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How William Shatner Changed the World (2005)

William Shatner presents a light-hearted look at how the "Star Trek" TV series have influenced and inspired today's technologies, including: cell phones, medical imaging, computers and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Self - Host / Narrator
Jon Adler Jon Adler ... Self - Stanford University School of Medicine (as Prof. John Adler)
Martin Cooper Martin Cooper ... Self - Inventor, Cell Phone
Rob Haitani Rob Haitani ... Self - Product Designer, Palm One
Yuri Gagarin ... Self - Soviet Cosmonaut (archive footage)
Marc D. Rayman ... Self - Chief Engineer, NASA, JPL (as Dr. Marc D. Rayman)
George Takei ... Self
Mae C. Jemison ... Self - NASA Astronaut 1987-1993 (as Dr. Mae C. Jemison)
Seth Shostak ... Self - SETI Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (as Dr. Seth Shostak)
Bruce Damer Bruce Damer ... Self
Bill Gates ... Self (archive footage)
Miguel Alcubierre Miguel Alcubierre ... Self - National University of Mexico (as Dr. Miguel Alcubierre)
D.C. Fontana ... Self - Writer, Star Trek 1966-1969 (as Dorothy C. Fontana)
Jonathan Frakes ... Self
Walter Koenig ... Self (archive footage)


William Shatner presents a light-hearted look at how the "Star Trek" TV series have influenced and inspired today's technologies, including: cell phones, medical imaging, computers and software, SETI, MP3 players and iPods, virtual reality, and spaceship propulsion. Written by yortsnave

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Shatner is Freaking Crazy
10 July 2006 | by georgebobolinkSee all my reviews

I like William Shatner. I like Star Trek. But this was a bit too much.

First, the show does make some valid points about "Star Trek"s influence on the world of science over the years, but only enough for about the first hour. After that, it launches into a tailspin that discusses what the other Trek franchises tried to do and how they failed.

Even during most of the first hour, it doesn't do much but bring out some scientific pioneers and make them look absolutely silly. By the time it starts trotting out familiar Trek faces, the grins will fade. You feel sorry for people who have millions of dollars as their 'beamed' places or start quoting episodes. I mean, I do it too, but if I had money, I wouldn't do it on national television.

Most of the narration is self referential, and Shatner degrades the show and himself throughout. It's amusing, but, gets kind of tiring after a while. His exuberance and sheer bounciness is the best part of the piece, don't get me wrong, but there's a point that his narration and the hyper kinetic editing just become boring.

This show really isn't for non-Trekkies. And I don't think it's even really for Trekkers if they have their wits about them. It's really just a platform for William Shatner to be crazy, and, for people who love him, that's what they'll get here.

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13 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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Boulder Creek, California, USA See more »

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