Picks and Pans Review: Star Trek: Voyager

updated 01/30/1995 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/30/1995 01:00AM

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The Star Trek franchise just keeps rolling along. Now, Voyager. A Federation ship has been slung 70,000 light-years into uncharted space. Like Dorothy in Oz, the crew seeks a way to get home from an exotic, often hostile galaxy. (Even at warp speed, that's a killer commute.)

At the helm of the Voyager is no-nonsense Capt. Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew; see story, page 45). The design of Janeway's ship (Intrepid-class, bioneural circuitry) is sleek and cetacean. Along on the odyssey are a black Vulcan (Tim Russ), a humorless holographic doctor (Robert Picardo), a half-Klingon-half-human hothead (Roxann Biggs-Dawson) and, for comic relief, an alien scavenger (Ethan Phillips) who looks like a speckled hedgehog. The strongest cast member is Robert Beltran as a Native American officer. Mulgrew, with her swept-up hair and haughty chin, seems like a starchy Katharine Hepburn.

The new entry is more action-oriented and less morally ponderous than the recent Star Trek series. But it still suffers from its predecessors' overdeveloped air of gravitas.

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