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Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 2 [Blu-ray] [1966]


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  • Actors: William Shatner
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Nov. 2009
  • Run Time: 1270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002HRE2VW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,827 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 26 episodes from the second season of the Star Trek series that started it all. 'Amok Time' sees Mr Spock behaving most illogically: Kirk deduces that he must be returned to Vulcan for an ancient mating ritual. In 'Who Mourns for Adonais?', a giant hand grabs hold of the Enterprise, and its owner claims to be the Greek god Apollo. 'The Changeling' sees a space probe called NOMAD enter the Enterprise after mistaking Kirk for its creator. In 'Mirror, Mirror', Kirk and a landing party are transported into a savage parallel universe where Spock has a beard. In 'The Apple', Kirk and friends discover the people of Gamma Trianguli VI enslaved to a despotic computer shaped like a serpent's head. In 'The Doomsday Machine', the Enterprise crew rescue Captain Decker from the crippled USS Constellation. In 'Catspaw', Kirk and his crew encounter the mysterious but deadly aliens Sylvia and Korob. In 'I, Mudd', the galactic conman Harry Mudd is found living on a planet surrounded by beautiful androids. 'Metamorphosis' sees Kirk, Spock and an ailing Federation Commissioner forced to land on a planet where they meet Zefram Cochrane, inventor of the warp drive. In 'Journey to Babel', the Enterprise accompanies a number of diplomats to a conference, one of them being Spock's father, Sarek. In 'Friday's Child', the Enterprise crew race to prevent the Klingons forming an alliance with the inhabitants of Capella IV. 'The Deadly Years' sees the crew of the Enterprise subjected to rapid ageing through an alien disease, and a senile Kirk becomes unable to command the ship competently. In 'Obsession', a murderous cloud attacks the Enterprise, and Kirk realises he has encountered it before. In 'Wolf in the Fold', Scotty finds himself the chief suspect in a series of female murders. In 'The Trouble with Tribbles', Kirk and crew find themselves besieged with small furry animals while guarding a consignment of grain. 'The Gamesters of Triskelion' sees Kirk, Uhura and Chekov captured by powerful aliens, and forced to become gladiators for their entertainment. In 'A Piece of the Action', Kirk and company discover a planet where the culture is based on Earth's Chicago gang scene. In 'The Immunity Syndrome', the Enterprise discovers a huge space-born being that destroyed the USS Intrepid. In 'A Private Little War', Kirk discovers war on the planet Neural. In 'Return to Tomorrow', the crew of the Enterprise encounter some energy beings who want to borrow their bodies to help them construct androids. In 'Patterns of Force', Kirk finds that the Prime Directive has been broken, and a planet has developed in an unnatural way so that the society reflects that of Nazi Germany. In 'By Any Other Name', the ship is hijacked by a scouting party from Andromeda. In 'The Omega Glory', the Enterprise comes across the USS Exeter, a missing starship where the crew have been wiped out by a mysterious virus. In 'The Ultimate Computer', Dr Daystrom uses his new computer to play war games, but unfortunately the super-computer malfunctions - and begins to act on its own. 'Bread and Circuses' sees the discovery of a civilisation based on the Roman Empire on Earth. Finally, in 'Assignment: Earth', the Enterprise travels back to the 1960s, where it discovers an alien presence trying to alter time.

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The most famous episode in franchise history, "The Trouble with Tribbles," is one of the highlights of the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series. A deserved classic, the humourous story centers on an ever-expanding mass of furry creatures that memorably rain themselves down on top of Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and into the middle of a Federation-Klingon showdown. It inspired one of the most memorable episodes in the spin-off series Deep Space Nine, "Trial and Tribble-ations." Also in the second season, the Vulcan culture of Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) is fleshed out in "Amok Time" (in which Spock is faced with the possibility of killing his captain and friend) and "Journey to Babel" (introducing Spock's father, played by Mark Sarek, in what would turn out to be a long-recurring role). A new character, navigator Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig), was introduced; his Monkees haircut was intended to appeal to the younger audience, but he was also a Russian, which at the height of the cold war reflected Gene Roddenberry's optimistic vision of a more enlightened future. Other social-commentary opportunities presented themselves in "The Omega Glory," "The Doomsday Machine," and "Assignment: Earth," the last also one of those periodic opportunities to scrimp on the budget by time-traveling to an earlier version of Earth. Another example was "A Piece of the Action," a comic episode set in the Roaring Twenties and memorable for, among other things, Kirk's teaching a made-up card game called Fizzbin. In other significant episodes, "I, Mudd" saw the return of the bounder from season 1, "The Changeling" was the original inspiration for the first Trek feature film a decade later, "Wolf in the Fold" (penned by the author of Psycho) provides an example of the series' great writing, and "Mirror, Mirror" introduced the concept of the parallel universe inhabited by vicious, amoral counterparts of the regular crew, another theme later borrowed (more than once, and to good emotional effect) by DS9. --David Horiuchi --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dr T on 4 Jan. 2010
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I got the remastered Season 1 Blu-ray when it came out and also recently got hold of Season 2. Season 2's episodes remain strong, although with many of the same themes as episodes in Season 1 (and in fact a lot of common themes to the whole Star Trek universe, really, but that's no bad thing). The remaster again is visually very impressive. Not all scenes are as sharp and colourful as each other though. As with Season 1 there are a few soft and/or desaturated scenes that slightly mar an otherwise colourful and pleasing experience. There is a lot of detail and expression in facial close-ups, which I really appreciated. The sound, like Season 1, is a HD Master Audio 7-channel remaster. It's very impressive, although the dialogue is mixed rather low. It's great quality, just lower than the music. You may find yourself turning the episodes down form time to time during action scenes. Compared to Season 1, perhaps subjectively as I haven't had the chance to do a proper check, Season 2 seems a bit rougher visually and Kirk's voiceover on the opening music seems quieter. No real problems here, just odd, and perhaps related to the source material. It's also worth noting there are lots of little extras (including BD-Live ones) like there were with the Season 1 set. It's particularly nice to see a host of extras accompanying the 'trouble with tribbles' classic episode, on a disc of its own - a cartoon and a Deep Space Nine episode (upscaled with some heavy digital noise reduction if my eyes don't deceive me). One point of caution, again like Season 2, the last disc in the (UK) pack doesn't stay in its place very easily. It seems to pop out a lot. I store the boxes horizontally because of this, to avoid scratches. Overall then, not perfect, but a very impressive remaster of some classic sci-fi material than I'm fully happy with, in spite of a few minor niggles. Very highly recommended.
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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Bertie Buggerington on 27 April 2009
Format: DVD
Let's face it, the stories and subject matter of the episodes themselves have been discussed and reviewed at length in reviews of the previous releases of the series, therefore I shall concentrate this review on just the new box sets themselves, and of course on the new remastered and completely re-worked CGI effects (FX) contained in them.

First of all the box set packaging: The unbelievably slimline sets arrive in fancy steel cases, with artwork as pictured in this listings. Inside the steel case is a plastic DVD case the likes of which I'm starting to see a lot more often, of which I believe they refer to as a Scanavo 'brick' style case. Basically it is like a very fat version of an Amaray case that can hold up to 8 DVD's in a very small amount of space - two discs each set inside both the front and back of the case, and a fold out 'leaf' that can hold up to two discs on either side of it - in the case of season 2 there are the full 8 discs. The actual spindle/lock mechanisms that keep the discs in place are very strong, and it is quite hard to get the discs out without bending them....it can be quite fiddly at first, and somewhat of a strain. I believe after a little bit of use they should loosen up a bit, making it easier to get at the discs.

Now the episodes themselves have never looked better. I believe Youtube is a great source of side-by-side comparisons of the original FX and this all new, completely re-worked CGI FX. But let me tell you what I think...the new CGI looks astonishingly good. I believe CBS Digital purposefully never utilised the full capability of today's CGI wizardry, as if it came out looking 100% photo realistic, it would be jarring for the viewer when it went from space CGI FX to the live action sequences...
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jervis VINE VOICE on 19 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
Star Trek's second season isn't quite as strong as its first in terms of consistently great storylines although it is hard to find a story that could actually be considered mediocre. The real strength of this season is the great chemistry between the main characters which had begun to develop during season one. It's season two where the characters begin to really flourish. We get to learn more about Spock's vulcan background and culture in 'Amok Time' and even get to meet his parents in 'Journey To Babel'. Also the lighthearted/ humorous tone of some of these episodes also provides a great platform for viewers to get to know the characters better in more relaxed surroundings eg. 'The Trouble With Tribbles'.
Season Two is also notorious for its many episodes which involve Kirk, Spock and co. coming across a 'parallel earth' where the culture strongly reflects that of our own historic background. In reality for Star Trek this was a cost cutting exercise as many of the props that were used in these episodes date back to earlier times when they had been used in historic epics. Many of these type episodes were extremely successful eg. 'Patterns Of Force'(Nazi's), 'Bread And Circuses'(Romans) and 'A Piece Of The Action'(Mafia). There are also a few episodes where Kirk battles powerful computers - 'The Changeling', 'The Apple' and 'The Ultimate Computer' which is the continuation of a theme which was set in season one.

Generally, season two is extremely high quality and if the occasional story doesn't quite live up to the standard set in season one there exists a greater spirit of recognition and warmth between the characters which translates extremely well to the viewer which generally can only happen when a series has had a fair time to settle in.
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