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William Shatner presents a light-hearted look at how the "Star Trek" TV series have influenced and inspired today's technologies... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

William Shatner ... Himself - Host / Narrator
Jon Adler ... Himself - Stanford University School of Medicine (as Prof. John Adler)
Martin Cooper ... Himself - Inventor, Cell Phone
Rob Haitani ... Himself - Product Designer, Palm One
Yuri Gagarin ... Himself - Soviet Cosmonaut (archive footage)
Marc D. Rayman ... Himself - Chief Propulsion Engineer, NASA, JPL (as Dr. Marc D. Rayman)

George Takei ... Himself
Mae C. Jemison ... Herself - NASA Astronaut 1987-1993 (also archive footage) (as Dr. Mae C. Jemison)
Seth Shostak ... Himself - SETI Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (as Dr. Seth Shostak)
Bruce Damer ... Himself

Bill Gates ... Himself (archive footage)
Miguel Alcubierre ... Himself - National University of Mexico (as Dr. Miguel Alcubierre)
D.C. Fontana ... Herself - Writer, Star Trek 1966-1969 (as Dorothy C. Fontana)

Jonathan Frakes ... Himself

Walter Koenig ... Himself (archive footage)
Steve Perlman ... Himself - President, MOVA

Stephen Hawking ... Himself - Scientific Genius (archive footage)
Lawrence Krauss ... Himself - Case Western Reserve University (as Prof. Lawrence Krauss)
André Bormanis ... Himself - Star Trek Science Consultant (as Andre Bormanis)
Kevin Warwick ... Himself - Dept. of Cybernetics, Reading University UK (as Prof. Kevin Warwick)
Ira Steven Behr ... Himself - Writer, The Next Generation

Kate Mulgrew ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lou Antonio ... Lokai (archive footage)

Barbara Babcock ... Philana (archive footage)

Robert Beltran ... Chakotay (archive footage)
Tim Brazeal ... Paramount Rally Organizer

Avery Brooks ... Captain Benjamin Sisko (archive footage)

LeVar Burton ... Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge (archive footage)

Buster Crabbe ... Flash Gordon (archive footage)

John de Lancie ... Q (archive footage)

James Doohan ... Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott (archive footage)

Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf (archive footage)

Marj Dusay ... Kara (archive footage)

Albert Einstein ... Himself (archive footage)

Frank Gorshin ... Bele (archive footage)

Jayne Heitmeyer ... Irate Home Owner

DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy (archive footage)

Mark Lenard ... Sarek (archive footage)

Bela Lugosi ... (archive footage)

Gates McFadden ... Doctor Beverly Crusher (archive footage)

Robert Duncan McNeill ... Tom Paris (archive footage)

Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien (archive footage)

Anthony Montgomery ... Ensign Travis Mayweather (archive footage)

Charles Napier ... Adam (archive footage)

John Neville ... Isaac Newton (archive footage)

Nichelle Nichols ... Herself

Leonard Nimoy ... Spock (archive footage)
Eddie Paskey ... Lieutenant Leslie (archive footage)

Roger Perry ... Captain John Christopher (archive footage)

Ethan Phillips ... Neelix (archive footage)

Mary Linda Rapelye ... Irina (archive footage)
Duncan Regehr ... Ronin (archive footage)

Gene Roddenberry ... Himself (archive footage)

Tim Russ ... Tuvok (archive footage)
Kirkpatrick Sale ... Himself - Author

Dwight Schultz ... Barclay (archive footage)

Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deana Troi (archive footage)

Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data (archive footage)
Rick Sternbach ... Himself - Prop Designer, The Next Generation

Patrick Stewart ... Captain Jean Luc Picard (archive footage)

Nana Visitor ... Major Kira (archive footage)

Robert Walker Jr. ... Charlie Evans (archive footage)

Garrett Wang ... Harry Kim (archive footage)

Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher (archive footage)

Grace Lee Whitney ... Yeoman Janice Rand (archive footage)

Meg Wyllie ... The Keeper (archive footage)

Jane Wyman ... Amanda (archive footage)
Michael Zaslow ... Darnell (archive footage)

Directed by
Julian Jones 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alan Handel 
Julian Jones 
William Shatner  book
Chip Walter  book

Produced by
Malcolm Clark .... executive producer
Alan Handel .... executive producer
Alan Handel .... producer
Susan Werbe .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stephane Lavallee 
Cinematography by
Robert Bock 
Film Editing by
Howard Goldberg 
Production Management
Robert Ditchburn .... production supervisor: host shoot
David R. McLeod .... post-production supervisor
Natacha Robinson .... production supervisor
Lynn Trout .... production supervisor
Sound Department
Louis Collin .... supervising sound editor
François Proulx .... sound
Bruno Ruffolo .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Sebastien Dostie .... consulting visual effects designer
Editorial Department
Véronique Barbe .... assistant editor (as Veronique Barbe)
Erik Daniel .... post-production consultant
Pierre Del Duchetto .... cgi artist
Eric Losier .... on-line editor
Etienne Patry .... color correction
Other crew
Ginette Beauchemin .... archival research
Ginette Beauchemin .... production team
Claire Benoit .... business affairs
Claire Benoit .... legal affairs
Andrea Boscan .... production team
Andrea Boscan .... researcher
Johanne Caporicci .... coordinator: host shoot (as Johanne Caporricci)
Johanne Caporicci .... production team
Christopher T. Carley .... assistant: William Shatner
Irene Carter .... administration
Irene Carter .... production team
Irene Carter .... tax credits
Giuliana Cucinelli .... production coordinator
Giuliana Cucinelli .... production secretary
Robbie Ditchburn .... production team
Anik Fournier .... production accountant
Anik Fournier .... production team (as Anik Fournier)
Ann Harbron .... production executive: Discovery Channel Canada
Emily MacDowell .... programming coordinator
Ann Mayall .... production team
Ann Mayall .... rights clearances
Joe Mayhew .... production team
Joe Mayhew .... researcher
Dave Novak .... unit publicist (as David Novek)
Jocelyn Beaulieu .... thanks
Virginie Beck .... thanks
Joe Iacono .... thanks
Carmen La Via .... thanks (as Carmen Lavia)
Melinda McNeelly .... thanks
Jill Offman .... thanks

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USA:85 min (DVD version) | USA:120 min | Canada:90 min
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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Lacks class towards the end, 30 May 2007
Author: Gren from United States

Overall, I enjoyed this presentation. A lot of this is not new stuff, (Communicators are cell phones; We get it already!), but its presented in an entertaining enough way.

What I have a problem with is the last half hour or so. As Shatner gets into the later Trek series (DS9, Voyager, Enterprise), the show becomes less about Trek-science influencing the real world, and more about Shatner bashing the later Trek shows, and offering his opinion on why they failed.

According to Shatner, it all comes down to getting away from Roddenberry's shiny, optimistic view of the future.

First of all, DS9 and Voyager lasted 7 seasons. While they may not have had the ratings of TNG, they certainly had an audience, or they wouldn't have remained in production. 7 seasons is not a failure by any stretch.

Secondly, any problems those shows might have had were not necessarily due to the lack of Roddenberry's vision. Enterprise, in particular, suffered a lot simply because fans were annoyed that continuity was ignored at times.

My main complaint though, is that the whole thing is tacky and classless. There's no reason to spend time bashing the work of the later Trek generations. If they ran out of material for the "science" end of things, then produce a shorter special. There's no need to pad it out, and certainly not by attacking the later series for daring to experiment with the formula established by TOS.

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