In 1995, The creative elements of Star Trek The Next Generation and Star Trek Deep Space 9 sought to capture lightening in a bottle for a unprecedented fourth time, and see if they could launch a successful fourth Star Trek series. Buoyed by the runaway success of the earlier Star Trek The Next Generation, and Star Trek Deep Space 9 the creative team sought to take the franchise into a new direction.
Towards this end, the new series, Star Trek Voyager would be the first Star Trek production not to benefit from creator Gene Roddenberrys input due to his passing.
The idea of the show was to introduce exploration back into the series, as the title ship Voyager would be pulled to an unexplored region of space that was 70 years away from home..
The show was lead by Kate Mulgrew as Commander Katherine Jameway, a career Starfleet officer who is embarking on her first command with a brand new starship for what is supposed to be a three-week mission.
Her second in command is Commander Chakotay (Robert Beltra), a former freedom fighter who turned his back on Starfleet and now must help merge his crew with the crew of Voyager in order to get them home.
Lt. Commander Tuvok (Tim Russ) is the Vulcan security officer who has shared a good friendship with Janeway and is committed to total logic and no emotion..
Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeil), a skilled, yet cocky pilot who was released from a correctional institution to help Voyager on its mission and who has a big chip on his shoulder.
Bellana Torres(Roxann Dawson), the ships engineer. She is half-Klingon, half-Human Starfleet Academy dropout who is as skilled with engines and systems as she is volatile. She is a former freedom fighter under Chakotay..
Harry Kim (Garrett Wang), the young and enthusiastic Ensign is fresh out of the academy and Voyager is his first assignment. He is eager to please and easy to get along with though sheltered .
Kes (Jennifer Lien), a Pixie like being called an Ocampan who has an eight-year lifespan. Kes is eager to explore and joins the crew to help them get home.
Neelix (Ethan Phillips), A native to the unexplored region of space who offers to help Voyager by serving as guide, cook, and ambassador to the new worlds they encounter. Neelix is also the companion of Kes.
The Doctor (Robert Picardo), The doctor is a holographic emergency medical supplement that is forced into full-time status due to the deaths of the ships medical staff. He was only designed for short term usage and struggles with his new role and interactions with the crew.
The first season set includes a number of classic episodes such as the classic Phage were the issue of one life being used to sustain another is discussed and the spiritual Emanations where the crew must deal with the notion of an afterlife as well as the issues of faith and spirituality.
While reminiscent of Lost in Space Star Trek Voyager got off to a promising start with this 15 episode first season..
The Season One DVD set is a well-crafted The menu functions are well designed and easy to navigate Aside from the plethora of behind the scenes and making of segments, the series features the episodes in sparking color and sound. One impressive edition to the set is the lost-footage of original Captain Janeway (Genevieve Bujold), during her brief stint on the show. It is interesting to see how the two actresses differed on the interpretation of the character.
A great launch to what should be a fine set for collectors.
4 stars out of 5
Gareth Von Kallenbach
International Association of Film Critics.
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 9 - 12
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