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REPRINTED from TV GUIDE - Nov. 13-19, 1993.
It's funny how news works. Just two weeks ago, Paramount Communications Inc. claimed it had few details about the upcoming series Star Trek : Voyager - a key element in the company's attempt to launch a fifth network. But on the day Warner Brothers announced its own fifth-network plans, Trek honcho Rick Berman suddenly had lots to say about the new show, which debuts in January 1995.
THE CONCEPT: The two-hour pilot opens with the USS Voyager - one of a new class of small Starfleet vessels, with a crew of 200 - chasing another ship, which is carrying renegade, vigilante Starfleeters. The pursuit at the Cardassian border takes the ships into a kind of Bermuda Triangle called The Badlands, where a strange natural phenomenon transports them to an unexplored part of the galaxy. By the end, the crews are united on the Voyager where, lost in space, they try to work out their differences as they explore (what else?) strange new worlds.
THE CREW: The eight or nine regulars are still uncast. But the characters include a commander figure (sex and race still undetermined); a half-Klingon, half-human woman; an Asian; a holographic character; two members of two alien species unique to this series; an older male Vulcan; a young officer who was dishonorably discharged but asked back because he has information about the renegades; and a Native American. Like Star Trek: Deep Space 9 and The Next Generation, Voyager takes place in the 24th century, and will include characters from the current series. - Larry Closs