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The Captains (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on November 25, 2011

87. The Captains (Available to stream via Netflix and Amazon)

Here is the trailer for The Captains.

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The Captains is an ego trip for William Shatner disguised as a documentary film. Seriously, there are moments in The Captains so self-indulgent that it gets completely out of hand.  However, as someone who watched the entirety of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 2011, I am definitely interested in the idea of the film, talking to all of the actors who have played Star Trek captains over the years.

The captains were played by Avery Brooks, William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, BAMF Sir Patrick Stewart, Scott Bakula and most recently, Chris Pine played a young Captain Kirk in the recent rebooted film series.

So, Shatner goes around the world, meeting with the captains and talking about their lives and careers as well as the impact of playing a Star Trek captain.  Interestingly, all of the actors have theatre backgrounds, which I always enjoy.  All of the television captains also talked about the hours put in playing a captain on Star Trek, apparently a job that will eat up 18 hours of your days.

If you are into Star Trek at all, a look at some of the old footage mixed with Shatner’s visit to a Star Trek convention will totally be for you. I like William Shatner even though he is a little crazy – perhaps because of it.  The Captains was a really good idea, and a strong platform for Shatner’s brand of crazy.

BAMF Patrick Stewart at his countryside home in England that is very reminiscent of the Picard home on TNG. (Can you tell that I have a lot of love for Sir Patrick?)

The Captains is available on DVD from Amazon for $12.99.

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