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Star Trek Voyager - The Complete Fourth Season
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Other significant developments of the season included the actors' getting to stretch themselves out "Mirror, Mirror"-like as evil counterparts in "Living Witness" (also Tim Russ's directing debut), the time- and mind-bending two-parter "Year of Hell," a battle with 1940s Nazis in the two-part "The Killing Game," the Doctor's comedic sparring with a new rival in "Message in a Bottle," the Alien-like "Prey," and Tom Paris (Robert Duncan MacNeill) taking a personal step and switching bodies with an alien in "Vis a Vis."
The DVD set offers the usual 20-minute season overview, crew profiles of Seven of Nine (natch) and Harry Kim (both of whom show warm appreciation for the Trek crowd), features on Species 8472 and the art of matte painting, and episode spotlights. --David Horiuchi
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Season four had some major changes to it from the first couple of episodes in the season. Seven of Nine a half Borg/Human joined the cast, Kes left the series, Paris and Torres finally got together, the Doctor made contact with the Federation, the crew got a lot closer to home, and Voyager encountered the Borg, and many new and exciting enemies.
Season four will give you great episodes like "Scorpion, part II", "Year of Hell, parts I and II", "Message in a Bottle", and many more!!! The only problem with the season was a classic season cliffhanger to help bring in season five. This is no big deal since season four was the greastest of Voyager and one of the best of Trek.
Voyager never quite did it for me when it was new. I think part of the reason was that they removed themselves from the established Star Trek continuity. You didn't have all the familiar sights of the Federation and whatnot. However, over time, the show has grown on me, even moreso since it went off the air. I have several Star Trek season sets, but I don't buy all of them, mostly because of the price of the things, and the fact that I won't rewatch them a zillion times, the cost kind of keeps me from buying all of them.
Having said that, I felt that Season 4 was a must buy. The reason was the introduction of Seven of Nine. Her visual look aside, I felt Seven was a pretty complex character, and while Seven based stories seemed to dominate for awhile, I felt she was a good mix to the crew. The fact that Jeri Ryan was pleasing (a little TOO pleasing for some people) to the eye kind of made it difficult for some people to look past her breasts and see the good character there. A Borg as a crewmember? That was a pretty radical concept back when this was new. None of the fans really knew how it would turn out. It turned out pretty well, and in Season 4 you can see the genesis of the character.
Also, we lost Kes this season. The production staff was on record saying that they didn't know what to do with the character. Personally, I thought the character was fine.Read more ›
Season 5: 11/2
Season 6: 12/7
Season 7: 12/21
Now...Seven of Nine was a great addition to the cast. Not to downplay Kes, but she bored me...it was just another telepath like Troi. It was done and needed to end. Seven of Nine alone made the show more interesting because of the dynamic she brought into the show. Using Borg innovation to gain an advantage with the many challenges of the Delta quadrant was a good move to revive the show. The Borg, are porbably one of the single best "villans" on television. Who doesn't know the line "Resistance is futile"??
I'm a nut about the Borg and reintroducing them was what made me want to watch. So while I say Seven of Nine are the three words that describe Season 4, I partially mean Jeri Ryan, but even more so, I was just psyched about reintroducing the Borg into the series. Even in Season Three, the two best episodes were Unity and Scorpion Part 1, primarily because of the Borg involvement.
Last...the Year of Hell episode is in this season. Next to the Series Finale, the Year of Hell was the best episode produced for the series. Can't wait to get this one!
Voyager is my favorite Star Trek series, and the fourth season is a must have for any Voyager fan.
But there's more to this season than just the Borg--the Year Of Hell, which started out as Kes' premonition in Season 3, became a reality for this crew--or did it? We may never know unless we have seen the episode. Kurtwood Smith from "That 70's Show" plays a scientist who discovers how to use time as his weapon to bring back his dead wife, only to discover that when he manipulates on part of the timeline, it screws up other parts of it--and then realizes that they would not be so screwed up if it weren't for the fact that Voyager is in the wrong place and that this wild variable seems to thwart the very results he is seeking.Read more ›