Shout! Factory TV, the multi-platform digital streaming arm of Shout! Factory, has announced a marathon of Star Trek documentaries in celebration of Star Trek Day, September 8, the anniversary of the original series’ 1966 broadcast debut. Fans can tune in to see in-depth looks at Star Trek series across the years with five acclaimed documentaries and docuseries directed by William Shatner and Ira Steven Behr (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine showrunner) and David Zappone (producer of For the Love of Spock, The Captains). Shout Factory will also be releasing The Captains Collection on Blu-Ray on October 20, 2020. Further details can be found below.
The Star Trek Day marathon begins Thursday, September 8 at 9 a.m. PT and can be viewed on ShoutFactoryTV.com; Shout! Factory TV’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Android apps; and the following digital streaming platforms: Twitch, Samsung TV Plus, Comcast Xfinity, Xumo, Vizio, Redbox, IMDb TV and STIRR.
William Shatner’s incredible in-depth look at the creation, evolution and legacy of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek comes to life in his four documentaries: The Captains, The Captains Close Up five-episode miniseries, Chaos on the Bridge: The Untold Story Behind Trek’s Next Generation and William Shatner’s Get a Life!. From directors Ira Steven Behr and David Zappone comes the critically acclaimed documentary feature What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Shout! Factory TV will also showcase Backlot: San Diego Comic-Con 2019: What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Panel to close a day full of Star Trek: in-depth presentations.
In The Captains, Shatner sits down for five insightful interviews with the franchise’s captains — Sir Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula and his own Kirk counterpart, Chris Pine. The interviews continue with The Captains Close Up, a docuseries formed from additional interview footage unable to be included in the original The Captains film. Chaos on the Bridge tells the delightful — and surprising — story of bringing Star Trek: The Next Generation to the screen! And finally, in Get A Life, Shatner presents his own, unforgettable love letter to the fans of Star Trek.
What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine presents a fascinating in-depth look at the past, present and future of a series whose dark, edgy take on Gene Roddenberry’s vision was often misunderstood when it premiered but has grown into a beloved mainstay in the Star Trek franchise. Featuring extensive interviews with the cast and crew of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as well as remastered HD footage from the television series, What We Left Behind also focuses on the original writers of the series as they craft a brand-new episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, developing what would be the eighth-season premiere if the show were to return to the air today.
Lastly, in a featured Shout! Factory TV Backlot episode, fans can see the full What We Left Behind: Looking Back At Star Trek: Deep Space Nine panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 with showrunner Ira Steven Behr, filmmaker David Zappone (The Captains) and DS9 cast members Andrew Robinson (Elim Garak), Penny Johnson Jerald (Kasidy Yates), Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko), Chase Masterson (Leeta), and the late, great Aron Eisenberg (Nog).
Shout! Factory TV’s Star Trek Day Marathon Schedule
9:00 a.m. – The Captains
11:00 a.m. – The Captains Close Up: William Shatner
12:00 p.m. – The Captains Close Up: Patrick Stewart
1:00 p.m. – The Captains Close Up: Avery Brooks
2:00 p.m. – The Captains Close Up: Kate Mulgrew
3:30 p.m. – The Captains Close Up: Scott Bakula
4:00 p.m. – William Shatner’s Chaos on the Bridge
5:30 p.m. – William Shatner’s Get A Life!
7:00 p.m. – What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
9:30 p.m. – Backlot: San Diego Comic-Con 2019: What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Panel
On October 20, 2020, Shout Factory will be releasing The Captains Collection on Blu-Ray which will featureThe Captains, The Captains Close Up five-episode miniseries, Chaos on the Bridge: The Untold Story Behind Trek’s Next Generation and William Shatner’s Get a Life. There will be a Special Edition that includes a fifth bonus disc EXCLUSIVE to ShoutFactory.com, featuring 1 1/2 hours of never-before-seen interviews and an additional feature-length documentary.
“The Making Of The Captains”
“Ponder The Mystery” Music Video
PLUS, Exclusive To This Special Edition:
Feature-Length Documentary – William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet (2009)
The Captains Extended Interviews Featuring Walter Koenig (Chekov), Grace Lee Whitney (Yeoman Rand), Gary Lockwood (Gary Mitchell, “Where No Man Has Gone Before”), Sally Kellerman (Elizabeth Dehner, “Where No Man Has Gone Before”)
Chaos On The Bridge Extended Interviews Featuring Maurice Hurley (Showrunner, Star Trek: The Next Generation 1987-89), Ira Steven Behr (Writer/Producer, Star Trek: The Next Generation 1988-89), Jeffrey Katzenberg (Paramount Executive, Star Trek—The Motion Picture), Les Moonves (President, CBS 1995-2018)