The crew of Voyager is back on DVD in this fifth season collection on DVD. This season saw the development of the show's biggest star, Jeri Ryan, as well as some interesting storylines as Voyager dumped itself off in a giant "expanse" of space. The season saw much of the same we saw in Season Four, with some interesting stories here and there, and some interesting 2-part episodes.
Impressive stuff here as always:
Available subtitles: English
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
25 episodes on seven discs: Night, Drone, Extreme Risk, In the Flesh, Once Upon a Time, Timeless, Infinite Regress, Nothing Human, Thirty Days, counterpoint, Latent Image, Bride of Chaotica!, Gravity, Bliss, Dark Frontier parts 1 and 2, The Disease, Course:
Oblivion, The Fight, Think Tank, Juggernaut, Someone to Watch Over Me, 11:59, Relativity, Warhead, Equinox part 1
Braving the Unknown: Season 5
Voyager Time Capsule: B'Elanna Torres
Voyager Time Capsule: Tom Paris
The Borg Queen Speaks
Delta Quadrant Makeup Magic
Number of discs: 7
The interviews on this season were particularly interesting and I really enjoyed the special on the makeup.
The season had some good battles, some interesting 2-parters, specifically "Dark Frontier" where we actually get to see a Borg city and what happens when an entire species gets assimilated. Mainly, there wasn't anything really outstanding about this season of Voyager … nothing really stands out as being "amazing" or any episodes being of particular note.
Indeed, it's true that the development of the relationship between Seven of Nine and Captain Mulgrew was interesting, but it never seemed to take shape in any carried on form (thank you syndicated format). One particularly clever episode, "Relativity" saw the return of Captain Braxton from season 3 in a bit of a clip show format. The show did have a cliffhanger for a season finale, which was a pleasant surprise since season four didn't have one.
Hey, it's Star Trek … it's probably going to last forever. This season isn't the one that really stands out for anything in my mind, but it completes the series heading into season six, and will get some good play time in your DVD player.
AUDIO & VIDEO QUALITY
Voyager is captured so well on DVD that it makes watching it on syndication silly. The quality of the picture alone makes this DVD set worth buying as the stunning special effects of the battle scenes and the details given to aliens demands precision and quality of sight to fully appreciate. The surround sound treatment also makes a great experience.
Honestly, if there was one year I would pick out of the seven for Voyager, this was probably one of the weaker ones when it came to character development, engaging stories, and developing the overall storyarc. The show took some risks in season four, and seemed to back off a bit in this season, perhaps reflecting the loss of female Executive Producer Jeri Taylor.
Overall, Season Five of Voyager was a little bit of a step back from such a great previous season. Nevertheless, there were some great moments in this season, some great two-part episodes, and overall, Star Trek is still a cut above what almost all shows are able to produce.