If you missed William Shatner’s trip to space when it happened live, then you may want to check out this new documentary. Shatner in Space, a one-hour documentary special chronicling the space flight courtesy of Blue Origin, is set to premiere on Dec. 15 on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Other territories will be able to stream the doc in early 2022.
The special was announced personally by Shatner during a virtual panel on Sunday for CCXP Worlds. It’s also been said that the special will give viewers “an inside look at the before, during, and after of the historic trip that saw him become the oldest person ever to travel to space.” The 90-year-old had made the trip with Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries, and Audrey Powers (Glen de Vries has since died in a plane crash).
“My time in space was the most profound experience I could have ever imagined,” Shatner said in a statement. “This special documenting my journey gives a dramatic view of that experience, and my hope is that it inspires the world to see we must go to space to save Earth.”
The trip occurred in October when Shatner boarded Blue Origin’s New Shepard NS-18 as company owner Jeff Bezos, a Trekkie who organized the trip, closed the hatch. Shatner also said before going up, “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, diverting myself in now & then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
The trip itself took about ten minutes from when Shatner and the crew departed the planet until their return. During that time, those aboard could feel the total weightlessness of being in space for about three minutes, at which point parachutes were used to slow the spacecraft’s descent. Previously, Wally Funk had held the record for the oldest person to go to space when he went up with Bezos in July, but Shatner broke the record as a 90-year-old making the star trek.
In video footage captured after William Shatner returned, the actor said, “I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s extraordinary, extraordinary. I hope I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it. It’s so much larger than me and life. What [Jeff Bezos has] given me is the most profound experience I can imagine. It hasn’t got anything to do with the little green men and the blue orb. It has to do with the enormity and the quickness and the suddenness of life and death.”
Shatner in Space will start streaming on Prime Video on Dec. 15. It’s certainly an interesting story, though the Captain Kirk actor’s actions haven’t exactly left everybody impressed. His old Star Trek co-star George Takei criticized the move, claiming Shatner was “unfit” to make the trip. We’ll all find out a little more about it when this new documentary drops. This news comes to us from Deadline.
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