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

Star Trek (The Original Series)

On DVD: 
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ah space…the final, well, you know. There’s probably not much of an introduction that this DVD set requires.  Star Trek is an international phenomenon, a cultural touchstone and an incredibly influential sci-fi show. It’s ironic, considering the staying power of the original series, that during its first run on the air, it only made it three seasons before being cancelled.

Given the widespread awareness of Star Trek, I doubt I need to explain this set much further. You either love it or hate it (or I suppose you could be rather indifferent to it). As a result, I’m guessing that you know, without reading this review, whether you’re interested in this set.

So without any further ado, here’s the nuts-and-bolts explanation of what you’re getting if you pick this up. All 26 episodes from season two are included on 8 DVDs. Given that one of the most famous episodes of Star Trek is part of this season (The Trouble With Tribbles), the producers of this set wisely included two additional Tribble-related episodes (one from the animated series and one from Deep Space Nine). There are also a number of featurettes and behind-the-scenes extras.

The other big selling point is that all of the episodes have been remastered with new visual enhancements. While it varies from episode to episode, this basically means that most of the special effects (the look of the different space ships, the planets, the backgrounds on planetary scenes, etc.) have been touched up. This isn’t the “George-Lucas-completely-revamp-everything” style of special editions. Most of the enhancements seem tastefully done and appear to fit well with the style of the original series. They simply give the shots a little more pop and zing onscreen.

As such, if you’re a Trekkie, you probably already have this in your possession. If you’re on the fence, this might be worth purchasing if you like classic sci-fi. It’s a fun and enjoyable series and this set is nicely done. Pick it up, if you don’t mind the hefty price tag.

Jeremy Hunt
Review by Jeremy Hunt
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