Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 2 (CBS/Paramount, 2 Blu-rays or DVDs, NR, 261 min.). The second season of this animated “Star Trek” series is better than the first, as it dives more into the backstory of the characters and brings some real “Star Trek” action in the last two episodes, which end with a cliffhanger. The 10 episodes center on the support crew of one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos, which mostly is used for second contacts with alien species. Throughout, there is more emphasis on fun than the live-action series have.

That support crew includes Ensigns Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome), whose mother is ship’s Capt. Carol Freeman Dawnn Lewis); Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid), who continues his away posting on Capt. Riker’s (Jonathan Frakes) ship through two episodes, until he is duplicated in a transporter accident; Samanthan Rutherford (Eugene Cordero), a cyborg with a new brain implant); and D’Vana Tendi (Noel Wells), a budding physician. The show covers them performing their duties, as well as their social lives. The command crew is involved a lot, especially as one episode has the two factions of the crew buddying up. They include Cmdr. Jack Ransom (Jerry O’Connell), the returned-from-the-dead Lt. Shaxs (Fred Tatasclore), Doctor T’Ana (Gillian Vigman), Lt. Billups (Paul Scheer) and new security head Lt. Kayshon (Carl Tart).

In the episodes, Ramson receives god-like power, Boimler becomes an “unauthorized person” when he returns and is not reentered into the computer (thus doors and the food replicator will not work for him), and the ship is overrun by Dooplers, a humanoid creature that duplicates when agitated. The latter obviously is a nod to the Tribbles episode of the original “Star Trek” and it is not the only reference, as another episode brings back the Mugatos and some Ferengi. Capt. Tom Paris makes an appearance, as does the Borg Queen (Alice Krige reprising her role).

The series can get slightly saucy, what with all-sex showers and Billups’ Queen Mother trying to make him give up his chastity so he can inherit the throne. Another episode gives us views of the Klingon and Vulcan Lower Decks crews.

Extras include audio commentaries for episodes two, five, seven and nine; a look at Easter eggs and animatics for each episode; an interesting discussion of the show’s Emmy-nominated sound and how it is created (13:19); and an overview of the season through interviews with the producers, cast and creatives (32:37). Grade: season 3.5 stars; extras 3 stars

Rating guide: 5 stars = classic; 4 stars = excellent; 3 stars = good; 2 stars = fair; dog = skip it

Miami Blues (1990, MVD Rewind Collection, Blu-ray, R, 97 min.). This wacky crime film is saved by strong performances by its three leads. Alec Baldwin (then fresh off “The Hunt For Red October”) plays grifter/thief Junior Frenger, apparently fresh out of prison. After he flies into Miami, he steals a woman’s suitcase and breaks the finger of an aggressive Hare Krishna, causing the man’s death, apparently from shock. This brings him to the attention of homicide detective Sgt. Hoke Moseley (Fred Ward, also an executive producer here; the “Tremors” films), who easily tracks Frenger down, but appears disinclined to arrest him – they even have pork chop dinner together — until Frenger attacks him, beats him and steals his false teeth, badge and gun, so Frenger can impersonate a cop before ripping off bad guys.

The third lead is Jennifer Jason Leigh (“Single White Female”) as Susie Waggoner, a 23-year-old junior college student who is a prostitute to make money. It is in the former role that she meets Frenger, who seems to immediately fall in love with her. He even rents a house to share with her.

Writer/director George Armitage (“Grosse Pointe Blank”) only occasional finds the absurdist humor he is striving for. Carried over from the 2015 Blu-ray edition is combined separate interviews with Baldwin and Leigh (26:01). There also is a mini-poster and a photo gallery. Grade: film 2.25 stars; extras 2 stars

The Frisco Kid (1979, Warner Archive Collection, Blu-ray, PG, 118 min.). As supposed comic westerns go, this one is mostly a drag, as we slog across across the American continent in 1850 with Polish rabbinical student Avram Bellinski (Gene Wilder, much funnier in nearly all his other films, including “Young Frankenstein,” “The Producers”), who is being sent as the new rabbi for the San Francisco congregation. Due to the gold rush, his boat left a day early and the brothers he helps buy a wagon for the trek west soon rob him, leaving him to walk.

After being helped by an Amish family, Avram is on the train to Akron, but is in the bathroom when bandit Tommy Lillard (Harrison Ford, fresh off of “Apocalypse Now” and a year before “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back”) robs the train and then jumps off. Avram works on a railroad line to get enough cash to buy a horse, but raccoons eat all his food. He finally is rescued by Lillard, who decides to escort the hapless wanderer to the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, Lillard robs a bank of $640 and there is the expected encounter with Native Americans that goes an unexpected way. Val Bisoglio plays Chief Gray Cloud. They also visit a brotherhood of friars who have taken a vow of silence.

The film is directed by Robert Aldrich (“The Dirty Dozen,” “The Longest Yard”). There are no extras. Grade: film 2.25 stars

“Hell High.” Courtesy Arrow Video

Hell High (1989, Arrow, Blu-ray, NR, 84 min.; July 19 release). There is some sick fun in this semi-slasher film about four high school miscreants, would-be rebels who unknowingly mess with the wrong teacher with deadly results. It turns out the school’s biology teacher Miss Brooke Storm (Maureen Mooney, later a veteran of several daytime soaps) was the frightened little girl in the opening scene who accidentally caused the horrific deaths of two teenagers. It is now 18 years later and she is stuck with rebellious Dickens (Christopher Stryker, who unfortunately would die of AIDS at only 27 prior to the film’s release) in her class.

Dickens hangs out with Queenie (Millie Prezioso) and overweight Smiler (Jason Brill), who mostly make fun of the jocks and laze around. Dickens drags former football player Jon-Jon (Christopher Cousens of TV’s “Breaking Bad”) into their little group. How bad is Dickens? Well, he drives his car onto the football field during the game, so Jon-Jon can intercept a pass!

Dickens decides to have the four prank Miss Storm at her house, by jumping on her roof and throwing swamp slime at her windows, not realizing it would unleash all her unhappy memories and newfound aggression. The film has a handful of violent deaths, a gratuitous shower scene and many stupid antics.

The film was shot in two portions about a year apart, as Grossman ran out of money halfway through. When shooting resumed, Mooney was pregnant, causing the use of a body double and careful camera placements.

The film comes with a tremendous number of extras, including three audio commentaries: a new one by director/producer/co-writer Douglas Grossman and cinematographer Steven Fierberg (TV’s “Emily in Paris,” “The Affair”) and older ones by Grossman and Joe Bob Briggs. Briggs also does an introduction to the film (5:06). There are new interviews with Grossman (42:55; he cites his “Clockwork Orange” influence); Fierberg (28:56; he cites his “If” influence, another film starring Malcom McDowell); Cousins (18:49; he says he never thought the film would be shown); Mooney (20:06); and composers Rich Macar and Christopher Hyams-Hart (26:48; their first meeting in 35 years). Michael Gingold leads a tour of the film’s locations (13:07; three high schools were used). There are archival interviews with Grossman (19:30) and co-writer Leo Evans (11:41). One deleted scene, without sound, shows the students wandering through the marsh for slime (2:10) and there are alternate opening titles (2:05). Additionally, an illustrated booklet has notes by Gingold and an exclusive interview with stunt coordinator/actor Webster Whinery. Grade: film 3 stars; extras 4.5 stars

Tom Von Malder of Owls Head has reviewed music since 1972, just after graduation from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He has reviewed videos/DVDs since 1988.