Vela Kurv on Star Trek Voyager’s “Caretaker” Pilot Episode

-Riley Rose McKesson, Writer

From Lorabella’s journals at the West Pipe Space Academy, before she becomes Vela Kurv

Tonight I watched “The Caretaker” pilot episode of the Star Trek Voyager television series. I found Captain Kathryn Janeway to be noble and focused. She is confident and capable. I didn’t find her to be combative or someone with an agenda to prove. She decides to offer a command to an imprisoned former officer, Tom Paris. She’s not thrown off by Paris’ own personal edge or drive. Neither do I see evidence of a need to prove her own capability when she is challenged at the end of the episode by B’Elanna Torres. Her belief system is strong, but I wonder if she wouldn’t have some reconsideration of her choices. Time will tell as I watch her adventures.

Janeway seems committed to her own convictions and her scales of justice appear fair until she chooses to strand her crew in the Delta Quadrant. Confronted by such a choice, I am uncertain what choice I might make presently. Her choices aren’t pretty, strand her crew 70,000 light-years from Earth or destroy the Caretaker’s spaceborne array in order to prevent Kazon-Ogla forces from using his machinery against the Ocampa after his death.

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I like Janeway and I respect her science knowledge and ability to command a Federation Starship. Hindsight is always 20-20. How will I fair when I have to choose how I will protect my officers given unknown circumstances, threats, and conditions of what lies ahead? Above all, Janeway seems committed to fair examination although awfully strong on the execution of her command choices. But I guess, this is strength in leadership, something that is watched by the eyes reporting to your command.

Signing off for the night, Lorabella

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