The seventh season also saw the first Trek wedding since Dax-Worff, the return of the old Federation-Maquis conflict, the continuing efforts of Lt. Reginald Barclay (Dwight Schultz) to bring Voyager home, Kim (Garrett Wang) taking command twice (once with the help of the Emergency Command Hologram), the return of Q, and Neelix's discovery of a group of fellow Talaxians. The final episode, "Endgame," is less concerned with misty-eyed goodbyes than with a bending of conventional views of the space-time continuum that leads to an exciting showdown with the Borg queen (Alice Krige, repeating her role from Star Trek: First Contact but making her first appearance on Voyager). DVD bonus features include the usual season recap, a 12-minute featurette on the final episode, and a crew profile of the Doctor. --David Horiuchi
The season kicks off with a strong conclusion to the season 6 cliff-hanger UNIMATRIX ZERO. There is something very affecting about the principal of several Borg drones being able to fulfil their individuality during regeneration. The season 7 premiere delivers a respectable conclusion to this premise.
Moving on from the opener, there are several bland entries (including the 7 of 9 showcase IMPERFECTION, DRIVE [which sees the marriage of 2 crew members] & the Tuvok centred REPRESSION).
However some of the seasons success stories include: LINEAGE (which focuses on Torres parental worries), the WORKFORCE 2-parter (in which the crew are unknowingly forced to work on alien planet), AUTHOR AUTHOR and the audacious penultimate episode RENAISSANCE MAN; a really effective blend of action & tongue-in-cheek sentiment, which perfectly showcases the ability of the cast ensemble (with, of course, the doctor at the forefront).
ENDGAME is the shows highly effective series finalé, and is packed with menace, suspense and plenty of character moments, presented in one highly polished presentation.
While it may have been heavily critised by some people for its lack of continuity and engaging drama, VOYAGER may well have been a mere victim of poor timing (airing too close to DS9, and to TNG's demise). Faced with ENTERPRISE - surely many fans will feel nostalgia, for a show that was largely unappreciated.
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