Watch Nichelle Nichols Talking About Almost Quitting ‘Star Trek’ In ‘From The Bridge’ Documentary

Last month we reported there was a new documentary coming later this year called From The Bridge, which explores the history of sci-fi and comic book fandom. The doc is hosted by Star Trek’s George Takei and features interviews with a number of Star Trek luminaries, including the original Uhura, Nichelle Nichols.

A new clip from the doc has just been released featuring Nichols telling the story about how civil rights leader Martin Luther King convinced her not to quit Star Trek.

Nichelle and From the Bridge at SDCC on Thursday

More from of From the Bridge will be shown at Comic-Con at a panel in Ballroom 20 on Thursday, July 19th a 10 am. The panel will be moderated by Greg Grunberg (Star Trek Beyond), and will include doc writer-director Spencer F. Lee, along with Nichelle Nichols, Rod Roddenberry, Kerry O’Quinn, Tom DeSanto, and other special guests.

Nichelle Nichols with From the Bridge director Spencer F. Lee

Another clip and teaser trailer

They also released a new clip from the doc, featuring legendary DC Comics artist Neal Adams.

And in case you missed it, here was the previously released trailer.

From the Bridge is set for a theatrical run in late summer 2018 and will be released on VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray in November.

For more info, visit the official site at fromthebridgemovie.com.

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Trek, Star Trek

Gee…I’ve never heard Nichelle tell that story before! JK

Brainulo

It grows more portentous with each telling., doesn’t it? I remember it used to be an offhand story that took 30 seconds to tell.

I can’t help but love her, though. Since Majel passed, she’s Trek’s First Lady. The stroke has slowed her down, but I am happy to see she’s still all there. She still also has that beautific aura on camera.

She may have made it on Broadway, but her connection to Roddenberry gave her a bigger audience on her first night on the show than a Broadway performer can in a lifetime.

Tiberius_Kirk

I’ve met her many times. She’s not very nice to some of her fans. Not sure why.

Tiberius_Kirk

LOL. Now that’s funny. That’s the only story she tells. ;0)

Tiger2

LOL how many times has she told this story??? Its a cool story to tell so I understand why she tells it but every Trek fan has it memorized by now.

Alan Wayne Lambert

I know I’ve seen/heard it about every other year since about 1978. Say about 30 times total.

Rozhenko

I think is a good story, and she tells it well.

Tiger2

Yes its a great story but my god. Its already in every single documentary, TV special and behind the scenes book she’s given any contribution to. I can only imagine how many times its been repeated at conventions. Its just been covered, it would be nice to hear a new perspective. But I guess at this point what can she say that’s new?

El Chup

That and the Whoopi Goldberg story

CmdrR

Classy lady.

Mirror Galt

I’m not a magician, Spock, just an old country documentary.

alphantrion

I’ve heard that story before, but I can listen to it forever from Nichelle Nichols. This is what Star Trek is about, and what it always needs to be about. Inspiring people and becoming good role models. Inspiring people to become scientists, doctors, engineers, and overall good people that left their petty thoughts behind.

Shatner_Fan_2000

My problem is not with the story but with the documentary itself. Could the subject get any broader? There have been dozens of documentaries going back decades covering this subject matter, most with a more specific focus than this. It’s like the director chose the most obvious and easy thing anyone could cover. And it’s bound to contain nothing new. Why would anyone bother?

Afterburn

You’d be surprised how quickly a documentary can age. This looks well produced and slickly made, with new interviews with aging luminaries who won’t be around much longer. yes they may regurgitate a lot of what we’ve heard widely before but maybe you get a new nugget here and there, or something told better than an old fuzzy TV appearance or printed magazine interview.

Second, the focus here seems to be on fandom, and how it’s grown since the 1960s to become mainstream.

I don’t need to check this out (unless I hear really good things about it) but dollars to donuts a lot of younger fans will dig it and it will mostly be new info to them.

alphantrion

Your last point is very important here, these documentaries are necessary for the younger fans and younger generations. Too many times we forget the sacrifices and experiences of our elders and fail to learn the lessons from them. Like I said above, I don’t mind how much I hear I this story, I will still listen and continue to listen to it as long as Mrs Nichols is with us to tell it, because it is an inspirational story that needs to be told again again. Same as my grandfathers stories about his experiences with Russian soldiers in WW 2 or his experiences as a truck driver.

Alex

Again? She contributed so much to Star Trek, but her legacy will be this single anecdote.

BorgKlingon

I wish that many of you other posters here would stop being such rude smart-asses over this wonderful octogenarian treasure of the franchise who just happens to repeat a great story that we have heard before…so what? Just move on with your day and ignore it rather than be rude about it…this great lady may be reading what people are saying here. Sheesh!

(and some of you repeat the same opinions yourselves over and over on this site…you know who you are.)

albatrosity

Of all the TOS cast, I want to meet Nichelle the most. To me, she embodies the kind of quality person the series wants us all to aspire to be.

Joe Kewl

Talk about beating a dead horse 🙄 🤨 😴 😑

CJC

Yes! If I had a nickel for every time that story was told I could retire at a young age. There has got to be something else to tell from her perspective besides that same old story.

BorgKlingon

“It grows more portentous with each telling., doesn’t it?”

“Gee…I’ve never heard Nichelle tell that story before!”

“Again? She contributed so much to Star Trek, but her legacy will be this single anecdote.”

“Talk about beating a dead horse”

“If I had a nickel for every time that story was told I could retire at a young age.”

I’ll say it again, I wish that many of you posters here would stop being such rude smart-asses over this wonderful octogenarian treasure of the franchise who just happens to repeat a great story that we have heard before…so what? Just move on with your day and ignore it rather than be rude about it…this great lady may be reading what people are saying here.

Come on folks, we are better than this!

Blade

Lighten up Francis.

BorgKlingon

Ironic that your humor is not very sharp.

Mullet Man

Does Neal Adams always talk about himself in the third person? He is definitely one of the all time greats, both for his artistic contributions and for advancing creator rights, but that really weirded me out.

Mullet Man

Nichols no doubt has other stories. This is just the one that the film makers wanted to use in their content and their promotion. So shade them and not her please folks.

BorgKlingon

Yes, exactly. Some of this is downright mean-spirited.

VOODOO

I’ve heard this story told many times, but for some reason it really hit home this time…That story is proof that Star Trek is a positive force and much more than your typical dumb/loud franchise…Unlike many others, Star Trek actually means something.