No matter where he goes or what he does, William Shatner will always be associated with star trek and Captain Kirk. Clearly, Shatner has viewed this as kind of a mixed blessing over the years. He openly mocks Trek fans in a infamous Saturday Night Live sketchand he’s not shy about speaking his mind when he’s not in love with anything star trek is at some point.
And at this particular moment, it looks like Shatner isn’t a fan of what’s going on in StarTrek. Shatner appeared at his own panel at Comic-Con and at one point was asked if he felt any of the recent star trek series compared to the original star trek show that Shatner performed in the 1960s.
“None of them,” Shatner said, before adding:
I got to know Gene Roddenberry pretty well in three years… he’d roll over in his grave for some of that stuff.
Gene Roddenberry died in 1991; the last star trek show that he had any involvement with was Star Trek: The Next Generation. Shatner’s last screen appearance as Captain Kirk came in 1994. Star Trek Generationsalthough he continued to write star trek novels for several years after that. But that means it’s been 30 years since either of them played a major role in the franchise.
The current wave of star trek shows includes Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picardand animation Star Trek: lower decks. Although I can see that Shatner doesn’t like some of these series – and even some star trek fans aren’t in love with them either – the newest addition to the Trek line up, Star Trek: Strange New Worldsis a return to the original Trek, with a more episodic structure, allegorical sci-fi stories and an optimistic tone. It’s the new star trek show for vintage lovers Trek.
Here again, Strange new worlds features a young James Kirk played by another actor so… maybe that wouldn’t be to Shatner’s liking either. Anyway, all these recent star trek the series are available to stream on Paramount+.
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