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on 27 November 2011
There were several ingredients that I would say made `Star Trek: Voyager' one of the best Star Trek series (I can't say it's the absolute best, since The Next Generation and Deep Space 9 are similarly superb), but Voyager was aided more than any other Star Trek series by its incredible premise devised by Jeri Taylor. A spaceship flung so far out in to space, as to be beyond the reach of all that the crew know and love, and as a result of the actions of an ethically-minded Captain who struggles with that decision for the duration of the series, proved to be a goldmine of material for the writers over seven fantastic seasons.
Of course the glaring incongruity of Voyager was that, unlike The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, it didn't come full circle in quite the same fashion. The series proved so good at action that the original premise fell by the wayside- the Caretaker storyline was not continued beyond season three and the Borg became the familiar go-to alien species to maintain the show's high viewing figures. Ironically, the season seven finale episode- `Endgame' was one the show's best episodes, but if I'd had a say in the final episode I would have lobbied for the return of the Caretaker, or his mate, or other members of their species, even though I suspect for many viewers that plot thread had long grown stale.
The Next Generation began and ended with Q and with a question about the meaning of space travel and humanity, Deep Space Nine began and ended with the worm-hole aliens and the sacrifice of an individual for the greater good of the universe...Voyager didn't quite manage the same symmetry, which I think is more than partly due to the departure of Kes and the connection she provided between the crew of Voyager and the Caretaker aliens, but the show's finale was at least able to resolve the inner turmoil that had been a major attribute of the Captain Janeway since the pilot episode and which proved to be so integral to the credibility of the series.
Across each of the seven seasons, my personal favourite episodes were those that explored this inner turmoil to Janeway's character, as well as exploiting the crew's desperate need to return home:
`Caretaker' (episode 1, season 1)
`Eye of the Needle' (episode 6, season 1)
`Resolutions' (episode 25, season 2)
`Distant Origin' (episode 23, season 3)
`Displaced' (episode 24, season 3)
`Worse Case Scenario' (episode 25, season 3)
`Year of Hell, Parts 1 & 2' (episodes 8 & 9, season 4)
`Message in a Bottle' (episode 14, season 4)
`The Omega Directive' (episode 21, season 4)
`Unforgettable' (episode 22, season 4)
`Living Witness' (episode 23, season 4)
`Hope & Fear' (episode 26, season 4)
`Night' (episode 1, season 5)
`Course: Oblivion' (episode 18, season 5)
`Think Tank' (episode 20, season 5)
`11:59' (episode 23, season 5)
`Relativity' (episode 24, season 5)
`Equinox, Part 1' (episode 25, season 5)
`Equinox, Part 2' (episode 1, season 6)
`Blink of an Eye' (episode 12, season 6)
`Repression' (episode 4, season 7)
`Shattered' (episode 11, season 7)
`Endgame' (episode 25, season 7)
There are some excellent reviews of the packaging of these new release Star Trek series box-sets (Original Series, Next Gen, DS9 and Voyager), especially on the DS9 box-set page. My own opinion is that I happen to prefer the type of packaging with the card interior in comparison to the clear plastic packaging. I prefer this style of presentation, not only for the compactness it allows, but also for the aesthetic. The downside of course is that through regular use the corners of the apertures can begin to tear unless you're careful and the discs are a little more easily scuffed/scratched whether you're careful or not. So far that hasn't happened with my box-set and even though it may do when I continue to re-watch the series over time, I would still prefer this card interior, as opposed to clunkily-moulded plastic.
Whatever your opinion of the interior of the box-set, I would be very surprised if anyone could find fault with the exterior- the overall size is superbly compact; the same length and width as a single DVD case (with a depth of approx. 4 inches) and I'm really impressed by the Star Trek communicator logo design, which is especially cool when you line up every series side by side. The only real disappointment for me with this box-set is the picture quality; the pilot episode in particular is quite poor, but by the second episode of season one there's a marked improvement. Even so, the subsequent episodes obviously aren't of Blu-ray quality, which is format that is long over-due in my opinion for Star Trek series.
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