Star Trek Next Generation: Season 2
The voyage of the Starship Enterprise continues with the release of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2 on DVD. This six-disc box set contains all 22 episodes of the series' second season. Each of these episodes are presented in their original aspect ratio of 1.33:1 full-frame and look very good. Since these episodes were broadcast in 1980s, the transfers tend to appear washed out with dirt and grain penetrating the image. However, the bulk of these pictures appear to be in decent shape with solid colors and dark black levels. The soundtracks are presented in both Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and a newly created Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround mix, both in English. The Dolby 5.1 mixes are extremely crisp and clear with directional sounds situated mainly in the front and center speaker. While a few surround sounds escape to the back speakers, overall these are limited mixes that support the episodes well. Also included on the discs are English subtitles. On par with the first season, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2 includes a few well-produced extra features, starting with "Mission Overview: Season Two" which features interviews with the cast and crew and an overview of what was new to the second season of the series. "Selected Crew Analysis" focuses more on the cast and characters, including the arrival of Whoopi Goldberg's otherworldly character. "Departmental Briefings: Production" and "Memorable Missions" will please fans looking for an insiders view of the show. Included on these two features are all-new interviews with Rick Berman, Peter Lauritson, production designer Alan Sims, visual effects artist Dan Curry, and other cast and crew members. Each of these featurettes are a good way to see how the Borg, Worf, and other characters came to be. Finally there is "Inside Starfleet Archives," a virtual tour by coordinator Penny Judy showing fans around decades worth of props and costumes. The package is bound in a nice silver box with a collectable booklet for fans to peruse through.