He is the Captain. The first, and many would say the best. William Shatner has been a constant for Star Trek fans over the last 46 years — on screen, behind the camera, and at the conventions. In his later years though, Shatner has picked up a magnifying glass and held it up to the phenomenon that has given him a career and the fandom that has supported and at times, reviled him. Our Steven Sautter was at a roundtable interview with Mr. Shatner during Comic-Con where Captain Kirk set his phaser to philosophize. Give it a read.
On fans and their motives for gathering at Cons:
William Shatner: I wrote a book, on which I thought “Who goes to Comic-Con, who goes to Star Trek conventions?” And I sought to do interviews and do my due diligence about who comes to Comic-Con, what characters and why? And I came to the conclusion in the book, that that they were there to see each other, renew friendships, and have fun.
But when I asked myself the question again and did a documentary about it, I arrived at a much different and much deeper conclusion based on sociology and based on mythology — there is a far deeper and mystical, mysterious, sociological reason for people coming to Comic-Con, dressing up the way they do.
“What are they doing in San Diego, those fools.” That’s not it at all. It’s far deeper than that.
The Shatner/Fisher Star Trek/Star Wars slugfest was joined by Greorge Takei a couple of weeks ago. Now everybody, Takei included seemed to understand that this was a “tongue in cheek fight” that evolved into just good fun for Shatner and Fisher. George entered the fray with that same spirit, but it seems that Shatner doesn’t want to play with George . . . he wants to take his ball and go home.
If you have lived in a Star Trek vacuum for the last 20 years there has been a simmering feud between the two actors that has not always been civil or humorous. At one point Shatner throws out the idea that what sparked the feud was George’s love for him.
Basically Shatner tells George to stay out of his sandbox until some form of “retribution” is made. That sounds like Shatner doesn’t want an apology, but wants to get “even” with George before he would accept apology.
Maybe Shatner is just yanking George’s chain, maybe he really does feel hurt by George’s running feud. We’ll have to see George’s response to be sure. Personally this NerdBastard would like to see the two work it out. The list of living original cast members is shrinking as the years go by.
I learned everything I have ever needed to know from watching Star Trek. I thought that was enough….it was not. Here’s William Fuckin’ Shatner emphasizing the dangers of turkey fryers. Because it takes a turkey to know a turkey.
Shatner is 80 years old and still loves the pay checks. Also… he’s a vegetarian and Canadian, they celebrated Thanksgiving months ago. Regardless, this was very entertaining and educational. Bill Shatner and the dingle-dangle… they’ve probably prevented at least a few cases of horrible burn victims.
I have been a “Singing Shatner” fan for a long time, ever since I first heard Tambourine Man on Dr Demento’s radio show. (Damn that really puts me squarely in the Old Man section of Nerdbastards bleachers.) Throw in some Nimoy singing about a Hobbit and your golden. Everybody these days is trying to slip a little Shatner into their shows. Check out the clip of the “Shat” (That’s what the hip “Singing Shatner” super fan calls him these days.) AFI Lifetime Achievement show for George Lucas after the jump.
Now “Shat” is moving into the world of Heavy Metal, that head banging, guitar thrashing world of Zakk Wilde. If you have a sneaking feeling you have seen Zakk before it could be from his role as “Ghode”, guitarist of the fictitious metal band Steel Dragon from the Mark Walberg (Say hey to your Mom for me!) movie Rock Star. Don’t act like you don’t watch that movie every time it comes on TV during weekend afternoons. After all, naked Jennifer Anniston is NAKED Jennifer Anniston. Zakk also appeared on the TV show Angel in the season four episode “The Magic Bullet” where he plays acoustic on the song “Mandy” while Angel and Conner sing along.
OK, there is this video of “Shat” and Zakk collaborating . . . I guess you could call it that. Zakk plays guitar while “Shat” sits around watching a Packers game. Damn, I can’t even fake a zinger, I want to sit around with “Shat” and watch a Packers game . . . Hell, I would watch Star Trek V, just to sit around with the “Shat”. That is enjoying your pain and pleasure at the same time.
Now I do have some hope for this project. Zakk Wilde can play the crap out of a guitar. Throw in some “Shat” style yelling and I think you’ll have something worth listening to.
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