And Season 4 of Voyager down.|
And you know what? I am actually quite enjoying it. The characters are still lacking in general, and there is absolutely zero chemistry between the actors. (I read a fair bit about how in TNG and to a lesser extent DS9 the actors all hung out together, had fun and generally loved it, however in Voyager there was tension and it was just a job. I feel this shows in the show.)
In terms of the characters...
Paris... I actually quite like, he would make a good secondary character on another show
Tuvok... Same as Paris
Belanna... Um, she is on screen sometimes.
Which leaves only the Doctor as a character I really enjoy.
Saying that this season introduces 7 of 9, and wow, it really does make a difference. Obviously she was hired for her tits, but she really does bring a spark to the show, with finally some character development and some interesting episodes based around her. I can see why ratings went up 60% after she was hired. Come for the tits, stay for the rather good character.
In terms of the plots, there are some fantastic episodes, I think it was Dirtbox who said that Voyager has some of the best Trek writing ever, and I fully agree, some of the episodes were genuinely awesome and if they were done with DS9 or TNG where we had characters we loved they would have been stone cold classics, as they are they are still great. For example Year of Hell, Message in a Bottle, Hunters, Prey and the season finale are all very enjoyable. There is also a trend back to ToS type bottle episode where they do awkward, cheesy morale episodes that are nontheless fun.
A solid 7/10 for me.