The two shows contained here, both from the series' second season, present sharply contrasting moods and stories. "Bread and Circuses" featured a plot device that was already close to overuse on the series -- an alien planet that has a history parallel to that of Earth, right down to the use of 20th century English. The inventive element of the script was its savage commentary on television as a medium. The transfer is a good one, but there aren't enough striking visual moments to the story to make a huge difference from what has been seen of this before, apart from sound so crisply mastered that the echo that accompanies the dialogue in the scenes set in the cave where Septimus and the other runaway slaves are hiding fairly leaps out. "Journey to Babel, by contrast, is set entirely aboard the Starship Enterprise. The drama focuses on the strained relationship between Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and his parents (Marc Lenard, Jane Wyatt), but the plot involves a diplomatic conference that brings together members of races from dozens of planets. Thus, the show features aliens of more varieties than were seen in the rest of the season combined; the luster of the transfer is evident in the array of radiant colors in the food at the buffet table for the reception in the first half of the show, which is startling -- the work of the prop and makeup departments brought out full force. Otherwise, the only flaw in the programming comes in the chaptering on "Journey to Babel" -- the break between the first and second chapters brings viewers to the second quarter of the show, instead of just past the opening credits.