How William Shatner Changed the World
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As he cruises around Los Angeles in a burgundy-colored Aston Martin DB8, Shatner (in the capable hands of director Julian Jones) introduces us to a wide variety of people whose bright, forward-thinking careers were inspired by Star Trek. Along with personal observations by Star Trek veterans George Takei ("Sulu"), Walter Koenig ("Chekov"), writer D.C. Fontana, and Next Generation alumnus Jonathan Frakes, these top scientists, inventors, and space explorers are combined with Shatner's lively narration and highly humorous editing of Star Trek film clips, archival footage, and expert testimonies to show how Star Trek's fiction has had a ripple effect on scientific fact. As a breezy primer on the cultural, technological, and scientific impact of Star Trek, How William Shatner Changed the World is more entertaining than purely educational, but it's still an excellent program for family viewing and classrooms alike, guaranteed to open bright, young minds to a dazzling universe of exciting possibilities. --Jeff Shannon
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It's good to be reminded that the lives we live now used to be someone else's future, and the future we look forward to is a place where people are going to live.
Thanks William Shatner,
East High School
The second half concentrates on the evolution of Star Trek from Roddenberry's original vision (through TNG) and then its slow decline through subsequent spin-offs. This section might be of interest to Trekkers and others who are interested in art criticism.
The first half is made lively by William Shatner's over-the-top narration and some rather quirky (perhaps irritating) directing; the second half tones it down noticeably.
All in all, it's an enjoyable watch for me, a humanities prof who enjoyed the original Star Trek, the TNG spin-off, and several of the movies (my favorite was IV). I purchased it primarily to show the first section in some of my classes.
Good for the classroom, but that's not even its intended audience. It's really for all of us--anyone who appreciates science and wants to know more, and anyone who likes to be inspired by the discoveries and inventions that have changed our world. (Oh, and it doesn't hurt if, like me, you're a fan of "Star Trek", but...even if not...if you fit the description above, I guarantee, you'll still like this dvd.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting concepts and not too far off from the truth. Shatner was the man!Published 26 days ago by Gary C. Pike
William Shatner is an amazing actor. He has played many different characters each being unique and performed perfectly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by alecia
Funny, informative, and good for showing kids what they take for granted..Published 3 months ago by C. Sawyer
Great documentary on Star Trek. I recommend this to anyone interested in science fiction.Published 11 months ago by Nathan williams
it was ok but only ok. There was one that did bother me. That was the taking of the Lords name in vane. That one time it was said. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ronald Meeks
A must buy/own for any trekkie !!!!!!! Enough said !
A great show for sci-fi fans & geeks !
It explains how Gene Roddenberry inspired many of today's top scientists... Read more