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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, but not quite Excellent, 26 July 2006
This review is from: Star Trek: Voyager - Season 1 [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
The ending of 'The Next Generation' (or TNG to continue with three-letter abbreviations) left a bit a chasm in the Star Trek universe with Deep Space Nine (DS9) being the only show carrying the torch. Now, there's nothing wrong with DS9, in fact, there's a lot right with it. I'm a Niner, it's my favourite series. However, it doesn't quite fit the traditional Star Trek mould of 'going boldly where no one has gone before'. They're stuck in one place!

Enter Voyager - a Federation starship that gets flung into the Delta Quadrant on the other side of the Galaxy by a mysterious alien known as the Caretaker, and now desperately trying to get home.

The good thing about Voyager is that, because its set on the other side of the Galaxy, all the traditional villians, like the Romulans and the Cardassians, are gone. Which means they're forced to come up with new villians, like the Kazon (okay, they're a bit wimpy) and the Vidiians (sadly underused, kind of like futuristic Frankensteins!). Of course, for continuity, there are still references to the previous series - the fact that half of Voyager's crew are Maquis, that one of them is a Cardassian in disguise, and the Romulans make a cameo appearance all tie the series to its roots.

With the conclusion of TNG, everyone was expecting something fresh and different. Voyager manages to succeed in part, but the first series is a little weak. Clanger episodes include 'Parallax', where Voyager gets stuck in a quantum singularity (black hole) and has to break free by punching a hole in the event horizon. I was laughing my head off watching that! Poor science sticks out like a Vidiian thumb!

However, it appears that lessons have been learned from DS9. Several series arcs are set in motion straight away, including the Seska saga, which concludes in series 3, and of course, the delightful Holographic Doctor's development, who steals the show every time he's on the screen.

And, of course, we have the token Klingon! B'elanna Torres, the ship's Chief Engineer, is certainly one of the most annoying characters, but takes a close third to the pragmatically dull Ensign Harry Kim, whose storylines are meek and just doesn't match up to Tom Paris, and the ridiculously cheerful neo-skunk Neelix.

All in all, the series is pretty good, but it merely offers a taster of the things to come. The series improve as they go along!
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