Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 2
Paramount Home Entertainment -
1967 - 1461
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Picking up where the first DVD box set left off, Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 2 is more of the same--which in this case is a good thing. Though the second offering doesn´┐Żt make any grand departures or boldly go where the last box set had gone before, it does dutifully reproduce your favorite Star Trek episodes from season two in the closest thing to splendor you´┐Żre going to get. Such classic episodes as ´┐ŻThe Doomsday Machine´┐Ż, ´┐ŻThe Trouble with Tribbles´┐Ż, and ´┐ŻA Piece of the Action´┐Ż are all available for your perusal. Yes, the special effects are still awful, and some of the acting isn´┐Żt much better, but the stories and the legacy of the franchise are what Star Trek fans want. Anyone that will pony up the dough to get this piece of television history for themselves won´┐Żt mind anyway.
Fight To The Death
´┐Ż Episode I: ´┐ŻAmok Time´┐Ż:
Gripped by the violent mating urge which affects Vulcans every seven years, Spock must return to his home world immediately. Disobeying orders, Kirk takes Spock to Vulcan, where he must fight his irrational friend to the death. (Text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda.)
´┐Ż Episode II: ´┐ŻWho Mourns for Adonais?´┐Ż:
Drawn by a strange force to Pollux IV, Kirk and his crew encounter Apollo, the last of the Greek gods. Although Apollo wishes to force the crew to remain with him forever, Kirk has other plans.
´┐Ż Episode III: ´┐ŻThe Changeling´┐Ż:
Nomad, an aggressive machine which has already destroyed several planets, spares the Enterprise, believing that Kirk is Nomad´┐Żs creator. However, when the machine begins to attack crew members on board the ship, Kirk must find a way to disable it.
´┐Ż Episode IV: ´┐ŻMirror, Mirror´┐Ż:
A transporter accident swaps Kirk, Scott, McCoy, and Uhura with their counterparts from a brutal parallel universe that is ruled by force and assassination. Will they survive long enough to find a way to return?
´┐Ż Episode V: ´┐ŻThe Apple´┐Ż:
Gamma Trianguli VI is a paradise inhabited by peaceful immortal young humanoids. However, Kirk´┐Żs landing party finds that the planet seems to be trying to kill them. The suspicion leads to the discovery of an artificial ´┐Żgod´┐Ż.
´┐Ż Episode VI: ´┐ŻThe Doomsday Machine´┐Ż:
Having confronted a giant planet-consuming robot ship that threatens our galaxy, Commodore Decker is the sole survivor of his crippled starship. Pulling rank on Kirk, the unhinged Decker puts the Enterprise at risk by engaging the robot once more.
´┐Ż Episode VII: ´┐ŻCatspaw´┐Ż:
In a gothic setting, aliens from a distant galaxy toy with the Enterprise crew, killing one crewman and turning Scott and Sulu into zombies. Investigating, Kirk finds both his landing party and his ship trapped.
´┐Ż Episode VIII: ´┐ŻI, Mudd´┐Ż:
On an unmapped planed, Harry Mudd is surrounded by hundreds of beautiful female androids who exist to serve humankind. Since the over-protective machines refuse to let Mudd leave, he lures an entire ship full of humans for them to serve.
´┐Ż Episode IX: ´┐ŻMetamorphosis´┐Ż:
Nancy Hedford, a diplomat in the latter stages of Sakuro´┐Żs disease, needs treatment for her terminal condition. While transporting Hedford, Kirk´┐Żs shuttle is diverted by a powerful entity that introduces the shuttle crew to warp pioneer Zefram Cochrane.
´┐Ż Episode X: ´┐ŻJourney to Babel´┐Ż:
En route to Babel Conference, the Enterprise is carrying diplomats from diverse races. When a Tellarite Ambassador is killed, the evidence points to Spock´┐Żs estranged father, Vulcan Ambassador Sarek.
´┐Ż Episode XI: ´┐ŻFriday´┐Żs Child´┐Ż:
Mining negotiations with a tradition-bound Capellan tribe are upset when a Klingon agent persuades a group of Capellan warriors to assassinate the leader and seize power. Kirk is determined to protect the wife and unborn child of the murdered leader.
´┐Ż Episode XII: ´┐ŻThe Deadly Years´┐Ż:
Stopping to deliver supplies at Gamma Hydra IV, Kirk´┐Żs landing party finds the once-young colonists dying of old age. Returning to the ship, all but one of the landing party experiences the same terminal accelerated aging.
´┐Ż Episode XIII: ´┐ŻObsession´┐Ż:
Encountering for the second time a creature that drains red blood cells from humans, Kirk is determined to correct his previous mistake and kill the entity outright before it can claim more lives.
´┐Ż Episode XIV: ´┐ŻWolf in the Fold´┐Ż:
Recovering from a head injury caused by a female crew member, Scotty relaxes in an Argelian cabaret, then leaves with a beautiful dancer. When the dancer is brutally murdered, Scotty is found holding a bloodstained knife.
´┐Ż Episode XV: ´┐ŻThe Trouble with Tribbles´┐Ż:
Irritated at being sent to a space station to protect a cargo of grain, Kirk discovers a Klingon plot with the help of the Tribbles, furry little creatures that have two skills: eating and breeding. (Text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda.)
´┐Ż Episode XVI: ´┐ŻThe Gamesters of Triskelion´┐Ż:
Forcibly transported from the bridge of the Enterprise, Kirk, Uhura, and Chekov are forced to train as gladiators on the planet Triskelion. A desperate Kirk wagers his own ship against a chance of freedom.
´┐Ż Episode XVII: ´┐ŻA Piece of the Action´┐Ż:
The imitative natives of the planet Iotia have made their society in the image of ´┐ŻChicago Mobs of the Twenties,´┐Ż an Earth history book. To convince the local ´┐Żmobs´┐Ż to work together, Kirk takes on the role of supreme mafia boss.
´┐Ż Episode XVIII: ´┐ŻThe Immunity Syndrome´┐Ż:
Rushing towards a solar system with which all contact has been lost, the Enterprise discovers that all life in the system has been wiped out by an enormous, single-celled, mindless ´┐Żamoeba´┐Ż.
´┐Ż Episode XIX: ´┐ŻA Private Little War´┐Ż:
The Enterprise is surprised to find that a primitive people have suddenly developed the ability to make and use flintlock weapons. Investigating, an injured Kirk is nursed by a woman who is keen to acquire Federation weaponry.
´┐Ż Episode XX: ´┐ŻReturn to Tomorrow´┐Ż:
In a deeply buried cave on a long-dead planet, an Enterprise landing party finds three living, disembodied, highly intelligent entities, who request the use of three human bodies for a short time.
´┐Ż Episode XXI: ´┐ŻPatterns of Force´┐Ż:
On the planet Ekos, famous historian and cultural observer John Gill appears to have violated the Prime Directive by introducing Nazi ideology to the Ekosians. Posing as a Nazi officer, Kirk resolves to find the truth.
´┐Ż Episode XXII: ´┐ŻBy Any Other Name´┐Ż:
Lured by a fake distress call, the Enterprise crew find themselves under the control of five Kelvans, who plan to use the ship to make the 300-year trip back to their home in the Andromeda Galaxy.
´┐Ż Episode XXIII: ´┐ŻThe Omega Glory´┐Ż:
Finding the USS Exeter´┐Żs crew killed by an unknown virus, Kirk´┐Żs team beams down to the planet below, where there is a natural cure. There they discover the Exeter´┐Żs captain violating the Prime Directive in his pursuit of a valuable prize.
´┐Ż Episode XXIV: ´┐ŻThe Ultimate Computer´┐Ż:
Kirk´┐Żs worries about being replaced by erratic genius Dr. Richard Daystrom´┐Żs new computer are allayed when the machine, given control of the Enterprise, attacks and destroys other Federation starships during a combat exercise.
´┐Ż Episode XXV: ´┐ŻBread and Circuses´┐Ż:
Having been missing for six years, the USS Beagle is found near a planet on which the society has developed into a modern version of ancient Rome. Investigating, Kirk finds the Beagle´┐Żs Captain is now ´┐ŻFirst Citizen of the Empire´┐Ż.
´┐Ż Episode XXVI: ´┐ŻAssignment: Earth´┐Ż:
Sent on a mission to the year 1968, the Enterprise intercepts Gary Seven, who claims to have been raised and trained by aliens to prevent Earth´┐Żs destruction. When Seven escapes, Kirk and Spock follow him to New York City.
No, the video from season two isn´┐Żt any better than season one, but it isn´┐Żt any worse, either. I was actually pleasantly surprised when I watched ´┐ŻThe Doomsday Machine´┐Ż from end to end. Though some of the shots are truly awful--some of the Enterprise POV angles towards the Constellation most notably--the episode on whole looks very good. Yes, you can see the enormous amounts of makeup on Sulu and your other favorite cast members was put on with a push broom, but that´┐Żs OK. All of the 60s sets, colorful aliens, and ghastly interplanetary fashion all look just as good as the day they were shot, a testament to the solid job done.
As with the first installment, this season of Trek won´┐Żt sound a whole lot different than season one. This is not much of a stretch, since there weren´┐Żt many drastic television audio developments from 1966 to 1967. That being said, the audio you do get is pretty good. All of Kirk´┐Żs chronic overacting is accurately reproduced for your aural torture, as are many of the ´┐Żbudget´┐Ż audio effects that make 60s television ´┐Żentertaining´┐Ż. Along those lines, it does seem that some effort may have been taken to spruce up some of the campy audio accoutrements, like access panel short circuits and other Trek atmospherics. At any rate, the audio is decent.
Again with the supplements, it is more of the same. The episode listings are still on the main view screen, though they have moved the episode interfaces from the helm to Spock´┐Żs science station. The ´┐ŻCommunications´┐Ż selection will have you peering into Spock´┐Żs mysterious view finder to make audio selections, and the ´┐ŻPreview Trailer´┐Ż gives you the original 1960s one week look ahead trailer--a nice touch. This time around, it is the seventh disc that houses all of the supplements. This is definitely an area that was improved. The features that are parallel to the first season are ´┐ŻTo Boldly Go...Season Two´┐Ż (19:39) and ´┐ŻLife Beyond Star Trek: Leonard Nimoy´┐Ż (12:10). May I be the first to say that Nimoy´┐Żs photography hobby was far more interesting than Shatner´┐Żs horses from season one. There are several new features that are worth a look, including "Kirk, Spock & Bones: Star Trek's Great Trio" (7:18), the photo gallery, and the production art. Also included for your enjoyment are a featurette on Nichelle Nichols and a writer´┐Żs notebook section. Engage your impulse engines and cruise around this one for a while.
As with season one, if you´┐Żre a true Star Trek fan, just pick this one up and get it over with. The new menu structure is engaging, and there are more supplements for you to find there. The audio and video are about the same, but overall this offering is better than the first. Engage...
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