Chakotay and Seven of Nine strike up a romance during the waning days of “Star Trek: Voyager,” and even as this arc unfolded, people didn’t buy it. Though these characters have their fair share of fans, most agreed that pairing them up and pushing their relationship so heavily and suddenly was the wrong move. All these years later, viewers are still talking about it and expressing their frustration over how it panned out.
“How they both get together? When it started? All their romance seems to be totally rushed and forced. Totally unreal comparing to B’lana and toms relationship build up over seasons,” wrote a since-deleted Redditor in a thread regarding Chakotay and Seven’s surprise romance. In a separate thread on the topic, u/AboriakTheFickle agreed that them becoming a couple was rushed and expressed the belief that Chakotay lacked chemistry with everyone aside from Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew).
As for Redditor u/faceintheblue, they felt the “Voyager” team simply came up with the romance angle for Chakotay’s benefit. They commented in another thread, “Voyager was rapidly becoming the Seven and Doctor show, so they thought pairing Seven and Chakotay would help them broaden out an underdeveloped character.” u/BurdenedMind79 also touched on the potential behind-the-scenes reason for the relationship, theorizing that it only came about to put Chakotay and Seven in specific narrative directions, and not because it was a natural fit.
Though Robert Beltran turned down “Star Trek: Picard,” at least he was able to reprise Chakotay via “Star Trek: Prodigy” free of any romantic “Voyager” baggage.