Originally started as a crowdfunded documentary in 2021, The Greatest Geek Year Ever: 1982 is now a new four-part docuseries debuting this Saturday on The CW. TrekMovie has an exclusive clip and more info.
Shatner, Meyer, and more on the importance Wrath of Khan from 1982 doc
1982 was a big year for geeky movies. Of course, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was part of that great year. In the following clip from The Greatest Geek Year Ever: 1982, star William Shatner puts the movie in perspective relative to 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture, while Nicholas Meyer talks about how he approached the film without worrying about how it would work for the fans. The clip also features high-profile fans talking about the importance of the film.
And that is just part of the docuseries coverage for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. It’s one of the most celebrated and discussed films from the franchise, and Greatest Geek Year Ever: 1982 writer/producer Mark Altman tells TrekMovie they were thrilled to find new details it for the docuseries:
1982 is an absolutely remarkable year ,and it’s one I’m delighted to celebrate in our new series, Greatest Geek Year Ever. And no discussion of 1982 is complete without talking about June 4, 1982, the day Poltergeist and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan came out in theaters. Obviously, in the case of Khan, this is a film that has been talked about and analyzed for four decades so finding something new to say was a challenge, but I’m thrilled to say we were able to uncover some really juicy nuggets about the film I never heard before and delighted that we had so many great people onboard to discuss it, ranging from William Shatner himself to director Nicholas Meyer to producer Robert Sallin to unit publicist Eddie Egan and super fans including Independence Day producer Dean Devlin, Legends of Tomorrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim and Ready Player One screenwriter Zak Penn, among others.
While Star Trek II is important, it is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to 1982. As noted by Altman, it was a big year for Shatner and geeky movies in general:
Of course, this isn’t simply a Star Trek documentary by any means, so it was great to have the chance to talk to Bill about his role in Airplane II: The Sequel and the season premiere of T.J. Hooker as well. We wanted to include Visiting Hours in the horror segment as well, but to his credit, Bill didn’t remember anything about it so we focused instead of films like Friday The 13th Part Three 3-D, Paul Schrader’s Cat People, Forbidden World, and Halloween II: Season Of The Witch, which finally gets its due among others.
Greatest Geek Year Ever: 1982 debuts Saturday
There is much more from 1982 geek cinema covered in the doc, which features stars, directors, writers, producers, and pop culture historians sharing their insights about legendary films like E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial, Blade Runner, John Carpenter’s The Thing, Star Poltergeist, Creepshow, The Dark Crystal, Tron, Conan The Barbarian, The Road Warrior, and more. It even finds time to explore cult movies like Megaforce.
In the following preview, film critic and historian (and one of the producers of Greatest Geek Year Ever: 1982) Scott Mantz puts 1982 into perspective in movie history.
Greatest Geek Year Ever: 1982 debuts on The CW this Saturday, July 8th at 8 PM and repeats on Tuesday, July 11th and airs every Saturday all July long. It is also available on the free CW app. For more info visit cwtv.com.