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Star Trek The Original Series - The Complete Second Season (1966)

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (777 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelly, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: CBS Paramount International Television
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 1307 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (777 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002JJBZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,411 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Star Trek The Original Series - The Complete Second Season" on IMDb

Special Features

- To Boldly Go... Season Two
- Life Beyond Trek: Leonard Nimoy
- Kirk, Spock & Bones: Star Trek's Great Trio
- Designing the Final Frontier
- Star Trek's Divine Diva: Nichelle Nichols
- Writer's Notebook: D.C. Fontana
- Production art
- Photo gallery
- Preview trailers

Editorial Reviews

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 humorous 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.

Special features are a bit lighter than on the season 1 set, but they do feature such contributors as Shatner, Nimoy, George Takei (Sulu), Koenig, Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), and editor-writer D.C. Fontana. Of chief interest are "To Boldly Go," a 20-minute season recap; " Kirk, Spock & Bones: The Great Trio," discussing the interplay among Kirk, Spock, and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley); "Star Trek's Divine Diva," shining the spotlight on the development of Nichols's character (she was originally considered to play Spock); and "Writer's Notebook: D.C. Fontana," discussing her various roles in the series (she used her initials to avoid the anti-female bias in science fiction at the time). --David Horiuchi

Product Description

Star Trek: The Complete Second Season features many exciting adventures with the Enterprise crew, including Spock experiencing the Vulcan mating drive, the crew being captured by a powerful alien once worshipped on Earth as the Greek god Apollo, the return of an ancient space probe launched centuries ago, aging at an incredible rate after exposure to an unknown form of radiation, and other episodes.

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117 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dream Come True April 30, 2008
Ever since I watched the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Trials and Tribble-ations" back in 1996 and saw the classic Enterprise displayed with modern effects, I dreamed about one day seeing the entire Orignal Series retouched in such a magnificent way. 10 years later, that dream came true. Granted, the series does still retain that 60's feel (especially with the bombastic style of the music, and of course the "military uniform" mini-skirts), there was so much of it that made for great television even for today. The effects being updated really gives the series credibility and believability for viewers and allows the original series to fit in properly with all the incarnations that came afterward. Bringing it to High-Definition was truly a great idea, and the live-action image quality is drastically improved, so much so that at times it gives the series an entirely new feel!

Agreed by both casual viewers as well as die-hard fans, the second season of "Star Trek" provides us with a multitude of favorite episodes. Two episodes in particular that are given excellent treatment and incredible updating are "The Doomsday Machine" and "The Immunity Syndrome". "The Doomsday Machine", next to "The City on the Edge of Forever" is considered one of the best from the Original Series, even in its unrefined form. The updating on this episode put it into near movie-quality, far surpassing many Star Trek episodes, includng many from other spin-off series, and even perhaps a couple of the motion pictures. An interesting effect, to me, was how the remastering of "The Immunity Syndrome" made a not-so-great episode into a spectacular episode! The 1966 effects were good at the time, but the remastering gives it a whole new sense of realism and scope.
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174 of 198 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic series. September 12, 2004
I was in high school when Star Trek originally ran. Even with the cheesy special effects and overacting, it was a show that we looked forward to every week. With the US in a foreign war, it was no wonder that a show would be so popular with a Prime Directive of non-interference. Here is a synopsis of the episodes in the second season.

1. Amok Time: Spock must return to Vulcan to complete a mating ceremony.

2. Who Mourns for Adonis?: The God Apollo invites the crew to his planet. One female crew member falls in love with him.

3. The Changeling: A probe has changed from its original purpose to seek out life to a new purpose of destroying all imperfect life forms.

4. Mirror, Mirror: A transporter malfunction send Kirk, Scott, McCoy, and Uhura into an alternate universe where the Galactic Empire is based on terror, treachery, and force.

5. The Apple: A planet is beautiful but the plants shoot deadly needles and rocks explode. The peaceful inhabitants feed a computer that oppresses the culture of the planet.

6. The Doomsday Machine: When the Enterprise responds to the distress call of the U.S.S. Constellation, a Doomsday machine that has already destroyed several planets targets the Enterprise.

7. Catspaw: Kirk, Spock, and McCoy visit a Halloweenish planet with witches, black cats, fog and dungeons. An alien uses magic to persuade Kirk to leave without Scott and Sulu.

8. I, Mudd: Harry Mudd has declared himself the king of a planet populated with androids. The androids won't let him leave, so he wants someone to take his place.

9. Metamorphosis: A man thought long dead has been kept alive by an entity called "the companion".
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Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Star trek has been written about probably more than any show. From its countless pop culture references, to it examination of political and social commentaries, Star Trek has been talked about ad nauseam. Given the vast amount of writings, in some ways, its almost arrogant to try and add something new. However, if you're reading this, you're probably not as interested in a review of the series and episodes as much as you're interested in whether the Blu Ray is worth getting. I will say this new Blu-ray is something rather special. The picture is amazing, and I feel almost like I'm watching the show again for the first time, kind of like when you've heard a joke a hundred times, but then one day you hear it a little different and you laugh, like its new but familiar as well.

However, the trouble is that the Blu ray is almost too good. I can tell when the make up meshes with real skint. I can tell when a punch misses the target. In fact, the Blu Ray is so clear that you can actually see and clearly identify the stunt doubles as they are intermixed with the close up of kirk or whoever is fighting. So your interest in the Blu ray may vary. While the show's strengths in story and acting are highlighted, the weaknesses of the technology are made the more apparent. That being said, I love having the ability to watch both the new and old effects addition, as well as the slew of special features included makes this a must have for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a few minor sound track issues, but.... November 5, 2004
the DVD boxes have, in my estimation, been pretty good so far. the only thing that has been bugging me (besides the lack of a deforest kelley close-up in the <rather slapped-together> bonus features) is the screwing around that has been done with the sound effects. the "rocket" noises dubbed in to the enterprise fly-bys were NOT on the original episodes past the mid-first season (i think 'arena' or 'the alternative factor' was the last episode to feature them in the 'real' version), and the bridge sound effects have clearly been redubbed from the star trek sound effects can just sort of tell b/c there are "what i can only call "first-season" sound effects in much later episodes....i mean, this is VERY minor stuff, and nothing that anyone who hadn't these episodes hundreds of times wouldn't notice, but still...i HAVE seen these episodes hundreds of times, and i DID notice ;)

otherwise, this is a fantastic set. as far as the quality of the episodes themselves, you just can't get any better than this. "classic" is an overused term these days, but if stuff like "mirror mirror," "amok time," "journey to babel," "a piece of the action," and "the trouble with tribbles" doesn't qualify as classic, nothing does.

one great thing about the second season is the breadth of style displayed not only by the cast, but by the writers. there's straight-up action/adventure this season ("the doomsday machine"), more subtle, gentle character pieces ("metamorphosis"), topical drama ("a private little war"), some really fun b-grade SF material ("the deadly years," "the gamesters of triskelion") and flat-out comedy ("the trouble with tribbles," "a piece of the action," "i mudd").
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I love this particular re-mastered series. It has the look of todays movies not like a dated TV show. I was very pleased and bought the entire series.
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If your asking when the HD DVD combo for season 2 is coming out? Well...its not. Not as a combo, or in HD for that matter. As you may know when HD DVD folded, so did the combo season 2. They will release the remastered season 2 ( remastered and with the new effects), but only on DVD. Its coming... Read More
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