Blu-ray Review: Star Trek: Discovery: Season Two

Star Trek: Discovery: Season Two stars Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham, Doug Jones as Commander Saru, Anthony Rapp as Lt. Commander Paul Stamets, Mary Wiseman as Ensign Sylvia Tilly, Shazad Latif as Ash Tyler, Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber, Mary Chieffo as L’Rell, Tig Notaro as Chief Engineer Reno, Rebecca Romijn as Number One and Michelle Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou.

After answering a distress signal from the U.S.S. Enterprise, Star Trek: Discovery: Season Two finds the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery joining forces with Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) on a new mission to investigate seven mysterious red signals and the appearance of an unknown being called the Red Angel. While the crew must work together to unravel their meaning and origin, First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is forced to face her past with the return of her estranged brother, Spock (Ethan Peck).

There’s a lot going on in the second season of this epic sci-fi series. First of all, Captain Christopher Pike joins the crew while the U.S.S. Enterprise is being repaired. Michael is reunited with Spock who’s on the run from the Federation. Spock is also dealing with some psychiatric issues that slowly get worked out during the season. Philippa Georgiou also makes her return and even though she’s a bit of a wild card she’s also a total badass.

There’s also the mysterious figure called the Red Angel that pops up to save Michael whenever she’s in a life-threatening situation and this is the heart of the second season because every other mission/adventure the Discovery goes on is connected to this amazing anomaly somehow. Michael also discovers what actually happened to her real parents. The Discovery crew gets to explore several new worlds this season which also puts them in dangerous situations at times that they have to work their way out of.

The finale was something really spectacular because we get to watch the Enterprise and Discovery in an epic space battle against this A.I. threat. It looks like the third season is going to be something really special and completely different than any other Star Trek series has ever offered because the crew of the Discovery travels 3,000 years into the future. I hope we get to see more from this version of Spock and Captain Pike somewhere down the line.

The packaging comes with a comes with a slipcover/o-card that has a foldout. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes details, an image and list of special features. The menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. All four of the Blu-ray discs feature characters from the series. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Okay, The complex writing/storytelling is the driving force of the series and this cast of characters aren’t far behind. The mystery surrounding the red angel and how it’s connected to Michael was such an important part of the second season that kept me in suspense as everything was slowly revealed. The second season says farewell to a few more characters but it also introduces several new ones. There’s even one character that gets reborn. I also loved how we got to see the Enterprise (inside and out) as well as its iconic Captain Pike who ended up being a really likable character that I’d like to see more of. He was definitely a welcomed addition to the Discovery crew. The same goes with Spock because we get to see a side of him that we’ve never seen and this close bond he has with his adopted sister, Michael. We get to see a little more from the Klingons, and even though it’s more in a cameo role here and there, they also play important part this season.

Bottom line is, I had a blast checking out Star Trek: Discovery: Season Two and to me this is the best Star Trek series to come along since TNG. It just has that classic sci-fi adventure vibe going for it and I really like everything about it, especially the way it’s shot. Sure, Star Trek: Discovery a sci-fi series but at the heart of it are these interesting characters, their relationships and the exciting missions they go on. And of course fighting the sinister artificial intelligence that’s hell-bent of destroying all life in the galaxy. This is the first Star Trek series where the main character isn’t the captain of the ship. Last but not least, there’s also the impressive special effects and detailed design in the series that continue to be as good as anything we see on the bigscreen and it’s all detailed to the max. Star Trek: Discovery: Season Two will be available on a 4-Disc Blu-ray Set on November 12th.

Distributor: CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment

Run Time: 4 Discs / 14 Episodes / 700 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.00:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese

Disc Breakdown and Special Features: The extras include over two hours of exclusive, captivating special features, plus two episodes of Short Treks that are related to Star Trek: Discovery: Season Two: “Runaway” featuring Ensign Sylvia Tilly and “The Brightest Star” featuring Commander Saru.

Disc One

Episodes

2.01 “Brother”

  • Audio Commentary by Sonequa Martin Green and Alex Kurtzman

2.02 “New Eden”

  • Audio Commentary by Anson Mount and Jonathan Frakes
  • Episodic Promo (00:31)
  • Deleted Scenes (04:57)

2.03 “Point of Light”

  • Episodic Promo (00:31)
  • Deleted Scenes (04:14)

2.04 “An Obol for Charon”

  • Episodic Promo (00:31)

Special Features

  • Season Two Promo (01:14)
  • Designing Discovery: Season Two – On a show where no location exists in our world, the production and lighting design teams must create every space. Look at the locations and spaces created for Season Two. (17:48)
  • Prop Me Up: Season 2 – Propmaster Mario Moreira takes fans through the world of Discovery props. (08:56)

Disc Two

Episodes

2.05 “Saints of Imperfection”

  • Episodic Promo (00:31)

2.06 “The Sound of Thunder”

  • Star Trek: Short Treks: The Brightest Star (14:47)
  • Episodic Promo (00:30)

2.07 “Light and Shadows”

  • Episodic Promo (00:31)
  • Extended Scene (01:26)

2.08 “If Memory Serves”

  • Episodic Promo (00:31)

Special Feature

  • Dress for Success: Season Two – Each species has its own fashion style dictated by both culture and physical attributes. Gersha Phillips and her team discuss how costumes inform a character and how they create a spectacular array of clothing, uniforms and armor for every kind of species. (16:00)

Disc Three

Episodes

2.09 “Project Daedalus”

  • Episodic Promo (00:31)
  • Deleted Scene (00:32)

2.10 “The Red Angel”

  • Episodic Promo (00:30)
  • Deleted Scene (01:06)

2.11 “Perpetual Infinity”

  • Episodic Promo (00:33)

2.12 “Through the Valley of Shadows”

  • Audio Commentary by Anson Mount and Ethan Peck
  • Episodic Promo (00:30)
  • Deleted Scenes (06:17)

Special Features

  • Creature Comforts: Season Two – Producers, craftsmen and actors discuss the design process, the implementation and the performance required to bring characters to life. Fans can also catch a one-on-one discussion with makeup artist James McKinnon and L’Rell actress, Mary Chieffo. (15:18)
  • Creating Space – There are some shots that simply can’t be done practically when you are set in space. The VFX team, headed by Jason Zimmerman, pushes the envelope every week to create amazing computer graphics to give fans a realistic feel of space. (10:12)

Disc Four

2.13 “Such Sweet Sorrow”

  • Episodic Promo (00:30)
  • Deleted Scenes (01:29)

2.14 “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2”

  • Audio Commentary by Olatunde Osunsanmi, Michelle Paradise, Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman
  • Putting It Together – Follow the real life Discovery crew through preparation, shooting and posting the amazing Season Two finale. A true in-depth look at the many talents that come together to bring Discovery to life. (43:05)
  • Episodic Promo (00:31)
  • Deleted Scene (00:21)

Special Features

  • Star Trek: Discovery: The Voyage of Season Two – A look at the adventures and plot twists encountered in Season 2 by the crew of the Discovery. (55:46)
  • Enter the Enterprise – Captain Pike shepherds U.S.S. Discovery through Season Two, but must return to his original command on the U.S.S. Enterprise. The production designer, builders, actors and producers discuss the daunting task of reviving the iconic ship’s bridge. (10:33)
  • The Red Angel – A major plot point of the season is the Red Angel. Go behind-thescenes with producers, directors and Sonequa Martin-Green, along with the craftspeople that created it and made it come to life. (13:10)
  • Star Trek: Short Treks: Runaway (15:21)
  • Gag Reel (07:09)

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