So BBC America has Star Trek Voyager reruns now, and I watched a few. In particular an episode called Living Witness. It's about a backup of the Doctor's program being reactivated 700 years after the events of Voyager, as part of a museum of misconstrued history, painting Voyager as thugs and mercenaries happily ready to commit genocide. So, y'know, Chuck's Evil Janeway.
But there was a moment in the episode that just spoke to me. Like my experiences had been voiced. There's a moment in the episode where the Doctor and the Museum director are working together to prove the Doctor's account correct. The Doctor wistfully wonders if the crew ever got home, and the director says he does too. The Doctor reacts with surprise, and the director explains that he heard the stories of Voyager when he was a child, too young to understand the believed history that Voyager had been the ones to nearly destroy them. The name Voyager, and the idea of this ship thrown across the galaxy, struggling to get home, always fascinated him and drew him into history.
And in the same way, Voyager drew me into sci-fi. I was young when Voyager was airing, too young to be aware of any of the flaws with the show that reviewers like Chuck would point out. To me, Voyager was the "grown up" show that I could watch. It's the reason I was pulled to sci-fi and fantasy as a child. Probably the reason I like sci-fi and fantasy even now. Like he was excited by the idea of Voyager without realizing they were villains (at the time), I was excited by Voyager without realizing the show was flawed.
Funny how a show can reach across nearly a decade and seem like it's saying something directly about me.