Star Trek Voyager: Season 1
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Star Trek: Voyager began life in 1995 with some truly fascinating prospects in its two-hour pilot episode. Opening in the 24th century, a setting contemporary with that of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and carrying over story elements from each of those series, "Caretaker" finds Starfleet Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) stepping into the middle of Federation troubles with the Maquis, an army of rebels violently resisting the interplanetary organization's treaty with the brutal Cardassians. In the process, both Voyager and the Maquis ship under surveillance are accidentally catapulted out of the galaxy's Alpha Quadrant (the familiar stomping grounds of Starfleet personnel) by a benign but dying being called the Caretaker. Voyager ends up in the unexplored Delta Quadrant, some 70,000 light years away.
So much seemed dramatically promising in this debut, especially the unwieldy alliance of Starfleet regulars and hostile Maquis, and the likelihood that a lifetime spent in isolation, trying to get home, would lead to the development of a self-contained society on the ship, yet Voyager never entirely made up its mind what it was supposed to be about. The curiously cheesy sets and fascinating, progressive management style of Janeway (half mommy, half taskmaster) were also new developments in Star Trek culture. As the 16-episode season continued, character backstories were developed in such episodes as "The Cloud" (arguably the best episode of the season), "Eye of the Needle" (underscoring Janeway and the crew's sadness), "State of Flux" (in which a search for a traitor reveals a past romance between Commander Chakotay, played by Robert Beltran, and sexy Bajoran engineer Seska, played by Martha Hackett), and "Jetrel" (which explores the character of Neelix, the Talaxian played by Ethan Phillips, during a parable about scientific ethics and moral responsibility).
Among other notable episodes, "Phage" strikes a nice balance among character development, story hook, and moral and emotional conflict when Neelix is literally robbed of his lungs by the Vidiians, a once-civilized people who are combating a deadly disease called the Phage by stealing organs. (The disease would return in "Faces," a fine showcase for Roxann Biggs-Dawson as Chief Engineer B'Elanna Torres.) "Emanations" stirred controversy among the series' producers and some fans for its philosophical look at death, and "Time and Again" is a unique time-travel story in which Janeway and Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) get caught in a subspace fracture that places them just hours before they know a planet is going to be destroyed. In "Prime Factors," latent tensions among Voyager personnel erupts into serious conflict, an issue revisited in the season finale, "Learning Curve." Despite a pat ending that resolves the Maquis conflict much too easily, the episode drives home the fact that Voyager and its crew are all alone, making the most of a difficult predicament. --Tom Keogh and Jeff Shannon
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But things become even worse because in US version of season 1 there are 2 episodes missing: "Arena" and "The City On The Edge Of Forever". These two episodes are included in European version of Voyager, isn't it interesting ? Anyway having multiregion dvd-player consider purchase further Voyager Seasons released in Europe. You will get a nice package and as I see more episodes to enjoy. Anyway this is what I'm going to do.Read more ›
Secondly, the Hologram is a particularly strong character. He desperately wants to be a human, but lacks the capability. The one time he has the chance, Janeway takes it away from him. Again, a strong development from Spock and Data. I also like many of the minor character, especially Chicote. At last a Native is allowed into the Star Trek universe. And he carries his own luggage.
Many of the stories are based on human falliability, they lack the grandeur and paraphernalia of, say TSG, but I think that that is where their charm is.
I started shopping around and found to my surprise, that the German release of Voyager is about 110$ (95ˆ) and a much better buy. Firstly, the German edition comes with 6, not 5 discs, which include 2 Original Series episodes ("Arena" ST:TOS Ep.19, and "The City On The Edge Of Forever" ST:TOS Ep. 28), the first released ever on DVD. This, as far as I know, is not included in the US release. The box and packaging is also 1000% nicer, resembling that of the Next Generation Box Sets. This set also includes a much larger language selection, English, German, Italian, Spanish and French being all in Dolby 5.1.
So I give the US Release three stars and two thumbs down. The stars are for the content. The German Paramount's release gets five stars however. If you have a region free DVD player, or watch your DVDs on your computer, then you might want to consider going to amazon.de to buy your STar Trek Voyager Box Set. The extra postage is well worth the money...and in the long run, its not that much cheaper.
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Bought for our resident "Trekkie" who needless to say LOVE IT!Published 13 months ago by M.A. Tompkins
this is a gift for my grandson for xmas. if it is anything like the dvds i have purchased it will be outstandingPublished 15 months ago by jane hayes
I rated Star Trek Voyager ( season 1 ) , a " 5 STAR " , for amazing ! ( was absolutely amazing ) . Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amber Luthi
I love Voyager. But let me get this straight. Someone out there wants me to pay $60.00 for one season? Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2008 by Master Waffle the Historian
I love Gene Roddenberry's creation, STAR TREK. I was one of those tuned in at the beginning in 1966, and stayed with it through the doubts of "Next Generation" (original... Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by D. K. Hingle
I have never been a watcher of star trek episodes, but Voyager really caught my attention... but it was later in the series so i missed out on the beginning. Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Melissa Jarrett
Paramount gave little thought to Voyager maintaining the Star Trek franchise. It was treated as the "Money Making Monster" that 'Star Trek' has become. Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by Stan
This is some of the best packaging I have seen for a highly commercial product. I am a Graphic Designer and Art Director and can tell that some thought went into it. Read morePublished on May 31 2004 by B. Wilson
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