For those of you who don’t already know, Voyager is one of my favorite Star Trek series. I faithfully watched nearly every episode as it aired. If it wasn’t for Battlestar Galactica, it might possibly be my favorite series. In either case it lands squarely in my top three. As a series, it holds the rare distinction of having a major character added after it was well established, and the series itself actually improved after that. What I am saying is that unlike many shows, adding Seven of Nine, played by Jeri L. Ryan, actually helped the show which aired for an amazing seven seasons. Usually when a new major character is added, you know in your heart of hearts that it marks that the apex has passed, and the show is on it’s way to being canceled.
However, this is even more amazing because the series was the cornerstone of the United Paramount Network (UPN) which was an attempt to break the stranglehold the ‘big three’ held on network broadcasting. Ultimately, the resistance to the establishment was futile, and UPN eventually dissolved, but not before completing the series. Yet another amazing facet of the show was that it portrayed several very strong female characters in leadership roles. Two of the most notable were the ship’s half Klingon Chief Engineer B’Elanna Torres, played by Roxann Dawson and of course the ship’s Captain Kathryn Janeway, played by Kate Mulgrew.
So it is probably quite fitting that Regali Kitchen honored them in the form of dark chocolate cake with light caramel frosting. Obviously, this was a commissioned project for a client who I believe enjoyed the show as much as I did. Of course, since I’m more than allergic to chocolate, I would have to simply stare in awe at the artistry yet not ever be able to eat it. I like cake probably more than just about any other food except beer and bacon, and that’s not out of any weird über geeky collector obsession or anything, trust me, but that’s an entirely different sort of passion. Because I know you are wondering; my top three are Stargate SG1, Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek Voyager.