Janeway/Chakotay

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Pairing
Pairing: Kathryn Janeway/Chakotay
Alternative name(s):
Gender category: m/f
Fandom: Star Trek: Voyager
Canonical?: not really
Prevalence:
Archives:
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Janeway/Chakotay portrait by L.R. Bowen from The Cardassian Mask
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Janeway/Chakotay is one of the largest het pairings for the Star Trek: Voyager fandom, which, while having strong implications of existing in canon very early in the series (with an episode, "Resolutions" in which Janeway and Chakotay were abandoned together on a planet with little sign of rescue), was soon relegated to nothing more than the imaginations of the fans with little on-screen sign of the relationship developing. This lead to the commonly used in-joke in the JetC community that the fans were "projecting" their ideas of the relationship onto the screen, usually as a way of downplaying how seriously they took the pairing. "Don't mind me, I'm just projecting..." was a common phrase used when discussing some perceived subtext on screen.

Janeway and Chakotay by MadameManga (1996)

Communities

JetC

The major fan group devoted to the Janeway/Chakotay pairing was JetC (standing for 'Janeway et Chakotay'), mailing lists whose members were originally part of BonC[1] (Beverly ON Jean-LuC), who carried over their idiomatic naming to their new community. JetC came into existence in 1996, and the main website received its last update in 2000[2]. Pronounced as a word it resembled "jetski" which led to the collective description of the lists as the 'Pond' (the surface of which the members would hypothetically jetski upon), and so the nickname for the members of the JetC lists was 'Pondies'.

JetC was not a single list, but a collection of them. The numbers of fans added to each list were limited, as as membership hit that limit, the list would be closed, and a new one started. Some members were involved in more than one JetC list at a time. There were, at the time JetC closed its doors, at least twenty four of these lists.

Each list usually had its own webpage, created by one of the group's members, which would host material created by that list. This could include, besides fiction, lists, art, screencaps, or anything else they found interesting enough to put online.

JetCjr

With the growth in popularity of the JetC lists, the issue of the involvement of under 18's became more important. The list members were aware that under 18s wished to join in with their discussions, but were reluctant to risk exposing them to adult material. To resolve this problem the JetCjr lists were created. These were lists that were managed by a 'listmom', a member of one of the adult JetC lists, who would functioned as moderator and mentor for the list, and had a dozen or so members who were all under the age of 18. As with the adult lists, when a maximum number of members had been achieved, the list would be closed, and a new one opened. There were at least fourteen JetCjr lists, which functioned very similarly to their adult equivalents.

Archives

The main J/C fic archive, the Janeway/Chakotay Story Index, is now only available in archive form[3], it was run by Hester and Kira (siblings, one of whom was part of the JetC adult community, and the other in the JetCjr community) and received its last update in 2003.

Websites

References

  1. BONC Home Page
  2. JetC Official Website
  3. The Janeway/Chakotay Story Index via WayBack Machine