The Captains (2011)

I suppose for writer and director William Shatner, making The Captains was a cathartic experience for him that allowed him to come to terms with his place in pop culture history.  For me – a non-Trekkie – it was more of a boring experience.  Don’t get me wrong, you can tell that this is a project of love from Shatner, but this is definitely one of those docs where a passion for the subject matter will affect your viewing experience.

I’m not sure what inspired the film, but it basically boils down to Shatner inviting all the actors and one actress who played a Captain in the Star Trek franchise to be interviewed by him about their time on the shows.  For some reason, the set-ups to all the interviews just seem very staged, and there’s no doubt in my mind that they were, but it just reeks of hollowness at that point.  There are some interesting points throughout Shatner’s conversations with Avery Brooks, Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula and Chris Pine, some funny stories and reminisces but I kind of tuned out halfway through.

I’m sure Trekkies the world over will love it, but it wasn’t for me.

2 / 5

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