Star Trek: Voyager (DVD) Review

Nominated for 30 Emmys, including seven for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series, Star Trek: Voyager continues the rich tradition of the original 1960s Star Trek franchise. Created by former L.A. police officer Gene Roddenberry, the Star Trek TV series morphed into a franchise famous for the unprecedented fanatical devotion of its fan base. Lasting only three seasons during its original network run, Star Trek struck gold with its syndicated reruns, launching a number of motion pictures featuring the original cast as well as novels, comic books, collectibles, and reams of Star Trek-related memorabilia. The third spin-off from the original Star Trek series, Star Trek: Voyager premiered in January 1995 to modest critical acclaim, but experienced great success with television viewers, slowly increasing its ratings as the series progressed. Following on the heels of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), the series precedes Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) while boasting an all-star cast that includes veteran actress Kate Mulgrew (whose past TV appearances include such shows as Dallas, Cheers, and Murphy Brown). Yet instead of pursuing the classic Star Trek mission to “boldly go where no one has gone before,” Star Trek: Voyager is more about going where the crew has been before

Star Trek: Voyager follows the exploits of the crew aboard the starship USS Voyager. As the series begins, the Voyager is on a Federation mission to capture a rogue ship of Maquis rebels (a race first introduced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). While in pursuit of the Maquis, the Voyager enters a system known as the badlands, and both ships are instantaneously transported to the Delta Quadrant over seventy-thousand light years away on the outskirts of the galaxy. Soon, both the Maquis and the crew of Voyager learn they were brought to Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker, a mysterious force overseeing the safety of the Ocampan race who live in the shadow on an impending threat from the vicious Kazon. When the Kazon destroy the Maquis ship, the Voyager crew merges with the Maquis crew to defend themselves from the Kazon. Having destroyed the device which could bring them home, the crew of the Voyager – led by Capt. Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), and the crew of the Maquis ship – led by Commander Chakotay (Robert Beltran), must work as a united front in order to meet their mutual goal of finding a way home

The Star Trek: Voyager DVD features a number of exciting episodes including the series premiere “Caretaker” in which the Federation starship USS Voyager, led by Capt. Kathryn Janeway, is unexpectedly transported 70,000 light years away while pursuing a band of Maquis rebels through an area known as the badlands. The Voyager’s new destination is the Delta Quadrant, an uncharted region of the galaxy overseen by the Caretaker and threatened by the colonial aggression of the Kazon Other notable episodes from Season 1 include “The Cloud” in which the Voyager accidentally injures an alien life form while searching for an ingredient to boost its energy supply, and “Learning Curve” in which members of Commander Chakotay’s ragtag Maquis crew are given a Starfleet Academy tutorial on how to act properly aboard the Voyager

Below is a list of episodes included on the Star Trek: Voyager (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (Caretaker: Part 1) Air Date: 01-15-1995

Episode 2 (Caretaker: Part 2) Air Date: 01-15-1995

Episode 3 (Parallax) Air Date: 01-23-1995

Episode 4 (Time and Again) Air Date: 01-30-1995

Episode 5 (Phage) Air Date: 02-03-1995

Episode 6 (The Cloud) Air Date: 02-10-1995

Episode 7 (Eye of the Needle) Air Date: 02-17-1995

Episode 8 (Ex Post Facto) Air Date: 02-24-1995

Episode 9 (Emanations) Air Date: 03-13-1995

Episode 10 (Prime Factors) Air Date: 03-20-1995

Episode 11 (State of Flux) Air Date: 04-10-1995

Episode 12 (Heroes and Demons) Air Date: 04-24-1995

Episode 13 (Cathexis) Air Date: 05-01-1995

Episode 14 (Faces) Air Date: 05-08-1995

Episode 15 (Jetrel) Air Date: 05-15-1995

Episode 16 (Learning Curve) Air Date: 05-22-1995

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