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Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Blu-ray and DVD Reviews

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“Star Trek: Discovery” season 2 is among 2019’s best television.

After answering a distress call from the damaged U.S.S. Enterprise, Captain Christopher Pike takes command of Discovery in order to investigate 7 mysterious signals across the galaxy that are accompanied by a mysterious Red Angel figure. Who is this figure and what is happening? That is the central mystery of the season. Other key storylines in season 2 are: Spock’s mindset and alleged criminal actions, Michael’s past and family, Section 31, Saru and his homeworld, the mycelial network, Talos IV, character deaths, Spock and Burnham’s familial relationship, Dr. Hugh Culber a technological virus known as Control, a time crystal, and Klingons.

The serialized story of “Star Trek: Discovery” season 2 that unfolds over 14 episodes has everything a Trek fan could want. There’s an ongoing story arc full of mystery, intrigue, surprise, and suspense, there’s goosebumps inducing moments for Trekkers and Trekkies alike, the production values and FX are arguably the best in TV history, the characters are explored more, story arcs from season 1 are continued here, there’s a cinematic level epic starship battle to close out the season, and without giving away spoilers, the clever ending paves the way for an exciting future for the series as a whole.

As if all of the above wasn’t enough, the pre-TOS crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise is heavily featured this season with Captain Pike and Spock playing pivotal roles. Speaking of Pike, actor Anson Mount steals the entire season as the classic Trek character. Like many, I can only hope he gets a rumored spin-off because he elevated every scene he was in. Ethan Peck’s Spock manages to bring more depths to the beloved character while staying true to what we know about the character.

For those wondering if the main cast of characters are overshadowed by the new faces and multiple story arcs, don’t be. Saru, Michael, fan favorite Tilly, Mirror Universe Philippa Georgiou, Paul, Ash and even Lt. Detmer and Lt. Owosekun have plenty of screentime. Many of these characters even have strong character arcs that refreshingly further develop the characters more.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 16:9 1080p and 16:9. How do they look? The Blu-ray looks absolutely stunning. This is truly the best looking series on TV. While obviously not on the level of the Blu-ray, the standard definition quality is top notch nonetheless.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA and Dolby Digital 5.1. How do they sound? Again, the DTS track is more layered here, but the DD 5.1 track delivers the best possible sound for a DVD release.

Extras:
* I’m a little puzzled as to why only 2 of the 4 season 1 Short Treks are included here. Granted, “Runaway” (Tilly centric) and “The Brightest Star” (Saru centric) tie into season 2 directly, but why not include “Calypso” and “The Escape Artist” as well?
* Season 2 promo and promos for every episode.
* Deleted and or extended scenes for episodes 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13 and 14
* “Designing Discovery: Season 2”- A near 18 minute featurette about the stunning production design.
* “Prop Me Up: Season 2”- A prop centric bonus feature.
* Commentary on “Brother” by Sonequa Martin-Green and Alex Kurtzman, “New Eden” by Anson Mount and Jonathan Frakes, “Through The Valley Of Shadows” by Ethan Peck and Anson Mount, and “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2” by Olatunde Osunsanmi, Michelle Paradise, Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman. Each commentary provides plenty of tidbits about the making of the episodes as well as experiences in filming them.
* “Dress For Success: Season 2”- The costumes are the focus of this extra.
* “Creature Comforts: Season 2”- A neat behind-the-scenes look at the creature design and makeup work.
* “Creating Space”- A featurette about the extraordinary visual effects
* “Putting It Together”- An extensive 43 minute behind-the-scenes extra that covers everything from writing to stunts.
* A 7 minute gag reel.
* “The Red Angel”- The mysterious character is explored here.
* “Enter The Enterprise”- A look at the design of the Enterprise as seen in season 2 of Discovery.
* “Star Trek: Discovery: The Voyage Of Season 2” includes set footage, interviews, story, character and production discussions.

November 11, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review, DVD review | , , , , , , , ,

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