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Star Trek Voyager Season 5
on 2 February 2005
Season 5 of Voyager is possibly its best of all seven as finally the series has a clear sense of momentum unlike the rather stale first 2 series where enemies such as the Kazon were encountered again and again and storylines from The Next Generation were rehashed. For a change, the viewer actually feels the crew are getting closer to home and with Seven Of Nine now an integral part of the main cast, it allows for a great deal of much deeper interaction between the characters and consequently, a lot more character driven episodes. The viewer might also notice that elements from the rest of the Star Trek universe (Borg, Starfleet, Cardassians) are perhaps more prevalent in this season than previously, reinforcing the rather more progressive stance of this season as well as the fact that Deep Space Nine was coming to an end at the time this was being produced. Simply put, it is an incredibly well-written season which manages to avoid any of the usual filler episodes which have been the bane of its earlier seasons as well as its sister series, TNG and Enterprise.
Among the season highlights are:
NIGHT: Travelling across an area of space devoid of stars, the crew encounter the Malon, a group of intergalactic polluters and a race which is threatened by their pollution.
EXTREME RISK:Tortured by the thought of her dead Maquis comrades (at the hands of the Dominion/Cardassians), Torres risks her life in increasingly dangerous situations.
IN THE FLESH: Chakotay discovers a recreation of Starfleet Headquarters which is being used as a training ground by Species 8472 for an invasion of the Federation.
TIMELESS:The 100th episode where Chakotay and Kim travel back in time to prevent the death of their crewmates in a tragic accident.
NOTHING HUMAN:Unable to remove a parasite from Torres, The Doctor consults a hologram of an infamous Cardassian exo-biologist to deal with the problem, causing unrest amongst the former Maquis and Bajoran members of the crew.
COUNTERPOINT:Perhaps one of the best Voyager episodes where a member of a race against the presence of telepaths seeks asylum on Voyager in exchange for helping a group of telepaths concealed on the ship escape, posing a dilemma for Janeway.
BRIDE OF CHAOTICA:An ingenious story as aliens from another dimension go to war with Doctor Chaotica and his army on the holodeck. A great send-up of Flash Gordon.
DARK FRONTIER:The Borg Queen demands Seven of Nine's return to the Collective in exchange for Voyager's safety.
COURSE OBLIVION:A sequel to Season 4's 'Demon' with a great twist as the crew find themselves and their ship breaking down at the cellural level.
RELATIVITY:Seven of Nine travels through Voyager's past to stop a saboteur intent on destroying the ship. A very fun episode - a sequel of sorts to Season 3's 'Future's End'.
EQUINOX, PART 1:An excting end to the season as Voyager makes contact with home (of sorts) when they find the crew of another Federation starship. However, the actions of the Equinox crew in the Delta Quadrant place the Voyager crew in grave danger.
The extras are well put together and significantly longer and in depth than either TNG or DS9.
All in all, the season is a real gem, perhaps one of the strongest individual seasons of any Trek show and highlights the way Voyager will go in its last 2 series. Roll on Seasons 6 & 7!!