Well, he is as of today. Happy Birthday, William Shatner.
Must be something about those green women…
To be sure, William Shatner was the iconic leading star of “Star Trek” (The Original Series), and his portrayal of Captain Kirk lives on in bold color through various media. Along with his eclectic castmates, including the enigmatic Mr. Spock, played with super subtlety by Leonard Nimoy, audiences were treated to Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic, yet drama-filled vision of our future traveling through space. Well, it seems Shatner’s future with the renewed vision of Star Trek is not without drama itself.
When J.J. Abrams was constructing the 2009 Star Trek movie, The Shat wanted in. Abrams admits he had an idea for him to appear in the film, but apparently Shatner fought for a more significant part. He lost that negotiation with nothing, and now he’s back at the bargaining table for something in the next movie. It’s a sticky wicket, but I’d assume most audiences don’t want him involved, myself included. William Shatner has changed since his role as Kirk in the 1960s; he’s morphed into a joke that he gets, and mirrors back at us for profit. He should not return to the Trek universe… especially after directing the abortion known as Star Trek V.
Nimoy worked in the reboot, because we still know him as that serious, super-smart Vulcan from back in the day. Shatner is just a begging egomaniac, and trying to wedge him in to a new episode would simply ruin any chance of winning back the fans that hated the last movie, as well as disappoint those of us who liked it.
The Guardian of Time was a character in my favorite TV episode of “Star Trek,” and coincidentally, The Guardian has more on this saga of whether or not this man will boldly go on to Star Trek 2 glory, or not.
The recent flap about the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest has me perplexed. Why, for one reason, are we paying attention to such a trivial celebration of American gluttony and waste of food? But even more urgently, why has no one hooked up the guy who made a dive for the stage with the cat who likes to dive into boxes?
Here you would have the Kobayashi Maru. What would Admiral Kirk say?
P.S. A nod to The Usual Suspects…
(Kobayashi photo: ESPN)
(Maru photo: Urlesque)
Well, my famous ex-roommate didn’t make the top three pages, but my other favorite Qish characters did.
As Wil (Wesley Crusher) Wheaton proudly displays his awesome recursive shirt, he tells us that whoever animated it “wins at the Internet.”
About 45 days later, I finally picked it up. I opened it in my office, saw myself looking back at me from infinity, and couldn’t believe that I’d waited so long to pick it up. (On the other hand, it was a wonderful reward for completing the first draft of my keynote.)
I called Anne into my office, and revealed it in the usual manner, by slowly lifting it up to my chin and showing it off.
“Oh my god,” Anne said. “It’s you … and you … and you … and you …”
“All the way to infinity,” I said.
We shared a Sci-Five, to commemorate the occasion. You know, like you do.
Elisabeth Rappe has a great post on Cinematical tackling the question of why the Oscars never really seem to give geek movies costume credit. Only two movies that fit in that realm have been awarded the prize: Star Wars (the original) and LOTR: Return of the King. What about the new Batsuit? Blade Runner? Enjoy her well-informed and researched offering here.
I was getting anxious tonight for the next installment of RedLetterMedia‘s review of the Star Wars prequels; so much so that I tripped over this other (4-part) review by the same genius as the famed Episode I The Phantom Menace review (7 parts). Full disclosure: I actually liked Insurrection, precisely because it felt like a throwback to the TV series. But wow, great presentation here as to how bad that movie was.
(YouTube Link) (NSFW)
The lesson here is when you’re 15, have access to video editing software, and insert your crude humor into the fantastic world of TNG, you can manage to make me ROFL.