The Captains

Synopsis: The Captains takes the audience on a voyage of discovery as pop culture phenom William Shatner interviews Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard Star Trek: The Next Generation), Avery Brooks (Captain Benjamin Sisko Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway, Star Trek: Voyager), Scott Bakula (Captain Jonathan Archer, Star Trek: Enterprise), and Chris Pine (Captain James T. Kirk, Star Trek 2009). With each of these celebrated actors Shatner explores the pressures and pitfalls that came along with donning the Starfleet uniform and reveals for the first time his own embarrassment over the role which made him a household name. With the help of his fellow captains Shatner learns to respect his work on the original Star Trek and finishes the film with a new perspective on life, death, and the legacy he will leave behind. The Captains also delves into each of the actors' lives and careers leading up to their landmark television performances. The film pays special
Director(s): William Shatner
Production: Entertainment One
  1 nomination.
97 min


My name is William Shatner

and I was a starship captain,

but I wasn't the only one,

So were Patrick Stewart,

Avery Brooks,

Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula,

and most recently,

Chris Pine,

That's a lot of captains,

In fact, that's a lot of

''Star Trek,''

Lasers, fire, point blank!

The original series,

despite being canceled after

only three seasons in 1969,

spawned perhaps

the most durable

and profitable franchise in

the history of entertainment,

At the center of each

incarnation of ''Star Trek''

is what has become the truly

iconic character...

the captain,


These dynamic and unique actors

have inhabited this role,

each bringing their own

interpretation and personality,

Warp six,


The captains,

Who are they?

What were they before

they got the role,

why did they get the role,

what have they done afterwards?

It's a journey of discovery...

by me, you,

and, ultimately, them,




- Spock!

- How are you?


I'm not Spock,

That guy called me Spock,


We began our voyage,

taking the jet to Toronto

to pick up our

Canadian crew,


And surprise,

The president of biz

for Bombardier,

Steve Ridolfi,

met the plane to

say hello to me,

and what do you know?

He tells me he got into

the airplane business

because of ''Star Trek,''

He became an aeronautical

engineer because of me,

I still remember my

first ''Star Trek'' episode

on a little black-and-white

television, 'cause that's

- all we had in those days,

- Right,


I had to think about that,

As we flew across the ocean

and as I prepared to

meet the actors...

I had a lot of

unanswered questions,

Not only for them...

but for myself,

Oh, my God,

Patrick, what are you

doing here?

Bill, you called me,

I'm waiting for you,

You said you had something

you wanted to say to me,

I do,

- Hello,

- Hi,

Patrick Stewart,

or as he is now known,

Sir Patrick Stewart,

was Captain Jean-Luc Picard of

''Star Trek:

The Next Generation,''

A superb classical actor,

Patrick is a member of

the Royal Shakespeare Company

and brought a tremendous

dignity to the role,

Being born at

the beginning of the war,

I suppose I was used to

the idea of war

and if something has

always been that particular way,

it doesn't seem extraordinary,

So We Were Very poor,

we didn't have much...

We had nothing, really,


at the end of the week...

but it didn't...

create problems for me

because all my

friends were the same,

There was... there was nothing

you could compare your life to,

so there was no sense of...

being excluded in society

or being without,

because that

was how it was,

and everybody was the same,

I remember a play I did

in a camp that

my mother's sister ran

about something about

the Holocaust,

- Really?

- Yeah,

- And I played this boy...

- How old were you?

Uh, six, five, six,

And one of the kids

played a dog,

and I was saying

goodbye to my dog,

'cause the Germans were

taking me,

that was the... that was

the little drama that we were,

When the play was over,

I looked out there

and the audience was crying

because the subject matter was

so embedded in the people,

And so I took my bow

and my father came

and held me and praised me,

and I'm convinced that

that was the moment

that I thought,

hey, this is fantastic,

This has got me places with my

father and the audience

that I've never dreamt of

and I'm convinced

that that's what...

that's what started me on

my acting thing,

What about you?

I was 12 when I was first put

into a play with adults and...

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William Shatner

William Shatner, (born March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor, author, producer, and director. In his seven decades of television, Shatner became a cultural icon for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, captain of the USS Enterprise, in the Star Trek franchise. He has written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Captain Kirk and being a part of Star Trek, and has co-written several novels set in the Star Trek universe. He has written a series of science fiction novels called TekWar that were adapted for television. Shatner also played the eponymous veteran police sergeant in T.J. Hooker (1982–86) and hosted the reality-based television series Rescue 911 (1989–96), which won a People's Choice Award for the Favorite New TV Dramatic Series. Shatner also appeared in seasons 4 and 5 of the NBC series 3rd Rock from the Sun as the "Big Giant Head" that the alien characters reported to. From 2004 until 2008, he starred as attorney Denny Crane in the final season of the legal drama The Practice and its spinoff series Boston Legal, a role that earned him two Emmy Awards. As of December 2017, he is in his second season of the comical NBC real-life travelogue with other male companions "of a certain age" in Better Late Than Never. Shatner has also worked as a musician; an author; screenwriter and director; celebrity pitchman; and a passionate owner, trader, breeder, rider, and aficionado of horses. more…

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