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Shatner traveled to Canada, the UK, and the US to interview each of the actors who had helmed their own incarnation of the Star Trek franchise as its central Starfleet captain. While recounting many of his own Star Trek experiences, Shatner interviewed:
Clips from their respective episodes and/or films were interwoven throughout the interviews and combined with other archival footage and stills. Shatner also interacted with fans and fellow Star Trek actors at the 2010 Las Vegas Creation convention.
The Captains included a humorous feature interview with Christopher Plummer on-stage at the Festival Theatre in Stratford, Ontario. It was also notable for its footage of a "Kirk vs Kirk" arm-wrestling match between Shatner and Pine on the sidewalk adjacent to Paramount Studios.
The 97-minute documentary also featured appearances by:
- Rene Auberjonois
- Jeri Ryan
- John de Lancie
- Jonathan Frakes
- Sally Kellerman
- Walter Koenig
- Robert Picardo
- Connor Trinneer
- Nana Visitor
- Grace Lee Whitney
William Shatner, J. Craig Thompson, and David Zappone acted as the film's executive producers and Kevin Layne as creative consultant. It was produced by Le Big Boss Productions in association with Epix, Ballinran Productions, 455 Films, and Melis Productions.
The music was composed by Andy Milne, who commented: "For many years, I had been performing with the actor Avery Brooks, who's also a singer and pianist. And when William Shatner was making this documentary that he made that I scored for him – it was called 'The Captains' – he was doing interviews with all the actors that succeeded him in captain roles in all the Star Trek franchises. And his interview with Avery was very much built around music, it was very improvisational, the two of them sitting at a piano, talking, singing, joking, thinking about similar experiences. And so as a result of that exchange and relationship, I guess Shatner had a conversation with Avery about the music, and Avery just said, 'I've got your guy.'" 
The Captains Close UpEdit
In 2013, the documentary was repackaged as The Captains Close Up, using previously unused footage from the original documentary, focusing on each captain in their own segment.
- The Captains of The Final Frontier – a 2010 A&E Biography Channel documentary
- Star Trek: The Captains' Summit – a 2009 Paramount documentary
- Star Trek documentaries – a list of Star Trek documentaries