Star Trek: Lower Decks – Season 2 Blu-ray review

Jul 09, 2022- Permalink

Paramount Home Entertainment is releasing the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks – Season 2 on Blu-ray. I was able to review this release which contains the season’s ten episodes on two discs.

For the uninitiated, Star Trek: Lower Decks is an animated series that airs on Paramount+ and focus on the lower decks crew of the starship USS Cerritos. This is the gang that handles the menial tasks on the ship. Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, and Eugene Cordero voice these crew members, while Dawnn Lewis, Jerry O’Connell, Fred Tatasciore, and Gillian Vigman voice the Cerritos’ senior officers.

The 1080p AVC encoded digital transfer is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The image is crystal clear with sharp lines in the 2D animation. The colour palette pops with great primaries. Black levels are deep with detail in darker areas and the transfer is clear of digital noise or artifacts.

On the audio side, you have a choice of an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack as well as French, German, Italian and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Subtitles are available for English SDH, Danish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, and Swedish. The surrounds put you in the thick of the action or even just the whirs and beeps of the ship while your subwoofer adds some extra oomph to the proceedings. Dialogue is clear, centred and well prioritized in the mix.

Both discs come with extras that include audio commentaries by cast and production staff on some of the episodes, as well as Easter eggs, conceptual animation, a look at the sound, and a detailed breakdown of the second season.

If you’re a Star Trek fan, it’s always fun to see an expansion to the universe. The Star Trek: Lower Decks – Season 2 Blu-ray has great audio and video plus a nice selection of extras. Recommended.