Shatner Reveals ‘Captains’ Doc Details (Which Explains Bakula Meeting) + Talks Nimoy Retirement

This weekend William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and many more Star Trek stars are headed to Vancouver for an official Star Trek convention. In a new interview promoting the con, Shatner talked about Nimoy’s retirement and discussed his new ‘Captains’ documentary. TrekMovie also has an update on the meeting with Shatner and Bakula.  


Shatner reveals more about ‘Captains’ documentary + Bakula meeting confirmed to be part of doc

Last week we reported that William Shatner was directing a new documentary about his life (or at least that is what it said in the press release). But in the a new interview with the Vancouver Sun promoting this weekend’s con, Shatner reveals that the doc is not just about him, but about all the captains from Star Trek.  Here is the excerpt from the article:

Star Trek wasn’t a huge success out of the box, but picked up fans in syndication and Shatner found himself back on the bridge of the Enterprise in 1979, starring in seven Star Trek movies before ceding control to other captains. Which, as it turns out, is the concept behind his forthcoming Star Trek documentary, The Captains.

“I’m talking to all the captains of Star Trek,” explains Shatner. “I’m hoping to find things out about them that even they themselves don’t know. And in the process find out about myself.”

Yesterday we reported Shatner was seen in meeting with Scott Bakula, formerly Captain Archer from Star Trek Enterprise. Shortly after that meeting, Shatner sent out a tweet stating (in part) "started filming my new project." Also, the Ventura County Star reports that Shatner was seen yesterday at the Chuy’s Mesquite Grill in Moorpark (as seen in the photo). The Star also confirms Shatner was at the restaurant to shoot scenes from “The Captains” documentary.

Shatner meeting with Bakula for "The Captains’ doc

Shatner & Nimoy headed to Vancouver this weekend – Bill talks Nimoy retirement

It has been widely reported that Leonard Nimoy has retired from acting, and after some more events in 2010, will retire from doing conventions as well. In the interview with the Vancouver Sun, Shatner gave his opinion of Nimoy’s retirement.

Nimoy keeps retiring…Every six months he tells me and everybody else ‘I’m retiring.’ And nobody takes him seriously anymore. But I don’t say that. I don’t know, I’m just going along. I’m just trying to make a living here.

Nimoy and Shatner are both headed to Vancouver for the Creation Star Trek Convention being held this Friday through Sunday at the Vancouver Wall Centre. Joining them will be a number of other big Trek stars, including Connor Trinneer, Armin Shimerman, Jeffrey Combs, Jacob Kogan (li’l Spock in Star Trek 2009), and many more. More info at


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Oooh, can’t wait to see “The Captains”. Should be good. :)

This is very cool. I have always viewed each of the captains as a reflection on the times that each series was produced.
For example
Picard=Reagan/Bush I
Archer= Bush II

“I’m hoping to find things out about them that even they themselves don’t know. And in the process find out about myself.”

You gotta love this guy. He’s so…consistent. It’s always been about HIM and it always will be. He’s basically saying, “Sure, I’ll ask these little people about themselves. And then I’ll make it really about me.” Outstanding. He’s truly incredible. He’s like a bad accident. You don’t want to watch but you can’t help yourself. He’s got me. I will always watch The Shat.

Captain Kirk is climbing a mountain… why is he climbing a mountain?

…if it was on Amazon pre-order already, I’d sign up. Love it. Can’t wait.




I agree with #3

no matter what Shat says, it’s always about him….

eager to see the captains again!

I find “li’l Spock” extremely annoying for some reason…

Someone ask about Star Trek 12

Oh, be nice!

I wonder if Chris Pine will be involved…

That poster must be from an early promo pic. Spock is smiling, has a crappy haircut, and is wearing his full turtleneck.

Not really sure what we’re supposed to learn about “The Captains” from this, but if Shat’s involved it’ll be fun to watch.

I believe its a great idea to see and document all our trek captains. Mainly they are seen together at cons. Looking forward to see hear feedback on franchise,each other. Not to mention trek fandom in general. Good luck to all. You are all loved

Out of curiosity, will he be talking with Chris Pine?

#3 I disagree. I think he’s like a brilliant accident. He’s like the plane that crashes into the train which is running across a car that has broken down on a crossing. And then a meteorite slams into the resultant mess! Of course nobody is hurt. They all walk away brushing themselves down marvelling at how incredible it was. Thats Bill!

#9 ok Uncle Joey, what about Star Trek 12? ;-)

and #4 its cos he’s gona make love to it!

It’s all about the rug


I like “li’l Spock”! Who I found extremely annoying was “li’l Anikin”..but that is whole other can of worms…

“The Captains” appears to be must-see! No doubt we are going to find out a lot of fascinating details about the lives of the five actors.

#2: Sisko I see as someone who is comparable to Teddy Roosevelt. A natural born leader who wasn’t afraid to get on the horse and lead the troops.

16. LOL if he has a part… oh and ask him “Dill….Dill Weed” :)

Bill Shatner is still so handsome. :) I hope he remembers Spock was a Captain of the Enterprise for a time! :D

…not to start a debate with the “what-came-before vs. what-comes-next” crowd, but respectfully, why would Chris Pine be involved? His Kirk has been captain for about 3 minutes. And that’s being generous.

Wonder if this includes Captain Carmeron…


Gee Bill’s looking great in the above photo. According to the above photos, I don’t think he’s changed all that much.

“The Captains” looks very intriguing! I can’t wait to see it.

TV captains

so I doubt Pine will get interviewed.

Having said that, I’m all for Pine playing a starship captain on TV…. arn’t you? :)

#15 got that right–brilliant accident. :)
Comparing Trek Captains is apples and oranges, that’s what I love about it. That’s why this doc COULD be fabulous, handled correctly. Trek was never ever a re-hash of itself, and neither were the C.O.’s.

@2. bob
“This is very cool. I have always viewed each of the captains as a reflection on the times that each series was produced.
For example
Picard=Reagan/Bush I
Archer= Bush II”

I STRONGLY disagree. Kirk is nothing like Kennedy. While the first is very reactionary, the other was thoughtful and intelligent.

Seriously, how is Picard in anyway resemblant of Reagan/Bush Sr? To me, they are quite the opposite of each other.

Janeway/Clinton. Neither agree nor disagree here. I do know however that Janeway rarely took advantage of a golden opportunity ;-)

Archer and W? Sure, Archer did some stupid things from time to time, but that’s just mean :-)

DJ, Picard was Carter.

The Captains documentary be really good. Be great to se Bill chat with Patrick, Avery , Kate and Scott about playing the captains and their careers.


It is an early promo shot.


Spock was captain of the Enterprise in Star Trek II, then Kirk assumed command.

The events of Star Trek XI are all in a parallel universe and don’t count as prime canon.

Should be an interesting documentary. Too bad George never got his own series as the captain of the Excelsior. Then maybe Bill would HAVE to interview him.

I just completely disagree and don’t see how the Captains/President’s have any real logic. Star Trek as a whole was a mirror for the times, not the captains, they were completely unique and not really like any President’s……… Well Sisko is like Obama I guess, if we are going with the simple physical qualities you seem to be reaching for,

Shatner needs to talk to Pine, if only the interview would be quite wacky. Personally, I think it’d feel incomplete without him.

I know its a tad premature but…

bring on the DVD!!!


I still think Shatner shouldn’t have turned down that ENT episode personally.

Better him as Chef, than what subsequently happened. It was going to be funny show, with Bill playing Kirk’s ancestor and through some time travel be called on to fake being his desecendant. I suppose it might’ve come across as too much like Quantum Leap, with the roles reversed and the older man out of his depth asking Archer for advice.

Not a bad idea of a documentary. Can anyone pry Sean Connery out of retirement to do a similar program interviewing all the James Bonds?

That would be cool- I’ll look forward to seeing it!

Sounds great. I really do hope Chris Pine will be included. A meeting of the two Kirks would be a total geek freakout for me.

I actually find Picard a lot like President Obama. Lots of talk and supremely eloquent speakers but pretty unconvincing in the ass-kicking department. Which is weird since Picard predated Obama, at least in the public consciousness.

But, please, brind on the Shatner doc. I’m all for it.

Or ‘bring’ even.

2…. The Captains really aren’t representative of the presidents of their eras, but one can see other Presidents in some of the Captains. Kirk would actually be LBJ, not Kennedy, but he is not much like either. Kirk is probably closest to Teddy Roosevelt. Picard, as others have noted, is a polar opposite of Reagan. Sisko is actually surprisingly like Bush 43, who took office 18 months after DS9 ended. Bush led the US into two wars (Sisko fought both the Klingons and the Dominion) and Bush curtailed certain liberties (so did Sisko in “Homefront”/”Paradise Lost”.) But Sisko is a little like Reagan in using illegal methods to try and achieve his goals (Reagan with Iran/Contra, Sisko in “In The Pale Moonlight”.) Archer is closer to Bush 41, in that both served through a period of transition from one era to another and created alliances (Bush over the end of the Cold War and the Desert Storm alliance, Archer over Earth’s moving out into the galaxy and the beginnings of the Federation.) Janeway had no backbone, so I suppose that makes her Carter, an intelligent but completely ineffective leader.

@ 44. Thorny

If Janeaway is Clinton, then where the hell did that Cigar disappear to ??

“I’m talking to all the captains of Star Trek. I’m hoping to find things out about them that even they themselves don’t know. And in the process find out about myself.”

What? Bill, sometimes a role is just a role.

I hope the Captain’s is better than Star Trek V.


With William Shatner directing, don’t count on it!

Just kiddin’! :-)

I don’t think comparisons can be made between the five main Trek captains and the presidents. They just don’t share that many similarities.
Though I do think that Captain Sisko and Winston Churchill are quite alike in that both stood up against forces of evil when others wanted to take the easier route and deal with the devil, ie Hitler, Dominion.

hah i was right bout the meeting being for shats doc–interesting—

I’m still wondering if Kirk called the mountain back the next day? He was notorious for ‘planting his flag’, as it were, then high-tailing it out of there. And I bet he didn’t even stay for breakfast.