Star Trek: Voyager is the fourth series in the Star Trek franchise. Its premiere television run was from 1995 to 2001, with 172 episodes made. Through all seven seasons of the series, Voyager had quite a few good episodes, so I’m going to list the best ones in my top ten Star Trek: Voyager episode list.
Beginning the list at #10 is the 20th episode of the fifth season, “Think Tank.”
In the episode, Voyager is sought after by the Hazari, unyielding bounty hunters of the delta-quadrant. While debating methods of escape, a group of problem-solvers offers their services in out-witting the Hazari. They are inadvertently given the name “Think Tank” by Janeway. The crew is made up of a robot, a jellyfish, a whale, and a portly humanoid alien. They claim that they cured the Vidian Phage among other accomplishments. The group spokesman Kurros proposes a payment method to Janeway: Quantum slipstream technology, a recipe from Neelix, an Olmec artifact owned by Chakotay, and Seven of Nine herself. Janeway declines the payment and decides to continue to fight the Hazari on their own. Voyager later captures a lone Hazari ship. They were able to figure out from the ship’s computer that the Malon put the bounty on them. However, after more unscrambling of an isomorphic signature, the payer was apparently Kurros. With the Hazari, Voyager comes up with a plan to use Seven as bait to get inside the Think Tank and disable the device that enables them to communicate. They pull a fake attack and have Seven go on a shuttle which was drawn to the Think Tank’s ship in subspace. Seven was able to reveal the Think Tank ship to the Hazari, making the group vulnerable.
Continuing the list at #9 is the two-part episode “Equinox,” also in the series’ fifth season.
In Part 1 of the episode, Voyager finds another Federation ship, the USS Equinox, under attack from flying nucleogenic lifeforms. In Part 2, the crew of the USS Equinox attempt to hijack the USS Voyager in order to exploit the nucleogenic lifeforms in a bid to return home.
At #8 is the two-part episode “Unimatrix Zero,” of which the first part is the Season 6 finale, and the second part is the Season 7 premiere.
In the episode, Janeway, B’Elanna and Tuvok infiltrate a Borg Cube in an attempt to save Borg who are exercising their individuality.
In the top ten episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, the 15th episode of the seventh season called “The Void” comes in at #7.
During the episode, Voyager is pulled into a void where ships trapped therein attack each other for resources. The Voyager crew then forge an alliance with other species to escape The Void.
The 6th best episode of the series is the Season 4 finale, “Hope and Fear.”
In the episode, Paris and Neelix return from a mission with a passenger named Arturis who knows more than 4,000 languages. He manages to decode a message from Starfleet that could lead to a way home.
Kicking off the top five episodes of Voyager is “Relativity,” the 23rd episode of the series’ fifth season.
In the episode, Captain Braxton aboard the time ship Relativity recruits Seven of Nine to stop Voyager from being sabotaged. Only does he find out later on that the saboteur is none other than an earlier version of himself.
Sitting at #4 on the list is the Season 5 two-part episode, “Dark Frontier.”
In Part 1, Janeway plans to steal a transwarp coil from a disabled Borg ship to shorten their journey home. In Part 2, Janeway leads a mission in the Delta Flyer to rescue Seven of Nine.
Holding on to its #3 spot is the two-part episode “Scorpion,” which is the Season 3 finale and Season 4 premiere, respectively.
In Part 1, Voyager must pass through Borg space, but the arrival of a new species causes problems. In Part 2, Janeway and Tuvok work with the Borg and meet Seven of Nine as they work on developing a weapon against Species 8472 in exchange for safe passage through Borg space.
The second best Voyager episode on my Top 10 Episode List is “Message in a Bottle.” This Season 4 episode starred Andy Dick and depicted the USS Prometheus for the very first time. The episode was also very funny, with The Doctor and Andy Dick constantly arguing with each other.
In the episode, The Doctor’s program is sent to an advanced Starfleet vessel via a vast ancient communications network, but he soon discovers that only he and the ship’s own EMH remain to fight against Romulans who have taken over the ship and are attempting to return to Romulan space with it.
Finally, we come to the best episode of the entire series of Star Trek: Voyager! Sitting pretty at #1 on our Top 10 Episode List is the series finale in Season 7, “Endgame.”
In Part 1, Admiral Janeway comes from the future to try and shorten Voyager’s trip home. In Part 2, as the crew enter a final showdown with the Borg, the two Janeways implement a risky plan to take out one of the six Borg Transwarp Hubs in the galaxy while simultaneously crossing the transwarp threshold to get home.
In particular, many fans of the series might wonder why I’ve left out a couple of well-known episodes on this Top 10 Episodes List. I’ve tried my best to write a list incorporating what I believe are the best episodes of the series, based upon action, storyline and amount of special effects used. If you believe there was another good episode of the series that’s worth being mentioned, feel free to post a comment to my article and let everyone else know. In the meantime, I will explain why I’ve left out certain episodes from my list.
“Non Sequitur” in Season 2, where Harry Kim is transported into the past and must find a way to correct the timeline and return to the future, was left out because of the lack of action in the episode.
“Dreadnought” in Season 2, where Voyager needed to stop a missile from destroying a colony of innocent civilians, was left out of the list, but it was a decent episode. There could have been more special effects scenes, however.
The first part of “Basics” at the end of Season 2 was a pretty good episode, where Voyager fights the Kazon, but the second part lacked special effects, so instead of only posting the first part alone, I chose to leave it out entirely.
The two parts of “Future’s End” in Season 3, where a 29th century timeship causes a time paradox when it accidentally sends itself and Voyager to two periods in 20th century Earth, was barely left out of the list. It’s worth consideration as one of the better episodes of the series, however.
“Before and After” in Season 3, a prequel to “Year of Hell” in Season 4 where Kes travels back in time to save herself and alter the timeline, was a decent episode, but nothing truly worthy of a Top 10 spot. Speaking of that, “Year of Hell” could’ve been much more exciting than it actually was. The two-part episode seemed to focus more on the damage to Voyager and how stressful it was for the crew rather than on action and adventure. Although many fans would claim this episode as being one of the best of the Voyager series, I disagree. It had too much drama. There should’ve been more special effects scenes showing Voyager and the Krenim fighting each other.
Finally, “Timeless” in Season 5, where Chakotay and Kim travel back in time to prevent Voyager from crash-landing on an ice-planet due to the failure of the Quantum Slip-Stream drive, was again another good episode – it just lacked the push it needed to get on the list.