The starship Voyager under the command of Captain Janeway continues on her long voyage home. After being sent 70,000 light years into the Delta Quadrant of the Galaxy (in the previous seasons pilot episode “Caretaker”) the crew continue their mission to explore the galaxy whilst also trying to find a shortcut home.
The latest of the Trek franchise to be released on DVD in the UK here we have the second (1995-96) season of Voyager in its entirety. Initially regarded by fans as somewhat of a let down following Star Trek: The Next Generation (due to its dependence on the same recurring aliens, situations and extreme reliance on “technobabble”) Voyager seems to have aged well (at least in comparison with the first two seasons of Enterprise) and here we have some of the better episodes of the early years.
Voyager - like all of the Star Trek franchises - is at its best either in all out action shows or when it lays aside the technobabble and addresses difficult issues in a science fiction way. Examples of such shows are to be found in season two with episodes such as “Death Wish” (which features a member of the Q continuum who wishes to end his life), “Deadlock” (featuring a duplicate Voyager and crew) or “Innocence” (with a new spin on the ageing process). In its review form I received the second and last of the seven disc set so, sadly, I missed out on the more original episodes but, thankfully, this did mean I was spared a repeat visit to the worst Star Trek episode since “Spocks Brain”, namely “Threshold” which sees Lt. Tom Paris turning into a giant silverfish after breaking warp 10!
With all 26 episodes of the second season presented in their original 4:3 format and with a newly mastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, trekkers can delve deep into their pockets once again for another special collectors edition release, but what will they get for their latinum?
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