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If the first season of Star Trek: Voyager was a shakedown cruise, then season 2 represents a vital blossoming of the series' potential. As Captain Janeway, Kate Mulgrew maintained Starfleet integrity in the lawless expanse of the Delta quadrant, and became the ethical conscience of her still-uneasy Maquis/Starfleet crew, whose unanimous loyalty would be dramatically proven in "The '37's" (a first-season hold-over). Janeway's moral guidance would also assert itself in "Death Wish" (a "Q" episode featuring NextGen's Jonathan Frakes) and "Tuvix," in which life-or-death decisions landed squarely on her shoulders. Season 2 brought similar development to all the primary characters, deepening their relationships and defining their personalities, especially Robert Beltran as Chakotay (in "Initiations" and "Tattoo"), now firmly established as Janeway's best friend (and nearly more than that, in "Resolutions") and command-decision confidante.
Solid sci-fi concepts abound in season 2, although "Threshold" is considered an embarrassment (as confessed by co-executive producer Brannon Braga in a self-deprecating "Easter Egg" interview clip). It was a forgivable lapse in a consistently excellent season that intensified Janeway's struggle with the villainous Kazon, exacerbated by a Starfleet traitor in cahoots with the duplicitous Cardassian Seska (played by Martha Hackett, featured in a lively guest-star profile). The psychologically intense "Meld" (featuring a riveting guest performance by Brad Dourif) was a Tuvok-story highlight, and the aptly titled "Basics, Pt. 1" provided an ominous cliffhanger, including a second planetary landing (in a season full of impressive special effects) that left Voyager's fate in question. DVD extras are abundant and worthwhile, especially the season 2 retrospective and "A Day in the Life of Ethan Phillips" (who plays Neelix under a daily ordeal of latex makeup). Several Easter egg surprises--including a music video performance by Tim Russ (Tuvok)--are hidden (but easily found) among the "Special Features" menus on disc 7. All in all, this was one of Voyager's finest seasons, leaving some enticing questions to be answered in season 3. --Jeff Shannon
"Star Trek Voyager: Season Two" details the adventures of the Starfleet's most adventurous starship, the U.S.S. Voyager, as it is led by Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) on adventurous missions into deep space. The series also stars Robert Beltran as Lt. Commander Chakotay, Roxann Dawson as B'Elanna Torres, Robert Duncan McNeill as Lieutenant Tom Paris, Ethan Phillips as Neelix, Robert Picardo as The Doctor, Tim Russ as Lieutenant Tuvok, Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine, Garrett Wang as Ensign Harry Kim and Jennifer Lien as Kes.
I rated this product a 5 ( 5 star ) , just because I found Star Trek " Voyager " an amazing series . Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amber Luthi
The package arrived promptly. The items were in excellent condition.
The missing star represents my opinion of the price... too much for an old series. Read more
DVDs were in excellent condition. This season has a few good episodes but this early on in the series still has too much Kazon and too much Kess.Published on Dec 8 2011 by MsTruNorth
... still sucks. I saw it when it first came out and I was like "no way!?!" Now, I'm almost ten years older and may or may not be wiser (the fact that I bought this DVD... Read morePublished on May 28 2004
i watch, and like, all of the incarnations of star trek. voyager is my favorite.
a few of the best episodes from this season:
tuvix... Read more
Voyager looses Gene Roddenberry's respect in it's disregard for life in this season. Janeway has characters doing things Gene Roddenberry would never have allowed- A man with a... Read morePublished on May 24 2004
One of the Discs was scuffed and the packaging was scratched on arrival, Instead of questioning shipping competance, Amazon closed my account. Read morePublished on May 23 2004
There was at least one scuffed disk in the set . Amazon.com was nice about extending me courtesies for a while but won't believe their packaging people could be this incompetant... Read morePublished on May 22 2004
The second series of ST:Voyager comes in two pieces of thin plastic and you have to remove the top and bottom to get to the DVDs. Read morePublished on May 21 2004