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Shatner Unveils Starship Captains

Star Trek documentary premiers Friday night



    Shatner Unveils Starship Captains
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    Set to premier Friday night at on the Epix TV channel, "The Captains", explores the actors who have been a part of Star Trek’s elite post. 

    Friday, William Shatner joined Avery Brooks and Scott Bakula for a panel at Comic-Con that was moderated by Kevin Smith. Shatner directed and produced the documentary in which he interviews fellow starship commanders Brooks, Bakula, Patrick Stewart, Chris Pine and Kate Mulgrew. 

    The original James T. Kirk traveled the globe to speak with the actors in a variety of locations including horseback riding with Scott Bakula and arm-wrestling Chris Pine on Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue.  Each actor shared his or her experience with the iconic captain.  Shatner described the film as a “work of love” that became “a voyage of discovery”, where he learned about himself and his fellow colleagues.

    The 80-year-old said, “I discovered traits among the six of us that I had no idea about, and I discovered things about myself.”

    Over the course of its existence “Star Trek” has generated a number of spin-offs including books, comics, games and eleven movies based off the series.  Fans of the show frequently attend conventions including Comic-Con. 

    At first, Shatner said, “I rejected it… but finally see that people have taken ‘Star Trek’ into their hearts.”

    The actor is in the works to create a show about the fans that attend those conventions because he is touched by the legions of “Star Trek” fans.