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Star Trek – The Original Series: Season Two (1967 – 1968/Paramount Blu-ray Set)


Picture: B/C+     Sound: C+     Extras: B     Episodes: B



The original Star Trek is back in the second of three season Blu-ray sets that continue to impress and show that any filmed classic TV (when handled properly) can look incredibly good.  The picture and sound of this set on the original prints featured (versus the horrid digital remasters, complete with some color-gutting) are the same as this first set:





For our original coverage of the first DVDs of the show, you can read about the first DVD-only wave of releases at this link:


Original Episodes on DVD




With hardly any other classic TV on Blu-ray yet, Trek continues to make the argument that we should have a deluge of such shows, especially when you see how good the older versions of the series look.  As well, they hold up very well and are made for a more mature audience than many have given the series credit for.  As compared to the 2009 hit revival feature film, the science is harder here and hey, these are the original actors who created the roles so you cannot go wrong.


The episodes are all classics in their own way, with the Tribbles show the most uniquely comic in any of the Trek series.  Among other highlights are A Piece Of The Action, Wolf In The Fold, The Ultimate Computer and Assignment Earth should have led to the intended spin-off show and sadly did not, though star Robert Lansing (The Man Who Never Was) continued to be a prominent character actor on shows like The Equalizer.  The guest cast continued to be strong and both Roddenberry and Lucille Ball had reasons to believe the show could still be a hit that caught on.  Of course, it only did after it was cancelled and after she sold Desilu to Paramount.


Extras include more new BD Live interaction, episode previews, a second installment of Billy Blackburn’s Treasure Chest of rare home movies and Writing Spock on Blu-ray 1, Creating Chekov on Blu-ray 2, Listening To The Actors on Blu-ray 3, Spock’s Mother and slew of Tribbles-based extras (The Trouble With Tribbles is the only episode on its disc and we get the More Tribbles, More Troubles episode of the underrated, Animated Star Trek, Trials & Tribble-ations Next Generation episode, featurette Trials & Tribble-ations: An Historic Endeavor and Starfleet Access to the show) on Blu-ray 4 and Star Trek’s Favorite Memories, Writer’s Notebook: D.C. Fontana, Life Beyond Trek: Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s Divine Diva: Nichelle Nichols and Kirk, Spock & Bones: Star Trek’s Great Trio on Blu-ray 7.


All in all, Star Trek: The Original Series – Season Two Blu-ray collection a great Classic TV set that should have all the studios rushing to issue their great filmed TV shows on Blu-ray as soon as possible.  Serious Blu-ray owners should make it a must-own piece for their collections.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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