Make the characters interesting on their own, as well as their interactions with each other, and make that as interesting as the tech. ProfessorTrek 04:08, August 16, 2011 (UTC)
Start with a group of unique and diverse characters
mix in a creative storyline and central focus
sprinkle in some new technologies or species
And put that on simmer for about six or seven seasons and serve
No seriously, not voyager.
dont believe me? Voyager did everything wrong. They started with a fair premise, a ship comprised of two rival crews having to work together for survival. By the end of season 2 they were basically the TNG crew reincarnated, token rivalries that barely last an episode, everyone's happy, villan/plot/breakdown of the week threatening everything good an holy in the world.
A good series needs to start with a premise and stick wtih it, it needs to keep the characters consistent (Unless in Janeways case, she was protraying a schizophrenic, in which case.. very realisticly portrayed). The stories need to be engaging and not solved by "random theoreticaly technology of the week".
Star Trek: Voyager in many ways was the best Star Trek since Star Trek: The Original Series ProfessorTrek 05:00, August 16, 2011 (UTC)
I don't know what is with all the hating on Voyager, it was my second favorite series after TNG. I'll admit the quality fell off a bit after Jeri Taylor left, though.
What made all of the Trek series great so far compared with other science fiction is the optimistic view of the future they present, without being too too utopian or preachy. Star Trek also balance interesting and realistic characters with (mostly) believable technology, and for the most part kept the emphasis on the people, with the futuristic setting in the background.
One of the reasons ST:DS9 sometimes sucked was an often inappropriate emphasis on space battles, etc. ProfessorTrek 02:34, August 19, 2011 (UTC)