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Star Trek Voyager - The Complete Third Season

===Story=== After proving its long-term potential in season 2, ''Star Trek: Voyager'' served up some of the best episodes in its entire seven-year history. The second-season cliffhanger was intelligently resolved in "Basics, Pt. II," and the fan-favorite "Flashback" placed Tuvok (Tim Russ) aboard the ''U.S.S. Excelsior'' from ''Star Trek VI'', under the command of Capt. Sulu (''Star Trek'' alumnus George Takei). It was a brilliant example of interseries plotting, just as "False Profits" was a Ferengi-based sequel to the ''NextGen'' episode "The Price." The two-part time-travel scenario of "Future's End" is a ''Voyager'' highlight, with clear echoes (including dialogue lifted verbatim!) of ''Star Trek'''s classic "The City on the Edge of Forever," featuring delightful guest performances by actress-comedienne Sarah Silverman and Ed Begley Jr. Character-wise, the season belonged to Kes (Jennifer Lien, whose tenure on the series was now near its end), Neelix (Ethan Phillips), and the Doctor (Robert Picardo), who shined (respectively) in "Warlord," "Fair Trade," and the surprisingly touching "Real Life" (the latter directed by "Potsie" himself, ''Happy Days'' veteran Anson Williams). By infecting B'Elanna (Roxanne Dawson) with a fellow officer's "Blood Fever," ''Voyager'' delved into the turbulent Vulcan ritual of Pon Farr, while the cliffhanger "Scorpion" introduced the relentless, Borg-destroying villains of Species 8472, which would pose a continuing threat in subsequent episodes. Season 3 had a few clunkers (the guilty pleasure "Macrocosm" puts Janeway in stripped-down "Ripley" mode against invading macro-viruses, and Ensign Kim is an awkward "Favorite Son" to a bevy of babes), but for every misstep there's a strong science-fiction concept, like the highly-evolved Hadrosaurs in "Distant Origin," which doubles as a compelling indictment of institutionalized repression. Overall, this is rock-solid ''Trek'', and the DVD features are equally engaging, albeit growing more perfunctory (especially the season 3 summary) with each full-season release. Don't forget the Easter eggs hidden on the special-features menus, however; they contain some of the set's happiest surprises. ''--Jeff Shannon'' ===DVD Features=== * Available subtitles: English * Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) * 26 episodes on seven discs: Basics Part II, Flashback, The Chute, The Swarm, False Profits, Remember, Sacred Ground, Future's End Part I, Future's End Part II, Warlord, The Q and the Grey, Macrocosm, Fair Trade, Alter Ego, Coda, Blood Fever, Unity, Darkling, Rise, Favorite Son, Before and After, Real Life, Distant Origin, Displaced, Worst Case Scenario, Scorpion Part I * Braving the Unknown, Season 3: Writers and producers Rick Berman, Brannon Braga and Jeri Taylor discuss highlights of the Third Season, including "Basics Pt. 2," the two-parter "Future's End" and "Scorpion" * Voyager Time Capsule: Neelix: A new interview with Ethan Phillips and others discussing his role as Voyager's resident Talaxian, Neelix * Voyager Time Capsule: Kes: An interview with Jennifer Lien and others discussing her role as Kes * A Flashback to "Flashback": A look at the episode with guest star George Takei, Includes interviews with Takei, Tim Russ ("Tuvok") and an exploration of how scenes from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country were recreated for this episode * Red Alert: Amazing Visual Effects: Visual effects wizards Dan Curry and Ronald B. Moore provide an inside look at spectacular scenes from Season Three episodes, including "Basics Part II," "Future's End," "Scorpion" and "Distant Origin" * Real Science with Andre Bormanis: Andre Bormanis introduces famed astrophysicists who examine the reality of space phenomena as seen on the show, includes comments on the Wormhole seen in "False Profits" and the Supernova in "The Q and the Grey" * Lost Transmissions: Interviews with cast and crew discussing Season Three * Photo gallery * Number of discs: 7


Kate MulgrewCaptain Kathryn Janeway
Robert BeltranCommander Chakotay
Roxann DawsonLieutenant B'Elanna Torres
Jennifer LienKes
Robert Duncan McNeillLieutenant Tom Paris
Ethan PhillipsNeelix
Robert PicardoThe Doctor
Tim RussLieutenant Tuvok
Garrett WangEnsign Harry Kim
Brad DourifCrewman Lon Suder
Majel BarrettVoyager Computer
Michael AnsaraKang
George TakeiCaptain Sulu
Don McManusZio
Michael EnsignBard
Charles EstenDathan
Bruce DavisonJareth
Ed Begley Jr.Henry Starling
Sarah SilvermanRain Robinson
John de LancieQ
Len CariouAdmiral Edward Janeway
Kristanna LokenMalia
Rachael HarrisMartis
Wendy SchaaCharlene
John Rhys-DaviesLeonardo da Vinci

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