Get a life!, William Shatner’s comic rallying cry, memorably first exclaimed during a popular Saturday Night Live sketch, has been indelibly emblazoned into the collective psyche of Trekkers everywhere. Through the years, the phrase has spurred laughter, anger, controversy, and far more than its fair share of debate. Join William Shatner on a first person journey of discovery, told with self deprecating wit, unflagging honesty, and his trademark enthusiasm, as the legendary actor who played Starship Captain James T. Kirk finally come to grips with his past, his fans, their love, and his own intergalactic legacy.


“Get a Life” is a documentary based on a recent Shatner penned book. What’s weird is that the head of the cult obsession wants to turn his eye on the fans that raised him to his vaulted position. It doesn’t seem like it was all that long ago that Shatner was doing Corman exploitation pictures and starring in the only film shot in Esperanto. Google those facts, kiddos. Given that Shatner wrote and directed this documentary, we should expect to see something on par with “The Final Frontier”.

Shatner and the fans are appreciative in each other in a way that’s less Takei and more Jane Goodall. William shows his subjects in a loving light, but he never gets that close to them. It works for a quick one-and-done, but it feels dishonest at points. Can the head of the fan obsession actually capture real fan response or does he just get appreciative noise? Still, the level of access that Shatner is allowed is unparalleled. I just wish it was qualified.

The DVD comes with nearly 30 minutes of bonus footage as the special features. The A/V Quality is on par with most standard definition EPIX productions. The transfer is pretty flat, but the Dolby 5.1 track kicks up where needed. If you’ve seen anything that EPIX has created in the past, then you know what you’re getting here. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.


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