Star Trek Voyager – Season Two
C+ Sound: B- Extras: B- Episodes: B-
first season doing about as well as Paramount was hoping for in launching their
UPN Network, the creative team behind the Star
Trek franchise decided to push forward with the Voyager series and that involved far more extensive character
development. This was not necessarily a
great success on all levels, but it built the foundation for the series the
first season did not. Like it or not,
this was the key season that made all seven seasons possible.
episodes this time around are:
Persistence Of Vision
Basics, Part One
26 episodes, versus 15 for Season One, and the cast seems to have grown more
into their roles. What took a while to
get organized and felt somewhat like an experiment on the very premise of being
a “how are we going to get home show” never exceeded those perimeters, it
actually establishes just enough of its own world to function. The Q character shows up with different
implications then on Star Trek – The
Next Generation, but he is the only link outside of the Federation that
connects this show to the franchise.
novelty of the first regularly featured female captain and Kate Mulgrew did run
with it enough for it to become her biggest role ever. I still fell the show joked around too often
and its imitators (Mutant X, Babylon 5, Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda) tried to be even sillier as if this
was a regular part of real Science Fiction.
Also, having yet another series of Star
Trek in the Nicholas Meyer military mode stretches the franchise thinner
instead of enriching and expanding it.
frame image is still softer than it should be.
As compared to the first season box, this is very slightly more refined
and it does look like Paramount decided to put more money into
the show, necessarily, but there is so much digital imaging used that it is
counterproductive to the narrative.
Shots that should not be digitized look that soft and it is obnoxious
throughout. This will look a bit better
than the broadcast equivalent, but only some fans will tolerate it.
is once again remixed for Dolby Digital 5.1 AC-3 and 2.0 Stereo with Pro Logic
surrounds. They are about even this
time, with the 5.1 not sounding as phony as it did in the last box, but it is
far from the best 5.1 mix, even for a TV show.
The .1 LFE/subwoofer signal is somewhat of a plus here, but some fans
might still prefer the 2.0 mix.
are featured with the final two episodes on DVD 7, which includes eight featurettes,
several “Easter Eggs” but highlighting and clicking onto parts of the Voyager
ship that are not specifically pointed out to and you get another photo
gallery. As was the case with the first
boxed season, the extras are as good (or adequate) as the shows, many of which
are unintentionally idiotic and pointless.
At least Brandon Braga is able to admit how bad Threshold was, even if it is hidden in an Easter Egg. If only more of the writers could be so
honest. At least he tried.
one thing I can say about the second season is that more ambition was applied
to the first full season because it had to be and they were at least sincere
about it. Too bad the results were the
same and further distanced the show form Roddenberry’s original ideas, no
matter what the final cliffhanger show of the season (Basics) says otherwise.
We’ll have to see if that declaration of getting back to basics helped
the third season any.
- Nicholas Sheffo