Star Trek: Voyager-Season 7 (2001)

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Released 18-May-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Star Trek Main Menu Introduction
Menu Audio
Featurette-Braving The Unknown: Season Seven
Featurette-Voyager Time Capsule: The Doctor
Featurette-Coming Home: The Final Episode
Featurette-Real Science With Andre Bormanis
Featurette-Making Of-Borg Invasion 4-D
Gallery-Photo-Star Trek: The Next Generation
Storyboards-Ships Of The Delta Quadrant
Featurette-Inside Voyager's Scenic Art Department
Trailer-Star Trek: Original Series
Trailer-Star Trek: The Next Generation
Trailer-Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Easter Egg-5
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 1091:02
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (7)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Gabrielle Beaumont
Kenneth Biller
Cliff Bole
John Bruno
Studio
Distributor

Paramount Home Entertainment
Starring Kate Mulgrew
Robert Beltran
Roxann Dawson
Jennifer Lien
Robert Duncan McNeill
Ethan Phillips
Robert Picardo
Tim Russ
Jeri Ryan
Garrett Wang
Scarlett Pomers
Martha Hackett
Manu Intiraymi
Case ?
RPI $149.95 Music Paul Baillargeon
David Bell
Jay Chattaway


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles Danish
German
English
Spanish
French
Italian
Dutch
Norwegian
Swedish
English for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

Plot Synopsis

    When we last left our crew at the end of Season 6, the crew were in the midst of a battle for the survival of a portion of the Borg hive that had reclaimed its individuality in its dreams. With this, the seventh and final season of the crew of the starship Voyager, everything is brought to a conclusion – what will be the fate of the ship, her crew, and her nemesis the Borg?

    Season 7 wraps up as follows:

Disc 1

1. Unimatrix Zero: Part II (42:02)

    Can Seven save the inhabitants of Unimatrix Zero and prevent the crew from being assimilated?

2. Imperfection (42:02)

    When Seven’s Borg implants start to break down, her only hope is a transplant from Icheb.

3. Drive (42:04)

    As a way of fostering interspecies relations, Kim and Paris agree to enter a race only to find that a peaceful race is fraught with deception and sabotage.

4. Repression (42:02)

    When several former Marquis onboard are murdered, Tuvok is put in charge of the investigation.

Disc 2

5. Critical Care (42:00)

    When the Doctor is stolen, he finds himself on a planet where medical resources are allocated according to a computer program.

6. Inside Man (42:07)

    Does a holographic portrayal of Reginald Barclay hold the key to getting Voyager home?

7. Body And Soul (42:04)

    In order to hide the Doctor in alien territory, the Doctor is downloaded into Seven’s Borg synapses.

8. Nightingale (42:03)

    When Harry intervenes in a local conflict, he is given the chance to command his first vessel by flying a cloaked ship through enemy territory.

Disc 3

9. & 10. Flesh And Blood: Part I & II (81:26)

    A series of dead Hirogen lead Voyager in pursuit of a band of homicidal holograms.

11. Shattered (42:07)

    When Chakotay is exposed to a power surge in engineering, he inadvertently acquires a means of travelling between time periods.

12. Lineage (42:04)

    When B’Elanna learns she is pregnant, she fears that her own child will suffer the persecution that she did when growing up.

Disc 4

13. Repentance (42:05)

    A group of prisoners being transported to their execution is rescued by Voyager. When medical treatment manages to cure one of these prisoners of his uncontrollable violent outbursts, Seven makes it her mission to save him from execution.

14. Prophecy (42:04)

    When Voyager finds a Klingon vessel in the Delta Quadrant, B’Elanna must pretend to be the figure of a prophesy in order to prevent them from turning on each other.

15. The Void (42:04)

    When Voyager becomes trapped in a void at the mercy of pirates, they must choose between the Federation way and becoming pirates themselves in order to survive.

16 Workforce: Part I (42:03)

    Why are the crew of Voyager working menial jobs on an alien planet?

Disc 5

17. Workforce: Part II (42:03)

    Can Chakotay, Kim and the Doctor save the crew from a menial existence?

18. Human Error (42:04)

    By attempting to become more human and experience the full range of human emotion, Seven inadvertently puts herself and the ship in danger.

19. Q2 (42:04)

    Janeway gets the worst babysitting job of her life – Q’s son.

20. Author, Author (42:05)

    When the Doctor attempts to publish a holonovel, the crew are horrified by his depiction of them and how those in the Alpha Quadrant will see them.

Disc 6

21. Friendship One (42:05)

    When the crew of Voyager go to retrieve an old space probe, they find that it has had a very negative impact on one species.

22. Natural Law (42:04)

    When Chakotay and Seven crash land in a part of a planet preserved for primitive tribes, they approach their dilemma in vastly different ways.

23. Homestead (42:02)

    Voyager finds a colony of Talaxians and Neelix is given the chance to make a home for himself.

24. Renaissance Man (42:04)

    Why is the Doctor exhibiting such strange behaviour and impersonating various members of the crew?

Disc 7

25. & 26. Endgame: Part I & II (83:12)

    Voyager has made it home, seventeen years after becoming lost in the Delta Quadrant. But was the price too high for some?

    So, an era comes to an end.

    It seems that many bad things have been said about Voayager over the years. I, for one, don’t agree with most of these criticisms. I found Voyager to be an inventive, fun and entertaining series. What many of these critics seem to forget is that, unlike Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Voyager was aimed at a new generation of Star Trek fans. And yet, in its own relatively light-hearted way, it addressed a lot of ethical, moral and sociological issues in true Star Trek fashion throughout its seven years.

    The same can be said for Endgame - for me, this was a very emotionally satisfying conclusion to this series, and one that wrapped up just about every facet of the show. While fans eagerly lapped up the books that picked up where this show finished off, I found that Engame was a conclusion that I felt good about, and left me content with the ending of three series of interconnected Star Trek.

    Whatever you think about Star Trek: Voyager, I am an unashamed fan of the series and will always remember it fondly. Although the sets were all ripped down the day the show wrapped, thereby precluding a Star Trek: Voyager movie, I am just glad to have these seven seasons to look back on during those late nights when you just want some fun science fiction to watch. If you’re a fan, you probably feel like me. If not, I can only suggest that you either give this a go, or if you already have, try it again. With so much of the airwaves dominated these days with the banal self-obsession of reality TV, I cannot help but feel that even the sternest opposers will one day rediscover the qualities of shows like this.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The final season is presented here in its original broadcast ratio of 1.33:1, Full Frame. This was the last series of Star Trek to be filmed in the Full Frame ratio – Enterprise being the first done in 1.78:1 widescreen. I really wished that the effort had been made to put Deep Space Nine in a widescreen ratio, but hindsight is no substitute for foresight.

    As with the last two seasons of this show, the transfer is pretty much faultless. Colours are rich, well saturated, and nicely balanced. There is some faint graininess and some minor moire, but if your system is good enough, you’re not going to notice these things.

    Shadow detail is great, and the overall image detail is also right up there.

    There were no MPEG artefacts and film-to-video/video-to-DVD transfer artefacts were limited to some very minor moire.

    The one or two tiny film artefacts you might see if you go hunting for them are in no way distracting, even up on a huge projection screen.

    As with all the Star Trek DVD releases, we are provided with a multitude of subtitle options. They appear as white with a grey/black border, are easy to read, and convey the meaning of the dialogue.

    The dual-layer pause is between the episodes, with two episodes per layer.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The original English 2.0 Dolby Surround track has been remastered here into 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround with great effect.

    As for the English track, this is another of those faultless remixes. Dialogue is clear, easy to understand and devoid of sync faults.

    There is great use of music and surrounds in this season with a big cinematic soundstage for once. There is still definitely a front driven presence here, but there is also a lot of surround sound information. Particularly, I note, in Endgame, where it seems a special effort was gone to in order to get it right.

    There is plenty of good subwoofer use here.

    We are also provided with soundtracks in German 5.1 Dolby Digital, and Spanish, French and Italian in 2.0 Dolby Surround overdub. These are a little thinner than the English mix. Oddly enough, the French language audio track is only available on the first three discs. This is a very peculiar glitch.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Menus

    All menus are presented in 1.33:1 Full Frame. The main menus are a CGI recreation of Voyager herself travelling through space and finishing up at four different angles representing the four episodes on the disc. The episode menus have an ambient 2.0 Dolby Stereo track and are static until you hit Launch and then the ship takes off with a nice directional audio cue. All other sub-menus are static and silent.

Booklet

    As with the other seasons, Voyager – Season 7 will be packaged with a booklet summarising the episodes. Unfortunately, I do not have a copy so I cannot give you a precise run down of the contents.

Disc 7

    Paramount Home Entertainment have decked out the 7th disc with a number of special features, all presented in 1.33:1, Full Frame, with 2.0 Dolby Surround audio, unless otherwise specified. Interviews are in 1.85:1, letterboxed within the 1.33:1 frame.

Featurette – “Braving The Unknown: Season Seven” (18:02)

Featurette – “Voyager Time Capsule: The Doctor” (14:59)

Featurette – “Coming Home: The Final Episode” (12:28)

Featurette – “Real Science With Andre Bormanis” (13:51)

Featurette – “The Making Of Borg Invasion 4-D” (13:51)

Photo Gallery

Storyboards

Featurette – “Inside Voyager’s Scenic Art Department” (12:20)

Trailer – Star Trek: The Original Series on DVD (1:41)

Trailer – Star Trek: The Next Generation on DVD (1:10)

Trailer – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine on DVD (4:48)

Lost Transmissions from The Delta Quardrant (Hidden Files)

    There are 5 Lost Transmissions, which are easy enough to find by just playing around with your remote until you highlight one of the inset panels on Voyager:

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    From what I can tell, the R1 release does not have:

    Otherwise, these would appear to be identical.

    I think R4 has come out slightly ahead in this race, although we miss out on the original English 2.0 Dolby Surround track that the R1 release has.

Summary

    Star Trek: Voyager – Season 7 is a fitting farewell to seven seasons and three interconnected series of small screen Star Trek. Excellent late-night science fiction.

    Video is near faultless.

    The 5.1 Dolby Digital remix is on the money, though still lacks the wallop of a DTS track.

    Several good extras, but I felt this final season was sadly lacking in this department.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Edward McKenzie (I am Jack's raging bio...)
Sunday, July 31, 2005
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