This interview with Ron Moore gave me the sads. It gave some definition to what I’d been feeling for a long time: that Voyager was the show it was because no one cared enough to make it otherwise. No one believed in it, no one loved it. It was a show that didn’t even believe in itself.
When I think of what I love about Voyager, I’m left with the depressing realization that the show I’m so fond of was not the show on the screen. I think fans of Voyager, whether they realize it or not, have essentially created a second Voyager in their minds, where the characters actually interact beyond the superficial and the story arcs have meaning and consequence.
You know, when I first started looking for DS9 fiction, I was shocked by the lack of it. And when I say lack, I’m comparing it to the virtual LIBRARY that’s been written for Voyager. DS9 fic is pretty much Garak/Bashir or bust. At first, I figured this was just because queer pairings often get a lot of attention because you don’t see them on the actual show, and fanfic is so much about getting to see things the show won’t give you.
And then I realized that’s probably why there’s so much Voyager fic. The show wouldn’t give us anything. DS9, in a sense, didn’t require fic. The show itself was like fic. Voyager didn’t just inspire fic, it required it. If you wanted to see the characters love, or grow, or experience consequence, you had to turn to fic.
We didn’t just have to read between the lines, we had to WRITE between them too.
Seriously, if you haven’t read the interview with Ron Moore, do that.