Chaos on the Bridge (2014)

chaos_on_the_bridge_poster“He came back with a script and to this day I have no idea what that episode was about.” – John Pike

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Sep 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A behind the scenes look at how the Star Trek series almost never was continued due to internal strife and power plays when the creation of The Next Generation was underway.

My Take on it – When they began to show episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation in 1987 on TV when I was in 7th grade, my friends and I were ecstatic because it was so groundbreaking and momentous in TV history.

Little did we know how close the show came to not being made or canceled quite early in its run.

This film tells the story of the extreme difficulties they had making this show come to life.

It’s fun to see different people tell multiple versions of similar stories because we don’t know the full truth (and probably never will), but that’s the fun of selective memory. 🙂

There were a lot of interesting facts revealed and it doesn’t matter whether you are a fan of the series or not because it all comes down to politics and power plays among so many different people involved in the project.

I think that it was smart to let William Shatner spearhead this film because I assume that most of the people interviewed wouldn’t be as candid and open with someone else with whom they would be less familiar.

Watching this has even inspired me to begin to rewatch all of the episodes of The Next Generation (and I’ve watched 4 so far) 🙂

Bottom Line – Great look back as to what could have potentially destroyed the continuation of the Star Trek Universe. The interviews are quite informative and I wonder if most of these people would have agreed to be a part of this had William Shatner not spearheaded this project. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The infighting among the writing staff during the second season, aggravated by the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike, is also explored in detail, and in which Writer/Producer Maurice Hurley played a pivotal role, not entirely perceived as beneficial by some of his then-colleagues. The resulting contentious relationships caused Hurley to refrain from making any public statement on his Star Trek involvement after he had left The Next Generation at the conclusion of the second season until 2014, when he agreed to be interviewed by Shatner for his documentary, relating his side of the events.  (From Wikia)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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4 thoughts on “Chaos on the Bridge (2014)

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  2. Now this I definitely want to see. I’m in the middle of rewatching Next Gen’s season 1 as well. I’d forgotten how many meh episodes there were early on so I can understand how precarious its continued run was. Prime example of a series getting better with time.

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    • They claim that they didnt get their groove til season 3, so im hoping to make it there. I’ve now seen 7 eps and yep they’re meh but still interesting to see again. Im taking it slow for now. This was really informative


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