I will admit that after I had the chance to speak with William Shatner yesterday, I hurriedly thumb-typed out the words “Captain Kirk said my name!” to my father, the man who had first introduced me to Star Trek when I was a 7 year old sitting in a theater watching Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Star Trek was and is one of those things, those shared interests that remain strong as they reach across the years and the distance. Like baseball, it is an institution and an heirloom to be loved and one day passed on.
For almost 50 years, William Shatner has served as Star Trek‘s greatest ambassador. It is, despite notable roles as TJ Hooker and Denny Crane, his life’s work and something he has taken a magnifying glass too over these last few years as an underrated documentary filmmaker and interviewer.
In this one on one interview with Mr. Shatner, we touch on his affinity for intimate interviews and how it shines in his new DVD The Captains: Close Up, inspiring young minds with Star Trek‘s thirst for exploration, JJ Abrams, the need for a Star Trek TV show, the recent fan ranking of Star Trek films, and whether Star Trek V got a raw deal.
An epic rematch more than 45 years in the making, actor and original Captain Kirk William Shatner comes face-to-face again with The Gorn as they play the new Star Trek video game in this viral video from Namco Bandai.
In the spot, The Gorn (taking a break from haunting Sheldon’s dreams) takes on against Shatner as they play the game. One misunderstanding leads to a fight and… Well, you can see the results for yourself. The video pays tribute to the classic original series episode “Arena,” which featured the first appearance of The Gorn and his often discussed and parodied showdown with Captain Kirk. The Gorn reappears in the new Trek video game as an enemy. In the game, they attack the new Vulcan colony and Kirk and Spock have to stop them.
“What better way to spotlight the adventure and fun everyone can have actually playing as Capt. Kirk in the new game, than to team up the legendary former captain himself to play one of his old foes,” said LeeAnne Stables, President of Consumer Products at Paramount Pictures, in a press release. “Mr. Shatner is such a great sport and that Gorn had absolutely no chance of coming out on top this time.”
“It never ceases to amaze me how many people still ask me about that scene,” added Shatner. “It’s 46 years later, and he hasn’t aged as well as I have.”
The Star Trek video is available for pre-order now and will released on April 23, 2013 on X-Box 360, Playstation 3 and PC. The promotional video is below along with the original Kirk/Gorn face-off from 1967.
Perhaps those of you frustrated by lack of IMAX facilities in your home town, and thus fuming about the inclusion of 9-minutes of Star Trek: Into Darkness preceding the IMAX screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, can take heart that your regular, 2-D or 3-D theater will be running some kind of Star Trek before The Hobbit, the film’s first trailer. (more…)
According to Ain’t It Cool News (via JoBlo) there are five characters from the original Star Trek series that rebooted Star Trek screenwriter Roberto Orci says are not in Star Trek 2.
You’ll notice that the one name is conspicuously absent from the list and is Khan Noonien Singh, the potential identity of the frequently debated about villain of the upcoming sequel that’s being played by Benedict Cumberbatch. I wouldn’t take this as confirmation though because I think at this point J.J. Abrams and the gang is having fun yanking the chains of over-anxious geeks.
So here is the Orci’s list:
1. Gary Mitchell – In the original series’ second episode, “Where No Man has Gone Before,” Mitchell is introduced as the Enterprise’s navigator and an old Academy friend of Kirk’s. After being exposed to the Galactic Barrier, Mitchell begins being consumed by god-like abilities, and Kirk is eventually forced to kill him on the surface of Delta Vega. Mitchell would be a compelling character for a villain in the sequel, but the story’s already been done in the IDW comic book follow-up to Star Trek. I highly doubt that Abrams et al would have allowed IDW to roll with the story if they were saving something for the movie.
2. Charlie X – From the episode of the same name, Charlie was a teenager who survived a transport ship crash as a 3-year-old, was stranded on an alien world, and given superpowers by disembodied aliens. The Enterprise is transporting him to relatives on a nearby world when the kid loses his $#!% and tries to take over the ship. As you may have notice, no teenage actor has been cast in Trek 2.
3. Ruk – An android from the episode “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” Technically, he kind of filled the sidekick role in the episode as the real antagonist was Dr. Roger Korby (former finance of Nurse Chapel), so it’s kind of heard to think this character would be the heavy in Trek 2.
4. Janice Rand – Rand was played by Grace Lee Whitney in several episodes of the original series and was a Yeoman, someone who does clerical or administrative work according to the U.S. Navy system of ranking. It would have been understandable to assume than maybe Rand had a part in the sequel because of the casting of Alice Eve, who, like Whitney back in the day, is a stacked blonde. But I guess it wasn’t met to be.
5. The Borg – Thank God! The Borg were done to death on Star Trek: Voyager and milked of any lasting villainy or conflict from their collective bad asses. Resistance, apparently, is consistently not futile. Besides, The Borg were Next Generation villains.
YouTube user twilight1138 is one of those creative nerds with lots of time on his hands. Not satisfied with the “Single Episode” experience of watching Star Trek, twilight1138 smashed all 56 episodes of the first two seasons of Star Trek (TOS) onto one screen, playing simultaneously with sound!
It’s like being in a crowed Star Trek Mall with voices all around you. Could this be what schizophrenia feels like?
There is no grey area, no subtlety — William Shatner is, and today the man who will forever be known as Captain James T. Kirk, turns 81 years old.
In my life I’ve been both thrilled and horrified by the Shat. A man who co-exists in my memory as this energy infused swagger machine with a baby-making smile in re-runs of Star Trek: TOS and also as the Priceline guy, whose self respect hurdled to it’s demise long before the “character” did. Should I have spoiler alerted that? Oh well.
Shatner has played a lawyer, a cop, a dad who says shit, and a man cursed with the ability to only speak in Esperanto, and through it all he did barely any of it convincingly. Still, he did it because he so clearly loved the sound of applause and the benefits that come from it. Shatner has long been a joke, a ham, but he is our ham, loveable in how eagerly he wants to please, and so on his special day, we say thank you and well done to William Shatner with these 5 signature moments from his 5 decade long career.
By now you’ve seen the dreaded Nyan Cat, the latest in annoying Memes sweeping the Internet. A weird blend of a cat, pop-tart and Japanese pop. Nobody is immune to it’s level of annoyance, not even Captain James T. Kirk. Watch as the Captain and his merry lovers crew match wits with Nyan in a highly illogical encounter. Just another video of Kirk beating some poor pussy(cat), Roddenberry would be so proud.
Roberto Orci was caught coming out of the Cowboys and Aliens panel at Wondercon by Coming Soon and gave these comments about incorporating some fan criticisms of the first Star Trek reboot movie into the sequel.
“Everyone said [Kirk] is too young to become Captain,” he explains, “So maybe in the next movie, somebody goes, ‘Man, you sure became Captain young and fast.’ You start to incorporate people’s opinions… If it’s organic to the story and you find someone who doesn’t think too highly of Kirk because he maybe skipped a few steps, that’s maybe a fun thing to consider. That comes from a fan reaction and maybe gives you a story point.”
[Fans] wanted more character time with everybody,” he adds, “and, because that was an origin story for ‘Star Trek,’ everyone had to come in at a certain point. Now everyone is going to be there from the beginning, so they’re going to get that. Everyone sure hated engineering. They thought it looked like a brewery, which it was. I’ll pass that on to J.J. [Abrams] and see what he says.”
Star Trek 2 (No subtitle yet) is expected to hit theater screens in July of 2012. The entire cast, including Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto, are expected to reprise their roles.
Yeah, those fan criticisms were tough. That’s sarcasm for those of you in the South, (We don’t use it much down here below the Mason-Dixon line). I’ll be happy if they have engineering fix all those damn reflective glares on the bridge. It looked like the bridge crew was in a tanning booth. McCoy should have been yelling, “I’m a Doctor Dammit! Not an optometrist!”
My big problem was the whole Spock must be unfit for command story line and how it was handled. Putting Kirk down on an ice planet wasn’t enough to prove that Spock wasn’t firing on all cylinders? What, there isn’t a brig on the Enterprise? Having Kirk in the brig when the ship is attacked, escaping the brig due to damage from the fight to get to the bridge and relieve a floundering Spock would have been much better storytelling, and explained why Kirk is a natural fighting commander.
Oh well, they’re gonna do what they want to and what the Hollywood money people tell them and we will fill the theater seats and the movie will be a big hit.
After a thousand questions regarding the Star Trek sequel I can finally say I am holding the draft script in my hand. I can also now tell you I have a love interest and it’s all looking very exciting. Sorry but I cant give you a date for filming yet, but you guys are going to love it!
A love interest for Captain Kirk? FINALLY! Anyone familiar with Trek know there’s only one thing that can distract Kirk from his captaining duties, women. A new planet, a new woman to woo, and often they’ll be all sorts of colors and species. Kirk seeks equality among all the women he beds. In J.J. Abrams‘ first Star Trek Kirk hooks up with an green-skinned, Orion slave girl…err space cadet before being busted by her roommate, Uhura. But hinting at a love interest for the Captain implies something less one-night-standy. Could this be the long-awaited appearance of Dr. Carol Marcus? First appearing in The Wrath of Khan Marcus was a woman Kirk had a previous relationship with years prior. Of course, in Wrath we also learn Marcus has a child who oh-so-coincidentally is Kirk’s son, David.
Blastr figured out the space math,
We know the two of them were involved in the late 2250s or early 2260s, with David born in 2261. Abram’s Star Trek film took place between 2255 and 2258, so it’s highly possible if they keep elements from the original timeline.
But remember this Star Trek is occurring in a completely separate and new time line thanks to Spock and the Romulans (great band name, no?) coming back in time and mucking everything up. Meaning this love interest could be a whole new character, Carol Marcus might not even exist in this reality! The possibilites are endless but I know one thing for sure, this Star Trek movie is gonna rock. If Abrams and crew can pull off even a fraction of the incredible awesomeness of their first film I’m going to love it. One part fan appeasement, one part enough newness to make it feel fresh, mix in a dramatic score and some lensflare and we’ve got another fantastic Star Trek film. Something to make us Trekkies (Trekkers?) proud and say “Haha! The most recent film incarnation of our beloved sci-fi franchise is better than yours!” to Star Wars nerds.
There are celebrities and uber-celebrities. There are celebrities who are only famous to us geeky, nerdy crowd. Then there are those special few who cross all sorts of boundaries to become an ultimate epic celebrity.
William Shatner is just one of those people. He’s Captain Kirk. He’s T.J. Hooker. He’s that guy in the Priceline commercials. He’s the Dad sayin’ shit on a TV show based off a Twitter account. Ask you average Joe Schmo on the street and they can tell you who Bill Shatner is.
Over at TrekMovie.com they’ve compiled at list of 80 Reasons Why William Shatner is Awesome. It’s a phenomenal list including things like,
In “Fight Club” when Brad Pitt asks Edward Norton what celeb he would fight, he replies “Shatner”
Nominated for Emmy for playing character named “The Big Giant Head”
Kingdom of the Spiders (the list includes accompanying hilariously bad clips)
Has over half million followers on Twitter, stars in sitcom inspired by Twitter, turned reading tweets into beat poetry
Speaking of Twitter if you don’t follow his tweets, you should be. He signs all of them, “My Best, Bill” or for short MBB (damn 140 character limit) and somehow makes it come off as completely sincere. Following him on Twitter is a treat especially whenever he interacts will other Star Trek celebs like Leonard Nimoy, Levar Burton, and George Takei. Here’s a birthday wish from none other than Wesley Crusher,
In honor of the birthday boy it’s also Talk Like William Shatner Day. Because you need another reason to practice your best Shatner impression. Check out the video below of a few famous faces putting on their best Shatner-speak. How are you celebrating Capt. Kirk’s 80th? Let us know your plans below in the comments. Me? Let’s see, a mini-marathon of some classic Trek and a little 3rd Rock from the Sun.