You gotta have some serious Awesome in you to survive in the Delta Quadrant, and the Voyager crew definitely had their fair share.
- 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.
- In Ex Post Facto, the lit close up on Janeways face as she threatens the Nuperi with explosives if they go near her crew again.
- 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.
- The episode "Heroes & Demons" is an entire episode of awesome for the Doctor. To save Chakotay, Tuvok and Harry, the Doctor is transferred into the holodeck for his first away mission, where he becomes Schweitzer, the new protagonist of Beowulf. Among other things, he wins a swordfight by just letting the other guy's sword pass through him, and then has an epic standoff with "Grendel" twice. (It's actually an Energy Being from outside the ship, which dismembers the Doctor the first time.) All in all, quite a day for a guy who's literally never left Sick Bay for his entire existence, and when it's over, he just goes right back to work like he always does.
- Bonus points for his Badass Boast to Unferth, after the latter has killed Freya.The Doctor: The only reason you won't die is because I've taken an oath to do no harm.
- Bonus points for his Badass Boast to Unferth, after the latter has killed Freya.
- And of course the whole "lower decks"-themed episode, "Learning Curve," where Tuvok takes four surly ex-Maquis crewmembers and over the course of one episode, turns them into kick ass machines of awesome. And then they save Tuvok's life, against orders.
- Chakotay has one of his finest moments in this episode, where Dalby (the ringleader of the Maquis foursome) says he wants things done "the Maquis way." Chakotay gladly complies and sucker-punches him, and then threatens to "do things the Maquis way" the next day, and again until they report to Tuvok.
- Mixed with heartwarming, how much the two crews get along by the end of the season. While the series loses some dramatic potential, it's nice to see Starfleet and Maquis both go 'y'know what, the Cardassians aren't important right now, let's get ourselves home' and decide to work together. They could've devolved into petty bickering, but instead they made peace and survived, even becoming friends.
- 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*)
- 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:
- In "Elogium", Tuvok explaining to Neelix that raising a daughter is pretty much the same as raising a son.
- One of the darkest Moments Of Awesome in the whole series comes in "Meld" (already an incredibly dark episode). After a Mind Meld with a murderer, Tuvok loses control of his emotions and inhibitions, and in attempting to fix the problem in Sick Bay, the Doctor has to temporarily disable his emotional control completely. When Tuvok awakens, he shows us why Vulcans maintain that emotional control: he becomes manipulative, downright brutal in attacking people's 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!!
- Tuvok strangling Neelix to death. Subverted, as it was only a simulation.
- "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.
- 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."
The Clown: How am I supposed to negotiate if I don't know what you're thinking?Doctor: (stone faced) I have a very trustworthy face.
- From the same episode, the Doctor's handling in his first encounter with the Clown.
- Even the Doctor's first appearance is awesome. The fear clown and his entourage is getting more and more rowdy, strapping Harry to a table and just as he's about to slice into Harry, the Doctor casually takes the clown's hand from out of frame and calmly admonishes him for his incorrect handling of a scalpel.
- 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, and the Doctor's bond with Denara Pel paying off BIG time. 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. Specifically, Tuvok laying out an instantaneous plan in mid-battle is pretty cool.Tuvok: Here is the sequence of events. We will drop shields to transport the medicine. At the same moment, the antimatter container will be ejected. As soon as it's clear, Mr. Kim will detonate it with a photon torpedo. Simultaneously, Mr. Paris will jump to full impulse so that we will not take the brunt of the explosion. Is everyone clear on this? Timing is of the utmost importance. We won't get a second chance.Paris: Understood.Kim: Aye sir.Torres: We're ready down here.
- And the plan goes off without a hitch, right to the letter. You can see just a brief hint of swagger on Tuvok's face before he gets back into Vulcan mode and tells Tom to set a course back to Janeway and Chakotay's planet. (Probably blasting "Sweet Victory" on the bridge the whole way back.)
- 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 Beam Spams 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.
- Cullah's whole idea of stranding Voyager's crew on the volcano planet was, effectively, "since you wouldn't share your technology, let's see how you function without it." And yet, despite a couple of casualties, Voyager's crew are able to adapt and survive to the challenges the planet throws at them, from making fire to dangerous predators to hazardous environments to even making a sort of peace with the local natives. They do this by working together, attempting to survive as a group, rather than going into a free-for-all, every man for himself attitude. Considering that prior episodes had established that the latter is effectively how the Kazon operated, breaking into various sects all competing with one another and the members within that sect frequently looking for an opportunity to take over, the Voyager crew manage to throw all the flaws of the Kazon society right into the face of one of the most powerful sects and reclaim their ship, while surviving in an environment that THEY wouldn't, precisely because the Voyager crew work as a team, not for the glory of individuals.
- 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.Sulu: You'll find that more happens on the bridge of a starship than just carrying out orders and observing regulations. There is a sense of loyalty to the men and women you serve with. A sense of family. Those two men on trial... I served with them for a long time. I owe them my life a dozen times over. And right now they're in trouble, and I'm going to help them; let the regulations be damned.Young!Tuvok: Sir, that is a most illogical line of reasoning.Sulu: You better believe it. Helm, engage!
- 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.
- One for Henry Sterling from "Future's End": A hippie on a camping trip in the 60s, he witnessed the crashing of a 29th century timeship. Over the next 30 years, he cannabalizes the ship kick starting the Computer Age of the late 20th Century and creating a multimillion dollar coporation. To put this in perspective, a man of the mid-20th Century figured out technology literally a 1,000 years from his species' future.
- 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.
- In "The Q and the Grey", Neelix chewing out Q. Yes, Neelix has the brass balls to give Q "The Reason You Suck" Speech.Q: You, bar rodent, another one of these fruity concoctions.Neelix: Not unless you tell me why you're bothering Captain Janeway.Q: Captain Janeway. Now, that's a subject I want to discuss. Tell me, what are some of her favorite things? Chocolate truffles? Stuffed animals? Erotic art?Neelix: You can't bribe Captain Janeway.Q: Oh no? Isn't that what you do?Neelix: What are you talking about?Q: I understand that you acquire things for her, create little interesting diversions, prepare little tasty treats. After all, why else would she be so fond of your fur-lined face? (hits Neelix's whiskers)Neelix: Do you want to know what Captain Janeway likes about me? I'll tell you. I am respectful, loyal, and most of all, sincere. And those are qualities which someone like you could never hope to possess.
- Janeway also gets some good lines in on Q. Like when he says that he changed her bed because her normal sheets chafe his skin, she says that it wouldn't be a problem, since he's not getting in the bed.
- 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!
- Also notable in this episode is the way the crew works together to attempt to locate Janeway, though they are mostly convinced that she is dead. The look on her face as she realizes how well they are working together ("That's my crew!") is simply awesome. Doubles as a CMOH as well.
- 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 pretty much wins the fight, too.B'Elanna: If anyone is going to smash your arrogant little face in, I will! I take your challenge myself!
- Fridge Awesome: Think of all the times Vulcans have been established to have great strength, up to three times stronger than humans. B'elanna is only part-Klingon, but armed with some righteous fury, B'elanna still matches Vorik punch for punch, because B'elanna Torres is a boss.
- In the same episode, the Doctor is at his no-bullshit best when trying to treat Vorik's pon farr. With limited information available to him, he turns to Tuvok, as Vulcan a Vulcan as you can get. Tuvok gets prudish and refuses, not wanting to get involved with what most of his race considers a private matter. The Doctor's comeback belongs here.EMH: I can't tell if he's making any progress with these meditations. I thought maybe you could suggest other possible treatments.Tuvok: I cannot.EMH: Is that because you don't know, or because you don't want to discuss it?Tuvok: For both of those reasons, there is little help that I can offer. It is inappropriate for me to involve myself in Ensign Vorik's personal situation.EMH: For such an intellectually enlightened race, Vulcans have a remarkably Victorian attitude about sex.Tuvok: That is a very human judgment, Doctor.EMH: Then here's a Vulcan one. I fail to see the logic in perpetuating ignorance about a basic biological function.
- For some meta awesome, in Real Life at the time, there were some very serious debates going on as to whether Sex Ed had any place being taught in American public schools, with the main argument for it basically being against perpetuating ignorance (and that STDs had recently become much more common and dangerous).
- "Rise" is a great moment for Neelix, continuing a very welcome bit of Character Development he went through during season 3. After their shuttlecraft is damaged on an away mission, Neelix gets himself, Tuvok, a couple of Nezu scientists and a foundry worker, into a carriage attached to a tether, that will take them up high enough to get a signal to Voyager. But when one of the scientists is poisoned and murdered, Neelix insists on getting to the roof of the carriage to find out what he was so desperate to find before he died. Tuvok finds this frivolous, as he's treated all Neelix's actions for the entire mission, and brushes him off. Suddenly, normally nice guy Neelix finally gets tired of Tuvok's verbal abuse and tears into him. Bonus points for the foundry worker, Lillias, validating his frustrations.Tuvok: I will not debate this with you. Please pilot the craft and remain silent.Tuvok: You are becoming emotionally distraught. There is little point in furthering this discussion.Neelix: I'll tell you who's being emotional. You! You hide it beneath that Vulcan calm, but truth is, you're filled with contempt and sarcasm, and I'm tired of being the target of all your hostility.Tuvok: You are mistaken.Lillias: No, he's not! I can see it every time you talk to Neelix. You're dismissive and condescending.Tuvok: You are projecting your own emotional bias onto my actions. I have no feelings towards Mister Neelix.Neelix: That's right! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You have no feelings for me, but you have feelings against me. For three years you've ridiculed me and made it obvious to everyone that you have no respect for me. And I've tolerated it. You know why? You know why? Because you are smarter than I am, Tuvok, and more logical, and stronger, superior in almost every way. And I admire you. But you don't have any instincts, have any gut feelings, and you don't really understand people. But non-Vulcans have feelings and they have to listen to them, and I've got to listen to mine, And right now they're telling me we need to get up on that roof and find out what the Doctor was talking about.Tuvok (coldly): I disagree.Neelix: FINE! [sits down in protest] But I'm the only one who can pilot this vessel, and we're not going anywhere until someone goes up on that roof.Tuvok: ...you leave me little choice.
- 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.
- Even more bonus points: Neelix was correct. When Tuvok finally listened to him and went to the roof, he found a data storage device that revealed information about a colonizing alien force, that was planning an invasion of the Nezu colony. This caused The Mole to reveal himself, who was eventually dispatched by Tuvok in his own moment of Awesome.
- This in turn allowed Neelix to get the tether the rest of the way into the atmosphere, and his Heroic Second Wind, piloting the tether with a bad concussion, is kind of Awesome in and of itself. The information on the data storage device eventually helped uncover the entire plot, and allowed Voyager to easily defeat the hostile invasion force. All this, because Tuvok and Neelix finally put aside their differences.
- "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.
- The unseen Crewman Gennaro, the next to last crewmember other than Chakotay to be kidnapped. We learn from the Nyrian's themselves that he was nearly as good as Chakotay at sabotaging Voyager before he too was transported from the ship.
- 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.
- Species 8472's introduction was a CMOA and an Oh, Crap! moment. When two Borg Cubes slowly move towards the camera delivering their Catchphrase 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)
- In "Scorpion Pt 1", the end of the scene in which a depressed Janeway talks with the holographic Leonardo da Vinci gives you chills. He suggests coming with him to the chapel and making an appeal to God. She smiles sadly and responds that she doesn't think that will help. Then a thought hits her; as we know, it's a plan to ally with the Borg, the worst, most malignant evil in the franchise.Janeway: But there is an alternative I hadn't considered. What if I made an appeal...to the devil?
- 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.
- 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 binary pulsar that threatens to destroy Voyager, just to scare them all away. Needless to say, it works—and the alien ships are destroyed by the pulsars. These were monstrous, invisible people that could have killed anybody and everybody on the ship at any time, and Janeway's just like "fuck you."Chief alien scientist: What do you hope to accomplish by this?Janeway: Flying into a binary pulsar? Seems like I'm trying to crush this ship like a tin can.Chief alien scientist: It's more likely that you're trying to intimidate us.Janeway: You're welcome to stick around and find out.
Janeway:"That's what you were trying to accomplish, wasn't it? Hmm? Pumping up my dopamine levels to push me to the edge, keeping me awake for four days straight with the constant pain of your devices drilling into my skull. Well, this is the culmination of your work, and guess what you're going to be right here to collect the final data."
- To further expand on the awesomeness of this moment, is the rant that the enraged Captain gives the alien leader, whose expression at the realization is the epitome of Oh Crap!:
- 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.
- Also, one of the Doctor's most awesome episodes in general, as he and the EMH mark 2 take the Prometheus back from the Romulans and gets Voyager's message to Starfleet.
- Incidentally, this was the first time in the franchise that a Romulan vessel gets directly destroyed by Starfleet.
- 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."
- 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! Gentlemen! Qapla!
Tom: If Betty Grable were to walk through that door right now, what part would you look at?
- For that episode, two lines/sets of lines:
Harry: [Beat] Her legs.
Harry: GO TO HELL!!
- 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.
- And yet, after all that... he still never gets promoted, and the fans still call him "the dweeb."
Seven: One day the Borg will assimilate your species, despite your arrogance. When that moment arrives, remember me.
- 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.
- 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. Also a Funny Moment.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.
- Speaking of the future, we get The Cameo from Captain Geordi La Forge. Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it??
- Captain La Forge admitting to Future!Chakotay that, in his position, Geordi would probably be doing the same thing, but he has orders and a timeline to protect. All these years later, the Next Gen crew are still True Companions.
- "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!
- "Latent Image," and Seven calling Janeway out something fierce for erasing the Doctor's memories against his will.Seven: When you separated me from the Collective, I was an unknown risk to your crew, yet you kept me on board. You allowed me to evolve into an individual.Janeway: You're a human being. He's a hologram.Seven: And you allowed that hologram to evolve as well, to exceed his original programming. And yet now you choose to abandon him.Janeway: Objection noted. Good night.Seven: It is unsettling! You say that I am a human being and yet I am also Borg. Part of me not unlike your replicator. Not unlike the Doctor. Will you one day choose to abandon me as well? I have always looked to you as my example, my guide to humanity. Perhaps I've been mistaken. Good night. [walks out]
- "Gravity." Tuvok's Big Damn Heroes moment saving Noss, whom he's never even met, from a group of thugs. In fifteen seconds flat he takes them all down with deadly Vulcan efficiency, without even breaking a sweat.
- One for the title character in "Warhead". The A.I. deciding to sacrifice itself rather than be responsible for killing thousands of innocent people. So it willingly detonates and destroys itself along with its fellow warheads, all to keep them from reaching their targets."I am simply completing my mission. Only the target has changed."
- 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?!
- Captain Janeway's awesome credo, in response to Naomi Wildman in "Dark Frontier":Naomi Wildman: Captain? You're not going to give up [looking for Seven], are you?Janeway (getting up from her desk): There are three things to remember about being a starship captain: keep your shirt tucked in, go down with the ship... and never abandon a member of your crew. [Naomi smiles]
- Just the fact that Naomi went through all the trouble of plotting a whole rescue operation for the crew to find Seven, and submitted it to the captain. You just know this kid has a bright future.
- 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.
- The opening scene of "Relativity", showing off the Utopia Planitia shipyards, with two dozen (or more) drydocks in orbit of Mars holding ships in various stages of construction before panning across to Voyager herself. Also a meta-MOA for the VFX artists, as the original script only called for Voyager to be seen. They were so excited about the possibility of showing Utopia Planitia that they started creating the shipyards on their own time and begged the producers to expand the scene.
- The whole last half of "Pathfinder" is one for Reginald 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 (through static): Starfleet Command! Come in! This is Captain Kathryn Janeway! Do you read me??
- Also a Heartwarming Moment 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).
- Even though he's Not Himself, and even though it's All Just a Dream, Tuvok pulls some pretty sweet bat'leth moves in "Barge of the Dead". Worf would probably be impressed.
- For the Doctor, pick a moment from "Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy," especially the pre-credit sequence and the transformation into the ECH.
Doc: Tuvok! Activate the Photonic Cannon! (beat) Tuvok, that was an order!Tuvok: Activating the Photonic Cannon... Sir.
- 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 "Emissary" from DS9 and "The Corbomite Maneuver" from TOS respectively, depending on who you ask. And he does it with style.
- "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.
- He proceeds to shine a flashlight in the fake Tuvok's eyes before stunning him.
- 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.
- 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.
- In "Drive," Harry becomes Irina's copilot when her first one is knocked out by an exploding console. When it happens again after she is suspiciously cautious and apathetic about dropping out, Harry manages to dodge it (winning the Red Shirt rodeo) and then, realizing that Irina is planning to bomb the finish line using the new Delta Flyer. He manages to wrest her phaser from her, keeps it pointed at her, evades her attempt to distract him, and with the comms deactivated keeps the phaser trained on her while tapping into the engines so that its EM wavelengths will emit Morse Code, warning Tom and B'Elanna that they're in a flying bomb. In an episode about Tom and B'Elanna's relationship troubles, the B-plot is Harry Kim saves an interstellar peace treaty with quick reflexes and some judicious MacGyvering.
- 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, as the prisoner realizes all too late, 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. And to top it off, Neelix finishes by pointing out that Tuvok's approach was as bad as his own. When the resident Cordon Bleugh Chef wakes up one day and chooses violence, watch out.
- "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.
- Okay, in-universe: for Janeway fans who can't get enough of her Badass Boasts, "Body And Soul" has this winner, when an official of the Lokirrims demands to inspect the ship for photonics. Janeway is just not in the mood for this shit today.Janeway: Your sensors should confirm they've been deactivated.
Lokirrim Captain: You're still required to submit to inspection.
Janeway: Your sensors should also confirm that our weapons are ready to fire. We're both reasonable people. I suggest a compromise. Your vessel will escort us through Lokirrim territory. That way, you can keep an eye on us, make sure we don't reactivate our holodecks. The other alternative is, we destroy your ship.
Lokirrim Captain (suddenly looking a bit uncomfortable): Your proposal is acceptable. [Transmission ends]
Janeway (sits back down in her chair): Sometimes diplomacy requires a little sabre rattling. [Chakotay smirks] Begin long range scans.
- Okay, in-universe: for Janeway fans who can't get enough of her Badass Boasts, "Body And Soul" has this winner, when an official of the Lokirrims demands to inspect the ship for photonics. Janeway is just not in the mood for this shit today.
- 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.
- 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, CaptainCaptain Janeway: To Hell with it!
- Doubling the kick is that this exchange is a Meaningful Echo from "Shattered."
- Voyager equipping its armor from the future and transphasic torpedoes. For the Borg, resistance is futile.
- Five words:Future!Janeway: Must be something you assimilated.
- Not to mention:Future!Janeway: Just enough... to bring chaos to order.
- As mentioned under Fridge Brilliance, the same episode has Starfleet mobilize an armada just minutes after detecting an incoming transwarp conduit, with the entire fleet opening fire as soon as the Borg sphere emerges. From now on, Starfleet is gonna be prepared for anything.
- 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:
- Whenever things get dangerous, Voyager's crew tosses aside the little phasers and pull out the big guns.
- Though they have bad trigger discipline. See "Scorpion". Keep your finger out of that trigger guard, Harry!
- 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 garnered a hatedom, but was a truly underrated performer.
- As mentioned in YMMV, Jeri Freaking Ryan. Yes, she was added to the cast as a shameless bit of Fanservice to spike the ratings because Sex Sells, but either the casting department knew exactly what they were doing or they got insanely lucky. Jeri Ryan is a very talented actress, enabling the writers to tell some really good Seven-centric stories and let her show her acting chops. Seven of Nine: come for the epic boobs, stay for the epic Character Development.