3. Chakotay and Seven of Nine (Star Trek: Voyager)
We as an audience were cruising along in the Delta Quadrant with the Voyager crew, minding our own space business when, suddenly, Chakotay and Seven of Nine decide they're an item. Wait, what? If you blinked, you might've missed the memo because, let's be honest, this relationship came out of nowhere faster than a warp-speed anomaly.
The Star Trek: Voyager writers must have thought, "Hey, let's play matchmaker in the final stretch," but forgot to actually lay down some groundwork first. We fans were left wondering if a transporter accident had swapped out the script with a fanfic from an alternate universe, because this last-minute romance felt as authentic as a Ferengi promising a "great deal."
We're talking about Chakotay, the stoic, spiritual warrior, and Seven of Nine, the former Borg drone rediscovering her humanity. You'd expect a slow-burn romance, right? Nope - it was more like someone hit the fast-forward button, skipping straight to the end. One minute, they're colleagues with the occasional heart-to-heart, and the next, they're looking at each other with those... gooey eyes. It was so rushed, you'd think the ship was running out of fuel and their love story was the only thing propelling it forward.
We couldn't really buy into this last-minute love lottery, making it feel as though Cupid had been assimilated by the Borg and was firing arrows wildly across the bridge. In the grand tapestry of Star Trek relationships, Chakotay and Seven's fling was a stitch that left many thinking, "This doesn't quite fit."