Friday, July 31, 2015
Chaos on the Bridge Covers Early Years of Star Trek: The Next Generation
A new documentary from William Shatner called Chaos on the Bridge explores the early turbulent years of Star Trek: The Next Generation that almost ended the show multiple times, often do to the ego of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Due to Shatner's celebrity and of course Trek connections, he was able to get candid interviews with the cast and crew of the TV series as they discussed many of the problems the series had to deal with in its first two or so seasons (as mean as it sounds, it is no accident that the very best of Star Trek occurred after Roddenberry's 1991 death). The problems were a combination of demands from Roddenberry combined with minions of his that would often take things to an extreme level (not always with Gene's knowledge or consent). The result was nearly as much drama behind the scenes as in front of it. Much of the problems have been covered in The Next Generation Blu-rays but something to be said of seeing Shatner tackle the material. Below is a trailer followed by clips provided by io9.com. If you want you can rent or buy a digital copy of the documentary here.