USS Voyager (Star Trek)
USS Voyager is the fictional Intrepid-class starship, the primary setting of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager. It is commanded by Captain Kathryn Janeway. Voyager was designed by Star Trek: Voyager production designer Richard D. James and illustrator Rick Sternbach. Most of the ship's on-screen appearances are computer-generated imagery, although models were sometimes used; the ship's motto, as engraved on its dedication plaque, is a quote from the poem "Locksley Hall" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson: "For I dipt in to the future, far as human eye could see. The Voyager made its television debut in January 1995 in "Caretaker", the most expensive pilot in television history costing $23 million. In addition to its namesake television show, the spacecraft appeared in the computer game Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force; the spacecraft design was used for Star Trek: The Experience, a theme park in Las Vegas from 1998 to 2008, as album art. Rick Sternbach, who designed the Borg cube for The Next Generation, Richard James collaborated over several months to design the USS Voyager.
Sternbach started work on the new design in the fall of 1993. By the spring of 1994, the design had started to mature, was smaller than The Next Generation's Enterprise-D with features like the ability to land on a planet's surface; the interior design focused on the bridge. Throughout the design process, the main goal was to make it new and appealing while still holding in part to the same familiar design. Voyager special effect shots were done with both miniatures and CGI; the miniature shots of the Voyager model were used as a benchmark to improve the CGI shots. Two different computer models were developed from the physical model by two different companies that scanned it, Amblin Imaging and Foundation Imaging. Amblin won an Emmy for Voyager's opening CGI title visuals featuring USS Voyager passing through space, but the weekly episode exteriors were captured with hand-built miniatures of Voyager. By late 1996, certain exterior shots were CGI. Another challenge of the design was coordinating the interior set design with exterior shots, in particular the location of key rooms and the design of windows.
These were important, for example, in shots that crossed over from outside the spacecraft to inside the spacecraft in one filming shot. The principal model of Voyager used for filming sold at Christie's auction in 2006 for USD $132,000. Voyager was launched in 2371; the crew's first orders were to track down a Maquis ship in the Badlands. An alien force called the Caretaker transported both Voyager and the Maquis vessel across 70,000 light-years to the Delta Quadrant, damaging Voyager and killing several crewmembers. Voyager and the Maquis ship are stranded in the Delta Quadrant to prevent a genocide of the Ocampans, a species on a nearby planet under the Caretaker's protection from the Kazon, an antagonistic race native to the Delta Quadrant who seek the resources of the Ocampa. Captain Janeway orders the destruction of the device that could transport Voyager and the Maquis vessel home, thereby protecting the Ocampa. Stranded, with the Maquis ship destroyed, both crews integrate and work together for the anticipated 75-year journey home.
The intended crew complement was 141 Starfleet personnel, though it held 153 for its inaugural mission. This figure fluctuated during its time in the Delta Quadrant, gaining or losing count due to mishaps, adopted crew and voluntary departures. Starfleet Command becomes aware of the ship's presence in the Delta Quadrant and is able to establish regular communication. After a seven-year journey, during which the acquisition of new technologies and assistance from various allies had enabled the ship to travel a distance that otherwise would have taken 35 years, the ship returned to the Alpha Quadrant via a Borg transwarp conduit; the 15-deck, 700,000 ton Voyager was built at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards and launched from Earth Station McKinley. Voyager was equipped with two holodecks, it was the first ship with a class-9 warp drive, allowing for a maximum sustainable speed of Warp 9.975. Variable geometry pylons allowed Voyager and other Intrepid-class ships to exceed warp 5 without damaging subspace.
Like the Galaxy Class, Voyager's warp nacelles were below the primary hull. The ship was capable of planetary landings. Unlike the Galaxy Class, the ship could not separate the saucer during an emergency, it instead would eject the warp core. Voyager had an Emergency Medical Hologram programmed with a library of more than five million different medical treatments from 2,000 medical references and 47 physicians; the EMH gained the capability to leave the sickbay during the mission's third year, thanks to a 29th-century "mobile emitter". The ship was equipped with 38 photon torpedoes with type VI warheads and two tricobalt devices, both of which are used to destroy the Caretaker's array. Quantum torpedoes were compatible with Voyager's launchers, with some modifications. Voyager housed five standard torpedo launchers and was able to fire up to four torpedoes per launcher at once. In the final episode, an alternate future Kathryn Janeway equipped the ship with transphasic torpedoes and ablative hull armor.
During the years in the Delta Quadrant, the ship is augmented with custom, non-spec upgrades and modifications, some of which
Bryan Fuller is an American television writer and producer who has created a number of television series, including Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies and American Gods. Fuller has worked on various Star Trek television series, he wrote a few episodes for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He is the co-creator of Star Trek: Discovery. Fuller was raised Roman Catholic; as a contributing writer, Fuller's work has been featured on several shows, including Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, earning twenty-two episode writing credits for the Star Trek franchise. Fuller is himself a fan of science fiction, in an interview said that his favorite Star Trek series were the 1960s original, followed by Deep Space Nine, The Next Generation and Voyager. Fuller has called DS9 his favorite spin-off, stating: "There were lots of new and innovative things going on during Deep Space Nine and that's why it's my favorite of the new series", it was much more character-based". Fuller worked on the DS9 episodes "The Darkness and the Light" and "Empok Nor".
Fuller wrote the teleplay for the 2002 adaptation of Carrie, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. Next, he created Dead Like Me which ran on Showtime for two seasons from 2003 to 2004, although Fuller left early into the first season, he co-created Wonderfalls with Todd Holland, which ran on Fox in 2004, with only four episodes being aired and the rest premiering on DVD. Near the end of 2004, Fuller got a pilot commitment from NBC for The Assistants, although the show never got past the script stage. In 2005, Fuller wrote the pilot to the animated comedy The Amazing Screw-On Head for the Sci Fi Channel, which aired in 2006 but was not picked up for a series, he next worked on NBC series Heroes, where he joined as a consulting producer after the pilot and became a co-executive producer for the first season. He wrote a couple episodes for Heroes, including "Company Man" which TV Guide named one of the 100 greatest episodes in television history. Next he created Pushing Daisies, about a pie-maker who can bring dead things back to life temporarily, debuted on ABC on October 3, 2007.
On July 17, 2008, the show was nominated for twelve Emmy Awards from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, including one for Fuller for Outstanding Writing of a Comedy Series. It won seven Emmy Awards: for Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Direction, Best Costume, Best Music, Best Make-Up, Best Editing, Best Direction of a Comedy Series; the second season of Pushing Daisies began October 1, 2008, on ABC. In mid-November, ABC announced; the series' final episode aired on June 13, 2009. With the cancellation of Pushing Daisies, Fuller signed a seven-figure, two-year deal with Universal Media Studios, he rejoined the writing staff of Heroes for the 20th episode of the third season, again became a consulting producer, playing a "key role" on the writing staff. After working on some of the story arcs for the next season of Heroes, Fuller announced he was moving on to other projects, his next projects, both a result of the Universal deal and developed for NBC, were Sellevision, developed with Bryan Singer and based on the book of the same name by Augusten Burroughs, No Kill, Fuller's first sitcom.
Neither project got past the scripting stage. Fuller's next project, again for NBC, was Mockingbird Lane, a revival of the classic sitcom The Munsters. A pilot was produced, but the show did not receive a series order, the pilot aired as a Halloween special. Fuller next worked on Mind Fields with Lisa Joy for USA Network, not picked up. Fuller owns Living Dead Guy Productions. Fuller's next project was the Hannibal Lecter series Hannibal, which premiered on NBC in 2013, renewed for a second season in 2014. Fuller had developed High Moon for Syfy, based on the book The Lotus Caves, which filmed a pilot in late 2013, but was not given a series order. By July 2014, Starz had acquired the airing rights to the novel American Gods, that Fuller, with producer Michael Green, would develop the novel into a television series; the show premiered April 30, 2017. The show was renewed for a second season, but Fuller and Green left the show due to budgetary issues during the writing stage of the second season.
As of early 2018, Fuller is working on a TV adaptation of The Vampire Chronicles, the novel series by Anne Rice. Nicknamed the "Fullerverse" by Fuller's fans, all of Fuller's series are implied to take place in the same universe. Marianne Marie Beetle first appears in the Wonderfalls episode "Muffin Buffalo", has subsequently appeared in the Pushing Daisies episode "Comfort Food" and in the pilot of Mockingbird Lane. Gretchen Speck-Horowitz first appears in the Wonderfalls episode "Pink Flamingos" and subsequently appeared in the Hannibal episode "Amuse-Bouche", reverting to her maiden name after her divorce. Meanwhile, in the Pushing Daisies episode "Bzzzzzzzzz!", Ned mentions that he works for Happy Time Temp Agency when trying to go undercover, the same place where Georgia "George" Lass works in Dead Like Me. The fictional brand "Lil' Ivey's" first appeared in the Wonderfalls episode "Cocktail Bunny" on a box of cocktail cherries and appeared in the Pushing Daisies episode "Kerplunk", this time on a bag of macaroni.
In a more subtle nod, Fuller has reinterpreted a few of his characters in series. Georgia "George" Lass, having first appeared in Dead Like Me was reinterpreted as Georgia Madchen in the Hannibal episodes "Buffet Froid" and "Relevés"; this similarity is furthered by their last names: "lass" is an En
Kathryn Janeway is a fictional character in the Star Trek franchise. As the captain of the Starfleet starship USS Voyager, she was the lead character on the television series Star Trek: Voyager, a Starfleet admiral, as seen in the 2002 feature film Star Trek: Nemesis. Although other female captains had appeared in previous Star Trek episodes and other media, she is, to date, the only one to serve as the central character of a Star Trek TV series, she has appeared in other media including books and video games. In all of her screen appearances, she was played by actress Kate Mulgrew; the character was named Elizabeth Janeway, after the noted writer of the same name. However, after Geneviève Bujold was cast, she requested the character to be renamed "Nicole Janeway". Bujold, whose experience was in feature films, was unprepared for the schedule demanded by the television series, was unwilling to do news interviews, dropped out on the second day of filming for the pilot episode "Caretaker". Kate Mulgrew, who had auditioned for the role, was brought in.
She suggested that the name to be changed to which the producers agreed. Actresses Erin Gray and Chelsea Field auditioned for the role. Field's husband Scott Bakula would play Captain Jonathan Archer in Star Trek: Enterprise. Kathryn Janeway was born on May 20, in Indiana on Earth, she was the daughter of Vice Admiral Janeway and has a sister named Phoebe, the artist in the family. Phoebe never stayed close to home with her mother, Gretchen Janeway. Kathryn Janeway was close to her father, who taught her to look at the universe with a scientist's eye and she was devastated at his death, her first mission after graduating the academy was as a science officer on the USS Al-Batani, where she served as Chief Science Officer during the Arias mission. Captain Janeway takes command of the Intrepid-class USS Voyager in 2371, their first mission is to locate and capture a Maquis vessel last seen in the area of space known as the Badlands. While there, the Maquis ship and Voyager are transported against their will into the Delta Quadrant, 70,000 light-years away, by a massive displacement wave.
The Maquis ship is destroyed while fighting the Kazon-Ogla, although Voyager survives, there are numerous casualties. In order to protect the Ocampa, who live on a planet Voyager visits, Janeway destroys the Caretaker Array, the space station that transported the two ships to the Delta Quadrant, which provides energy to the Ocampa's planet, despite the fact that the Array may be the two ships' only chance to return home. In doing this, Janeway strands her crew seven decades' travel from home, her first major task is integrating the surviving Voyager crews. Chakotay, captain of the Maquis ship, succeeds the deceased Lieutenant Commander Cavit as her first officer. Janeway grants convicted criminal, former Starfleet officer, accomplished pilot Tom Paris a field commission, makes him Voyager's helmsman. Janeway's other interactions with her crew include helping the de-assimilated Borg Seven of Nine reclaim her individuality and humanity and advocating for the Doctor's status as a sentient being.
During the course of the TV series, Voyager has contact with the Q Continuum on three occasions, repeated contact with the Borg. With the intervention of a future/alternate version of herself, Janeway leads her crew in using one of the Borg's transwarp conduits to return her ship to Federation space after having traveled through the Delta Quadrant for seven years. During a cameo appearance in the film Star Trek: Nemesis, now-Admiral Janeway instructs Captain Jean-Luc Picard to travel to Romulus at the invitation of the film's antagonist. Admiral Janeway appeared in the Borg Invasion 4-D ride at the Star Trek: The Experience venue in Las Vegas, which closed in 2008. In the ride, Janeway leads Voyager to the rescue of ride participants who are ostensibly trapped first on a space station and on a shuttlecraft that come under attack by a Borg Cube commanded by the Borg Queen. At the ride's end, Janeway tells the participants, "Congratulations. You've defeated the Borg with one thing; as long as we have that, resistance will never be futile."
Although Paramount considers only the onscreen, live-action Trek episodes and movies canonical, Janeway has nonetheless continued as a major character in the Star Trek novels that depict the events in the lives of the Voyager characters after the end of that series. In Peter David's 2007 Star Trek: The Next Generation novel, Before Dishonor, set after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, Janeway is assimilated by a rogue faction of the Borg, becomes their new Borg Queen. Seven of Nine, with the aid of Ambassador Spock and the Enterprise-E crew, manages to communicate with Janeway's consciousness, buried deep within the Queen's mind. During a brief moment of contact, Janeway helps them destroy the Borg cube, with all hands on board. Although Seven manages to escape, Janeway is killed, her memorial service sees a vast turnout, a tall gleaming pillar with a light burning atop it is constructed in tribute to her. The Q female appears to Janeway's spirit, tells her that Q and the Q Continuum had taken an interest in her.
Telling her that she has a destiny, Lady Q takes Janeway by the hand, disappears with her into realms unknown. Writer Peter David explained the book was conceived by Pocket Books editorial as one in which Janeway would die, that he was brought in to write it in order to give her a heroic send-off. In the 2012 Star Trek: Voyager novel The Eternal Tide by Kirsten Beyer, Janeway returns to human life with the help of young Q, who needs her assista
Seven of Nine
Seven of Nine is a fictional character who appears in seasons four through seven of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager. Portrayed by Jeri Ryan, she is a former Borg drone who joins the crew of the Federation starship Voyager, her full Borg designation is Seven of Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero One. The character Seven of Nine arrived just as the character Kes was leaving, was intended to introduce a foil to Captain Kathryn Janeway in a similar manner as Spock does to Captain Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series. Seven of Nine was played by Jeri Ryan for four Voyager seasons; the character was a part of the last four seasons which concluded in 2001 with its seventh season, Seven was featured in many episodes despite coming to the series. Seven was introduced in the second part of the episode "Scorpion", the first episode of the fourth season; the character continued to appear throughout the series until the final episode, "Endgame". Stories related to her relationship with Captain Janeway and with The Doctor appeared throughout the series.
Several episodes, such as "The Raven", explored her background and earlier life as Annika Hansen before she was assimilated by the Borg. Her romantic life is a mystery due to her Borg emotional restrictions. On, with the Doctor's assistance, she tries dating other crew unsuccessfully, while exploring intimate relationships with a hologram of Chakotay. In the series finale Endgame she is involved in a short-lived romantic relationship with Chakotay which includes at least three dates and a first kiss before she "alters the relationship's parameters". However, in one alternate timeline they get married, in another she is killed along with the rest of the Voyager crew, her real name was known to her crewmates, but after joining the Voyager crew she chose to continue to be called Seven of Nine, though she allowed "Seven" to be used informally. Following the third season of Star Trek: Voyager, the production team decided that the main cast character of Kes was to be dropped from the show, it was decided that Captain Kathryn Janeway needed a contrasting character, so Seven of Nine was developed to fill this role.
It had been a previous Star Trek staple to have a character that could provide a third-person view on the human condition, prior examples including Spock in Star Trek: The Original Series and Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation. After being cast, actress Jeri Ryan acknowledged she had hardly seen Star Trek, had no idea what the Borg were. To prepare her, the producers gave her a copy of Star Trek: First Contact and the Star Trek Encyclopedia the day before she was due to test for the part, she was told not to base her performance on the Borg Queen from the film as she was a "completely different animal and were creating something new". Her acting experience up until this point had consisted of television movies, guest appearances, Dark Skies, her audition process consisted of two readings for the producers before Ryan was asked to come in to talk through the part with the executive producers, Jeri Taylor, Rick Berman, Brannon Braga. Following this, she was told that her option had been picked up.
She remarked about her experience of joining the Voyager team, "It was a little awkward since the cast had been together for three years already. And one of the original characters was being written out pretty much at the same time I was being added, but the cast was terrific, welcoming." Although she wore extensive make-up for her first appearances, including an eye-piece that fell off when she smiled, her typical make-up regime took around 45 minutes, with the attachment of the Borg appliance above her eye taking an additional 15 minutes. Her hairstyling took as long as that combined. In the following years, the Voyager writers wrote several plot lines revolving around Seven's exploration of the positive and negative sides of human individuality; the cyborg nature of the character is seen as representing a challenge to "simple conceptions of connections/disconnections between bodies." Ryan maintained that the main topic about Seven was "humanity" and stated that her character was pivotal to the success of the show, because she "brought conflict to the show, which it was sadly lacking.
… The Voyager crew was just one big happy family." After the addition of the former Borg drone to the starship's crew at the start of the fourth season of Voyager, the shows' weekly viewer ratings increased by more than 60%. Ryan's arrival on the show was accompanied by a massive publicity campaign in TV magazines and newspaper supplements. Ryan thought that the increase may have been because of the way the character looked, but maintained that those viewers would have been retained by the writing on the show, she remarked that "combining non-human qualities with an attractive human appearance," as in Seven's character, was a great move by the producers. She felt that the writers did a good job in not pushing the character to be more human and having Seven enter into relationships on the show. Ryan was concerned that it could have turned out to be "Seven's sexual escapades on Voyager". In terms of portrayal, she said that "keeping a straight face" while showing suppressed emotion was an enjoyable challenge.
Regarding her form-fitting one-piece costume, Ryan commented that it was impractical and uncomfortable, but worth the reward of portraying a character like Seven. In a Conan O'Brien interview, Jeri Ryan admits that the reason her costume is skin tight is to help Seven of Nine regenerate human skin. Although Seven was introduced as a foil for Captain Janeway, with the two of them provin
Transporter (Star Trek)
A transporter is a fictional teleportation machine used in the Star Trek universe. Transporters convert a person or object into an energy pattern "beam" it to a target, where it is reconverted into matter; the term "transporter accident" is a catch-all term for when a person or object does not rematerialize correctly. According to The Making of Star Trek, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's original plan did not include transporters, instead calling for characters to land the starship itself. However, this would have required unfeasible and unaffordable sets and model filming, as well as episode running time spent while landing, taking off, etc; the shuttlecraft was the next idea, but when filming began, the full-sized shooting model was not ready. Transporters were devised as a less expensive alternative, achieved by a simple fade-out/fade-in of the subject. Transporters first appear in the original pilot episode "The Cage"; the transporter special effect, before being done using computer animation, was created by turning a slow-motion camera upside down and photographing some backlit shiny grains of aluminium powder that were dropped between the camera and a black background.
According to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, the three touch-sensitive light-up bars on the Enterprise-D's transporter console were an homage to the three sliders used on the duotronic transporter console on the original Enterprise in The Original Series. In August 2008, physicist Michio Kaku predicted in Discovery Channel Magazine that a teleportation device similar to those in Star Trek would be invented within 100 years. Physics students at University of Leicester calculated that to "beam up" just the genetic information a single human cell, not the positions of the atoms, just the gene sequences, together with a "brain state" would take 4,850 trillion years assuming a 30 gigahertz microwave bandwidth. A study by Eric Davis for the US Air Force Research Laboratory of speculative teleportation technologies showed that to dematerialize a human body by heating it up to a million times the temperature of the core of the sun so that the quarks lose their binding energy and become massless and can be beamed at the speed of light in the closest physics equivalent to the Star Trek teleportation scenario would require the equivalent of 330 megatons of energy.
To meet the information storage and transmission requirements would require current computing capabilities to continue improve by a factor of 10 to 100 times per decade for 200 to 300 years. According to dialogue in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Daedalus", the transporter was invented in the early 22nd century by Dr. Emory Erickson, who became the first human to be transported. Although the Enterprise has a transporter, the crew does not use it for moving biological organisms. Instead, they prefer using shuttlepods or other means of transportation unless no other means of transportation are possible or feasible; the capability is rare. The crew aboard the 23rd century USS Enterprise use the transporter. By the 24th century, transporter travel was reliable and "the safest way to travel" according to dialogue in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Realm of Fear". According to the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Homefront", Starfleet Academy cadets receive transporter rations, the Sisko family once used a transporter to move furniture into a new home.
Despite its frequent use, characters such as Leonard McCoy and Katherine Pulaski are reluctant to use the transporter, as the characters express in the Next Generation episodes "Encounter at Farpoint" and "Unnatural Selection", respectively. Reginald Barclay expresses his outright fear of transporting in "Realm of Fear"; the television series and films do not go into great detail about transporter technology. The Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual claims that the devices transport objects in real time, accurate to the quantum level; the episode "Realm of Fear" specifies the length of a transport under unusual circumstances would last "... four or five seconds. This calculates the length of a typical transport as between 2 and 2.5 seconds and less. Heisenberg compensators remove uncertainty from the subatomic measurements, making transporter travel feasible. Further technology involved in transportation include a computer pattern buffer to enable a degree of leeway in the process.
When asked "How does the Heisenberg compensator work?" by Time magazine, Star Trek technical adviser Michael Okuda responded: "It works well, thank you."According to The Original Series writers' guide, the effective range of a transporter is 40,000 kilometers, although thick layers of rock can reduce this range. The TOS episode "Obsession" however, appears to indicate that the transporters' maximum range, during that time period in Star Trek history, is around 30,000 kilometers. Transporter operations have been disrupted or prevented by dense metals, solar flares, other forms of radiation, including electromagnetic and nucleonic, affected b
Harry'Doc' Kloor is an American scientist, film producer, director and entrepreneur. Kloor was first to be awarded two PhDs in two distinct academic disciplines both earned at Purdue University. In recognition of this achievement he was named ABC person on the week in August 1994. In 2016, Kloor returned as Bold Innovator; as Bold Innovator he created the Avatar Xprize designing the prize concept and its metrics, which on October 1, 2016 was voted one of the three top prize designs. Dr. Kloor raised 22M commitment from ANA to fund the Avatar Xprize. At 22M, this prize will be the second largest in XPRIZE history. Kloor is the CEO of Beyond Imagination and Jupiter 9 Productions, as well as CSO of StemCC, he was one of the three co-founders of the Rocket Racing League, was one of the five original founding team members of Ansari XPRIZE, served on the founding team for Singularity University, where he still serves as a media adviser. Kloor taught at the first summer session of Singularity University in 2009.
He was the chief science adviser for the X Prize Organization, advising X Prize Chairman and CEO Dr. Peter H. Diamandis on science and technology issues. In 2011, Kloor was one of the chairs of the DARPA's 100 Year Starship study. Kloor co-founded the company Universal Consultants, where he served as chief science consultant, providing guidance to clients in the development of new technological products and policy positions; these clients include NASA, the National Security Agency, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the US Senate, American Medical Association, Jet Propulsion Laboratories. Kloor is a film writer and producer. Kloor helped create Taiwan's animation industry, Quantum Quest, the first big animation film to Taiwan that starred major Hollywood stars, he has written for Star Trek: Voyager and was the story editor for Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict, a series he co-created/developed. Kloor has received Federal grants to develop some of his work with the entertainment industry, creating TV/film projects with NASA and the U.
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B'Elanna Torres is a main character in Star Trek: Voyager played by Roxann Dawson. She is portrayed as a half-human half-Klingon born in 2346 on the Federation colony Kessik IV, she dropped out before graduating. Torres joined the Maquis in 2370 and was serving on the Val Jean when taken to the Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker alien using his station. After being used for medical experiments she was left in an Ocampa colony maintained by the same alien that had abducted the Val Jean; that ship was destroyed in a space battle at the Array and she and what remained of that crew joined the USS Voyager. On the ship she was given field commissioned rank of Lieutenant, junior grade and posted in engineering. In 2371, she was promoted to Chief Engineer. In 2377, she married Tom Paris and gave birth to their daughter Miral at the beginning of the next year, while Voyager was returning to the Alpha Quadrant; the Star Trek: Voyager Companion describes B'Elanna as a young half-human half-Klingon in her twenties, a member of the Maquis Rebellion.
The producers wanted to hire an actress who could portray B'Elanna's inner struggle between her human and Klingon halves. After Roxann Dawson read for the role, she became the first of the Voyager actors to be cast. Dawson's makeup differed from the final design, she asked the producers and makeup artist Michael Westmore if they could make her more attractive and tone down the Klingon makeup. They came up with a design with which Roxann was happy, something she described as her "beauty monster makeup". Although B'Elanna's character was twenty-five years old when the series began, Dawson was thirty-six. Dawson's initial reaction to the script of the first-season episode "Faces" was one of doubt. However, she used the episode to learn more about her character, it became one of her favorite episodes; when the episode aired, she called her parents to ask their opinions, they replied, "You were good, but the girl that played that Klingon was great!", which Dawson took as a compliment. During the fourth season, Dawson became pregnant with her first child.
The writers decided they did not want B'Elanna to be pregnant as well, so for the duration of Dawson's pregnancy, she was given an engineering lab coat, used to help cover her growing pregnancy. During the episode "The Killing Game", the Hirogen had taken over Voyager and forced the crew to participate in holodeck recreations of various combat situations, to which B'Elanna's holodeck character is portrayed as pregnant in World War II with a Nazi officer's child. During the fifth season, Dawson had a meeting with the producers and writers to discuss her character. Roxann explained to them that she felt B'Elanna had an extreme dark side that hadn't been explored, from that discussion the episode "Extreme Risk" was created. Dawson stated that after the episode aired she received fan mail praising the issues of depression and inner conflict raised in the episode, with which many people identified. During the sixth season, Dawson got the chance to explore B'Elanna's Klingon heritage thanks to an episode conceived by Ronald D. Moore for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
In the episode "Barge of the Dead", B'Elanna has a near-death experience and travels to Grethor, the Klingon Hell, where she meets her mother Miral. She discovers that because of the dishonor B'Elanna has caused her family, her mother would spend eternity's in Grethor; the episode explores some aspects of B'Elanna's character, gives further insight into Klingon mythology. Dawson believed the episode had many layers to it, she believed it was a coming-of-age story for B'Elanna and her final acceptance of her Klingon heritage. During the seventh season, a pregnancy storyline was written in for B'Elanna's character. Jessica Gaona played the character's young iteration in the episode "Lineage". At the end of the series, Dawson described B'Elanna's character arc as that of an unruly young woman who matures over the course of seven years. B'Elanna is portrayed as having been born in 2346 on the Federation colony Kessik IV. Torres had a troubled childhood; when she overheard her father discussing his unhappiness in the home of two Klingons, she attempted to run away.
When she confronted him, she bitterly told him to leave. He returned to Earth days leaving her to be raised by her mother. A mixture of Klingon and human genetics, Torres is shown as prone to aggressive outbursts, she once attacked her schoolmate Daniel Byrd after he taunted her, calling her "Miss Turtlehead" due to her cranial ridges. Torres retained this aggressive behavior throughout her life, but she learned to control it. While in the academy, B'Elanna was having trouble with the rules of Starfleet, resulting in her getting four disciplinary hearings and one suspension, but before dropping out, Torres was a valued member of the academy athletics team, competing as a decathlete. Torres dropped out of Starfleet Academy in 2365 at age 19. A few years she became a member of the Maquis renegade group, began developing a profound hatred of the Cardassians. Torres became associated with a Maquis captain named Chakotay, was serving as chief engineer on his