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Documentary - The Captains - A William Shatner Film - The Movie Network and Movie Central October 2011

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The Captains
A film by William Shatner
Premieres on The Movie Network Oct 20th 8 p.m.
Premieres on Movie Central Oct 20th 9 p.m.

The Captains is a 90-minute documentary by and starring William Shatner. This is a must see for any fan of any Star Trek version. Shatner has privileged access to Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard), Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko), Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway), Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer), and Chris Pine (young Kirk). It also features other Star Trek actors but no Nimoy. The documentary premieres October 20th at 8 p.m. on The Movie Network and 9 p.m. on Movie Central. Check out themovienetwork.ca and moviecentral.ca for the other air dates as it is a program you will want to watch more than once.

In The Captains William Shatner talks to the various bosses of the USS Enterprise, Voyager, and DS9 to see what got them into acting, how they got "the part", and their relationship to the role and the whole Star Trek phenom.

Shatner uses a capsule approach so one topic is covered by each actor before moving on to the next.

One of the most interesting segments is the repercussion the role of captain had on each actor's personal life. Patrick Stewart is the most honest and thoughtful of all when it comes to that.

The documentary ends, to misuse a reference, with Life, the Universe, and Everything. Stewart is most thoughtful when he says he is fine if his epitaph focuses on Jean Luc Picard and Shatner really appreciates that comment. It is hard not to agree with Stewart's pint of view: many have played Hamlet but one has played Picard.

The one weak point to William Shatner's The Captains is the background music is too much in the foreground during the interviews and not only distracts but gets in the way. The arm wrestling bit with Chris Pine is a bit silly.

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