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Nominated for 30 Emmys, including seven for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series, Star Trek: Voyager continues the rich tradition of the original 1960s Star Trek franchise. Created by former L.A. police officer Gene Roddenberry, the Star Trek TV series morphed into a franchise famous for the unprecedented fanatical devotion of its fan base. Lasting only three seasons during its original network run, Star Trek struck gold with its syndicated reruns, launching a numb...

Star Trek: Voyager (DVD) Review

Star Trek: Voyager (DVD) ReviewNominated for 30 Emmys, including seven for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series, Star Trek: Voyager continues the rich tradition of the original 1960s Star Trek franchise. Created by former L.A. police officer Gene Roddenberry, the Star Trek TV series morphed into a franchise famous for the unprecedented fanatical devotion of its fan base. Lasting only three seasons during its original network run, Star Trek struck gold with its syndicated reruns, launching a number of motion pictures featuring the original cast as well as novels, comic books, collectibles, and reams of Star Trek-related memorabilia. The third spin-off from the original Star Trek series, Star Trek: Voyager premiered in January 1995 to modest critical acclaim, but experienced great success with television viewers, slowly increasing its ratings as the series progressed. Following on the heels of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), the series precedes Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) while boasting an all-star cast that includes veteran actress Kate Mulgrew (whose past TV appearances include such shows as Dallas, Cheers, and Murphy Brown). Yet instead of pursuing the classic Star Trek mission to "boldly go where no one has gone before," Star Trek: Voyager is more about going where the crew has been beforeStar Trek: Voyager follows the exploits of the crew aboard the starship USS Voyager. As the series begins, the Voyager is on a Federation mission to capture a rogue ship of Maquis rebels (a race first introduced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). While in pursuit of the Maquis, the Voyager enters a system known as the badlands, and both ships are instantaneously transported to the Delta Quadrant over seventy-thousand light years away on the outskirts of the galaxy. Soon, both the Maquis and the crew of Voyager learn they were brought to Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker, a mysterious force overseeing the safety of the Ocampan race who live in the shadow on an impending threat from the vicious Kazon. When the Kazon destroy the Maquis ship, the Voyager crew merges with the Maquis crew to defend themselves from the Kazon. Having destroyed the device which could bring them home, the crew of the Voyager - led by Capt. Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), and the crew of the Maquis ship - led by Commander Chakotay (Robert Beltran), must work as a united front in order to meet their mutual goal of finding a way homeThe Star Trek: Voyager DVD features a number of exciting episodes including the series premiere "Caretaker" in which the Federation starship USS Voyager, led by Capt. Kathryn Janeway, is unexpectedly transported 70,000 light years away while pursuing a band of Maquis rebels through an area known as the badlands. The Voyager's new destination is the Delta Quadrant, an uncharted region of the galaxy overseen by the Caretaker and threatened by the colonial aggression of the Kazon Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "The Cloud" in which the Voyager accidentally injures an alien life form while searching for an ingredient to boost its energy supply, and "Learning Curve" in which members of Commander Chakotay's ragtag Maquis crew are given a Starfleet Academy tutorial on how to act properly aboard the VoyagerBelow is a list of episodes included on the Star Trek: Voyager (Season 1) DVD:Episode 1 (Caretaker: Part 1) Air Date: 01-15-1995Episode 2 (Caretaker: Part 2) Air Date: 01-15-1995Episode 3 (Parallax) Air Date: 01-23-1995Episode 4 (Time and Again) Air Date: 01-30-1995Episode 5 (Phage) Air Date: 02-03-1995Episode 6 (The Cloud) Air Date: 02-10-1995Episode 7 (Eye of the Needle) Air Date: 02-17-1995Episode 8 (Ex Post Facto) Air Date: 02-24-1995Episode 9 (Emanations) Air Date: 03-13-1995Episode 10 (Prime Factors) Air Date: 03-20-1995Episode 11 (State of Flux) Air Date: 04-10-1995Episode 12 (Heroes and Demons) Air Date: 04-24-1995Episode 13 (Cathexis) Air Date: 05-01-1995Episode 14 (Faces) Air Date: 05-08-1995Episode 15 (Jetrel) Air Date: 05-15-1995Episode 16 (Learning Curve) Air Date: 05-22-1995

Cheers (DVD) Review

Cheers (DVD) Review

One of the greatest television comedies in history, Cheers is an absolute must see for anyone who's ever had a regular hangout "where everybody knows your name". The shows centers itself around a friendly neighborhood Boston bar named Cheers. The bar is owned by former Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Sam Malone (Ted Danson). Sam has two employees bartender Ernie Coach Pantusso (Nicholas Colasanto) and waitress Carla Tortelli (Rhea Perlman). Things are great for Sam until he hires a jilted graduate student named Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) to waitress in the bar. Regular barflies Norm Peterson (George Wendt) and Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger) round out a strong supporting castThe Cheers DVD offers a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere Give Me A Ring Sometime in which the gang at Cheers first meets Diane when she spends the day in the bar waiting for her fianc, distinguished Boston University professor Sumner Sloane, to return from meeting with his ex-wife (where he hopes to retrieve his grandmothers ring for Diane). Sumner never returns, resulting in Diane accepting a job at the bar Other notable episodes from Season 1 include Sam At Eleven in which Sams ex-teammate turned sportscaster Dave Richards (Fred Dryer) arrives at the bar to interview Sam for the eleven oclock news only to end up ditching him for John McEnroe, and Pick a Con Any Con in which Coach is being played by a conman, prompting Sam to enlist the help of Harry the Conman (Harry Anderson) in order to get Coachs money back. Only Coach has a few surprises of his ownBelow is a list of episodes included on the Cheers (Season 1) DVD:Episode 1 (Give Me A Ring Sometime) Air Date: 09-30-1982Episode 2 (Sams Women) Air Date: 10-07-1982Episode 3 (The Tortelli Tort) Air Date: 10-14-1982Episode 4 (Sam At Eleven) Air Date: 10-21-1982Episode 5 (Coachs Daughter) Air Date: 10-28-1982Episode 6 (Any Friend Of Dianes) Air Date: 11-04-1982Episode 7 (Friends, Romans, Accountants) Air Date: 11-11-1982Episode 8 (Truce Or Consequences) Air Date: 11-18-1982Episode 9 (Coach Returns To Action) Air Date: 11-25-1982Episode 10 (Endless Slumper) Air Date: 12-02-1982Episode 11 (One For The Book) Air Date: 12-09-1982Episode 12 (The Spy Who Came In For A Cold One) Air Date: 12-16-1982Episode 13 (Now Pitching, Sam Malone) Air Date: 01-06-1983Episode 14 (Let Me Count The Ways) Air Date: 01-13-1983Episode 15 (Father Knows Last) Air Date: 01-20-1983Episode 16 (The Boys In The Bar) Air Date: 01-27-1983Episode 17 (Dianes Perfect Date) Air Date: 02-10-1983Episode 18 (No Contest) Air Date: 02-17-1983Episode 19 (Pick A Con Any Con) Air Date: 02-24-1983Episode 20 (Someone Single, Someone Blue) Air Date: 03-03-1983Episode 21 (Showdown 1) Air Date: 03-24-1983Episode 22 (Showdown 2) Air Date: 03-31-1983

Alias (Season 3) DVD Review

Alias (Season 3) DVD Review

One of the highest rated shows of its era, Alias maintains a loyal cult following swept away by its intriguing suspense and action-packed drama. Jennifer Garner stars in the lead role of Sydney Anne Bristow, a beautiful and cerebral recruit tasked to work for a secret government entity, the SD-6 agency. But problems confront her when she eventually realizes that SD-6 is not the government agency she thinks. Reunited with her estranged father Jack (Victor Garber), she blossoms into a top tier double agent in an attempt to counter SD-6... Recipient of numerous industry awards and award nominations, Alias continues to grow its fanbase via strong writing, interesting characters, and a suspense-riddled plotline...The Alias (Season 3) DVD features a number of exciting episodes including the season premiere "The Two" in which Sydney, suffering from amnesia, desperately tries to uncover the truth about the past few years of her life. Meanwhile, the CIA puts her on a case which might possibly aid in her memory's recovery Other notable episodes from Season 3 include "Reunion" in which Sydney and Michael once again pair up on an assignment in order to halt an evil plot by Sark, and "Conscious" in which Sydney participates in a strange doctor's experiment to recover her earlier memoriesBelow is a list of episodes included on the Alias (Season 3) DVD:Episode 45 (The Two) Air Date: 09-28-2003Episode 46 (Succession) Air Date: 10-05-2003Episode 47 (Reunion) Air Date: 10-12-2003Episode 48 (Missing Link) Air Date: 10-19-2003Episode 49 (Repercussions) Air Date: 10-26-2003Episode 50 (The Nemesis) Air Date: 11-02-2003Episode 51 (Prelude) Air Date: 11-09-2003Episode 52 (Breaking Point) Air Date: 11-23-2003Episode 53 (Conscious) Air Date: 11-30-2003Episode 54 (Remnants) Air Date: 12-07-2003Episode 55 (Full Disclosure) Air Date: 01-11-2004Episode 56 (Crossings) Air Date: 01-18-2004Episode 57 (After Six) Air Date: 02-15-2004Episode 58 (Blowback) Air Date: 03-07-2004Episode 59 (Facade) Air Date: 03-14-2004Episode 60 (Taken) Air Date: 03-21-2004Episode 61 (The Frame) Air Date: 03-28-2004Episode 62 (Unveiled) Air Date: 04-11-2004Episode 63 (Hourglass) Air Date: 04-18-2004Episode 64 (Blood Ties) Air Date: 04-25-2004Episode 65 (Legacy) Air Date: 05-02-2004Episode 66 (Resurrection) Air Date: 05-23-2004

Titanic (DVD) Review

Titanic (DVD) Review

Nominated for 14 Academy Awards and winner of 11 including Best Picture, Titanic became a worldwide phenomenon upon its release in 1997. Written and directed by James Cameron, the producer behind such hits as Terminator 2 and True Lies, the film chronicles the tragic 1912 sinking of the Titanic on its maiden voyage while interweaving a classic love story. At 194 minutes, its probably the longest commercial blockbuster in recent memory. Apparently, the sinking of the ship mirrors the real life timeline of the original sinking of the Titanic and thats the reason for the three-hour plus running time (or at least, thats what Ive heard). Nevertheless, unless youre absolutely disgusted by overly idealistic love stories, its a film well worth watching.Titanic centers around the life of Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), a young woman onboard the celebrated launch of Titanic, the worlds largest luxury ship and a vessel believed to be indestructible. Accompanied by her social-climbing mother Ruth (Frances Fisher) and her arrogantly wealthy fianc Caledon Hockley (Billy Zane), Rose is bound for the beauty and sophistication of Continental Europe. But her trip, and her life, take an unexpected turn when she encounters Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio), a vagabond artist with no money, zero social status, and a zest for life. Against the wishes of Ruth, Rose and Jack fall in love, incurring the wrathful vengeance of Caledon. But, in the end, only a disaster of epic proportions can break the couple apart.With a number of standout performances by a star-studding cast, including previous Academy Award winner Kathy Bates in the role of new money heiress Molly Brown, Titanic is a truly memorable film. The scope and opulence of the fabled ship is simply breathtaking, and the costumes and props form a brilliant kaleidoscope of images from the past. Although an overblown and idealistic teenage love story was the true focus of the film, Titanic created enough action and suspense during the sinking to keep viewers who arent interested in such plots interested. Inevitably, most viewers will envision themselves in the midst of such circumstances, wondering how they would react. Parts of the film are narrated from the perspective of a present day speaker, and the flashback sequences are combined to good effect. Overall, it makes for an outstanding film.James Horner composed the musical score for Titanic, and his efforts are one reason the film experienced such widespread success. With a number of brilliant and original scores already to his credit Field Of Dreams (1989), Legends Of The Fall (1994), and Braveheart (1995) all come to mind Horner expands upon his unique voice by creating a soundtrack that combines the lazy breeze of an Iowa cornfield with the majestic plains of Scotland. In addition, Celine Dion provides the breakout performance of her career with the hit single My Heart Will Go On, which in the movie is paired with the most famous scene from the film in which Jack and Rose stand on the bow of the Titanic and pretend to fly. Not surprisingly, Ive learned that in the years since, many tourists have lost their lives trying to mimic them. So I dont recommend you try that! But I do advise watching Titanic. If you can sit through the sappy, melodramatic love scenes and the accompanying dialogue, youll be blown away by the special effects, the costumes, the set, and the soundtrack.

King Of Queens (Season 2) DVD Review

The King Of Queens premiered in Fall 1998 as a spin-off series related to the popular sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Based on the life of a bit character from that show, The King Of Queens follows the life of IPS delivery man Doug Heffernan (Kevin James) and his wife Carrie (Leah Remini). Much like its predecessor, the series makes use of similar marriage humor material as the basis for its premise. Throw in the hilarious Jerry Stiller as the live-in father-in-law, and The King Of Queens is one of the funniest sitcoms currently on the air...The King of Queens (Season 2) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "Queasy Rider" in which Doug buys a motorcycle, clearly violating Carrie's stated wishes. As part of a plan to get Doug to sell the motorcycle, Carrie takes up smoking, telling Doug that she'll give up cigarettes when he gives up the bike. But when Doug sells the bike, Carrie's guilt causes her to buy it back, resulting in some unintended consequences Other notable episodes from Season 2 include "Parent Trapped" in which Deacon and his wife Kelly ask Doug and Carrie to be the godparents of their newborn (they decline, but then regret doing so), and "Net Prophets" in which Doug and Carrie invest their Christmas bonus in the stock of an online company they know little aboutBelow is a list of episodes included on the King of Queens (Season 2) DVD:Episode 26 (Queasy Rider) Air Date: 09-20-1999Episode 27 (Female Problems) Air Date: 09-27-1999Episode 28 (Assaulted Nuts) Air Date: 10-04-1999Episode 29 (Parent Trapped) Air Date: 10-11-1999Episode 30 (Tube Stakes) Air Date: 10-18-1999Episode 31 (Doug Out) Air Date: 10-25-1999Episode 32 (Get Away) Air Date: 11-01-1999Episode 33 (Dire Strayts) Air Date: 11-08-1999Episode 34 (I, Candy) Air Date: 11-15-1999Episode 35 (Roamin' Holiday) Air Date: 11-22-1999Episode 36 (Sparing Carrie) Air Date: 11-29-1999Episode 37 (Net Prophets) Air Date: 12-13-1999Episode 38 (Party Favor) Air Date: 01-10-2000Episode 39 (Block Buster) Air Date: 01-17-2000Episode 40 (Frozen Pop) Air Date: 01-24-2000Episode 41 (Fair Game) Air Date: 02-07-2000Episode 42 (Meet By-Product) Air Date: 02-14-2000Episode 43 (The Shmenkmans) Air Date: 02-21-2000Episode 44 (Surprise Artie) Air Date: 02-28-2000Episode 45 (Wild Cards) Air Date: 03-06-2000Episode 46 (Big Dougie) Air Date: 04-17-2000Episode 47 (Soft Touch) Air Date: 05-01-2000Episode 48 (Restaurant Row) Air Date: 05-08-2000Episode 49 (Flower Power) Air Date: 05-15-2000Episode 50 (Whine Country) Air Date: 05-22-2000

Nypd Blue (DVD) Review

Nominated for 84 Emmys and 13 Golden Globes, including 5 for Best TV Series - Drama in its first five years, NYPD Blue is one of the best prime time dramas in television history. It's also one of the most talked about and controversial as well. Prior to its series premiere in Fall 1993, NYPD Blue found itself embroiled in a nationwide controversy surrounding proper TV programming and calls for government censorship. Its opening tagline "This police drama contains adult language and scenes with partial nudity. Viewer discretion is advised," caused a quite a stir before the public had even seen the first episode. Family rights groups maligned the ABC network for airing the show, but when NYPD Blue turned out to be a mild show by conventional standards, the massive publicity only served to instantly propel the police drama to the top of the Nielsen ratings, where it lived out 12 successful seasonsNYPD Blue follows the exploits of a New York City Police Department unit as they deal with the high-stress trials and travails indicative of the world's most demanding police work. During the show's 12 seasons, a number of characters transferred in and out of the department, but Det. Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) was the one constant. The brash, steel-gut demeanor of Sipowicz set the tone for the show, and most episodes revolve around Sipowicz and his various partners (whose mild-mannered temperaments help soften his oftentimes brash methods). Det. John Kelley (David Caruso) was the first of these partners, followed by Bobby Simone (Jimmy Smits) The brainchild of Steven Bochco (former writer for Columbo and creator of such hit series as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, and Doogie Howser, M.D.), NYPD Blue raised the bar for prime-time police dramas, and along with contemporary peer Law & Order, the show defined the genre during the decade of the 1990sThe NYPD Blue DVD features a number of dramatic episodes including the series premiere in which Det. Sipowicz is brought up before Internal Affairs due to harassing conduct toward Alfonse Giardella. Meanwhile, his wife is pushing to finalize their divorce, but Sipowicz gets shot by Giardella in the process. Now, Det. Kelley must apply pressure to the local mafia to help him catch the perpetrator Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "Oscar, Meyer, Weiner" in which Sipowicz and Kelley investigate the murder of an entire family of wealthy elites as well as a stolen Academy Award, and "Serge the Concierge" in which the two detectives find a dead body in a dumpster and trace it back to a conspiracy hatched by a hotel owner and her concierge employeeBelow is a list of episodes included on the NYPD Blue (Season 1) DVD:Episode 1 (Pilot) Air Date: 09-21-1993Episode 2 (4B or Not 4B) Air Date: 09-28-1993Episode 3 (Brown Appetit) Air Date: 10-05-1993Episode 4 (True Confessions) Air Date: 10-12-1993Episode 5 (Emission Accomplished) Air Date: 10-19-1993Episode 6 (Personal Foul) Air Date: 10-26-1993Episode 7 (NYPD Lou) Air Date: 11-02-1993Episode 8 (Tempest in a C-Cup) Air Date: 11-16-1993Episode 9 (Ice Follies) Air Date: 11-30-1993Episode 10 (Oscar, Meyer, Weiner) Air Date: 12-07-1993Episode 11 (From Hare to Eternity) Air Date: 12-14-1993Episode 12 (Up on the Roof) Air Date: 01-04-1994Episode 13 (Abandando Abandoned) Air Date: 01-11-1994Episode 14 (Jumpin' Jack Fleishman) Air Date: 01-18-1994Episode 15 (Steroid Roy) Air Date: 02-08-1994Episode 16 (A Sudden Fish) Air Date: 02-15-1994Episode 17 (Black Men Can Jump) Air Date: 03-01-1994Episode 18 (Zeppo Marks Brothers) Air Date: 03-22-1994Episode 19 (Serge the Concierge) Air Date: 03-29-1994Episode 20 (Good Time Charlie) Air Date: 05-03-1994Episode 21 (Guns 'N Rosaries) Air Date: 05-10-1994Episode 22 (Rockin' Robin) Air Date: 05-17-1994

Summary

Nominated for 30 Emmys, including seven for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series, Star Trek: Voyager continues the rich tradition of the original 1960s Star Trek franchise. Created by former L.A. police officer Gene Roddenberry, the Star Trek TV series morphed into a franchise famous for the unprecedented fanatical devotion of its fan base. Lasting only three seasons during its original network run, Star Trek struck gold with its syndicated reruns, launching a numb...