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Star Trek Voyager - The Complete Fifth Season
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STAR TREK VOYAGER: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON features the adventures of the Voyager crew led by Capt. Janeway (Mulgrew). Throughout the season, the Voyager crew plunges into a vast, empty, star-less expanse, makes a surprising discovery in a most unexpected place, has a chance encounter with the remains of a destroyed Borg vessel that results in an unusual effect on Seven of Nine, and suddenly discovers a wormhole that apparently leads to Earth.
After Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) spent much of Voyager's fourth season trying to resist the pull of the Borg, and just when the tide of battle seemed to be turning, she returns to the Collective in a memorable confrontation with the Borg Queen (Susanna Thompson) in the centerpiece story of the fifth season, the two-part "Dark Frontier." The Borg also factor into the nightmare-laden "Infinite Regress" as well as "Drone," in which a strange Borg-human-EMH hybrid teaches Seven the experience of parenthood, of sorts. Species 8472 returns as well, in another of the season's gritty episodes, "In the Flesh."
The series' historic 100th episode "Timeless" goes back in history as Kim (Garrett Wang) and Chakotay (Robert Beltran) try to repair a past mistake (directed by and guest-starring TNG's LeVar Burton), and in another dizzying episode, "Relativity," Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) is spending her first day on Voyager when she discovers Seven, who has traveled back in time to prevent an act of sabotage. It was also a good season for buddies Kim and Paris (Robert Duncan MacNeill). In addition to "Timeless," Kim takes center stage in "The Disease" when he embarks on a dangerous romance. Paris is thrown in the brig in "Thirty Days," and his Captain Proton holodeck simulation goes haywire in "Bride of Chaotica!" In "Course Oblivion," a ship wedding is the prelude to a deadly displacement for the entire crew.
It wasn't all slam-bang action. The Doctor's (Robert Picardo) buried memories lead to an ethical conflict in "Latent Image," and he and Seven (the two most consistently interesting crew members) dabble in the most unlikely of romances in one of the series' most touching and memorable episodes "Someone to Watch Over Me." Also, Jason Alexander (then in Seinfeld) guest-stars as a scheming alien in "Think Tank." Voyager didn't always close its season with a cliffhanger, but in "Equinox, Part 1" an attempt to aid another Federation starship in the Delta Quadrant uncovers a threat that might destroy them both.
The bonus features include a season recap, crew profiles of Voyager's resident couple, B'Elanna Torres and Paris, a 19-minute spotlight on the makeup process (Neelix was created as a combination of Timon and Pumbaa in The Lion King), and "The Borg Queen Speaks," in which Susanna Thompson discusses the difficulties of shooting and how she had originally auditioned for the same role in Star Trek: First Contact. --David Horiuchi
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The Best Episodes of Season 5
Episode 2 – Drone - The human side of Seven gets developed in a story arc that begins here, where she and the Doctor are inadvertently involved in the creation of a new life. Seven experiences a type of motherhood in the course of an accelerated process of maturation for a highly evolved hybrid being. “You will adapt” is the key line and lesson.
Episode 5 – Once Upon a Time – The fifth of my Voyager Top Ten. This episode introduces Scarlett Pomers as the adorable Naomi Wildman, the first child born on Voyager. And wow can she act. Originally cast for a single episode, Pomers was so good she was written into an additional six episodes. Her lines and scenes drive the best parts of the plot. Also, the holodeck is used for telling children’s stories and teaching lessons in an imaginative way. Subtle bits of dialog within the holo-program experience hint at remarkably clever features.
Episode 8 – Nothing Human – An intense plot that plays out the question: do the ends justify the means? Medical techniques necessary to save lives were obtained only through brutal experiments on unwilling subjects. Decades later, does it matter? Who has the right to weigh in on the question? A very thoughtful and thorough treatment of the idea.
Episode 12 – Bride of Chaotica - The sixth of my Voyager Top Ten. A beautiful homage to early science fiction television programming. You can tell a lot of effort went into producing this episode. There are so many fun little things that it’s hard to know where to start. The plot really doesn’t matter. It’s all about the early sci-fi features. The black and white presentation, overdramatic acting, sinister music, archaic dialog, feeble special effects, rudimentary ops panels, the list is endless.
Episode 22 – Someone to Watch Over Me - The seventh of my Voyager Top Ten. There are a lot of love stories in this series that really don’t ring true (Neelix/Tess, Tom/Tess, Tom/B’Elanna, and Chakotay/every female character) but this one does. It’s not a traditional love story, but why would it be? This is Voyager. There is an amusing premise here (which you have adopted yourself if you have watched this far into the series) that the Doctor is more “dimensional” than Seven as a person. A photonic image has something to offer about us what it means to be human.
Worst of Season 5
Episode 6 – Timeless
An odd choice to pair Chakotay and Harry when other combinations (B’Elanna and Chakotay, Harry and Tom) would have made more sense. No explanation of the terms of the temporal prime directive or how Starfleet has organized a police force for enforcing it. (Time cop is a sad fate for Jordi LaForge.) If you know your friends died, what satisfaction is there is saving a different timeline from the same fate? And why would you expect other timelines to repeat the history of your own timeline?
Episode 18 – Course Oblivion
I just don’t understand the point to this episode. The story itself drives off your interest in the characters. The plot advances like air being let out of a balloon, including the pffft climax. Pointlessness is not an interesting story idea.
Episode 25 – Warhead
Best example of Roger Ebert’s “idiot plot” defect. An “idiot plot” is any plot containing problems that would be solved instantly if all of the characters were not idiots. Sure, let’s keep a dangerous bomb that we don’t understand and is already broken in sick bay while we poke around. What could go wrong?
I also enjoy the special effects, and set designs, ship designs, costume designs, and aliens...I just adore everything about this show. Many times during my viewings of episodes I will find myself pausing, and rewinding to get a better look at something in the frame. The people who worked hard to make this show a reality really outdid themselves in every aspect. It is just a beautiful and well-detailed show.
The episodes stories are all very interesting as well. Especially the ones involving 7 of 9, played by Jeri Ryan. She really helped to pump new life into this series. Season 5 is another great addition to the series, actually, up to this point it is my favorite season so far, and I cannot recommend it enough to both Star Trek and science fiction fans alike.
As for this series, Is really didn't get in on it until half way through the first season. A the season progress it got a lot better. All of the tech are there. What I like most it the adaptation of current problems with a futuristic theme. It is good to know that even in the future some of the core problems are still there.