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Robert H. Justman
A tribute to Star Trek on its 25th anniversary. This film tells the story of how the series (original and Next Generation) and the first six movies came about. Includes plenty of behind-the-scenes looks, clips from the series and movies, bloopers, and interviews with creator Gene Roddenberry, cast members, and NASA officials. Written by
All the old anecdotes - but where are the Russians?
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy appear together infrequently and it was good to see them in this TV Special.
Between them they re-tell for the screen most of the anecdotes that have appeared in books and magazines elsewhere. There are plenty of clips (which most Trekkers could recite word-for-word) and a couple of shots from the Blooper Reels.
The really ODD thing about this programme is the introduction.
A brief "history" of mankinds journey into space is given as a pre-amble to the outer space adventures of the Enterprise. But, at no point do they mention the Russian contribution - no Sputnik (first orbiting object) and no Yuri Gagarin (first man in space).
Given that the original series depicted a multi-racial, multi-cultural Earth, I find it extraordinary that a programme celebrating Star Trek could have omitted MANKIND's contribution to getting into space.
The big question is...was it a deliberate?
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