Star Trek: The Original Series: The Complete Second Season (Remas (1967)

Genre(s): Adventure / Drama / Science Fiction
Paramount || NR - 1311 minutes - $84.98 || August 5, 2008
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2008-08-27


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Gene Roddenberry (created by)
Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelly, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan, Eddie Paskey, Bill Blackburn, George Takei


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • To Boldly Go... Season 2
  • Life Beyond Trek: Leonard Nimoy
  • Kirk, Spock and Bones: Trek's Greatest Trio
  • Designing the Final Frontier
  • Star Trek's Divine Diva: Nichelle Nichols
  • Writer's Notebook: D.C. Fontana
  • Production Art and Photo Gallery
  • Billy Blackburn's On Set Home Videos: Part 2
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series Episode
  • Star Trek: Deep Space 9 Episode
  • Star Trek's Greatest Moments
  • Original Trailers from the Original Broadcast


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. It's 5 year mission, to seek out new life, explore new worlds, and boldly go where no man has gone before.

Something like that anyway (I was paraphrasing). So here I am screening the biggest touchstone in all of nerd culture. The one in which all of us, in some way or another, are measured against. Oh, sure, you have Star Wars but that has the benefit of being accepted by children and general audiences.

Star Trek's audience is more of an niche thing. Lots of people like it but it's "uncool" to talk about it primarily because many people are aware of the existence of Trekkies (or Trekkers depending on how you want to put it) who they believe are so obsessive and strange about Star Trek that there MUST be something wrong with people who like it that much. I think those people are wrong. VERY wrong. Although, I wouldn't bring it up on the first date (unless of course the female in question is wearing a Lt. Uhuru costume or something), I have no shame in liking “Star Trek”. It's one of the best franchises ever created and one of the biggest examples of this is season 2 of the original “Star Trek”.

Yes, friends let's travel back in time to 1967. It was an controversial time on and off the TV set but it was also the beginning of Star Trek's second seasonal year on television, a year where many of the best episodes of the series were aired. Like the previous season, most “Star Trek” episodes were self-contained stories that began and ended within an hour, counting commercials with very little in the ways of overarching storylines or 2-3 part-ers or anything of the sort.

The basic formula consisted of either 1) The crew -- usually Spock, Kirk, Mccoy, some random crew member, one of the regulars, and/or some red shirted guy to be killed -- landing on some planet or transporting there and getting kidnapped/enslaved/tortured/etc; 2) something infecting/contaminating the crew on the ship and people start dying/aging fast/deaging; 3) Time travel/other dimensional travel. All the while, Kirk would find some hot chick to make out with who was either an as yet unseen female member of the crew or a hot chick from another planet or 4) something weird happening to Spock.

Yes, I know, kind of formulaic but gosh darn it, it works. The show is cheesy and yet serious, brilliantly acted and yet oh so campy. I own “Star Trek”: Season 1 but I’ve not watched but maybe an episode or two until now. Watching some of these episodes made me go back and watch some of season 1 (which is good but not as good as season by the way. It's worth it for that intro of Khan episode alone).

As far as which episodes are the best here, my top 3 would have to be ‘Mirror, Mirror’ where Kirk and several crew members are transported to another dimension and meet evil versions of themselves; ‘Amok Time’ where Kirk and Spock fight to the death on Vulcan due to an bizarre Vulcan mating ritual; and then there's a tie between ‘The Doomsday Machine’ and ‘The Immunity Syndrome’. Both episodes are basically some big planet destroying mist/creature/something or another that is slowly killing the crew. Other brilliant episodes: ‘Who Mourns for Adonis’, ‘Journey to Babel’, ‘The Deadly Years’, ‘The Trouble with Tribbles’ and ‘A Piece of the Action’.

The only problem I have with the show is it is occasionally redundant and occasionally slow. Also, I thought it was weird how Ensign Sulu just sort of disappeared for a big chunk of the season (it was explained later in the special features). But otherwise “Star Trek” Season Two is good, solid Sci-fi entertainment.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

To Boldly Go... Season 2 - Is an in-depth look at some of the episodes that aired during season 2. It's mostly clips of the writers and actors Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, and Walter Koenig talking about some of the difficulties of certain episodes, which ones they liked, etc. A little swift but good. However, some of the subjects covered would become a bit redundant later (more on that in an bit).

Life Beyond Trek... Leonard Nimoy is about what Nimoy has been up to since his Trek days (meaning post Star Trek 6) ended. It's shot kind of in a documentary way where we watch Nimoy in his home talk and show us his love of photography. Nimoy is a very animated guy and is always interesting to hear. Shatner had a similar feature about him on the first season set that I didn't dig as much but hey, I find photography more interesting than horses. Sue me.

Kirk, Spock, and Bones: Star Trek's Greatest Trio is a mini doc about the triumvirate of the three characters in questions, how much they got along, their chemistry and a general tribute to Deforest Kelly. I would've liked to see some kind of vintage interviews of Kelly but sadly there were none. Still an affecting little piece.

Designing the Final Frontier is all about the production of the sets, planets, and general look of the show. It was an very interesting piece. I had no idea how much they were able to accomplish with so little on that show and the production designers on that show were extremely hard workers.

Star Trek's Divine Diva: Nichelle Nichols - A comprehensive interview with the actress who plays Lt. Uhura. She's quite the delight and clearly relished her time on the show and all of the doors and acclaim it's brought to her.

Writer's Notebook: D.C. Fontana - An interview with one of the show's story editors. She goes on to talk about how difficult it was to be an female television writer in those days and some of the struggles she went through as well as what her general job duties entails. Good interview, especially the stuff about the female issues.

Production Art and Photo Gallery - I've never been an huge fan of these things but here they are.

NEW FEATURES FOR THIS REMASTERED EDITION:

Billy Blackburn's Never Before Seen Home Videos Part 2 - I believe part 1 was on the other remastered set but you don’t need to see part 1 to understand part 2. It follows extra/stunt actor Blackburn and the many home videos and photos he took during his time on the show. He also has a lot of stories of little jokes he'd share in with Shatner and the crew. Really sweet guy and I look forward to his part 3 in the next box set.

"Star Trek: The Animated Series" Episode, ‘Strange’ - Not as weird as I'd have thought it would be, but still weird. It basically serves as an direct sequel to the live action show's "Tribble" episode (Tribbles are little furry creatures that populate the ship sometimes until there's an ridiculous amount of them. They're cute and harmless but there are always tons of them that get in the way of them. And Klingons hate them.). Two things about the show are striking. One is that Checkov isn't there because it was deemed "too expensive" to use the entire crews' voices and Checkov was replaced by... a weird orange alien guy. The other is... wow, they have the actual cast from the show doing the voices! It makes the whole thing easier to sit through.

"Star Trek: The Animated Series" nowhere near as good as the show but decent. The commentary was better than the cartoon though. Writer David Gerrold (who wrote this as well as the live action original Tribble show) was clearly having a ball here.

“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” episode - Probably the most underrated of all the “Trek” shows, “DS9” was always the one that got the least attention. In this episode, the crew discover a plot to try to kill Kirk from the original series by the guy responsible for unleashing the Tribbles on the original “Enterprise” in the first place -- a disguised Klingon who is now much older but does reprise his role from the "Original Series" for this special episode. The crew go back in time disguised as old school Trek crew members and interact with Kirk, Spock and the gang through (at the time) very innovative trick camera work. Loved this episode. Very cool and on par with some of the other episodes on this set.

2 Featurettes About the DS9 Episode - There's two of them here and they're pretty redundant. One was enough because they're not really saying anything too different. The other problem is that at this point I was sick of hearing the word Tribble. Disc 5 was entirely composed of Tribble episodes from every Trek area and I was getting a little fatigued with them here. Still, the completist in me can't help but admire it.

Star Trek's Greatest Moments - A bunch of clips of trek actors/writers/producers from all of the various trek shows as well as an few fans talking about their favorite episodes-Pretty good but also an bit redundant. It's clear that everybody likes the same episodes. What I would've liked to see here is a bit more of an focus on people who didn't just like the obvious "trouble with Tribbles" and "Mirror, mirror" but something more obscure like "An Piece of the action" or something.

Original Episode Trailers - A small feature BUT a very good one because it basically lets you figure out whether an episode is going to be worth your time or not.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For many of you, this is the deal breaker for you. If you already have the regular season 2, should you buy this for the "remastered" video and audio? I'm going to say.... no overall. It really depends on how big of an deal the video is to you and how big an completist you are. Yes, it's WAY better looking than the original version of the set. I've seen comparisons and I've also had the reference of my season 1 box set and there's just no comparison. This set is much brighter and looks MUCH better than the regular version. The sound is another issue as there's really not that much of a difference.

Factor in that these sets are expensive and you have one very difficult decision. If you have a really big screen with maybe HD quality, I'd say, go ahead and get the upgrade but most technophiles will just probably opt for the eventual Blu-Ray version. For me, this is fine. It looks as amazing as I think this could on regular DVD, hence the high score.



.::OVERALL::.

“Star Trek” Season 2 the Remastered Edition is an definite must for any trek fan who doesn't have the original version of this box set and for the hardcore trek completist. The box set contains some of the best episodes of all time and some excellent features. The only improvement I would make really is that it really could use a handful of audio commentaries, especially from someone like Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy has an LOT to say throughout the set and I'd love to hear him comment on each little nuance of an individual episode. This is an great set and I can definitely recommend it. "Energize, Mr. Oliver". **Kushmeer beams back to the starship Movieman**.