William Shatner’s documentary, The Captains, is now available to view, via streaming, on Netflix. The documentary is a series of conversations between William Shatner and the other “Captains” of Star Trek – Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean Luc Picard), Avery Brooks (Captain Benjamin Sisko), Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway), Scott Bakula (Captain Jonathan Archer), and Chris Pine (Captain James T. Kirk 2.0).
The conversations are split up into short segments focusing on particular themes, such as how they got into acting, how the hectic schedule of a television series impacted their life and relationships, life, death, and all between. In between are small scenes of Shatner visiting a Star Trek convention. There’s also a short interview, by Shatner, of Christopher Plummer. Plummer played a Klingon General, Chang, in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Shatner and Plummer worked together in the Canadian theater fifty years ago.
The devout fan won’t find many surprises in the documentary, but it is a charming look at some favorites. It’s a little jarring to see how much time has passed for some of the shows. Some of the conversations and poignant, but all are warm. Shatner is a natural interviewer (checkout his interview shows Aftermath and Shatner’s Raw Nerve). He’s very good at pulling out personal stories by a combination of enthusiastic interest and an ability to find connections between the interviewee and himself.
Little trivia – Avery Brooks provides the soundtrack for the documentary.
It’s well worth checking out by every Star Trek fan.