Star Trek Movie Memories recounts all the chaos, creative turmoil, backstage politics, power plays, and production nightmares that permeated every one of the six Star Trek movies, including the accumulated grudges that haven't yet mellowed with the passage of time. And the stories... Nicholas Meyer writing the script for Star Trek II in 12 days... Kirstie Alley doing her Leonard Nimoy imitation in an audition... How Kirk's love interest in Star Trek IV began as a role for Eddie Murphy... and you can imagine the rest (or maybe not).
With stories and quotes from the principles that have never before been uttered in public, this will deliver a truly unprecedented behind-the-scenes view of the Trek films that will amaze even the most avid Trekker.
©1994 William Shatner; (P)1994 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
I bought this as a change of pace and it was definitely interesting, but I get the feeling that most of it is someone else's work, with Shatner adding a little color. It's primarily a "production history", rather than a personal memoir, with rather few personal recollections, and very few recoutings of personal interactions between Shatner and those on set. If you're a Star Trek or movie fan, its interesting to hear about what it took to get the movies made - in the boardroom, on the set and elsewhere, but I think Shatner held back on some of the best material.
Shatner himself is surprisingly self-deprecating (given his reputation), and he reads along at a brisk pace. Its hard to tell sometimes if this is because the sound engineer upped the pace, Shatner himself wanted to keep the listener engaged, or if he was just knocking it out as quickly as he could.
Nevertheless, a pretty good listen. I can't help but to listen to Star Trek Memories now to see if the lack of personal recollection here is made up for there.
I think Bill needed a little quick cash. There really isn't a lot of "good stuff" revealed, and it comes across as a hastily prepared narrative that outlines the step by step occurances that took place over a period of years. No "insider stuff" here. Shatner being Shatner though, his fabulous ego that we all have grown to love shines through like a beacon in the fog.
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All the Trek trivia.
Shatner's recollection of working on Star Trek V.
I like Shatner's voice, and in general I really like his narrations.
The Shat Is In The Details.
Shatner's narration of his autobiography "Up Till Now" is a lot more lively and interesting. I enjoy this audiobook a great deal for all the detailed Trek trivia, but Shatner's performance feels really rushed, like he just wants to get the thing on tape and go home.
I also wish they had "abridged" out the first hour which seems to focus on completely non-essential stuff, like a long boring narrative about Shatner driving across country to see his kids. I kept waiting for him to get to the, ya know, movie memories.
Shatner in his typical way moves quickly through all the movies except the dreadful #5, helping us understand why it really shouldn't have been the bomb it was. Overall the stories, though extremely brief were nice and it is always enjoyable to learn a bit more about the cast.
If you've ever watched Star Trek with the original cast and enjoyed it, then you'll find this fun and enjoyable.
Shatner's Star Trek Memories is about the 1960's television show, which is also entertaining.
Hearing the actual actor talk about his experience made it seem as if you were having a person discussion about his experience with the movies.
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