Star Trek: Voyager - Season 2 [DVD] 
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7-disc set containing the following episodes:
- The 37's
- Non Sequitur
- Persistence Of Vision
- Cold Fires
- Cold Fires
- The Thaw
- Basics - Part 1
- Special Features
Series 2 of Star Trek: Voyager represents a vital blossoming of the series' potential. As Captain Janeway, Kate Mulgrew maintained Starfleet integrity in the lawless expanse of the Delta quadrant and became the ethical conscience of her still-uneasy Maquis/Starfleet crew, whose unanimous loyalty would be dramatically proven in "The '37's" (a first-season hold-over). Janeway's moral guidance would also assert itself in "Death Wish" (a "Q" episode featuring NextGen's Jonathan Frakes) and "Tuvix", in which life-or-death decisions landed squarely on her shoulders. Series 2 brought similar development to all the primary characters, deepening their relationships and defining their personalities, especially Robert Beltran as Chakotay (in "Initiations" and "Tattoo"), now firmly established as Janeway's best friend (and nearly more than that, in "Resolutions") and command-decision confidante.
Solid sci-fi concepts abound in Series 2, although "Threshold" is considered an embarrassment (as confessed by co-executive producer Brannon Braga in a self-deprecating "Easter Egg" interview clip). It was a forgivable lapse in a consistently excellent season that intensified Janeway's struggle with the villainous Kazon, exacerbated by a Starfleet traitor in cahoots with the duplicitous Cardassian Seska (played by Martha Hackett, featured in a lively guest-star profile). The psychologically intense "Meld" (featuring a riveting guest performance by Brad Dourif) was a Tuvok-story highlight, and the aptly titled "Basics, Pt 1" provided an ominous cliffhanger, including a second planetary landing (in a season full of impressive special effects) that left Voyager's fate in question. DVD extras are abundant and worthwhile, especially the season 2 retrospective and "A Day in the Life of Ethan Phillips" (who plays Neelix under a daily ordeal of latex makeup). Several Easter egg surprises--including a music video performance by Tim Russ (Tuvok)--are hidden (but easily found) among the "Special Features" menus on disc 7. All in all, this was one of Voyager's finest seasons, leaving some enticing questions to be answered in season 3. --Jeff Shannon
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But back to Kate Mulgrew who plays such a brilliant (and very believable) captain of the lost spaceship Voyager which is struggling to find its way home through space - she comes across as a real ice maiden, cold and logical and sometimes seemingly devoid of any personal emotion but you know she means business and this first season does a great job of setting her up as a principled and disciplined leader who is fair, sassy and controversial enough to make you love and hate her in equal measure. Some of the episodes are brilliant, some are very good and there are just one or two that drag a little in comparison to an episode that came before, but for a first season of a new series (obviously not new now) I think it's brilliant and does more than enough to make you want to get straight into season two with a nice season finale.
All the other characters are set up nicely, too and yes some of the sets and science behind the science-fiction are sometimes questionable and a little dated but I think that's also part of its charm and it never takes away from the story. Very pleased to say the other half enjoyed it enough to commit to watching this season 2 with me - bonus! Speaking of which there are decent extras and bonuses on this box set as listed - I haven't bothered with these but there seems a good amount for any more dedicated fans. My only tiny gripe with this box set is that although it's a very nice presentation box it is a little wider/deeper than standard DVD's and other box sets, which means it sticks out a little on the DVD shelf and upsets my otherwise immaculate DVD library. But I'm 99% confident I'm the only human being on the planet who cares about that ;)
There are several brilliant sub-plots in season 2 that go throughout several stories. There is a mini plot regarding Neelix's jealousy, and another revolving around Tom Paris's unusual behavior. A great sub-plot was the traitor on board Voyager which keeps the audience interested as to how that theme would unfold. All these plots come to a head in certain episodes. What I always loved about Voyager was the character development and that factor carries on in style in season 2, it's really engaging getting to know more about their personalities and interactions between each other.
My favourite episodes in season 2 are: "Projections" (where the Doctor feels he is going mad), "Persistence of Vision" (in which the crew experience hallucinations), "Cold Fire" (where Kes learns new dangerous powers), "Prototype" (a unique story where Torres helps robots who have a sinister hidden agenda), "Alliances" (in which Janeway wishes to negotiate with the Kazon secs), "Meld" (where Tuvok's darker side is released), "Lifesigns" (where the Doctor experiences love), "Investigations" (where Neelix becomes an investigator and tries to expose the traitor) , "Deadlock" (where the crew are duplicated) and "The Thaw" (where a malevolent clown rules a nightmare world, reminded me of TOS a lot.) I also found some episodes in season 2 scary and powerful, some were really great stories.
This is an excellent season overall. The episode "Threshold" is the worst episode of Star Trek Voyager and is unfortunately featured in this season, preventing it from getting five stars. It is quite possibly the worst episode to carry the "Star Trek" name. The techno-babble can get annoying and tedious at times, but the brilliant story content more than makes up for it. Season 2 delivered superbly and I can't wait for season 3!
Strong sci-fi concepts abound in this season, with an excellent opener 'The 37s' which is centered around alien abductions! Other stand out episodes include 'Deathwish', Voyager's first and best Q show, in which the immortality of the Q is shown to be not so brilliant, 'Lifesigns', a touching Doctor show, 'Cold Fire', a big Kes show which reveals the Ocampa are not so small and innocent, 'Tuvix' a comic and touching episode which deals with the blending of Tuvok and Neelix into perhaps a better single being and 'Resolutions' in which Janeway and Chakotay almost become more than friends.
'Basics' is a stunning finale and gets down to thebasics (no pun intended) of sci-fi, leaving you in considerable suspense for the third season.
My only gripes with this season are the boring villians, the Kazon(surely the Vidiians, superior villians which are underused, couldhave been expanded on) and klunker episode 'Threshold' which shows an evolved Paris and Janeway as sort of lizards! Surely a more realistic effect, never mind a concept could have been used.
This season exceeded expectations after the slow first season and showed Voyager's potential. Not the show's best season, but brilliant none-the-less. A must have for sci-fi fans!
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