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Get a Life! (2012)

An EPIX Original documentary directed by William Shatner, based on his hugely popular book, in which he examines the cultural phenomena of STAR TREK, its fan-following and his own role within it. In HD.

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Much more enjoyable than "Trekkies"
19 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

The title of this documentary is taken from one of the funniest Saturday Night Live" skits of the 1980s--the one where William Shatner addresses a groups of Trekkies and tells them to 'get a life'! It's an excellent title to this Shatner-hosted show, as it explores Star Trek fandom as well as tries to draw some meaning to all this.

Now I mentioned in the summary that it was more enjoyable than the documentary "Trekkies" and I think this is true for two main reasons. First, I really liked all the touching vignettes in "Get a Life". While I would have STILL preferred more of these, much of "Get a Life" nearly brings you to tears even if you are not a Star Trek fan. Second, it does offer a bit more depth than just folks attending conventions and obsessing about the Trek. Shatner and others try to find a deeper meaning and often parallels to Joseph Campbell's "Hero's Journey" are discussed. In other words, how are traditional mythology and Star Trek obsession similar?

Overall, this is clearly a show that would appeal most to Star Trek fans, but even to the casual and non-obsessed fan (like myself) it has a lot of appeal. Well worth seeing.


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