Monday, June 20, 2016

William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge (2014)

Director: William Shatner

Writer: William Shatner

Hairpiece: William Shatner

Ego: William Shatner

Assistant to Ego: William Shatner

Composer: Catalin Marin

Starring: Richard Arnold, Ira Steven Behr, Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, Denise Crosby, John de Lancie, Lolita Fatjo, D.C. Fontana, Jonathan Frakes, David Gerrold, Maurice Hurley, Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Livingston, Gates McFadden, Leslie Moonves, Ronald D. Moore, Diana Muldaur, Michael Okuda, William Shatner, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Patrick Stewart, Tracy Torme, Herman F. Zimmerman

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Untold Story Behind an Iconic Sci-Fi Franchise

Plot: The story of the struggle to create the television series, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (1987).

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

I'll be brief.  I like Shatner but he can often be bloated in many ways.  Someone else should've directed this.  The content provided by the interviewees is fantastic (9/10). If that's all we got, I'd be thrilled and I would easily watch this a few times over the next few years.  But then you've got the shit that's in between and all over their words.  The editing is very fast.  I'm sure the average shot length is 1.5 seconds.  Seriously.  There's lots of clips, photos and animation and that's a problem.  It's too jumbled.  What's wrong with letting these people speak?  Then there's the fucking music.  It's far too busy and there's too much of it.  The score sounds like it's made for the promo part of a TV show where they're previewing what's coming up after the commercial break.  There's a sense of urgency that gives a feeling of anxiety after a few minutes.  It's only an hour long but it feels twice that.  I could watch several hours of this if it weren't for the MTV/short attention span editing and music.  It's just awful.  There's no avoiding seeing this if you're a Trek fan but it's a shame that the production values are so abrasive.

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