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-Introduction to voyager-
Star Trek Voyager is set in the 24th century, where teleportation and food replication are everyday things. Captain Janeway (Played by kate mulgrew) set off on an expedition to catch a rogue marquis officer. However they are unwillingly transported all the way across the galaxy to the delta quadrant by a mysterious entity known as the caretaker while exploring the bad lands. When they get to the delta quadrant with a lot of their crew dead they are forced to merge with the marquis crew they were sent to capture. It is this that forms much of the adrenaline action as they attempt to cross the galaxy to get home
In my opinion the best thing about voyager is the fact that they are in completely uncharted territory for the entire 1st season. They have no idea where they are and how to get home and with no contact with the federation they are completely alone
Another completely new concept was Robert Piccard, one of my favourite actors who plays one of my favourite characters the holographic doctor, this also forms a great basis for episodes around holographic rights.
I love most of the episodes however some of them are kind of rip offs from the original series and the next gen.
Overall a fantastic series of a fantastic tv programme.
Star Trek's fourth series kicks off with Voyager. Here's a brief introduction to Voyager:
Star Trek Voyager is a Science Fiction series set in the 24th century. Whilst Female Captain Janeway and her crew are searching for a maquis ship in the badlands, they find themselves flung 70,000 light-years into the delta quadrant. Janeway must lead her small ship and crew across the universe in the hope of finding a short cut home.
The episodes on this series are as follows:
Caretaker parts 1 & 2 - Their journey begins. Captain Kathryn Janeway picks her crew and veiwers get the chance to meet the new team. Voyager begins in the Alpha quadrant, but is quickly flung across space to the Delta quadrant where their journey begins. This episode introduces the first alien species from the delta quadrant. Some friendly like the Ocampa Kes, some not like the Kazon.
Summary - Interesting characters, exciting storyline, great star to a new series. I rate this 8 out of 10.
Parallax - When approaching a quantum singularity voyagers sensors detect another vessel. When they dont respond to hails and are unable to leave the singularity behind, the crew must work together to discover what is going on.
Summary - This episode is all about developing the relations between the characters and the story line is slightly weeker than most because of this. I rate this 5 out of 10.
Time and Again - When investigating the remains of a destroyed planet it becomes clear they have suffered from a planet wide disaster destroying all life. Whilst scanning the remains Captain Janeway and Tom Paris are pulled back in time to before the planet was destroyed. They must work out what happened first time around and how to stop it re-ocurring.
Summary - First episode to focus on just two characters. Gripping storyline. I rate this 9 out of 10.
Phage - The crew have their first encounter with the Vidiians after nelix has his lungs forcefully removed. The holographic doctor must fight to save the telaxians life.
Summary - Not as good as the previous episode, but still good. I rate this 7 out of 10.
The Cloud - As Voyagers energy resources are running low, the crew search for natural forms of energy, bringing them into a near by nebula. When Voyager receives damage from the nebula, the crew realise the nebula is organic.
Summary - This storyline is a quite similar to other Science Fiction episodes, but still done well, acted well and as always, worth watching. I rate this 6 out of 10.
Eye of the Needle - A micro wormhole allows the voyager crew contact to the alpha quadrant, however they only make contact with a unhelpful Romulan on the other side. As the Romulan slowly believes the story of Captain Janeway, the crew start to realise there i s something wrong with this connection home.
Summary -Its the first episode with any connection to the Alpha quadrant. Its the first time viewers get to see how important returning home is to the crew. Great episode. I rate this 9 out of 10.
Ex Post Facto - When Tom Paris is accused of a murder on an alien planet, he is punished by reliving the murder in his mind repeatedly. Tuvok must take on the role of detective to clear Tom's name.
Summary - Clever episode, interesting and well acted by Thomas Eugene (Tom Paris). I rate this episode 8 out of 10.
Emanations - Harry Kim wakes in a coffin on an alien world, whilst dead bodies start appearing on Voyager. Harry Kim must find a way home whilst taking care not to break the prime directive regarding the worlds after death beliefs.
Summary - Good episode, gets you thinking about your own beliefs. I rate this 7 out 10.
Prime Factors - The crew take some r&r on a seemingly friendly alien planet. Harry Kim discovers technology used on the planet that could cut their journey home considerably. The Captain must battle her ethics as the planet officially refuse her the technology, but an unofficial source offers her an exchange.
Summary - With a twist at the end of the episode, this is highly enjoyable to watch. I rate this 9 out of 10.
State of Flux - This episode shows signs of a traitor aboard the ship. Tuvok and the Captain work together to discover who is passing details onto Voyagers enemy the Kazon. The traitor appears to be one of the maquis crew, but actually is a cardassian spy.
Summary - Feels like a who done it episode, great excitment trying to work it out with plenty of red herrings to throw you off. I rate this 10 out of 10.
Heroes and Demons - The holodeck malfunctions meaning all crew that enter the programme Beowulf disappears. Due to his holographic advantages, the doctor is sent in to find out what has happened to the missing crew members.
Summary - If you dont expect too much from this episode it is just about watchable, but the worst of the series. I rate this 4 out of 10.
Cathexis - Chakotay is in a coma and alien spirits are taking control of the crews bodies and minds. The crew put safety plans into action as they are unable to trust each others actions.
Summary - Back to its best with this episode. Who is taking control of the crew and whats wrong with Chakotay. I rate this 9 out of 10.
Faces - The Vidiians are back and this time their splitting B'Elanna Torres into two halves. Her Klingon side and her human side. Roxann Dawson gets her first chance to display her acting abilities as she easily makes viewers feel they are watching two different actresses.
Summary - Well acted. A little creepy at times for younger viewers. A good episode. I rate this 7 out of 10.
Jetrel - Nelix is forced to relive the memory of his familys death, when the man responsible comes aboard Voyager claiming Nelix has a disease. This episode looks at Nelix's past and the war between the talaxians and the Haakonians.
Summary - This episode focus's around Nelix, but without his usual sense of humour, making the episode a little serious. I rate this 5 out of 10.
Learning Curve - Some members of the Maquis crew are having trouble abiding by Starfleet rules. Tuvok takes them on a training schedule like they were star fleet cadets. Tuvok struggles to understand their reluctance and they end up in a life threatening situation.
Summary - No big twists of surprises, but a little humour and pleasent story line keep this as a great episode. I rate this 8 out of 10.
Season Summary - Although its missing some of the bigger fight scenes and vicous enemies of later seasons, this is a great start to a new Star Trek. The characters are strong and varied and extremely likeable. Many characters bounce off each other well making them work excellently together. This season still stands strong against current science fiction series and is not significantly dated. I think Voyager has the best first season out of all the Star Treks.
There is also some special features in this boxset. This includes 'Braving the unknown', 'Voyager Time Capsule Kathryn Janeway', 'The first Captain: Bujold', Cast Reflections Season One', 'On Location with the Kazons, 'Red Alert Visual Effects', 'Launching Voyager on the web', 'Real Science with Andre Bormanis, 'Star Trek: The Experience' and 'Photo Gallery'.
I grew up with Star Trek Voyager and because of this it is my favourite out of all the Star Treks with Next Generation coming in second place.
The first series has 15 episodes each at 45 minutes in length, it's first feature length episode is all about how Voyager ends up in the Delta Quadrant. It begins with Voyager on a mission to locate a missing ship which the Maquis have taken command. The Maquis are classed as terrorists and the Federation is trying to put a stop to their actions. Kathryn Janeway who is Voyagers captain decides first to go and find Tom Paris who is a former Starfleet officer and also a member of the Maquis, he also happens to be a very good pilot. Tom is currently in prison after being captured along with fellow Maquis members. After speaking with Janeway he decides to help her rather than to stay in prison, an easy choice really.
To find the missing ship Voyager has to work its way through the Badlands, whilst moving through this area of space an ancient alien known as the Caretaker transports Voyager to an unexplored area called the Delta Quadrant. This area is 70,000 light years on the other side of the galaxy. Voyager soon discovers that the Maquis have also been taken. Whilst being transported a number of Voyager's crew are killed, these include the First Officer, Chief Engineer and all medical personnel. The crew of Voyager are forced to take the Maquis crew aboard after their ship is about to be destroyed by a race called the Kazon. Captain Janeway soon has to make the hard decsion to destroy the Caretakers array which could get them back home. She fears the Kazon will use the array to harm a race called the Ocampa. After the array has been destroyed tension is rife onboard between Starfleet and the Maquis Crew but they have to learn to live and work together as they try to make their way back to the Alpha Quadrant and to Earth.
Throughout the series there are ongoing conflicts with the Kazon and they continually try to sieze voyager for themselves this is the main focus of action but there also stand alone episodes which range from lifeforms they have never encountered to episodes which take place on the ships holodeck.
The very first episodes involving the Caretaker are good but I would have to say that the episodes that follow are much stronger and are just a bit more entertaining. There are certain episodes that stand out for me like Time and Again which is at the beginning of the series. You get to see how Captain Janeway and Tom Paris deal with a crisis of how to save a planet from a catastrophe. Also Ex Post Facto which almost has a murder mystery theme to it, Tom Paris is accused of murder and as punishment is forced to relive the murder from the victims perspective. This makes a nice change to the usual exploration episodes.
Definitely by the end of the series you become attached to the characters and genuinely hope they manage to get back to Earth.
This first series mainly introduces the characters and I would have to say that the other series only get better. I like the majority of the characters with the exception being Kes, I didn't really mind her to start with but the character soon began to slightly grate on me. This may be just me. Janeway makes a good captain but can be very stubborn and refuses to hurt or put another race at risk to get home which is a noble thing but will not get them back to Earth.
There are 7 series Of Voyager in total and the programme was shown from 1995 to 2001. You can currently purchase the first series from Amazon at around £16 for the slimline version.
A disapointing start for Star Treks fourth incarnation. Dispite Voyager being my favourite star trek i can't say that i am that impressed with the 1st series.
You do need to watch the first episode to understand the basis for the rest of the story, but to be honest it is not a fantastic opening.
Other than getting flung to other side of the galexy not alot happens in the first season. Yes there is some charetor building and discovering some new aliens and Janeway's constant trial of trying to follow the prime directive and the federations rules but it doesn't make very good or exciting stories (not like the later episodes).
I'm sure some would agree that most TV shows start off a bit slow, but i would say dont waste your money on this season - buy one of the better seasons (like 4 or 5) just watch it on tv.
The series is watchable, but boring, highlights would be "Time and Again", "Caretaker" and "State of Flux".
Startrek Voyager, based on the original created by Gene Roddenberry, is a Science Fiction series set in the twenty forth century. The show follows the adventures of Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and her crew on board the USS Voyager. After an encounter with an Alien life-form (the Caretaker), they become stranded in the delta quadrant, on the other side of the galaxy, They must all learn to work together in order to try and get home.
The enjoyable thing about Voyager, is that everything was new. A new ship, a new crew, a new part of space that's never been seen before giving raise to new species that we have never encountered before (such as the Vidiians), all of which produced an element of excitement in fans.
The acting from most involved was great. The holographic doctor (a computer simulation) is played perfectly by Robert Picardo, and is the highlight of many point of the first season.
A few of the episodes in this season were fantastic, such as the pilot "Caretaker" and "Eye of the Needle", but other than a few, the rest don't really do much to help the show become established, and a few to many of the ideas are very similar to those seen in Star Trek The Next Generation."
Not the greatest season of Voyager, but an essential starting point, and a taste of things to come, as Star Trek Voyager would develop into a brilliant show spanning seven seasons.
The first season of Star Trek Voyager starring Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway the Captain of the Federation Starship USS Voyager, which gets lost on its maiden voyage in the badlands, Voyager gets pulled to the Delta quadrent over 70.000 light years away by an alien lifeform the Caretaker where they meet a Maquis vessel commanded by Chakotay.
The first season introduces the major characters of the series, and is the story of their mission to return home to Earth and estimated journey of over 70 years and them becoming one crew.
At the begining of the series the Starfleet crew and Marquis crew are distrustful to each over but over the course they learn to become one crew and find intresting friends and allies along the way including ways to shorten the journey home
It is the fourth series of star trek and probably my second favourite after The Next Generation.
Features the episodes 'Caretaker', 'Parallax', 'Time And Again', 'Phage', 'The Cloud', 'Eye Of The Needle', 'Expost Facto', 'Emanations', 'Prime Factors', 'State Of Flux', 'Heroes And Demons', 'Cathexis', 'Faces', 'Jetrel' and 'Learning Curve'.