Communications Officer Lieutenant Uhura
Dr Beverly Crusher
Captain Kathryn Janeway
In Star Trek's 20th Anniversary Voyager Magazine, the Winter edition states "Women were still rare as leading action characters and the the typical kickass female combined her toughness with youth and a subtext of sexual availability."
So along comes Star Trek Voyager in 1995 with Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) with her "abrasive authority" and squeaky nasal voice. Janeway is strong willed and sound provided she gets her high intake of coffee, black. So was Janeway the first woman to kick butt in Star Trek?
Seven of Nine
Seven of Nine is the first female cyborg of note in Star Trek. Its fair to say she makes quite the impression and fainted four times until they got her uniform specs just right. Now that must have been a tough job! Lol - I've written loads about Jeri Ryan here and here.
1987 Proof: Beverly Crusher was on the scene only feet away
So lets rewind to 1987- Star Trek The Next Generation warps onto our TV screens. In the 23rd episode "Skin of Evil" CMO Dr Beverly beams down with the Away Team - Data, Geordi, Riker and Chief of Security Tasha Yar to Vagra II in 2364. Here Beverly is on the front lines and meets a terrifying Armus. - I mean this dude was BIG and SLIMY and it SPOKE! You can bet all your trekkie autographs, toys and memorabilia the landing party were totally freaked out! Well maybe not Data.
"Data, somethings got me!" "Touch him and he dies!"
Ship's Counsellor Deanna Troi - "I felt her die".
Meanwhile, the ships Betazoid, Counsellor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) is trapped/held prisoner in her crashed Shuttlecraft by Armus while Yar is instantly killed by a flick of the creatures power.
Chief of Security Lieutenant Tash Yar
In my book, it takes nerves of steel and expertise to cope with hostile lifeforms like Armus. But did Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby) cross the line? I remember how shell shocked trekkers were when Yar died. It looked pretty hopeless because lets face it, it was. Yar's death was tragic and meaningless. She even says so herself in Yesterdays Enterprise.
Our good Dr Crusher beams Yar's broken body back to Sickbay and desperately tries to microvolt her brain back to life. Sadly Yar's injuries were too great but what a grand exit. "That thing just sucked the life right out of her."
Last but not least, Niners will recall Jadzia Dax is killed in "Tears of the Prophets", the finale of the sixth season of Deep Space Nine. When asked how she would like Jadzia Dax to be remembered, Terry Farrell said, "wisely mischievous."
Which of Star Trek's female trailblazers gets your vote?
Live long and Prosper, Trekkies, Trekkers, Bloggies and Niners.