The crew of Voyager is back on DVD in this fourth season collection on DVD. This season saw the entrance of the show's biggest star(s), Jeri Ryan (you know why the plural is in there). Gone was Kes, who was given the star-screw by the Star Trek creative team, as many have gone on record (including leading woman Kate Mulgrew) saying it was unprofessional and disturbing how she was killed off the show (in the ironically entitled "The Gift").
Outside of "Star Drama" outside of the show, the fourth season of Voyager is most widely regarded as the best, giving both credence and understanding to the "powers that be" with the creative department.
Impressive stuff here:
26 episodes on seven discs: Scorpion Part II, The Gift, Day of Honor, Nemesis, Revulsion, The Raven, Scientific Method, Year of Hell Part I, Year of Hell Part II, Random Thoughts, Concerning Flight, Mortal Coil, Waking Moments, Message in a Bottle, Hunters, Prey, Retrospect, The Killing Game Part I, The Killing Game Part II, Vis a Vis, The Omega Directive, Unforgettable, Living Witness, Demon, One, Hope and Fear
Braving the Unknown: Season Four
Time Capsule: Seven of Nine
Time Capsule: Harry Kim
The Birth of Species 8472
The Art of Alien Worlds
Number of discs: 7
The interviews on this season were particularly interesting because the show went through so many creative changes.
Voyager was the show in my mind that offered the most potential of any Trek show … but never seemed to completely grab the audience's attention. Once Jeri Ryan came along, "Star Nerds" everywhere went ga-ga for her amazing figure and tuned in … sadly disturbing the creative direction of the show in later seasons. For season four however, it was a season of action and adventure that we love to see in Star Trek. Particularly amazing was the two-part episode "Year of Hell" which is regarded as the series' best.
Well, I'm sure many men (like myself) can admire a woman like Jeri Ryan (especially in the things she was wearing) for many years to come. But that's no reason to tune into Voyager on DVD … this season was filled with action, adventure, and intrigue. As Star Trek is universally loved and appreciated these days, if you're a Trekker(ie) this is a must buy that will be replayed for many, many years into the future.
AUDIO & VIDEO QUALITY
Voyager is captured so well on DVD that it makes watching it on syndication stupid. 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 is particularly impressive in the battle scenes.
This was a very solid year of Star Trek, and a great season of Star Trek: Voyager. The show took some risks, took some new directions, and actually ended up in a better place than before. I get upset when people say that the ratings boost Voyager got this season were to the thanks of Jeri Ryan's fake breasts, but I contend that Jeri Ryan is in fact, one heck of an actress that played the part of the human-turned borg-turned human again extremely well.
Overall, Season Four of Voyager was perhaps the series' finest and is definitely worth taking home on DVD. Episodes of particular note are all the two-parters (especially 'Year of Hell' … that one was awesome) … a great season of television for your DVD collection.