Star Trek Voyager: Season 2
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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
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"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.
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Unlike the previous three "Star Trek" television series, which (for the most part) took place within the bounds of the Federation of Planets (or in nearby sovereign areas of space, such as the Klingon Empire or the Romulan Empire) in the Alpha Quadrant, the starship Voyager is hurled tens of thousands of light-years from home into the previously unknown and unexplored Delta Quadrant, which is located at the far side of the Milky Way Galaxy. Even while traveling at warp 8 (the fastest safe speed that a typical starship can travel), it would take Voyager several decades to return to Earth. Hence, the series focuses on the survival of Voyager's Starfleet crew, who are completely isolated and unable to even maintain normal communications with Earth, as well as the crew's ultimate desire to find a way home faster than their ship is capable of doing. Also, along the way, Voyager adopts a few Delta Quadrant natives.Read more ›
I would really suggest these dvd's to anyone who loves all things star trek. I'm glad I added to my collection, and will watch these for years to come!
Star Trek-Voyager in this regard has quite a few memorable moments that need to be highlighted here. It was pretty much the ugly stepchild of DS9, which at this time had far better resources devoted to it than Voyager did.
However, those few memorable moments really stuck out whereas in DS9, it was focused on the central plot of the Emissary and his relation to Bajor and the growing threat of the Dominion looming over the Alpha Quadrant. Voyager's memorable 2nd season episodes include some of my favorite episodes of all time: "Death Wish". This is the story of an exiled Q Continuum member who wants to die and was banished for wanting that. Voyager encounters this being and then encounters the other that we are more familiar with and they take Janeway on a tour through the Continuum, which seems to resemble everything and yet nothing at the same time. No other series ever went to great lengths to explain or depict the Continuum the way Voyager did. We would revisit this again in the Third season as it is depicted as a US Civil War Battle.
"The Thaw" is also another episode of note. Voyager answers a distress call from a planet that suffered an environmental catastrophe and the survivors went underground and slept through this in suspended animation, only to be held hostage by their manifestation and personification of their fears, which was brilliantly played by Michael McKean, of "Laverne & Shirley" and "Saturday Night Live" fame.Read more ›
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I rated this product a 5 ( 5 star ) , just because I found Star Trek " Voyager " an amazing series . Read morePublished 20 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
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