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Star Trek Tour Premiere Interviews + Pictures January 18, 2008

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Conventions/Events/Attractions,Interview , trackback

“Star Trek The Tour” kicked off Thursday with a press conference and gala party…and was there.

Shatner interview and press conference clips

Star Trek TOS set decorator John M. Dwyer

More Shat

Gala Opening Red carpet photos

Tim Russ and Will Wheaton

Arlene Martel and William Shatner

Patti Yasutake and Herman Zimmerman

More to come: A detailed review and guided video walk through of the tour will be up by Sunday. Until then check out our preview.

Star Trek The Tour opened in Long Beach today (Friday) and runs until February 17, more info

some images: WireImages


1. Noleuser - January 18, 2008

Really Cool!

2. toddk - January 18, 2008

Nice beard wes!

3. KennyB - January 18, 2008

Anthony–do you ever sleep these days? Great stuff!

4. Harry Ballz - January 18, 2008

Keep on Trekkin’……………….. :)

5. jonboc - January 19, 2008

Shat looks like he’s having fun with this. He looks great, it’lll be a darn shame if the man isn’t in the film in some capacity. Can’t wait for that exhibit to come to town. Too bad the displays weren’t blinking, but I really didn’t expect them to for a portable exhibit.

Looks like a lot of fun.

6. VOODOO - January 19, 2008

What a waste to not have him in this film.

7. SirMartman - January 19, 2008

Boy that really reminds me “Star Trek Generations” when Kirk takes that long look at the empty captains chair on the Enterprise B.

Im sorry to say that Ive lost all hope of William Shatner not being in Trek 11 after not seeing his name on the new web site for Star Trek 11.

My questions are,,

Will he return in the next trek ?

Is this the last time Mr Nimoy will play “Spock” ,,,,,,,,,ever ?

Will we ever see a fix to that “Kirk Death Mistake” ??

Will we see Nimoy as”Spock”,,,save his freind,,, as “Kirk” said,,”you would of done the same for me,,”

Will we ever see Nimoy and Shantner on screen together again,,,to say that last goodbye ??

Im really looking forward to the next trek,, I just hope they dont bury the very essence that made it great

8. trektacular - January 19, 2008

Can’t we just forget continuity and have Shatner back in a 4th season of TOS?
That was sweet the way you fell down Anthony, didn’t even say f*ck or nothin’.

9. Cranston - January 19, 2008

OK, this is a somewhat cheesy promo event for a somewhat cheesy moneymaking endeavor, but I have to admit: seeing Shatner sitting in that chair, on that bridge, is making me all misty.

10. TJ Trek - January 19, 2008

I have to say of anybody cast or crew who worked in star trek Herman Zimmerman has to be my favorite. I just freakin love the guy. I mean look at all the sets he dream up, and the way’s he ofund to save money for Star trek. I mean awesome sets on a Star Trek budget. Is it possible? yes, and Zimmerman made it happen. My fav has to be the Klingon Courtroom in ST VI. GREAT

11. Allister Gourlay - January 19, 2008

oh NOOOOOO that question “whats your fav episode!!!!” i was cringing inside….
very diplomatic answer from the Shat…. how sick he must be of that question.
Where do they get these reporters.

And that fall Anthony… my daughter commented “oh hes very posh and didnt swear” lol!

12. Doug - January 19, 2008

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Abrams and crew will find a way to get Mr. Shatner in the film (after this writers’ strike is resolved).

Here’s why: Nimoy and Shatner have a contractual clause, “what he gets, I get. (so there!)”

Here’s a list (in no particular order):

* In the movies, Shatner got big bucks for salary, follow suit with Nimoy.
*Nimoy releases an album, Shatner follows suit (ow ow ow my ears– the difference here is that Nimoy can sing, Shatner… well…).
* During ST: TMP Shatner gets script approval; so does Nimoy.
* Spock has pointed ears, Kirk does too (in one episode).
* Nimoy directs a movie, Shatner does too.
* Both Shatner and Nimoy quest star on episodes of ‘The Twilight Zone.’
* Both Shatner and Nimoy (pre-TREK) appear in the same episode of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”
* Spock dies, dammit, so does Kirk…
* Kirk gets the girl (more times than we can count); Spock does too (okay, once, maybe twice).
* Spock comes back, Kirk co… (oops, sorry Bill, you’re toast…).
* After TREK was cancelled, Nimoy moved over to Mission: Impossible; Shatner makes a few quest appearances on the same.
* Shatner stars in two horror flicks (”The Devil’s Rain” and “Kingdom of Spiders”) and Nimoy stars in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”
* Shatner has a nude scene with Angie Dickinson in “Big Bad Mama;” –oops, I think Nimoy avoided that one (grin)!
* Nimoy publishes a book or two, Shatner follows by writing quite a few novels penciling every single word (snicker).
* Nimoy narrates ‘In Search Of;’ Shatner narrates a number of documentaries for PBS and Discovery.

Methinks they are ying and yang– talk about being competetive!

I hope everyone takes this loving jab in the spirit intended as I think each of the two are super talents. “Star Trek” wouldn’t be what it is without either– and I do hope Shat makes some kind of appearance in the movie.

13. Doug - January 19, 2008

Want to feel old?

Wil Wheaton was a kid when he was a cast member of Next Gen; and how he is old enough that he could run for President (and I’m sure he’d do a better job of it than our current) of the United States!!!

I need my Geritol.

14. SirMartman - January 19, 2008

Re Doug #12
Pretty good stuff there Doug,
but dont forget the singing endevers of Mr Shatners “Rocket Man” or
Nimoys Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.

Im sure they must of gotten afew dollers for that too,,, *giggle*

Gees If I could ask Mr Shatner one question,,it would be,, didnt you read the script to Star Trek Generations”,,,to the last page.

Im always left wondering why he would read,,, Fall off cliff,,,say something dumb,,,end movie,,,

“Ok,,I’ll do it,,,”




15. Commodore Redshirt - January 19, 2008

[Will we ever see a fix to that “Kirk Death Mistake” ??]

People die.

If you live a life of danger going into the unknown, the odds are you will die before your time. As it was, Kirk lived a full life of discovery and adventure and was able to fit more into his [fictional] life than perhaps any human had up to that point in history. He had to go sometime and he did it in a fight to the death with the lives of others on the line.

I’d say it ain’t bad! Kirk could have died a hundred times over, yet he always came out ahead. To have him come back would really mess with canon!

16. Commodore Redshirt - January 19, 2008


Did you see SHAT in front of the GOT?!?!?!?!? [more shat, pic 3]

Pay the man, Shirley…

17. Lt. Iowagirl - January 19, 2008

Aahh, THE Bridge. Those marvellous interiors, sounds, views – and the right man in the Captain’s Chair.

18. Son of V'ger - January 19, 2008

William Shatner where he belongs—–sitting in his captain’s chair aboard the original Enterprise bridge.

JJ Abrams can keep his 150 million dollar ‘revisioned’ turkey, these simple still photos are purer Trek than anything he can snake oil us!

19. trektacular - January 19, 2008

Lt. Iowagirl? What happened to Ensign?

20. trektacular - January 19, 2008

18. I agree.

21. Viking - January 19, 2008

A Boy And HIs Chair. The Shat still wears it like he belongs there.

“ABRAAAAAAAMMMMMSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” ;-)

22. KennyB - January 19, 2008

re 18: Yes where he and that set belong……..a museum. They had thier place in time……and now like all relics…….need a nice place to be kept and looked at.

I love TOS and Kirk but I will be first in line on Dec 25th 2008.

23. TK - January 19, 2008

#17, #18, #21 I totally agree. The right man in the right chair.


Why oh why did Bill sign that contract for VII?

24. Ralph - January 19, 2008

That’s it #7 SirMartman!. That is why there is a heavy reference on Menagerie. Spock will save his Capt. And William Shatner has already visited JJ Abrams for the shoot. They will use time travel to save Capt Kirk (you would have done the same for me).

25. trektacular - January 19, 2008

Shat needs to be on a plywood set again, since he can’t be in the new movie why not an alternate series where the movies never happened?

26. Commodore Redshirt - January 19, 2008

re:7, 24

…this will be “The Search For Kirk.”

Just look at what Spock did for Pike (who was not even his “dear close friend” like Kirk was) …

Oh, and what old Trek episode was just this last fall on the cinema circuit?!?!? (Anthony, were there any pics?)

JJ says:

Remember Pike!

Know Spock!

Kirk is so important to the story we have his folks in the cast…

And Shat is still “in” enough with the Trek Powers That Be that he is front and center at the show…


27. DJT - January 19, 2008

It’s good to see Bill back in his old chair.

It’s where he’s always belonged.

As long as he’s on that bridge, the world looks like it just might be okay.

Thanks Bill.

28. AJ - January 19, 2008

“Am I going to beat Christopher Pine?”

“No, meet.”


29. A. - January 19, 2008

Wow, a whole lot of “complaining” going on.

30. Stanky McFibberich - January 19, 2008

re: 28
Dang you, AJ. I wanted to say that! :)
Yes, seeing Shatner in that chair is better than a hundred Star Trek XIs.

Would be very cool indeed to see that bridge.

31. A. - January 19, 2008

“6. VOODOO – January 19, 2008
What a waste to not have him in this film. ”

Surprising given that Nimoy is in it but truthfully I have confidence JJ Abrams knows what he is doing. Better to NOT have Shatner than to have him for the sake of having him.

32. Chris Pike - January 19, 2008

Woah yes! To see His Shatness back in his rightfull place, His original Throne is an extraordinary thing to witness!

33. Disgruntled Trekster - January 19, 2008

Shatner looks sooooo good back in the saddle again. Just like he had never left. If only the rest of the original cast could have been there as well. Talk about an impromptu ‘alternate’ TOS episode.
While I would enjoy seeing Shatner in the new movie, I tend to agree that just simply having him for the sake of having him would not be in the film’s best interest. Add him in only if his part truly would be crucial in some way to the story.

34. steve adams - January 19, 2008

Hahaa. There you go all you Shatner un-dead. Get a last look at your beloved Shatner in his old rocking chair.

35. SPB - January 19, 2008

“Do you know which one is warp and which one is the phaser?”

Yikes. Totally had a flash to Shatner’s ’86 “SNL” skit. And not in a good way. :)

36. DEMODE - January 19, 2008

Shatner looks great sitting in that chair. Right where he belongs!

He also looks good standing in front of the Guardian of Forever…. Gee, I wonder if…… :)

37. Sven K. - January 19, 2008

So much for wishful thinking. Let’s face the facts: the Shat has grown really fat and he obviously has a severe hypertension problem. That is not perfect shape. A miracle that he fits in that exhibition chair.

38. Mütze - January 19, 2008

Not to step on anybody’s toes here, but those were ALL stupid questions in the interviews.

39. cbspock - January 19, 2008

I agree the questions were stupid. It did have the feel of Generations. Shatner so belongs on that bridge. It will be a shame if he isn’t in the movie.

40. cbspock - January 19, 2008×16/The_Galileo_Seven_295.JPG

Shatner is Star Trek

41. dalek - January 19, 2008

Does anyone else think its wrong that Tom Cruise gets to sit on the real Captain’s chair, whilst Shatner has to sit on a mock-up created for a tour? For someone who is in awe of the man, JJ really is going out of his way to make all his pals welcome on this film and Shatner an outcast.

42. CanuckLou - January 19, 2008

Great stuff Anthony! Thanks so much for posting it. Hope you didn’t hurt yourself too badly when you fell.

43. Krik Semaj - January 19, 2008

I’m glad Shatner is not in it. I wish Nimoy wasn’t either. This belongs to the new group. The original cast are icons,but OLD icons. You can only go so far wth this. Most fans can’t wait for the new move (me included) with a fresh approach to the franchise. Wishing for the old cast won’t bring them back esp. Kelly & Doohan. At some point you have to let new blood take over. You don’t see any 70yr old athletes playing professional sports, and you won’t find any 70 yr old ship captains in the Navy. The idea of Shatner in the chair is ridiculous.
Before you write me off as some young new fan keep in mind I was 7 when TOS premiered
Bring on the new cast.

44. Malformed - January 19, 2008

To all the Shatner Revivers,

I grew up with Captain Kirk.
In my 6 year old mind, when I grew up I was going to Captain a starship and I’d know exactly what to do because I’d already seen Captain Kirk do it.

TNG came on in an extreme low point in my life, I would watch it every Saturday with an 82 year old woman who was also a TOS fan and afterwards we’d talk about what crap it was and how we wanted it to be better – but we’d keep watching it.

But TNG kept me going because somehow it kept a spark of something going during a very long, dark time in my life. It told me stories I wanted/needed to hear/see told.

Generations was one of the most disappointing movie experiences of my life because they killed off two beloved characters, in my opinion ignominiously,Kirk and the 1701-D.

(not to mention Picard’s nephew…)

But at least Kirk had a good exit line and (having watched both my parents as they died) Shatner gave a pretty good simulacra of when the light just goes out. It was still a death that was hard to be moved by, and Kirk deserved better.

As I look back on it now, it was like the death of Hope.

I really think JJ & CO. are going to revive that hope.

But – to the KRM ( Kirk Ressurectionist Movement) what would be a plausible motivation for Spock to go back in time and prevent Kirk’s death? I’m looking for a logical reason that would make it totally different than what Janeway did in “Endgame”?

Poorly handled, Spock doing that very thing could savage another beloved character. His motive could not be selfish.

Thoughts, please…

45. Ivory - January 19, 2008


I disagree. This is a perfect film to have Kirk and Spock ride off into the sunset together. Rather than leave Kirk dead under a pile of rocks for no reason.

It’s going to be a real letdown if Shatner doesn’t show up.

46. Ivory - January 19, 2008


I disagree. This is a perfect film to have Kirk and Spock ride off into the sunset together. Rather than leave Kirk dead under a pile of rocks for no reason.

It’s going to be a real letdown if Shatner doesn’t show up.

47. Lt. Iowagirl - January 19, 2008


I assassinated an adversary and was directly promoted to Lt.

48. Crusty McCoy - January 19, 2008


The resurrection, if there is to be one, should be an organic one (older Spock’s time travel to stop Romulans causes a butterfly effect in his own timeline). It could all happen as the main story takes place without any explanation. Kirk (WS) could simply be there (24th century) upon Spock’s return. Hope is restored.

However, if the film does not involve time travel or some form of an alternate universe for the young cast then I don’t see how it could be done at this point.

It would be nice to see WS and LN interact as Kirk and Spock one last time on the big screen.

49. Dave Thornton - January 19, 2008

Hmmmmmmmmm, Shatner looks thinner and his hair looks longer, Now if only the sideburns were pointed. LOL

50. Agent 47 - January 19, 2008

” 41. dalek – January 19, 2008

Does anyone else think its wrong that Tom Cruise gets to sit on the real Captain’s chair, whilst Shatner has to sit on a mock-up created for a tour? For someone who is in awe of the man, JJ really is going out of his way to make all his pals welcome on this film and Shatner an outcast.”

i wouldn’t call it wrong….just UNCOOL, maybe Shatner will be invited to the premier rather than the new bridge set!! i don’t get the outcast comment though?

still, it would be a nice gesture though,giving Shatner a tour of the new Enterprise :) even better, have him do the monologue for the movie :)

51. JohnnyMoo - January 19, 2008

#39, hehe, yeah “how does it feel to be on the bridge of an Enterprise and not be in command?”

I felt a bit sorry for him being asked something as unoriginal as “what’s your favourite episode”, but I suppose he’s well used to that after all these years and it comes with the territory.

For anyone in the UK who’s disappointed that the tour isn’t coming here, it’s probably because we sort of had it already. The Star Trek Adventure exhibition that was in Hyde Park a few years ago was virtually the same. Same 1701 bridge, same Ent-D bridge, shuttle rides, a section with items from Nemesis including the Scorpion and lots of other memorabilia dotted around. It looks like they kept everything in storage.

52. diabolk - January 19, 2008

Folks, if you EVER wondered why Shatner shouldn’t be Kirk, again in the new movie, look at that pic of him in the chair. SOrry, but when it comes to the place that even I say that, it’s too late for it to happen.

53. jonboc - January 19, 2008

#43 “You don’t see any 70yr old athletes playing professional sports, and you won’t find any 70 yr old ship captains in the Navy. The idea of Shatner in the chair is ridiculous.”

Geez Louise. Wha do some anti-Shats insist on such limited thinking? Like a 70 year old Kirk, if he were to show up in this movie, HAS to be in the freaking captain’s chair and delivering drop kicks.

Think outside the box people.

54. Ali - January 19, 2008

49 – thinner yes. I assume if he is in the movie, he will drop some pounds. Hair longer? That’s just wig # 15

55. simonkey - January 19, 2008

well thats trek!!!

56. pduff - January 19, 2008

Shat on the bridge of the Enterprise.


57. dalek - January 19, 2008

There’s nothing that Picard did in the whole TNG run, that Kirk and Shatner couldnt do aged 76.

58. Brian - January 19, 2008

Well done Anthony, as always!

It’s nice to see Bill back in the chair.

59. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - January 19, 2008

God damn if he doesn’t look good in HIS chair. Sorry as much as I’m sick of the whole debate and the button pushers on both sides. Seeing him where he belongs with that wry boyish smile brought a tear to my eye. We got to get him in somehow if only a cameo. Put me in the Shat camp

60. Cenobyte - January 19, 2008

great footage thanks!

61. SteveinSF - January 19, 2008

That was great! I just found out the tour is coming to Denver–can’t wait!

62. SteveinSF - January 19, 2008

Did the bridge model have the view screen as well?

63. CmdrR - January 19, 2008

Cool Anthony. I should have known you’d be there, too.
Watch your step next time. ;-) Then again, it’s not the worst thing having Denny Crane as your lawyer.

64. William Kirk - January 19, 2008

Shatner in HIS chair, in Kirk’s chair. It’s great. He belongs there on the bridge. It was said here for many times, but I have to say it again, I just can’t help.

65. star trackie - January 19, 2008

Why do I get the feeling that at 76 he could still wipe the floor with his many detractors half his age or younger??

You go Bill Shatner- you da man!

And yes..others may come and go, others may play Jim Kirk…but Shatner IS Jim Kirk.

Always will be.


66. Ralph - January 19, 2008

Ok, I am ok with new technology to compensate for realism. And JJ Abhrams already promised to follow cannon. The Enterprise looks pretty much the same. There seems to be a air of professionalism in the Starfleet uniforms. The cast was very mature at the Cloverfield Premiere. I believe JJ Abrams may have captured the utopian philosophy of the 24th century where one treats your neighbor as yourself. Peace and well being where we try to help others help themselves. Ok, I am ready. Bring on Star Trek and all it’s hype!

67. Keri V - January 19, 2008

Please, please, please find a place for William Shatner. He is a national treasure as Captain Kirk.

68. Lostrod - January 19, 2008

Just want to add my comment that Mr. Shatner DOES look great in that chair.

The man looks 20 years younger than most folks at age 76. I would love to see him in some compacity in the new movie.

I realize some folks don’t feel that way, but please show the man some respect. Derogatory remarks about weight, rocking chairs, etc are uncalled for.


69. Christopher - January 19, 2008

I’m going today!

70. Supercharger - January 19, 2008

I can’t believe that Shatner wants to be in this film and the writers and director are arogant enough to keep him locked out of it.

Thanks for 40 years of service. Now enjoy the kick in the ass on the way out.

Sorry to be so blunt, but Shatner can still pul it off and most Star Trek fans would welcome his return. It’s just a handfull of writers who want nothing to do with him.

I can only speak for myself when I say if Shatner is not in the film I won’t be going to see it.

71. Jay - "The Real Jim Kirk" - January 19, 2008

he said something about filming a movie… hmmm

72. Cheryl B - January 19, 2008

Mr Shatner still looks wonderfull in the center seat.

Come on guys there has to be a way to get him in the film and make everyone happy.

I must admit I didn’t think having Mr Shatner or Mr Nimoy in the film was a good idea at first, but now I can’t imagine a Kirk and Spock film without them.

There has to be a way.

73. T2 - January 19, 2008

For a brief time, I felt all was right with the world…the bridge, the chair, the man….it’s like the glass slipper in cinderella, that chair fits just right for one man and one man only. From the picture and the teaser, the movie is looking awesome, especially with the Nimoy tag at the end, but as good as it is, it would be just as much better if Shatner were in it.

74. Bring back the Shat - January 19, 2008

I saw the trailer with Cloverfield last night. When I started looking into the movie I was shocked that Shatner isn’t in it.

I am an old school fan of Star Trek (even though I’m only 23) who doesn’t keep up with the news as much as I should.

I thought both Nimoy and Shatner were in the movie. The only time I hear about this movie is when Shatner is talking about it.

It would truly suck if Shatner isn’t in it.

Who do we write to make sure William Shatner is in this film? Who is dumb enough to not have William Shatner in a Star Trek movie?

We need to do something about this.

Bring back Shat

75. Greg2600 - January 19, 2008

Anthony, I am green with Envy! Shatner, in the center seat, right in front of you! Awesome work.

Would be great if Shatner found his way into STNV, but I doubt he’d ever do a fan production.

76. Jared - January 19, 2008

I just want to say that I really hope they do find a way to get Bill Shatner in this movie. He deserves it, and we deserve it to.

77. Chris Clow - January 19, 2008

The damn thing can’t get to Seattle or Vancouver fast enough. I’ve been on the 1701-D, but I’ve ALWAYS been a TOS fan first and foremost and my 20-year old ass wants to sit in that chair!

78. MrRegular - January 19, 2008

Memo to James Cawley:
Since it looks like JJ is not going to feature the Shat in the upcoming film, why not feature him in an upcoming production of yours?
The pictures of the Shat in the Captain’s chair moved me deeply. He deserves one final film appearance, at least, as a tribute to his contributions towards the Trek universe.
Many thanks for the work you have done thus far in continuing the Trek adventure!

79. jonboc - January 19, 2008

May be the camera playing tricks, but his hair seems to be missing the salt and pepper of late and has more of a golden “Kirkish” color. And to anyone who watches Boston Legal with any regularity, the man is clearly slimming down….just sayin’.

80. Alex - January 19, 2008

#78: I was gonna say the same thing!!

81. Oregon Trek Geek - January 19, 2008

79 jonboc–It’s hard to tell, but I think maybe Bill has dropped some weight. Or he’s wearing a huge jacket….

I especially liked the interview with Mr. Dwyer. What a cool guy.

Anthony’s blooper was awesome, hope you’re ok there dude. :)

I couldn’t help but wonder if H. Ellison is sueing over them having the GOF there. :)

Anthony, I loved the new trailer, but I loved yours more. :)

82. Oregon Trek Geek - January 19, 2008

Ok, sorry, two too many smilies in my last post. Sorry. :)

83. DEMODE - January 19, 2008

Unless someone was going to pay Bill a million dollars, he isn’t going to do a fan film. Frankly, I don’t want to see him in a fan film. I like seeing Walter, George and some of the other actors in fan films, because they get to shine in there roles more so then in TOS and the movies. But Shatner always shined in the movies. It would seem silly to me to put him in a fan film. Either its a feature film, a direct to DVD movie, a television mini-series, or nothing.

84. I AM THX-1138 - January 19, 2008

I like all the comments about Shatner in his chair. The real chair is in Seattle. Some of the buttons appeared to be missing.

I don’t like the idea of Shatner reprisingis role in New Voyages either. Another transporter malfunction would be going to the well one too many times.

And I don’t think Ellison can sue over a prop of the Gaurdian. He didn’t build it, he just wrote about it.

85. Classic trek - January 19, 2008

how bloody good does shatner look in that chair. he was born to play the role of capt kirk and he fits that chair like a glove. he looks great. get him in this movie!
fantastic picture thanks

86. D. McCoy - January 19, 2008

Someone probably already said this…but how could Chris Pine be in the movie if Kirk is dead?

So, OK, so it’s set in the TOS era and there are new actors playing the parts. Then how could Nimoy be in the film?

Oh, so that means it’s a flashback story and in fact there are three Spocks in the film. In at least three separate time periods.

But how many Kirks are there? How come the Shat isn’t one of them if they could arc a flashback prior to the Nexus? If they can have a TOS era Spock and a Spock of the future, they should be able to have a Shat in a time zone too.

87. SPB - January 19, 2008


Ain’t happenin’.

Shatner does nothing for free. What is THE NEW VOYAGES gonna pay him with? A pizza?

88. Dave Thornton - January 19, 2008

For all those who claim Shatner looks too old and bloated etc,

have you ever seen actors in public? without the make up and special lighting? male and/or female?

they usually look older and heavier as well.

for 77;he looks better than most of us probably will ,

IF we live that long.

89. The Vulcanista - January 19, 2008

#12, Definitely taking it in the spirit which it was intended, those parallels are still very weird once you see them spelled out like that. :-)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

90. VOODOO - January 19, 2008

Get Shatner back where he belongs.

Roberto, there is still time to save Captain Kirk!!!

91. Magic_Al - January 19, 2008

I LOVE this:

92. Smike van Dyke - January 19, 2008

I dunno. IMHO Shatner does NOT look that great in the center seat any more. He may look good for 76 year old but his captaincy is over. I know lots of people want him to reprise the role but I’m not one of them. Heck, even in TUC he looked old in the part. TUC was a great signing-off and while GEN most certainly was a sad way to say goodbye, it is as it is…They’ve just written him off for the wrong reason, expecting NG to do well on the big screen (which didn’t happen)…They should have let Kirk enjoy his retirement…

I would have loved to see the Shat one more time in Trek. He could have been Pine-Kirk’s grandfather or an echo from the future but it’s really time people stop thinking of seeing the man in the center seat ever again. People get old and eventually die. I wish him a long and fulfilled life but when it comes to Kirk, the role is Pine’s now…either he can revive the character IN a different era and FOR a different era or that’s it for original Trek.

As for Nimoy-Spock bringing back Kirk in a Janeway-like manner…Come on, this would really stretch the credability of the entire franchise far beyond limits…it might please some die-hards while alienating potential new viewers well beyond repair (most of them haven’t even seen GEN!)…Maybe they could pull through something like that in Direct-to-Video endeavour…but not on the big screen…and I really doubt the Shat would do DTV…

93. VOODOO - January 19, 2008

# 92

How would that in any way alienate new viewers beyond repair?

People would settle for a 30 second cameo that shows that Kirk survived the nexus and is alive + well.

People want their hero to survive the piss poor writing of Generations.

94. yellowdogsc - January 19, 2008

Seeing these pictures of Shatner brings a tear to my eye and makes me think of that Simpsons spoof:


95. steve adams - January 19, 2008

Its mind boggling to read these fans of Shatner! Simply fasinating.
Never seen such devotion to an actor.
That said , I’m not paying 10 bucks to see Spock and Kirk ride off into the Sunset, this isn’t a western… Shatner would love it, he could insist the producers let him use his own horse.
(Can you see why this would be totally unappropreate)!
Do you Shatner undead have what’s best for Star Trek in mind or are you sooo in love with this guy that you would want to see some spock and kirk buddy picture.
I think your all nuts.
Ps tom cruise is a wack job.

96. RTC - January 19, 2008

Shatner did a tremendous job in this news conference. Very much at ease and engaging, and the little bit of teasing he offered didn’t make him look condescending.

And yeah, isn’t it great to see him back in the chair. There’s one point in the news conference where he leans back to hear a question. There was just something so natural and ‘in command’ about that. Very cool!

97. Ryan - January 19, 2008

If Shatner has no part in the script then he cannot be in the movie unless the writer strike ends because they won’t make alterations.

No I’ll wait for someone to insert an abusrd remark as to why that’s not true.

98. asc1138 - January 19, 2008

37. – Whoa easy there big guy. A miracle he can even fit in the chair? Your blowing this way too out of proportion. Who cares if he put on some weight and is bit old. Geez, get a grip dude…..

99. Dennis Bailey - January 19, 2008

Good video, except…

Anthony, are you auditioning to be the cinematographer on “Cloverfield II,” there?

100. asc1138 - January 19, 2008

At 76 he looks amazing. Would really love to see him with Nimoy at least one last time……..

101. asc1138 - January 19, 2008

As Star Trek fans, shouldn’t we embrace those that age? Isn’t the point to look past the outer appearance to the inner human spirit? These people that claim Shat is too fat and old, guess what? PEOPLE AGE AND HAVE WEIGHT PROBLEMS!!!!! Who cares what he looks like? De Kelly was showing signs of age in TUC, but he still pulled it off nicely.

As long as Shat is not running around chasing green babes and getting into fist fights, he can work beautifully as an older non-action role.

102. Kirk save senario - January 19, 2008

Kirk death fix idea…

Spock time travels with back to Generations movie and beams Kirk up to a shuttle craft. The Tallosians go with spock and give Picard illusion of Kirk’s death. History is the same and Kirk and Spock to to Talus 4.

Spock saved Pike so why not Kirk!

Any Good?
Tell JJ?

Who can do better?

see my star trek art work and let me know what you think…

103. Ryan - January 19, 2008

#102 – Spock wouldn’t violate the temporal prime directive for personal gain. He would only do so to fix what was damaged, e,g, First Contact.

104. cagmar - January 19, 2008

Seeing Kirk on the bridge, clutching his captain’s chair like it’s part of his body makes me think he might deserve a place in the new movie. There was happiness in his face which is rare to see. He looked happy. BUT of course, credibility and story must come first. Still…

And one more thing. Roberto, et al.: I’ve been thinking that a tribute should be put at the end of ST XI for De Kelly, Scotty, and the other ST heroes that have passed. An “In Memory of…” kind of thing. This would be the perfect movie for that. So please do think about it.

105. cagmar - January 19, 2008

Seeing Kirk on the bridge, clutching his captain’s chair like it’s part of his body makes me think he might deserve a place in the new movie. There was happiness in his face which is rare to see. He looked like Kirk. BUT of course, credibility and story must come first. Still…

And one more thing. Roberto, et al.: I’ve been thinking that a tribute should be put at the end of ST XI for De Kelly, Scotty, and the other ST heroes that have passed. An “In Memory of…” kind of thing. This would be the perfect movie for that. So please do think about it.

106. cagmar - January 19, 2008

Seeing Kirk on the bridge, clutching his captain’s chair like it’s part of his body makes me think he might deserve a place in the new movie. There was happiness in his face which is rare to see. He looked like Kirk. BUT of course, credibility and story must come first.

Even so, I’ve been thinking that a tribute should appear at the end of ST XI for De Kelly, Scotty, and the other ST heroes that have passed. An “In Memory of…” kind of thing. This would be the perfect movie for that. So please do think about it.

107. trektacular - January 19, 2008

Shatner would look out of place in the new movie, I want to see him on the same plywood set again. Paramount you know it can happen! Make it happen!

108. Multitrek - January 19, 2008

Why is Admiral Nelson sitting in Captain Kirk’s chair?

Just kidding!

Can you believe the last pictures we have from that guy, sitting in that chair, surrounded by these consoles, date almost 40 years! Half my hair is grey now and I wasn’t even born during the last TOS season.

He sure doesn’t look like most 76 years old people I know… Of course he could play Captain Kirk! And not just a damn cameo… The guy can still ride horses.

I’m still hoping Shatner will be in the movie.

I was watching The Wrath of Khan the other day and I was wondering how the new actors are going to manage to make Star Trek look as convincingly real as the original actors could. Special effects alone can’t do it…

109. elmachocombo - January 19, 2008

When Big John (the set designer) says, “it’s their show…let ’em have their fun.” I whooped. Yeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaw!
HE gets it.
That was awesome.
Passing the mantle.
That oughta make a few people think.

Let’s just relax and have fun.

P.S. You shoulda seen the line to get into Cloverfield here in Sacramento on Friday. There was a line to get into the dang parking lot.

110. Mike Thompson (UK) - January 19, 2008

Bill looks great in the Captains Chair.

Still sad he is not in the new movie.

Surely they could of found away.

111. Gene L. Coon (was the Better Gene because he) was a U. S. Marine - January 19, 2008

Wow. I am sad. I have always been in the BBK camp, and this just makes my case again. Some things are just meant to be. The sun rises in the east, the pillow is cold on the other side, Tom Seaver should wear a Met uniform, and it should snow on Christmas. Shatner is Kirk. I’m sad because little moments in life pass so quickly, and we miss them constantly. The man looks good, he is in good health, and has his marbles. But he is going to be 77 in March. Movies take a good two years to complete from start to finish. If he isn’t in this one, he may very well never be again. What? When he is 80? What is the harm in having him play Kirk as long as he is able? How good do those pictures look? Life is too short.

I have also always hoped that this is all the mother of all ruses, and Shat will deny his involvement until the film premiere, and there he’ll be, in all his secret glory. I will be disappointed if he isn’t up there.

112. mctrekkie - January 19, 2008

Does no one see the irony of those first shots of Shatner in the command chair?

All those mics and cameras in Shatner’s face–

Kinda like Generations.

All he had to do was utter…

“Take us out”


113. S. John Ross - January 19, 2008

#109 said it already, so I’ll just say “Yes,” to #109 :)

114. Iowagirl - January 20, 2008

– Even so, I’ve been thinking that a tribute should appear at the end of ST XI for De Kelly, Scotty, and the other ST heroes that have passed. –

100% agreement!

115. trektacular - January 20, 2008

I feel bad for all the bad things I’ve said about the Shatner lovers, I am one myself actually, just like to say I’m sorry. I need to die.

116. Bono Luthor - January 20, 2008

Shat/Kirk in the chair. Wow. Just, wow.

In the leather jacket with the longer hair he still looks enough like Kirk to be Kirk again, if you get my drift!

117. Kanye West - January 20, 2008

Why would they make a Star Trek movie with Spock (Nemoy) but not the real Kirk?

Nobody wants to see a movie without this guy. Put, the original bad ass in this movie.

118. Camaro 09 - January 20, 2008

No offense to Mr Orci (I think it’s really cool that he contributes so often here) but I notice that he won’t even comment on the Shatner issue.

Mr Orci, why not at least comment on what seems to be over time the most popular single subject Star Trek fans are talking about?

It seems many people are begging you to include Shatner as Kirk. I like many others cant understand how you do a ST movie and don’t include the fans favorite character?

This could be the one chance we have to see Kirk get a better ending.

Is there still a chance we could still see the man in a cameo? It just doesn’t feel right that he has been excluded.

Thanks for listening and best of luck with the new movie.

ps: Please don’t take this post in a negative light I am a fan no matter what.

119. Shaun - January 20, 2008

Shatner looks awfully good for his age in the video here, heck he just looks good PERIOD. I see no reason why he couldn’t put the uniform on one more time. If Spock can come back from the dead, so can Kirk. At the very least, I agree with #118. Kirk deserves a better ending than the one he got in Generations.

Then again, unless something’s already been written for Shatner and it’s simply being kept a secret, nothing can really be done about it until the WGA strike ends. I was so happy to learn that WB’s shelved their poorly written, miscast Justice League movie. I wish the same thing were happening here. I could be wrong, but I don’t think this movie is going to work.

Shatner: “Am I going to beat Chris Pine?”

LOL… If that were to happen, I’d actually buy a ticket and go see the movie!Shatner probably could still take that little mama’s boy that Abrams cast. Pine’s no Kirk.

120. Doug - January 20, 2008

Anthony, thanks for covering this event. I want to see the show, however, by the time the show arrives in my part of the country I will be serving in Afghanistan.

The photos and videos are great!

I hope to look as good as Shatner does when I am 76; he truly looks at home in the Captain’s chair. Seeing him in the center seat again just goes to prove he should be used in the movie somehow.

Heck, it could be as small a moment where someone asks Spock (Nimoy’s Spock) his last memory of seeing Kirk. Maybe the Captain and Spock discussing (foreshadowing) the need to reunify Vulcan and Romulus.

Since we cannot have one last scene with Bill, De, Jimmy and Leonard together, having the two would be quite fitting. Have faith,; this movie is going to be great!

Lastly, your site is awesome! Keep up the great work!

121. Doug - January 20, 2008

Addressing #118

One point should be made about folks asking the producers that Shatner be included in the film… who knows it may still happen. But one thing is certain at this point and time, unless a scene was already written, it cannot be changed or one added until the writer’s strike is over.

122. VOODOO - January 20, 2008

Doug #122

My theory has always been that they knew a strike was looming. If they truly wanted him they would have written in a scene for him long before the writers strike.

If six months up the road say they came up with a brilliant idea, but couldn’t put pen to paper (due to the strike) it’s a total cop out. If they truly wanted him he will be there in the end.

I hate to sound so harsh. I totally understand that Mr Orci and the others have a very tough job trying to re-launch this billion dollar franchise, but to many of us these characters are like extended family. If there is even a chance Kirk could be given a better ending we have to make the effort.

123. James Heaney - Wowbagger - January 20, 2008

I am so not getting involved in Shatner v Pine again (which appears to have become the Kirk v Picard of the new generation), but I want to say that that was a great interview with Mr. Dwyer. It was a bit obvious that he doesn’t realize just how rabid the fanbase is (it’s an intercom… yeah, we know), but it was still a very informative, very… what’s the word? Very *nice* piece.

I was so hoping we were about to get a picture of the mysterious Tony when I saw the blooper come up. Sigh… :P

124. Greg2600 - January 20, 2008

Woah, it just occurred to me (I am slow) that they will be taking this replica set around the country! Oooh, time to get my yellow command shirt out of the mothballs!

PS: Obligatory Shatner looks great, bring him back!

125. Bono Luthor - January 20, 2008

120 Hey Doug, good luck and stay safe.

126. Bart - January 21, 2008

These scenes on the bridge remind me of Kirk’s entrance on the Enterprise-B bridge in Generations. All the press and journalists were sourrounding the captain the same way the surround Shatner on the Tour.

127. steve adams - January 21, 2008

That picture of Shat says it all.
Old, retired, out of touch.
He allways cracks me up when somebody asks him about Closure. He allways say “I don’t believe in Closure”. No shat, its your fans that need closure. Haha
I say sabo-tage not sabotage.
Go away Denny just go……..!

128. Greg2600 - January 22, 2008

grow up steve adams, it’s just a TV Show.

129. MrChristian919 - January 25, 2008

Anyone know when this tour comes through Dallas/Ft Worth?

I’ve looked on the site, which confirms it’s coming, but I can’t find a date. I’m stoked.

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