Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, July 13, 2022, or: Hot Weather, Funny ‘Trek,’ and the Mid-July Blahs

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Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. It is a hellishly hot summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 92°F (33°C) under mostly sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 3 MPH (5 KM/H) and humidity at 61%, the heat index is 103°F (40°C). Today’s forecast calls for thunderstorms to pass through the area. The high will be 94°F (34°C). Tonight, we can expect scattered rain showers. The low will be 76°F (24°C).

Yesterday afternoon I received my package with the Blu-ray edition of Star Trek: Lower Decks – Season Two. This is a two-disc set that brings the second season of the Paramount+ animated comedy series to home media, featuring the ten episodes of Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Fall 2021 season. In addition, the Blu-ray offers over one hour of special features, including featurettes, animatics, and commentaries.

From the Blu-ray Packaging

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Disc One:

  • Strange Energies: Season premiere. Approximately three months after the events of the Season One finale, the U.S.S. Cerritos is dispatched on a mission which results in an encounter with “strange energy.”
  • Kayshon, His Eyes Open: Our Lower Deckers have trouble bonding with Ensign Jet Manhaver, who has been assigned Boimler’s bunk and shift duties. Meanwhile, we get a glimpse of Boimler’s life on the U.S.S. Titan, which is more intense than he thought it would be.
  • We’ll Always Have Tom Paris: Assigned a special task by Dr. T’Ana, Tendi enlists Mariner for help. On the U.S.S. Cerritos, Rutherford is consumed by a bridge crew mystery.
  • Mugato, Gumato: The U.S.S. Cerritos is dispatched to a planet to investigate an unexplained sighting of a dangerous Mugato.
  • An Embarrassment of Dooplers: Mariner and Boimler try to track down the location of a legendary Starfleet party while the bridge crew deals with an insecure alien diplomat.

Disc Two:

  • The Spy Humongous: Anomaly Consolidation Day on the U.S.S. Cerritos leaves the Lower Deckers with mixed emotions. Captain Freeman attempts to negotiate peace on the Pakled home world.
  • Where Pleasant Fountains Lie: Mariner and Boimler are stranded on an uninhabited planet with a sentient computer. On the U.S.S. Cerritos, Lt. Commander Billups must prove his engineering abilities to an old adversary.
  • I, Excretus: A consultant arrives on the U.S.S. Cerritos to run drills that require the Lower Deckers and bridge crew to swap duties.
  • wej Duj: Boimler tries to find a bridge buddy while the U.S.S. Cerritos crew has down time during a long warp trip.
  • First First Contact: In the season two finale, the U.S.S. Cerritos is tasked to aid an Excelsior-class starship on a first contact mission.

It’s going to be a while before I review Star Trek: Lower Decks – or any other item, really – but I did watch Strange Energies, the second-season opener, last night. I’m not enamored of the animation style, and the pacing is a bit frenetic, but the series, created by Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty) is hilarious and is full of Star Trek-related sight gags and fan service references. Imagine a 1990s-era Star Trek series where the writers decided to trade in the franchise’s sense of gravitas for clever middle school-style humor and you’ll have some idea of what Star Trek: Lower Decks is like.

Aside from that, I don’t have much to tell. I am getting over my summer cold, even though I am still not fully mended. And as I wrote yesterday, this week has been hard not just because of my physical health, but I always have a rough time as the anniversary of my mother’s death draws nearer. This year, the anniversary falls on a Tuesday, which is not the day of the week on which July 19 fell back in ’15. (Mom died in the dawn hours of Sunday, July 19, and her funeral Mass was on Tuesday, July 21. Her cremation was…the next week after she died, but I did not want to be around my half-sister anymore, so I skipped that.)

I did note that when my current preorders are fulfilled in August, September, and October, my Blu-ray collection will have 607 titles overall – 507 high-definition Blu-rays, 100 4K UHD Blu-rays. So, I guess that’s something worth mentioning.

That’s all the news I have for you today, Dear Reader, so I’ll say sayonara. Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

2 thoughts on “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, July 13, 2022, or: Hot Weather, Funny ‘Trek,’ and the Mid-July Blahs

    1. Luckily, Paramount still realizes there are people (like me, for instance) who still like physical media, so (unlike their competitors at Disney) they still offer home media versions of their Paramount+ original Star Trek series. Both currently complete seasons of “Star Trek: Lower Decks” are available on Blu-ray.

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