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Star Trek: The Next Generation is a series adored by fans around the world, but the path to becoming a classic was anything but simple. In the new documentary William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge, actor William Shatner, who famously played Captain Kirk in the original 1960s version, takes viewers inside the tumultuous creation of the 1986 relaunch.

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Doubts about the show’s success were rampant: not only did the new series exclude the characters Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, but the original creator was not a part of production. Through cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, the film reveals the drama, chaos, and controversy that ultimately led to another beloved entry in the Star Trek franchise.

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