Star Trek: The Original Series, Season Two

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4 out of 5 stars
HAIR APPARENT captain Kirk feels warm and fuzzy.
Photograph: Paramount Home Video HAIR APPARENT captain Kirk feels warm and fuzzy.

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4 out of 5 stars

Although die-hard Trekkers won’t need incentives to pick up the second season of the original Star Trek on DVD, Paramount offers plenty, starting with bright, crisp transfers­ (all the episodes in this box set are valentines to late-’60s, “In living color!”–period TV, particularly the highly theatrical “Amok Time,” “Who Mourns for Adonais?” and “The Apple”). The set also devotes a whole disc to the show’s most popular hour, the comedic “The Trouble with Tribbles,” which finds the Enterprise crew hip-deep in furry, insatiable critters. This disc includes “Trials and Tribble-ations,” the time-travel episode from Deep Space Nine that used nostalgically re-created sets and digital effects to join the casts of the two series; and “More Tribbles, More Troubles,” from Star Trek’s 1973–74 animated incarnation. The former is detailed in two making-of featurettes; the latter boasts an informative, amusing commentary by David Gerrold, who wrote both the original and the animated Tribble episodes and had a cameo in the Deep Space Nine installment.

Other extras include an appreciation of the interplay among Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy; portraits of costar Nichelle Nichols (a.k.a. Lt. Uhura) and story editor D.C. Fontana (Gerrold’s mentor); and a short documentary about the production design. Note to purists: This set is taken from the remastered 2006 syndicated episodes, which beefed up the space imagery and certain view-screen shots with CGI effects. They’re faithful to the series’s design and color palette, and thus not too obtrusive, but hard-core fans may still miss the endlessly recycled footage of the original starships with their chunky black matte lines.

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