Star Trek Voyager: Season 3
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After proving its long-term potential in season 2, Star Trek: Voyager served up some of the best episodes in its entire seven-year history. The second-season cliffhanger was intelligently resolved in "Basics, Pt. II," and the fan-favorite "Flashback" placed Tuvok (Tim Russ) aboard the U.S.S. Excelsior from Star Trek VI, under the command of Capt. Sulu (Star Trek alumnus George Takei). It was a brilliant example of interseries plotting, just as "False Profits" was a Ferengi-based sequel to the NextGen episode "The Price." The two-part time-travel scenario of "Future's End" is a Voyager highlight, with clear echoes (including dialogue lifted verbatim!) of Star Trek's classic "The City on the Edge of Forever," featuring delightful guest performances by actress-comedienne Sarah Silverman and Ed Begley Jr. Character-wise, the season belonged to Kes (Jennifer Lien, whose tenure on the series was now near its end), Neelix (Ethan Phillips), and the Doctor (Robert Picardo), who shined (respectively) in "Warlord," "Fair Trade," and the surprisingly touching "Real Life" (the latter directed by "Potsie" himself, Happy Days veteran Anson Williams). By infecting B'Elanna (Roxanne Dawson) with a fellow officer's "Blood Fever," Voyager delved into the turbulent Vulcan ritual of Pon Farr, while the cliffhanger "Scorpion" introduced the relentless, Borg-destroying villains of Species 8472, which would pose a continuing threat in subsequent episodes.
Season 3 had a few clunkers (the guilty pleasure "Macrocosm" puts Janeway in stripped-down "Ripley" mode against invading macro-viruses, and Ensign Kim is an awkward "Favorite Son" to a bevy of babes), but for every misstep there's a strong science-fiction concept, like the highly-evolved Hadrosaurs in "Distant Origin," which doubles as a compelling indictment of institutionalized repression. Overall, this is rock-solid Trek, and the DVD features are equally engaging, albeit growing more perfunctory (especially the season 3 summary) with each full-season release. Don't forget the Easter eggs hidden on the special-features menus, however; they contain some of the set's happiest surprises. --Jeff Shannon
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Season Three finally proves that Janeway's crew has the mettle to stand up to any of the other crews in Roddenbery's legacy, even more so since they face the perilous unknown of the Delta Quadrant. This is exactly what was always intended for STAR TREK...a ship out in space, searching the unknown and expanding on the human condition. It never hurt that along the way in Season Three the VOYAGER has some of the most exciting moments in sci-fi adventure ever on television!
Season Three sets the tone for the future of the TREK francise and for the eventual climatic introduction of one of the most intriguing characters ever to appear in any STAR TREK series...prepare for Season Four!
As for season three itself, as others have stated, I feel the show had finally come into its own. My two favorite episodes are "Worst Case Scenario" and "Scorpion Part 1". Unfortunately by the time season three started most Trek fans had sworn off the show forever (including a few friends of mine that HAD been life long Trek fans) thanks to some very weak and some VERY stupid first and second season episodes.
This season also gives us another glimpse of the Q Continuum--this time it is viewed as a US Civil War Battlefield. So many variations that they could have done with this. We also get glimpses of what comes next for this wayward crew--the Year Of Hell first appears here as Kes' nightmares. Then there is the first encounters with the Borg--sooner or later, they were going to appear in the story. I liked how they outlined Voyager's first contact with them--on a planet where the inhabitants went underground to escape attacks from above and in the final scene, Chakotay tells Janeway they found out who attacked these people when the find a dead Borg body in one of the mineshaft entrances. One question I have always had, though was whether or not the Dominion had problems with the Borg as well--never did see any assimilated Jem'hadr or Vorta in the Collective.
Eventually, Janeway and crew encounter living Borg, the first ones from a ship that suffered a mishap and the survivors having to cope with life after assimilation fighting each other. Then comes "Scorpion", where Voyager encounters the Collective for the first time and witnesses its next conquest with the Borg going after Species 8472 and that things were not going so well for the Collective. Once again, Janeway tries to strike up another alliance with one of the Delta Quadrant baddies (first time with the Traib in Season 2) and tries to align herself with the Borg--bad mistake.Read more ›
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To show my appreciation I would just like to say thank - you very much ! Just having this amazing video ( season 3 ) as part of my collection leaves me speechless ....... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amber Luthi
Product was in excellent condition. Season 3 is not as good as later seasons. Too much Kazon and too much Kess.Published on Dec 8 2011 by MsTruNorth
I jumped in on this series only recently, forming a new appreciation for the details that makes it unique-- i.e. Read morePublished on July 19 2004
The first two seasons of Voyager had some great episodes but the show didn't seem to be going anywhere and once season three began, the show started to become old and worn out like... Read morePublished on July 7 2004
Anyone who thinks Voyager was the worst Star Trek series has obviously never seen Enterprise! I love TNG, DS9 and Voyager. Read morePublished on July 3 2004
I don't know about anyone else, but I think voyager was brillant. I strongly recommend buying the dvds. Although, I think season 4 and 5 were a bit more exciting. Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by Kristin
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