Review of ‘The Captains’ – A ‘Star Trek’ Documentary & DVD Giveaway

by on October 23, 2011

in Entertainment

THE CAPTAINS from William Shatner

UPDATE: The Winner of ‘The Captains’ was Ronald O.  I’ll be in touch!  Thanks for coming by!

The Captains is a documentary movie written, directed and narrated by William Shatner, the Captain Kirk from the 1960’s Star Trek series.  The documentary involves William Shatner locating and interviewing the various actors that have played the captains in the various Star Trek franchise TV shows or movies.

The personalities we spend the most time with in The Captains are Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager), Scott Bakula (Star Trek: Enterprise) & Chris Pine (The new James Kirk in J.J. AbramsStar Trek movie.)

At the front half of the documentary, the introductory or opening interviews are quick and to the point, as they bounce around from one to the other.  They’re quick intros where Shatner asks the actor how they got involved in acting.  It gives the viewer a quick feel for how each session will be like.

During the interviews, we don’t just get to become familiar with the different actors, we also get insights from William Shatner himself as he takes moments to interject his own experiences from his life, both Star Trek and non Star Trek related in either the interviews or spots between the interviews.

Patrick Stewart and William Shatner in THE CAPTAINS

His first intro chat is with Sir Patrick Stewart…  Stewart was 12 when he was first put into a play, with adults.

Shatner then visits Avery Brooks.  He’s a tenured professor of theater, a jazz singer & pianist.  (He was the music supervisor for this documentary.)

Then Kate Mulgrew.  For Mulgrew, acting was an escape.  College was an afterthought and at her early age, she would rather act.  She tricked her father into sending her to college, then dropped out and started acting.

Scott Bakula said he started in musical theater before moving on to the realm we all know him from.

Shatner visited with Chris Pine on the Paramount Studios… I never realized his dad is Robert Pine (CHiPs), whose career spans 142 TV shows and 41 movies.

We then hear from Jonathan Frakes and what hehas to say about the lineage of the Captains.

We return to Bakula, as he touches on how he first turned down the role, until he heard it was for the first captain in the Star Trek timeline history.

Stewart said he wasn’t initially interested in spending 6 years in CA.

Shatner also visited Robert Picardo for a bit, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois, Connor Trinneer, Jerri Ryan (very short moment at a convention), and a Sally Kellerman spot.

Picardo intervenes some humor by saying that the best way to determine a character’s popularity is by seeing how many action figures are available.  After rummaging through a display at a convention, he turns to the camera and congratulates Shatner on his character being “sold out.”

Christopher Plummer in THE CAPTAINS

Later, Shatner touches on the hardships of raising a family with Mulgrew and Brooks.  He chats up Christopher Plummer (Technically, he wasn’t a captain, but Klingon General Chang in the sixth Star Trek movie, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.)

After the quickfire intro pieces, we get much longer intervals with each actor.

Brooks brings a fascinating level of quirky from his own personality that isn’t that far off from his captains role in DS9.

The DVD extras is a “making of” little documentary on the project.

Shatner talks about his focus on the different actors who portrayed captains of a Star Trek franchise universe.

There was also a bit on how they were going to get the film crew around to the different locations around the world, on their limited budget.  They got lucky when the CEO of a private jet company helped pull things together because it was due to Star Trek that he pursued an aviation career, and thus, was able to then provide a jet for the crew.

They also have the trailer from the project in the extras section.


If you’re the consummate fan of the Star Trek franchise, I’m pretty sure you’ll love this DVD.  You get a few quick shots of the different starships in between some of the interviews, a few glimpses of William Shatner sneaking up on people and surprising them at some Star Trek conventions and such.

There are two ways to snag a copy of The Captains.

'The Captains' from William Shatner

Win One:

I only have 1 copy in my possession.  To win the DVD giveaway, all you have to do is leave a quick comment below and to follow this site on Facebook:  BruSimm on Facebook

I’ll be picking a winner on Monday, October 31st!

Or you can go snag it on Amazon:

[ The Captains – A Film By William Shatner on Amazon ]

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce Simmons November 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm

A random draw pulled Ronald Oliver out of the hat! Congrats Ron!

Ronald Oliver October 24, 2011 at 9:35 am

I’m a new follower and “Like” BruSimm on Facebook. This is very cool!! Of course I am a long-time FAN of the Star Trek Universe and would be thrilled to be in the trekking to win ‘The Captains’ DVD! Thanks for the opportunity! I’d truly love it if I was able to win!

Trina Morgan October 24, 2011 at 4:20 am

I didn’t even know this was made, so out of the loop. Will be getting a copy soon.

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