star trek debuted on NBC in 1966, and it has since established its legacy as one of the greatest sci-fi franchises of all time. Created by Gene Roddenberry, the series revolutionized television with its unique sets, props and characters. The franchise has earned its fair share of reboots and spinoffs over the years. But none got the stamp of approval from any of the star trekbiggest stars: William Shatner. And the James T. Kirk actor doesn’t think Roddenberry would like the new projects either.
“Star Trek”: the role of William Shatner, the originals and the spin-offs
On the original star trek series, Shatner played James T. Kirk, the fearless captain of the USS Enterprise. With his steadfast second-in-command, First Officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy), at his side, Kirk led the crew into new star systems to search for life, explore strange new worlds, and establish friendly relations with alien cultures. .
star trek featured Shatner and Nimoy in lead roles, along with DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, George Takei, and James Doohan.
The original series was short-lived. NBC only renewed star trek throughout Season 3, although most of the original cast returned to their roles soon after to Star Trek: The Animated Series in 1973.
Generally, most Trek fans consider the 1966 original series, the 1973 animated series and six feature films – Star Trek: The Movie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and Star Trek VI: The Unknown Country – be “the originals”.
Spinoffs followed, including one directed by Patrick Stewart Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Company.
More recently, star trek has seen a modern revival with projects such as the JJ Abrams film reboot Star Trek: Discovery, as well as television series Star Trek: Strange New Worldswhich has received rave reviews since its premiere in May.
William Shatner shared his thoughts on new ‘Star Trek’ projects at Comic-Con
While talking about his life and career with host Kevin Smith at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Shatner didn’t hold back on the new era of star trek.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, when asked if there were any new star trek series he thought rivaled his own, Shatner replied, “None of them.”
The 91-year-old actor then added, “I got to know Gene Roddenberry pretty well in three years. He would be turning in his grave because of some of that stuff.
In addition to his polarizing comments on star trek, William Shatner also took a hit in another famous sci-fi franchise. “F*** star wars,” he said. “…But not Mark Hamill.” The panel ended with a friendly “curse” between Shatner and Smith.
The Captain Kirk actor made other eyebrow-raising remarks
Shatner’s recent comments at San Diego Comic-Con certainly raised eyebrows for fans of the new star trek series. But it’s far from the first time the Captain Kirk actor has come under scrutiny for his remarks.
During the same panel, Shatner not-so-subtly shaded a fan for wearing a face covering while trying to ask him a question. “Not only did I not understand what he’s talking about, I don’t understand who he’s talking to,” Shatner said after repeatedly asking the fan to remove his mask, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Some might also remember the time Shatner insulted star trek fans on a 1986 episode of Saturday Night Live. In the sketch, Shatner plays a version of himself at a science fiction convention. He tells a room full of Trekkies to “make a living, will you?” I mean, to cry out loud, it’s just a TV show!
In 2021, Shatner was also one of the few people to travel to space in Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ controversial New Shepard NS-18 of Blue Origin. It was an experience the actor raved about at Comic-Con 2022.
“I went there and swore that every moment I spent in space wouldn’t be playing in zero gravity, but looking out the window and trying to get a sense of it,” he said.
Many have criticized his decision to travel to space, including his former star trek co-star Takei, who mockingly described the actor as “unfit” and a “guinea pig,” as reported by Page Six.
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