The Captains is a feature length documentary film written and directed by William Shatner. The film follows Shatner as he interviews the other actors whom have portrayed Starship captains within the illustrious science-fiction franchise.
On the eve of retirement, Kirk and McCoy are charged with assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor and imprisoned. The Enterprise crew must help them escape to thwart a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the last best hope for peace.
At first I thought, Who came up with this bright idea? Take two people -- who've know each other for almost forty years, mind you -- and sit them down next to each other for about an hour while the camera is running.
As banal and perfunctory as it sounds in theory, in practice, the concept works -- largely because the clash of the two personalities is (as Mr. Spock would say) fascinating.
Indeed, it is a clash; Shatner and Nimoy couldn't be more different. Yes, they were born four days apart -- as we find out at the beginning of the film -- and their careers following similar arcs, but their professional concerns and personal problems diverged radically. Nimoy, the actor's actor, and Shater, the comedian, approached the roles from different perspectives. Their Trek journeys, although documented in more detail elsewhere, are discussed with benefit of age-weary hindsight.
This film is very entertaining, intriguing in parts, and always interesting. For Trekkers, what more could you want?
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