Star Trek Voyager - The Complete Third Season
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Season 3 had a few clunkers (the guilty pleasure "Macrocosm" puts Janeway in stripped-down "Ripley" mode against invading macro-viruses, and Ensign Kim is an awkward "Favorite Son" to a bevy of babes), but for every misstep there's a strong science-fiction concept, like the highly-evolved Hadrosaurs in "Distant Origin," which doubles as a compelling indictment of institutionalized repression. Overall, this is rock-solid Trek, and the DVD features are equally engaging, albeit growing more perfunctory (especially the season 3 summary) with each full-season release. Don't forget the Easter eggs hidden on the special-features menus, however; they contain some of the set's happiest surprises. --Jeff Shannon
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The most superb episode of the season, and one of the best of Trek, is Scorpion Part 1, which introduces Species 8472. I remember watching this when it was originally broadcast. Back then the idea of a species "more powerful than the Borg" was almost unimaginable. The introduction of this alien race really injected some life into Voyager villainy, which had been mired for two seasons in the tired and rehashed Kazon story arc. Just look at the foreheads of those guys and tell me that they're not just a cross between Cardassians and Klingons. And we never met a Kazon female!
The other standouts in the third year of Voyager are Future's End, though the first installment is much more interesting and tightly scripted than the second; the engaging Distant Origin, which very cleverly presented its first couple of acts from the perspective of the dinosaur aliens; and Before and After. Not many praise that episode, but it does showcase some of Jennifer Lien's best acting, especially when she's a very confused 9-yr.-old at the episode's beginning. The backwards plot movement makes us wonder what happens next--meaning what happened before--along with Kes. We get at least a glimpse of what Kes might have developed into over the seven-year run of the show, are introduced to the Krenem, and the episode moves along the Torres-Paris romance subplot. We even get a passing reference to Kes' one lung (she donated the other to Neelix in season one). What's not to like?Read more ›
On the actual content of the season, I loved it and have no complaints so my rating of 3 stars is based on an average. 5 stars for content, 1 star for quality of the manufactured product. I hope this is helpful to you. I have never experienced such an odd problem before and never saw it coming!
The only thing saving Voyager until this time was its overall plot, which attracted fans of similar "The Next Generation" and the original series, and the fact that it wasn't syndicated like Deep Space Nine.
Voyager's season finale, "Scorpion", is the biggest Star Trek cliffhanger since TNG's "Best of Both Worlds" and was voted Voyager's best episode in a 1999 Startrek.com poll.
Voyager really takes flight with shows like "Unity" and "Real Life", although Season Three had several stand-out episodes prior to them.
Season Three starts out with the conclusion to Season Two's cliffhanger "Basics". It's a satisfying ending for the conflict between the Kazon, although it should have ended far earlier than this.
Voyager's anniversary episode called "Flashback" didn't hold a candle compared to DS9's "Trials and Tribble-ations" however still had some good moments. The fact that the original cast from "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" guest starred was wonderful, but for Star Trek's 30th anniversary episode, it could have stood out more.
Season Three has a Ferengi episode ("False Profits"), which is always fun. The Ferengi only return once more in the season, and not until Season Seven. But it makes sense based on Voyager's plot.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This series is 2nd only to The Next Generation.
This is the last season before Jeri Ryan's all-time great character "7 of 9" gets introduced and the show REALLY takes... Read more
Bringing in seven of nine was a brilliant move. At first I was sad to see kess start to leave but the dynamics between captain and Seven of nine started developing and it was... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Most of the characters are mediocre. Neelix is obnoxious, Janeway is a bitch who has no respect for the rights of her crew. Read morePublished 4 days ago by M. Thomas Frederiksen
One of the slower seasons, but it is Voyager, so it's okay. I love the show.Published 8 days ago by gejett
Why five stars for a whole season? Character and plot development overall and engaging and thought provoking episodes in their own right.Published 12 days ago by Donald R. McCrabb