William Shatner's Get a Life!

“William Shatner's Get a Life!” succeeds where last year's “The Captains” failed.   That is not to say that “The Captains” was bad, by any means. It is just that you had to be a Trekker in order to appreciate – or even understand – the documentary, which was both produced and directed by Shatner. He returns to both roles for this effort, which essentially flips that film on its head and shows “Star Trek” from the perspective of the people who have made it one of the most popular science-fiction franchises in history.   In “William Shatner's Get a Life!,” Shatner – who played Captain James T. Kirk from 1966 to 1969 (and reprised the role several times thereafter) – examines the mystery, longevity and the cultural phenomena of “Star Trek” and its long-obsessed fans.

Sometimes their stories are heartwarming and other times they are simply amusing. However, the thing that each and every story has in common is that they are all steeped in humanity. This franchise is more than just a form of entertainment for them. It is a source of inspiration. And their passion for life as a result is incredibly infectious. For the first time, their phenomenal fandom makes complete sense.   Moreover, the thing that makes “William Shatner's Get a Life!” work is its pacing. Shatner does not stay with anyone too long and instead covers as much ground – and therefore as many people – as possible. And who better to explain away “Star Trek's” enigmatically enormous popularity than the fans themselves? In turn, this documentary will appeal to not only Trekkers but also those who have never before boarded the Starship Enterprise.

(Reposted from examiner.com)

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