Star Trek: Voyager: Season 2, Episode 25

Resolutions (13 May 1996)

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Captain Janeway and Chakotay contract an incurable virus and they can only survive if they stay behind together on a planet which negates the effects of the disease.

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Captain Janeway and Chakotay contract an incurable virus and they can only survive if they stay behind together on a planet which negates the effects of the disease.

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Captain Kathryn Janeway: I think we need to define some parameters. About us.
Commander Chakotay: I'm not sure I can... define parameters. But I can tell you a story, an ancient legend among my people. It's about an angry warrior, who lived his life in conflict with the rest of his tribe. A man who couldn't find peace, even with the help of his spirit guide. For years he... struggled with his discontent. But the only satisfaction he ever got came when he was in battle. This made him a hero among his tribe; but the warrior still longed for...
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Pivot point for Voyager fans - Spoilers
12 February 2008 | by (Some where in Time and Space) – See all my reviews

Probably the most talked about, most defining episode of Voyager -- at least for Janeway/Chakotay romance fans. And there are a lot of us. Many fans are so captivated by the "love that never was", that they've formed their own discussion and write vast quantities of fan fiction , devoted to "JetC", or J/C as it's called for short. There are many J/C videos online. One fan even wrote and sang a song for one (and she's good!)

For me, Resolutions is a bittersweet moment in the Voyager saga. It's performed by two superb actors, Beltran and Mulgrew. They do a magnificent job of leading us through the narrative and convincing us that they are in love. The look on Chakotay's face when Janeway pulls away from his is amazing. Where's my box of tissues?

The heartbreak is, that the Janeway/Chakotay romance was completely dropped. They hardly seemed to have any relationship at all. Instead, the powers that be (TPTB) gave us countless hours of treknobabble and entirely too many lifeless scenes where the ship was blowing up. They still used Janeway as a pivotal character, but Chakotay was often written as if he were an extra, spouting "Red Alert" and "Shields at 20%" or the unforgettable "Shields at 60%". Will we ever see drama of that caliber again? I HOPE NOT!

In "Resolutions", Chakotay becomes Mrs. Janeway, cooking and making house on the Edenic planet on which they are stranded. He's deeply in love with her, but she wants to "define parameters" in their relationship (huh? Mine would be, take your vitamins, guy!). That line leads to a truly beautiful scene between the two characters. But, throughout the series, the Janeway character is forever saying she "doesn't have time" for romance and can't have the "luxury" of human love, and citing protocols and regulations that prohibit such a union. (that's not in original Trek!)She cannot have a normal relationship with a member of the crew. In later episodes, she has an affair with a hologram. Ugh!

Oh brave new world! In the future, powerful women will be aloof and inhuman and will need to use an advanced computer projections in lieu of a normal, healthy relationship. Great! Glad I won't be there.

It would have been a more powerful statement to have the two characters marry and run the ship as a "Mom and Pop". She could be pregnant and defending her ship and crew against Borg etc., still functioning in the real world and being in charge, the same way women in leadership positions do today.

I do not know why TPTB got on this anti-J/C jag. If Janeway and Chakotay did the old "impossible, it can never happen, arm's length" mating dance that is common in Sci-Fi shows(Firefly, Farscape, X-Files) that would have been great, IF they eventually broke down those barriers and triumphed over...well, whatever it is that keeps them apart. Even if they just cared about each other, as friends and colleagues, that would have been terrific. But, to drop the relationship: not good.

I guess we'll never know Berman's or Paramount's reasons for taking the show in that direction. I suspect there was spite involved, as the fans of the show were clamoring for J/C when the show was first run. Perhaps they did not want the fans to dictate the direction of the story. Robert Beltran, was not very politic in voicing his disappointment with the scripts he was being handed. Perhaps he angered the writers and the producers and they simply gave him less to do, which is awful for an actor. I know what he was complaining about, and he was right! But, that's all speculation on my part.

Kirk and Spock were great friends, to the point of self sacrifice. Their relationship one of the main things that makes Star Trek TOS work so well. And, lack of it, is one of the things that mars this spin off, which is often a wonderful show.


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