With tongue firmly in cheek, How William Shatner Changed the World makes an entertaining and altogether convincing case for the positive influence of Star Trek. While the title may be slightly misleading, we can forgive Shatner's light-hearted self-promotion (based on his book I'm Working on That: A Trek from Science Fiction to Science Fact, written with Chip Walter) because this Emmy-nominated Discovery Channel program is such a constant pleasure to watch, not just for devoted Trekkies but for anyone with a passion for exploration, innovation, and the promise of the future. Originally broadcast in November 2005, the program serves a dual purpose, chronicling the history of Star Trek since its TV premiere in 1966, and demonstrating how series creator Gene Roddenberry's hopeful vision of the future has affected millions of lives, influenced the development of modern technologies, and shaped our future by presenting an inspirational example of humanity's potential. 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.

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How William Shatner Changed the World (2005)

Documentary/Science-Fiction

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With tongue firmly in cheek, How William Shatner Changed the World makes an entertaining and altogether convincing case for the positive influence of Star Trek. While the title may be slightly misleading, we can forgive Shatner's light-hearted self-promotion (based on his book I'm Working on That: A Trek from Science Fiction to Science Fact, written with Chip Walter) because this Emmy-nominated Discovery Channel program is such a constant pleasure to watch, not just for devoted Trekkies but for anyone with a passion for exploration, innovation, and the promise of the future. Originally broadcast in November 2005, the program serves a dual purpose, chronicling the history of Star Trek since its TV premiere in 1966, and demonstrating how series creator Gene Roddenberry's hopeful vision of the future has affected millions of lives, influenced the development of modern technologies, and shaped our future by presenting an inspirational example of humanity's potential. 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.

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Cast
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Avery Brooks

Captain Sisko (archive footage)
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George Takei

Himself
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Bill Gates

Himself (archive footage)
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André Bormanis

Himself (Star Trek Science Consultant)
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Ira Steven Behr

Himself (Writer, The Next Generation)
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Nana Visitor

Major Kira (archive footage)
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Walter Koenig

Himself
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Gates McFadden

Doctor Beverly Crusher (archive footage)
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Dwight Schultz

Barclay (archive footage)
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Kate Mulgrew

Herself
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Michael Dorn

Lieutenant Worf (archive footage)
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DeForest Kelley

Dr. McCoy (archive footage)
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Mae C. Jemison

Herself (NASA Astronaut 1987-1993) (as Dr. Mae C. Jemison)
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Jonathan Frakes

Himself
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LeVar Burton

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge (archive footage)
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Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean Luc Picard (archive footage)
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Leonard Nimoy

Spock (archive footage)
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D.C. Fontana

Herself (Writer Star Trek 1966-1969) (as Dorothy C. Fontana)
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Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking (archive footage)
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James Doohan

Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott (archive footage)
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Brent Spiner

Lt. Commander Data (archive footage)
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Jayne Heitmeyer

Irate Home Owner
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Wil Wheaton

Wesley Crusher (archive footage)
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Tim Brazeal

Paramount Rally Organizer
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Colm Meaney

Chief Miles O'Brien (archive footage)
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Kevin Warwick

Himself
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William Shatner

Host and Narrator
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Marina Sirtis

Counselor Deana Troi (archive footage)
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Martin Cooper

Himself (Inventor, Cell Phone)
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Nichelle Nichols

Herself
Crew
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Julian Jones

Director
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Disc Title Front Cover

How William Shatner Changed the World

(DVD)

Disc Title Front Cover

How William Shatner Changed the World

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

4/10/2007

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