali from "Ashes to Ashes" simply couldn't have evolved to reproduce via necromancy and apparently had no difficulty traversing the 30,000 lightyears crossed by Voyager since Lynsday Ballard died, it makes more sense to speculate they're members of an insane cult that was driven off their homeworld and now is constantly moving, to avoid the countless alien authorities who've taken exception to them profaning their dead?! Given Janeway's rather dubious track record over the course of the series, one could even suggest they're following in her wake!
Alternatively, they were never a naturally-evolving species in the first place, but rather a Frankenstein-style artificial population that broke away from their creators and established their own civilization.
Canon Sue: Janeway has received more than a few accusations of being a Mary Sue for the show's co-creator, Jeri Taylor, mostly because the episodes written by Taylor always seemed to spend their time fawning over what a wonderful and virtuous person Janeway was, even in the face of the utterly crazy decisions she often made.
as SF Debris points out, in one episode, she imagines her funeral. Time of the funeral, where every member of the crew is talking about how awesome she is? Four minutes. In a forty minute show. That's right, ten percent of the episode is about Janeway essentially having everyone say how awesome she is. For comparison, in a feature length movie, Spock's funeral was only two minutes, and that was in a two hour movie. That's only about two and a half percent of the movie, for a character who was, let's face it, a cultural icon.
Considering that the episode plot revolved around the assumption that she had died and she was watching her crew mourn her and come to terms with her death, one could argue that her funeral is an essential part of the episode. However, that particular episode plot, with Janeway watching her crew mourn over her and then her crew encouraging her to live as she fights for her life, is fairly ridiculously in itself. It so obviously reeks of an emo 14-year-old's Possession Sue fic that the episode should have been wiped out at the concept stage, and never even go near production.
Kes fits practically all the criteria for a classic Mary Sue. She has unique mental powers to be unlocked that often come up as Deus Ex Machinas to save the day; she is physically beautiful, to the point that Tom and Neelix fight over her (though it's somewhat one-sided as Tom is respectful enough not to try and horn in on someone's girlfriend and as such is forced to defend himself from Neelix and his paranoid outbursts), and the Doctor is hinted to have the holo-hots as well; she has a super-human memory; she's kind and gentle and friendly. She has no physical flaws except a short lifespan, and no personality flaws except... "I'm too curious." The fact that her curiosity never actually got anyone into trouble probably makes this a "Mary Sue" flaw. Every other character on the show has a tragic flaw that comes up regularly(Torres' temper, Chakotay's trust in strangers, Tuvok's turbulent emotions he tries to keep buried), Kes never had one, save the dark side hinted at in "Cold Fire" and later seen in "Fury." Most "day in the limelight" episodes focus on their flaws; Kes' seemed to focus on her powers and how "mysterious" they were. Kes was eventually written off, with the excuse that the writers "couldn't think of any more stories for her." Well, it's hard to think of stories for a character who's already perfect.
The license that this show takes with Medical science... *whimper*
Just one example? The Doctor at one point, tries to cure someone... by bombarding them with antiprotons. This is so insane that it honestly defies explanation. The reason? Antiprotons are another name for inverted protons- namely, antimatter. The stuff that instantly converts whatever normal matter it touches to energy... in a massive explosion.
Crowning Music Of Awesome: Certainly had one of the best Star Trek themes, if not the best. So good, in fact, that it won an Emmy. It has been said that Voyager's opening theme is the music to what the show should have been. Composed by Jerry Goldsmith.
Designated Hero: Some of Janeway's actions seem grossly immoral to some fans, to the point where they might be considered a Moral Event Horizon if Janeway wasn't The Captain and protagonist. The Status Quo Is God format of the series meant that especially questionable actions (such as separating Tuvix against his wishes) were rarely or never brought up again. She did get the occasional What the Hell, Hero? (usually from Chakotay) but again, status quo dictated that they end their disagreement by the end of the episode.
Ensemble Darkhorse: The Doctor. Not only is he considered by many fans to be their favorite character, but there's an argument to be made for him being the most prominent example in franchise history, eclipsing even Spock or Data. Nearly every single episode that is generally agreed to be "good" or better features The Doctor prominently. It does help that Robert Picardo enjoyed his character and working on the show a good deal more than any of the other major cast members, and that The Doctor was easily the most consistently-written character, and one of the few who actually evolved over the years.
Add the fact that this episode originally aired one week before Christmas on to that. Given that the episode takes place during a Talaxian holiday celebrating family and kinship, the air date was probably intentional.
Fridge Brilliance: Considering that Neelix has consistently lied about his abilities, and has gotten people killed because of his supposed "skills", it's unlikely that Neelix would have a happy afterlife at all. Being stuck in oblivion is punishment for those wrongful deaths... unless the Talaxian Gods felt a better punishment was forcing him to be sent back to Voyager.
Seven and the Doctor is vastly more popular than Seven and Chakotay, who were suddenly put together at the end.
Seven and the Captain is also vastly preferred over Seven and Chakotay. For that matter, you can probably find more fans of almost any pairing than that one, even Tuvok/Neelix.
Since Naomi ages so fast, many fan-fics set when Naomi is older pair her and Icheb up.
Fanon Discontinuity: there are a number of very silly Idiot Plots, in the first two to three seasons in particular, that are written out of fan consciousness for the sake of mercy. Remember that episode where Tom Paris made it to Warp 10? The fans decided not to (Except when it is used for snark by reviewers, such as in SF Debris and his Voyager reviews.) In fact, even the series itself struck it off.
And the foot massage part of her Elogium ceremony...
Depending on your tastes, Seven of Nine is much more attractive as a full Borg drone than a human.
The...restraints that the Hirogen put onto Seven and Tuvok in "Hunters" is like something out of "The Lord of the G-Strings."
This Troper was much, much too happy to see Chakotay get bound and gagged, and later lashed to the ground spread-eagle, in "Nemesis."
Harry Kim himself seemed pretty happy about being in chains, when he was captured by the Twin Mistresses of Evil in Tom's "Captain Proton" program.
Growing the Beard: Season 3 is commonly felt to be at least a little better than the first two seasons, with the "Future's End" two-parter in particular being considered to be where the show's overall quality started to drastically improve (in no small part due to the Doctor getting his mobile emitter). Seasons 4—7 are widely regarded as a major improvement.
In particular 4—7 showcased greater consistency in Janeway's character and decreased the Ominicidal Trigger Happy aspects of her personality a fair bit. The story plots also became less stupid, to some degree, and Seven of Nine became a regular character as well (this coincided with less screentime for characters like Chakotay which really didn't hurt at all).
In addition, those less popular characters like Chakotay, Harry Kim and Neelix had the traits that people found annoying toned down. Chakotay's Magical Native American mysticism faded away and he acted more normal; Harry became less of a "dweeb" and started to stand up to Tom more, and earned command of night shifts; and Neelix's obnoxious traits virtually vanished as he took up the kindness and responsibilities of being a morale officer (this due largely to breaking up with Kes in Sesaon 3, and later Kes leaving the ship, so he couldn't remain so jealous of her).
People (and even the character herself later on) condemn Janeway's decision to destroy the Caretaker's array, which could have gotten the crew home. What they tend to conveniently forget is that it would have taken Voyager hours at least to figure out how the array worked, they were under heavy fire by several Kazon ships, a Kazon ship crashed into the Array causing its self-destruct and probably numerous other systems to be disabled or destroyed, and that more were on the way even if Voyager had managed to take them all out.
On a broader scale, there is quite a lot of Hate Dumb surrounding this show, and some of it is stupider than the show itself. Whether it's down to characterization, continuity or Janeway's decisions, a lot of things get hated disparagingly... when if looked at a little more closely it isn't that hard to find out how they make sense or where the logic is to justify such a development - although a disturbing number of times this seems to be despite the writing staff. It's not that there aren't some insanely stupid things that happen in this show. There are. But a lot of people slather their hate indiscriminately without paying attention to what they are hating on, or worse, hate something for the wrong reasons. It happens so frequently that it puts shame to the dedicated haters out there who don't like the show for perfectly sane reasoning. Essentially, the Hate Dumb for this show proves that its not just the writers (or the producers, depending on who you blame for the storyline stupidity) who have a dire need for retrograde gene therapy targeted to increase dendritic density in the cerebral cortex (when such a thing is invented and eventually banned).
Then there's the fact that many if not most of the flaws "Voyager" is accused of are shared by virtually the entire "Star Trek" saga. True, "Voyager" had inconsistent writing, a "reset button" at the end of most episodes, and lame rubber-forehead aliens; but so did "Next Generation" and the "Original Series" before it, often to much greater extents.
This may extend to Chakotay's actor, Robert Beltran, who is often hated by fans for openly dissing "Star Trek" and its fans. The fact that he does charity work for those with Downs Syndrome, and won't even make fun of people with speech impediments (at least according to one interview), does not redeem him from the crime of disrespecting a television show.
Hilarious in Hindsight: At one point, Neelix is forced to get makeup and surgery so that he looks like the Grand Nagus of the Ferengi ("False Profit"). His actor, Ethan Philips, would later go on to be one of the Ferengi seen in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Acquisition." He previously played a Ferengi in "Menage a Troi" in TNG, so this may have possibly be an in-joke.
One for the episode "Scientific Method." Try not to laugh at how Chakotay looks when he ages; his face is elderly, but from the neck down he's still oddly buff for such an old man. Fast-forward ten years, and watch Robert Beltran in interviews or con panels. His hair is silver, his face is wrinkled, and he still looks like he could kill you with one punch. Guess his appearance in "Scientific Method" wasn't so far-fetched after all!
Holy Shit Quotient: While "Coda" had some definite problems, the scene where the Doctor euthanizes the Phage-infected Janeway is downright chilling. Also, the scene shortly thereafter where Chakotay tries and fails to bring Janeway back with CPR; this doubles as a Tear Jerker.
Ho Yay: Depending on your interpretation, there's a lot of this between Harry and Tom.
Particularly in "Demons", where they are the first of the Silver Blood duplicates to exist, essentially making them Adam and Eve. Yeah...
Chakotay/Paris also has a sizable following. It's surprisingly easy to read their tension and Tom's protectiveness of Chakotay as the result of their being bitter ex boyfriends who still have feelings for each other.
In particular, the opening scene of "The Fight" makes it almost impossible to interpret them as heterosexual.
Additionally is the tensions between the two in "Lifesigns." Though Tom's behavior is all part of Janeway's plan to catch a traitor (and Chakotay is unaware of this), the conversion they have in the mess hall comes across as some kind of couple's quarrel. Amplifying this interpretation is Chakotay's choice of position when speaking to Tom. Rather than sitting across from him at the table, as would be expected from a superior officer having a serious discussion with a crew member under his command, Chakotay chooses to sit right next to Tom, leaving little space between them. Even SF Debris noticed and commented on that particular instance.
In the two-part Episode "Year of Hell", Chakotay and Paris are taken captive aboard the Krenim time ship for months. In discussing their situation, Paris somewhat sheepishly admits that he has been spending time with handsome Krenim crewmember Obrist. The look on his face as he says it is peculiar, especially since Chakotay has also been hanging around with the ship's tyrannical commander Annorax, so it is not as if there is anything off about associating with their captors. Why be embarrassed? Obrist, for his part, seems very taken with Paris and ultimately does everything he can to help him. It becomes apparent in the end that Obrist did not need Paris or Chakotay to disable the time ship, he is able to do it entirely on his own. But his actions seem as much motivated by a desire to help Paris as to finally stop Annorax, and he makes a point to beam Chakotay and Paris to safety before lowering the time ship's defenses exposing it to attack.
In "Nothing Human" the Doctor has to use a hologram of a Cardassian exobiology expert, Moset, to help save the lives of both a non-human sentient being and B'Elanna, who are joined together. However, the real Moset is a mass-murdering Mad Scientist, as is revealed by a Bajoran Maquis member who demands the program be decompiled considering what Moset did on Bajor. Consequently B'Elanna refuses to let Moset treat her (hence disallowing treatment on the creature as well)... Unfortunately there's just one major problem with this: he's a hologram. He is not the real Moset nor does he have any memories of the crimes the real person committed (the personality being taken from a Starfleet database which knew nothing about his amoral conduct) or have any connection to them. In fact, the whole ethical debate is absolutely pointless and the entire premise is a rather obvious War On Straw and Conflict Ball (cosmetic and personality changes to the hologram - quite literally changing who he is - would have avoided the problem easily). What this episode does show is the very disturbing case of Fantastic Racism that B'Elanna and the Maquis hold towards Cardassians, and how horribly selfish and self-indulgent B'Elanna is. Not once did she consider the welfare of the sentient lifeform attached to her, or put its life in front of her own desires (or her own life for that matter, despite the people who depend on her).
Internet Backdraft: If anyone asks, you like (or dislike) Kes and Seven equally. Because otherwise a horde of fans will tear you limb from limb.
And don't, whatever you do, say you like the show (or like most of it minus the ridiculously stupid episodes that are Fanon Discontinuity). Just...don't.
To this day, the fandom still argues whether Janeway blowing up the Array was the right call because even a short-lived species deserves to live, or a boneheaded move that stranded her crew for no good reason?
Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Due to how close the crew wound up becoming with each other, there are multiple fics for virtually every pair imaginable, almost all of them pretty justifiable. However, honorable mention must go to Janeway, Seven, and Tom Paris, who get the most action in the fan fiction. (Janeway, because being the captain, she had a close relationship with each senior officer; Tom, by being the guy who tried to befriend everyone; and Seven, for obvious reasons.
Magnificent Bastard: Seska disguises herself as a Bajoran, infiltrates the Maquis, is communicating with and slipping tech and information to the Kazon during most of her time serving with Voyager, isn't found out for a least a year, engineers a cover up that's almost successful, when she is discovered she had already planned out and executes an escape, forges an alliance with the Kazon Nistrum, has the faction leader Culluh basically as her puppet right from the start, is directly responsible for most of the Nistrum's victories, including the successful capture of Voyager at the end of season 2, and even after she dies she possessed the forethought to set a trap in one of the holodeck programs at some point during her possession of Voyager in an attempt to kill several members of the crew in the event they retook the ship that she put in just in case. In fact, over the entirety of the Voyager Seska is one of the very few truly cunning villains in the series to last more than an episode or 2.
Moral Event Horizon: The aliens in "Scientific Method" come across as an entire civilization who crossed the Moral Event Horizon long ago and have just kept on going. They routinely do medical experiments on sentient creatures, mutilating, torturing them, and even killing them if they feel it will benefit their medical research to do so. They feel completely justified in their actions and not only do they feel no remorse or regret over their actions, they feel that what they do is noble and beneficial. Genetically deforming, maiming and killing the crew of Voyager is the Nightmare Fuel evidence of their crimes and that is only the tip of the iceberg. What is really terrifying is that their flimsy justifications allow them to murder entire societies with impunity and go on torturing and killing as many sentient creatures as they feel is necessary for their "research."
Paranoia Fuel: The possibility that the "loved ones" you see during an NDE are actually beings who want to devour your soul. As if this weren't horrible enough, it could also mean that many religions are essentially massive farming operations, as people conditioned to unquestioningly trust certain religious figures would be likely to follow them into the light without a second thought.
Well we also know now that the Klingon religion is true, or at least can be manifest - although that in itself might be a cause for Paranoia Fuel - which indicates that other religions are true as well. We also have verification that spirituality and unknown planes of existence exists as well, courtesy of "Sacred Ground", and that belief and faith do in fact have an impact on the real world. Now that is both awesome and insanely confusing, and now we can be absolutely sure that someone is out there watching the confusion and laughing their head off. Not that Q wasn't doing a wonderful job already...
The Kazon. They're so pathetic that the Borg didn't want to "infect" itself by assimilating them and right from the get go they're presented as a group of Always Chaotic Evil, Too Dumb to LiveSpace Pirates. The show eventually had to retcon their origins to explain how a race so monumentally stupid could ever get into space, being former slaves of the Trabe, who they overthrew and stole their technology.
Naomi Wildman, to a lesser extent. To be fair, she usually wasn't too annoying (certainly not to the level of, say, Neelix or Wesley Crusher), but she wasn't very popular either. In part this was due to most Trek fans having traumatic memories of child-heavy episodes in previous shows, but mostly it was because whenever she appeared in an episode that wasn't explicitly about her, whatever plotline was currently playing out would stop for minutes at a time and suddenly become all "aww, look at the cute little kiddie!"
Special Effects Failure: While this example by no means detracts from the beauty of it. Word of God states that in the last shot of the opening sequence (done in CGI), the three (incredibly tiny, almost window-like) grey patches on the bottom of the Voyager's nose before it jumps into warp were actually missing texture spaces. This is the shot in question◊
"Threshold" is generally considered as the worst episode in this series. The effects certainly don't help.
Strawman Has a Point: Shortly before she defects to the Kazon in the first season, Seska delivers a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Janeway. While the episode tries to make her out as being a raving lunatic, it's hard not to agree with some (if not all) of Seska's criticisms.
Or not. She thinks that sharing high-tech with the Kazon would make them more powerful, but would it? Keeping it for themselves, Voyager is a force to be feared. Giving it to others (who may then give it or lost it to yet third others) would turn Voyager into just a common ship, thus lowering its power. Besides being within Starfleet regulations, it is also strategically the best thing for Voyager if the Kazon stayed being primitive pirates.
Also, the Kazon she gave a replicator to managed to kill themselves with it. A REPLICATOR. Based on that, giving them something even more advanced might have rendered the entire species extinct. As much of a pain in the ass the Kazon were, genocide is frowned upon by Starfleet Command.
Cardassians with big egos like having Mooks at their disposal, and they are practitioners of slavery. In Seska's mind having a dumb, disposable, Red Shirt Army like the Kazon could be advantageous. However, given their history it would like blow up in her face years down the road even if Janeway had gone along with it, as there were nowhere near enough crew on Voyager to keep the Kazon in line if they decided to give themselves a Klingon Promotion in the alliance. So the ideas might have been more sound if they had a better race to work with. Unfortunately the Kazon were basically low rent Klingons. Ironically, it would have been far better if they could have somehow won over the Ocampa, an Innocent Prodigy race with Psychic Powers who could have definitely used some technological education (and with whom it would have actually stuck). Just because the Kazons were easy to bribe (initially) does not mean that they had much promise as allies even if Janeway were inclined to screw with the Prime Directive that early in the series.
A variation: in "Gravity" the audience is supposed to agree with Tom Paris that the human way of being in touch with our emotions and having them in our lives is the right way, in contrary opposition to the Vulcan master who taught Tuvok to suppress his emotions. Paris has a real problem with accepting that Vulcans aren't humans. Vulcan emotions are far more volatile, erratic and all-consuming than human's (whose emotions are less violent), and for a Vulcan being in love can belegitimately destructive, and not in the metaphoric sense that humans use.
Note that a lot of writers overlook the canon about the true nature of Vulcan emotions and basically treat them as being really stuck-up, repressed humans.
Stoic Woobie: Seven. As good as she is at keeping her emotions in check, you know when she starts getting just slightly teary-eyed or starts acting even somewhat angry, she's really feeling it.
Seska could have been a very interesting cast member, offering morally ambiguous solutions and a point of conflict for both the Maquis and Starfleet crew if they'd let her stay—after all, she'd want to get home too—especially if/when they learned about the Dominion War and what that did to Cardassia. Instead, they made her a mustache-twirling villain (figuratively, of course) who decided to throw her lot in with a misogynistic society that couldn't even figure out how to use a replicator.
Most of Kes's episodes revolved around her latent powers. Which was cool and all, but the concept of the Ocampa species is basically an inversion of the Trill and Dax from DS9. Sure, it's wobbly science, but only a few of her episodes explored what it would be like for a person who has less than a decade to experience the universe.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: According to some of Voyager's production staff (including the late Michael Piller), Voyager was a victim of Executive Meddling. UPN execs wanted TNG-type ratings, and they decided the best way to achieve that was to turn Voyager into TNG-Lite. Hence little or no character conflict, no ongoing story arcs (for example, producer Brannon Braga wanted a year-long "Year of Hell" but UPN vetoed it), and various other flaws (real and imagined) the series had. "The Void", an episode which aired a stone's throw away from the series finale, is a glimpse of what VOY might have been.
This is underlined by Ron D. Moore's stint on the series. He wrapped up Deep Space Nine and then spent about three weeks on VOY's production staff before giving up for the above reasons (and more). He then went on to create a show about another spaceship that was left to its own devices in hostile territory, trying to find a home. It's called Battlestar Galactica, it has all the things the Executive Meddlers veto'd, which was a ratings and critical hit. Coincidence?
Although citing Battlestar Galactica, a show which drowned in its own melodrama and soap opera relationships on the basis of a plot which gave up on making sense after season 2 probably isn't the best example of a good sci-fi series.
Here's an interview with Moore trashing Voyager, it's an interesting look into the show as, according to him, it got so bad that even the people working on the show pretty much gave up on it (as he notes on one time he asked about how he should write Torres and he pretty much got the answer: We don't know, do whatever you want). Well it would explain a lot...
A good example of how Voyager is TNG-lite? The production codes for the first few series started at 801.
Kes and Neelix had a breakup during season 3 that didn't really get so much as lip service after it started in "Warlord" (3x10); it just ended somewhere between two episodes (3x17 and 3x18). Ethan Phillips (Neelix's actor) found this a frustrating point (after all, the relationship featured prominently since the first episode)—and to make matters worse, they actually filmed a scene for "Fair Trade" (3x13) that decisively gave it finality, but it got deleted from the final cut.
The production issues even showed themselves in the episodes, with Mulgrew struggling to figure out Janeway's character, Beltran's actor revolt against the role and Garrett Wang getting direction to be constantly expressing Dull Surprise, amongst other problems.
Too Cool to Live: One, from "Drone". A Borg drone comprised of technology from a few centuries in the future, and whose humanity had nurtured since his "birth". Unfortunately, that advanced technology also quickly made him a priority target for the Borg, and he allows himself to die to prevent the Borg from relentlessly pursuing Voyager just to assimilate him.
In "Shattered", it's revealed that the Native American character has been keeping a secret booze stash for seven years. One of the common negative stereotypes about Native Americans is that they're all drunks.
This scene might actually count as a double-whammy: Chakotay is saving the booze for himself and *Janeway,* who has lots of Irish in her heritage.
"Tattoo" reveals that Native Americans were all backwards cavemen until they were given language and culture by a bunch of white men from outer-space... SF Debris had a field-day with how offensive this message is.
Chakotay basically is a walking Native American Indian stereotype, mostly because his character was based on the works of a discredited author, Jamake Highwater (Jay Marks).
In "Author, Author", we see that the Federation has retasked the EMH Mk I into an effectively slave labour-force.
One could argue that when this nearly happened with Data in "Measure of a Man", the situation was totally different! Data is a self-aware, artificial recreation of a human being! Holograms are just self aware, artif- hang on, wait, how are they different, again?
Data is a unique, autonomous, self-sufficient being who does not need Starfleet or Starfleet technology to live, wasn't created by them, and owes them no more than someone like Yar does. His independent creator built him as a son and he was always intended to go out and live his own life as he saw fit. The Doctor was designed as a non-sentient tool, there are infinite copies of him that Starfleet personnel would be used to interacting with as a not-person (both because he's a tool and because he's a hologram), and he exists only as part of the ship's computer. It's really a very different situation and it makes sense they'd be considered separately, though Data should definitely come up in the discussion (and he doesn't).
However, given that we see other EMH's playing his holonovel in their off-hours, meaning that they are being recognised as being sentient on some level, since why would Starfleet give a non-sentient tools meant to mine rock, a few hours of holodeck time? While this implies that Starfleet are trying to be accommodating to the EMH's and thus makes it less like slavery, it still makes them no better than a prison chain gang breaking rocks?
The Kobali. According to medical science, allowing for the Art Major Science going on in-episode, the only way the Kobali could have possibly evolved in a way such that harvesting the dead of others is their version of procreation, is by that pathogen of theirs which changes the body's DNA infecting the dead and re-animating them with new genetic instructions (i.e. they are the result, not of evolutionary growth, but of an epidemic gone insane and mutating over the years). This means that all the Kobali are basically the product of a necrophilic pathogen which re-animates dead corpses. In other words, they are pretty much zombies.
Or as speculatedabove, they're lying to the Voyager crew and really are just an insane cult, who roam across space and get their jollies from reanimating the dead of alien species.
In "Faces," when B'Elanna is split into her human and Klingon halves, and the human B'Elanna is a whimpering coward. This gives the impression that Voyager's trademark "tough" girl was only tough because of her Klingon blood, and a "normal" human woman would be a pathetic damsel.
HOWEVER, this is rectified later in the series, when it's revealed that B'Elanna's human FATHER was a wimp with a weak stomach, who couldn't handle his Klingon family; so the audience can rest assured that human-Torres wasn't weak because of her gender, but because of having too much of her dad in her.
The Borg once destroyed a fleet of thirty-nine ships, but on this series, one lone starship kept escaping their grasp. While the decay arguably began with the introduction of the Borg Queen, the Collective were still an almighty force to reckon with. The decay really set in with their appearances here. Obviously, if the Collective assimilated Voyager, there wouldn't be a series. They had to keep losing, but they were also serious ratings grabbers following the strong box-office of First Contact. So they showed up a lot... and promptly lost a lot.
There is an alternate interpretation here. Voyager is one scrawny Starfleet ship with no new technology and a handful of sentient beings with no new biological attributes. Voyager isn't enough of a threat to spend resources tracking down and destroying and not enough of a draw to spend resources assimilating. Isn't that the point? The Borg has never sincerely tried to assimilate or destroy Voyager, and Voyager never encountered a full-on Borg attack. When a Borg ship comes across them it makes the routine attempt to assimilate, but when Voyager manages to narrowly escape - through luck or plot convenience - as they do, they never go after them. Why? They have nothing of value. And considering that a significantly damaged sphere could so easily destroy Voyager that Seven of Nine had to sacrifice herself to save them, it's obvious Voyager isn't a threat. In the eyes of the Borg, Voyager isn't even worth the resources to destroy. Following that logic the Borg never really lost anything - apart from a ship here or there if Voyager got really lucky. Voyager just wasn't important enough to fuss around with until the very last episode. Odds are that if the Borg had really tried to destroy Voyager, they would have succeeded. And it probably wouldn't have been that hard.
Ironically, despite whether you think the Borg were de-villified or not, this show did a remarkable job in making the Borg legitimately terrifying in person, improving upon their appearance since TNG.
Species 8472. Introduced in "Scorpion," they were Scary Dogmatic Aliens from another galaxy with the technology to take on the Borg Collective and win. Turns out the Borg picked that fight, but there was serious concern that Species 8472 would take the fight to the rest of the galaxy after finishing them off. Decay came in their final appearance: "In the Flesh," where they were more humanized and appeared to make peace with humanity.
Q turned from a frivolous yet dangerous omniscient being who nevertheless delivered some important lessons to Captain Picard, to a lovesick puppy who goes to Captain Janeway for advice on parental relationships and conflict resolution in the Q Continuum. In fairness, Q's portrayal was almost always Depending on the Writer - varying from villain to jokester and anything in-between.
Considering that the only reason Q was trying to seduce Janeway was so she'd conceive and raise the child who would save the Q continuum, while he was fighting a civil was at the time, his behaviour is very suspect. Certainly he trusts her enough to leave his child with her for extended periods of time, but that doesn't really count as this trope.
The Woobie: Most, if not all, of the characters have Woobie moments.
Harry, the young naive "dweeb," who gets killed, tortured, diseased, etc. probably more than any other character. Poor dumb Harry.
Seven gets a lot of Woobie episodes, with her traumatizing past.
The look on Chakotay's face every time he realizes that he's been back-stabbed by a woman or mind-raped by aliens AGAIN, is heartbreaking.
"Hunters" is a massive Woobie episode for virtually all of the major characters, as they get letters from home, some containing heartwarming news, and others heartbreaking.
Torres, when she finds out that the Maquis were all slaughtered by the Dominion. She even goes so far as to run dangerous scenarios in the holo-deck with no safety on, the 24th Century equivalent of self-harming herself (or at least risking self-harm) over the guilt she feels at surviving.