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Star Trek Game Rematches William Shatner and The Gorn + UPDATE: New ‘Vulcan Reborn’ Promo Game March 28, 2013

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The new Star Trek co-op game (for PC, PS3 and Xbox360) is has Kirk and Spock from the new universe trying to save a Vulcan colony from an invasion of the Gorn. And Paramount has released a new video promo of the game featuring William Shatner and a TOS Gorn re-enacting the classic fight scene from "Arena." Check it out below. UPDATE: There is also a new online promo game.


Shatner Battles The Gorn Again For Star Trek Game

In an act of marketing genius, Paramount has brought William Shatner back to have a rematch with his "Arena" nemesis The Gorn. This is to promote the new Star Trek: The Video Game which has the new crew of the Enterprise dealing with lots and lots of The Gorn.

Gorn Fight – Then and Now

Watch William Shatner battling the Gorn again for the new Star Trek game.

Paramount also sent over this promo image.

Click to enlarge

Game Arrives April 23rd – PC Download Now Available for pre-order

The new Star Trek game arrives on April 23rd for XBox 360, Playstation 3 and PC download. You can pre-order the Xbox and PS3 version at Amazon.

You can pre-order the PC download at Steam at Steam for $49.99.

UPDATE: New Vulcan Reborn Online Promo Game

IGN UK has launched an online puzzle game called "Star Trek: New Vulcan Reborn." In the game you assume the role of a key member of the Vulcan Principal Research Council and you have to co-ordinate the colonization for the surviving members of the Vulcan race. The game is 24 missions long (each installment takes about a minute to play). New missions are released every day until 26th April 2013 (game launch day). Players are ranked and there will be prizes awarded. More info at Star Trek: New Vulcan IGN site.


1. ScottC - March 28, 2013

Epic and funny to boot!

2. Matt - March 28, 2013

i gotta admit this made laugh out loud. i remember seeing arena for the first time the other day.

3. TrekMadeMeWonder - March 28, 2013

Best promo, EVER!

This kids still got it!

4. Dave R - March 28, 2013

GREAT ad….Shitty game!

The whole point of ‘Arena’ was NOT killing the Gorn, the notion of ‘Misunderstanding’ and Mercy were what Star Trek was…back then. Now there’s a game where all you do is KILL THE GORN. As the Metrons said, maybe in 1000 years we will have actually evolved

5. Trek Lady - March 28, 2013


6. rm10019 - March 28, 2013


7. rm10019 - March 28, 2013

4 – Sounds like you have played the game to know the whole thing, and that ‘all you do is kill the gorn’….? How about you play the thing before you judge it.

8. Rico - March 28, 2013

That’s awesome!

9. Steve Gennarelli - March 28, 2013

Hilarious and awesome too !

10. Dr. Image - March 28, 2013

Wonder if it’s Bobby Clark!

11. bardicjim - March 28, 2013

At least you can now say Shatner got involved in the new Trek. And it involved a classic Shatner scene.

12. BatlethInTheGroin - March 28, 2013

The bit with Shatner was BETTER than the game promo–now THAT is what a Gorn is supposed to look like, not some Jurassic Park ripoff.

13. pg - March 28, 2013

The game looks like utter crap. Star Trek isn’t about just “point and shoot” action, there’s some level of thought involved.

Graphics look pretty subpar as well.

14. Gorn Captain - March 28, 2013

Awesome. That made my day!

15. Tanner Waterbury - March 28, 2013

Kirk vs Gorn 2: We’re too old for this sh*t!

16. Phil - March 28, 2013

That was funny. Grumpy Old Men…in space!

17. loghaD - March 28, 2013

Does anybody else just get an infinite loading screen?

It happens to me with several clips on Yahoo! Movies. Could it be region-locked (I’m in Sweden)?

18. ObsessiveStarTrekFan - March 28, 2013

Snort! That was actually funny.

19. denny cranium - March 28, 2013

Shatner finally got his wish. To be attached to a current Star Trek project.
Congrats! A funny promo.

20. Keachick - March 28, 2013

That looked more fun than the game. When are we going to have a Shatner/Gorn game series? LOL

21. I grok Spock - March 28, 2013

I had the same infinite loading problem. Found it on YouTube here adn watched it:

22. I grok Spock - March 28, 2013


23. Andrew - March 28, 2013

That’s hilarious. I loved it. “Now you’re just over-acting.” XD
Shatner is the best.

24. loghaD - March 28, 2013

Thank you, o groker of Spock :)

25. JohnRambo - March 28, 2013

omg this is awesome!

26. Jonboc - March 28, 2013

I’m really looking forward to this game, it looks like too much fun. And the promo was great. How can that man be 82?? So much energy! In the time I’ve taken to watch the spot and write this, Shatner has probably done a few voice-overs, played some paintball and inked a deal for a new TV series. Nice gene pool Shat, wish I could take a dip!

27. Exverlobter - March 28, 2013

I laughed so hard!

28. Red Dead Ryan - March 28, 2013

This was a funny ad. I’m glad that Shatner has found a way to stay involved with Trek without having to be in the new movies.

29. Gorn to be Wild - March 28, 2013

Oh my God, the Gorn really needs to shed some skin if he hopes to be in the next movie. And those compound eyes could use a lift.

30. Danpaine - March 28, 2013

That was absolutely priceless. What a treat.

…and I just bought a PS3, so I might ‘rent’ the game. Rent.

31. Jim Phelps - March 28, 2013

This is off subject but here is a new image of the bridge of the ship where John Harrison is seen sitting in the captains chair in the trailer. Also notice the bald headed fellow at the navigator position. Could that be Joseph Gatt’s character? Also notice the bridge crews uniforms.

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32. stunkill - March 28, 2013

@13~ Why cant star trek be a shooter except in your own mind? And how the hell do you know what is involved in the game? You dont know crap about it except what has been shown and your all set to condemn it not based on real facts, but your own uninformed and judgemental opinion. Give the damn thing a chance before you bury it. Do you honestly think every species starfleet comes across will be enlightened and benevolent? I would hope you dont get cut to shreds while your sitting in the corner giving thought to the hostile invasion going on around you. And the graphics look good to me, but I guess my visual perception has not been spoiled by constantly changing and never satisfied gamer expectations, like spoiled children.

33. Your Father's Star Trek - March 28, 2013

Loved the clip!

34. J.R. Ewing - March 28, 2013


I want Shatner back ST III and I don’t care how old he is. Leonard Nimoy was great in Star Trek 09, I’m sure Shatner would be equally good.

35. DJT - March 28, 2013


36. Kirk's Girdle - March 28, 2013

31 Jim Phelps

I believe the bald guy is Captain Robau. Old photo.

37. sisko - March 28, 2013

I love Bill!!!!!!!!111!!!!1111!!!!!one!!!!!

38. CanOpener1256 - March 28, 2013

The Gorn has aged well compared to Mark Hamill. Oops, wrong thread!

39. JR - March 28, 2013

fantastic! just need to make some gun powder!

40. dmduncan - March 28, 2013

That is hilarious.

41. Calastir - March 28, 2013

Epic real life Shatner and Gorn make that game look bad.

42. porthoses bitch - March 28, 2013

If Id had milk it woulda came out my nose. Love it ! And remember Orci says the game is canon .

43. Dee - lvs moon surface - March 28, 2013

definitely EPIC… loved it!!!

;-) :-)

44. Jim Phelps - March 28, 2013

@36 Kirks Girdle

Not a chance. It’s a new image from the Empire magazine this week. The dark bridge floors is the same floor in the international trailer that Kirk is laying on after Harrison beats the tar out of him.

45. jas_montreal - March 28, 2013

I loved that. Every bit of it.

46. Curious Cadet - March 28, 2013


And this is exactly why Abrams doesn’t want him in his movie.

47. El Chup - March 28, 2013

All hail the Shat. Still can’t believe he’s 82.

Abrams is an utter fool for not filming the Orci scene in Trek 09.

Bob Orci – YOU KNOW IT TO BE TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

48. porthoses bitch - March 28, 2013

I had the thought tghe other when somone was writing about Trek and it’s turn to “action”… when you really think back almost every episode of TOS has phasers, photons or fisticuffs. Im not that well vered on thee other series (maybe someone can chime in). Waaaaaay back in the day I believe TV GUIDE designated Trek as ” sci fi- action”

49. Andy Patterson - March 28, 2013

That is great stuff! Shatner is everywhere! THE man! My only beef is Shatner’s Kirk used to punch people in the back with his fist; hitting all the supposed pressure points. Part of the show no one’s ever delved into. There’s a chapter in some future Trek book right there. I know there had to have been some sort of explained philosophy on the stunt coordinator’s part. I mean, it was in several fights.

Still,….long live the Shat!

50. Shatoupee - March 28, 2013

The Shat rules!! And so does the Gorn.

51. Captain Dunsel - March 28, 2013

Now THAT’S a Gorn!!!

(The one with Shatner, not that goofy looking thing in the game…)

52. Danpaine - March 28, 2013

Only Bill Shatner could make fun of it all, so well. So well done.

And kudos to whoever thought that spot up. Wonderful.

53. Kirk (my actual name) - March 28, 2013


That was awesome.

54. Dominic - March 28, 2013

Best thing ever.

55. Jim Phelps - March 28, 2013

I wonder if that is the same 1960’s Gorn suit or did they get the blue prints and make this one from scratch?

56. Commodore Adams - March 28, 2013

Lmao, love it!

57. Check the Circuit - March 28, 2013


58. fansincesixtynine - March 28, 2013

WONDERFUL. WONDERFUL. WONDERFUL. This did more for my interest in that game that all the publicity leading up to it. WOW, what fun!

59. Phil - March 28, 2013

Well, that didn’t last long. Brilliant little piece of parody on Shatners part, and the JJ bashers start in again. I have my own thoughts on how the movie is going to do, but for all you malcontents out there, I sure hope it makes a billion dollars….

60. ScottC - March 28, 2013

Blah, blah, blah….the new Gorn are too Jurassic Park….the new game is too much shoot and destroy….wah, wah, wah. I’m sure a video game with people in rubber suits and wooden sets would just go over “HUGE” in today’s market!

For everyone that complains about it not looking like the past, you do realize time has passed, right? You are actually using technology that didn’t exist back in the 60’s.

Grow up and stop complaining! If you don’t like the game, don’t buy or play it. I’m getting so sick of the complainers on this site!

61. Lostrod - March 28, 2013

Great! Loved it!


62. Ivory - March 28, 2013

Love it….What ashame that Shatner is wanted everywhere except in Abrams version of Star Trek. I’d love to see him cast as Kirk in Abrams third and final Star Trek film.

63. Garth - March 28, 2013


64. AyanEva - March 28, 2013

Loved it! And I want that game, although I’m terrible at video games. I play for 30 minutes and inevitably get stuck in a random room and quit in frustration for three months. I keep trying though.

65. Aix - March 28, 2013

Brillian marketing!!!

66. Matt Holley - March 28, 2013

Watched it 3 times… Still laughing out loud. IMO Chis Pine is a shitty choice as kirk. The only character they got right was Karl Urban as McCoy. Quinto is a mediocre Spock. Nevertheless Star Trek is alive and that’s all that really matters.

67. Basement Blogger - March 28, 2013

Who says The Shat doesn’t like Abrams Trek? Here he helps to sell a game based on Abrams Trek universe. By the way, you young Trekkers, “Arena” which featured the Gorn is a classic. Action. Big ideas. Everything that makes great Trek.

68. TrekMadeMeWonder - March 28, 2013

4. Dave R

So righteous. Awesome post!

69. Teiresias' Shades - March 28, 2013

@67 – Are there any young Trekkers here? It seems to me that judging from the posts on this and every other Star Trek site you’re not allowed to be a fan of Star Trek unless you watched the original broadcasts in 1966. Anyone else cannot be a real fan. And no one here has anything bad to say about ‘Arena’. Liking how this new game looks does not mean we hate the original series.

70. TrekMadeMeWonder - March 28, 2013

Don’t you guys get it?

Obviously in this promo, the costumer did.

That’s one of the reasons it’s so funny!

71. MJ - March 28, 2013

How ironic is it that Shatner is now as large and slow as that Gorn was in the classic TOS episode! :-))

72. Phil - March 28, 2013

@69. Oh, I sure hope so. Hepefully, some Godzilla fans, too.

73. MJ - March 28, 2013

Seriously though, that was great, including Shat!

74. MJ - March 28, 2013

@69. “Are there any young Trekkers here? It seems to me that judging from the posts on this and every other Star Trek site you’re not allowed to be a fan of Star Trek unless you watched the original broadcasts in 1966. Anyone else cannot be a real fan. And no one here has anything bad to say about ‘Arena’. Liking how this new game looks does not mean we hate the original series.”

If you watched it first in the 70’s, we count that as well. We are completely heartless.

75. Melllvar - March 29, 2013


Your age is irrelevant so far as appreciating the epic and timeless nature of Arena. Definitely one of the episodes which stand out. Do you mean to say that if you didn’t watch it in the 60’s, you somehow can’t appreciate it properly??

Because that’s ridiculous!

There’s nothing wrong with being a ‘young trekkie’ — if fact I would say we have it better because we will experience more of it in our lifetimes after you guys embark upon the final frontier of the human experience

76. Red Dead Ryan - March 29, 2013

Okay, “Arena” is considered one of the best ever episodes. The Gorn in that episode is iconic. There is a coolness factor about it that you don’t feel with the game version. Not judging the game, but the Gorn we have seen so far look generic.

And yeah, I understand that some of you will say how the original Gorn had a visible zipper and moved slowly. Big friggin’ deal. The episode was shot in the mid-sixties with (by current standards) somewhat primitive costumes and make-up effects. Wah Chang did a great job with what he had. The reptillian humanoid was very imaginative, and still is.

The producers could have simply updated the original design while keeping the basic look intact.


Dude, Basement Blogger was simply pointing out how great “Arena” is. He never said who can be a fan and who can’t. Quit jumping to conclusions.


77. Red Dead Ryan - March 29, 2013


Come on man, BB didn’t say anything remotely that you’re accusing him of saying. He never said there was anything wrong with being a young trekkie. He was using humor and irony to get his point across.

Sheesh, take a chill pill already!

78. vantheman77 - March 29, 2013

Rematch between Kirk and Gorn.

79. Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire - March 29, 2013

Let Shat be Shat.

80. CmdrR - March 29, 2013

Just watched the video. Shat is having great fun and so am I.

Guys… Old Trekfarts, Young Trekfarts… who cares?

The Arena is based on a short story by Fredric Brown written in 19-frakkin-44. I read it ages ago when Starlog reprinted it. It’s great fun, too.

81. K-7 - March 29, 2013

@77 “Come on man, BB didn’t say anything remotely that you’re accusing him of saying. He never said there was anything wrong with being a young trekkie. He was using humor and irony to get his point across. Sheesh, take a chill pill already!”

Yea, it is ironic that this young Trekkie (Teiresias’ Shades) is being so rude — just kind of proving for us why some of us don’t always have a lot of respect for the newbie fans. He’s reinforcing the unfortunate stereotype of the “upstart in your face younger Trek fan.”

82. Optimistic Doodle - March 29, 2013

Yep, as Artim said: “Don’t forget. You have to have a little fun every day.”

83. Red Dead Ryan - March 29, 2013

I’m currently 32 years old. I consider myself young. Heck, I look like I’m still 20 years old. I have been a Trek fan for 20 years. A long time. I was a fan of TOS/TNG/DS9 all that the same time. I love all three shows. Even though I wasn’t born till a dozen years or so after TOS was cancelled.

The thing is, I always thought the Gorn were cool. “Arena” has always been one of my favorites. Heck, a clip of the episode was even featured in “Bill And Ted’s Bogus Journey”, which btw featured Bill and Ted being thrown off the famous Vasquez Rock cliff that was seen prominently in the TOS episode.

Anyway, I don’t think we should lump all the young fans in with these two posters (Melllvar and Teiresias’ Shades). Most newbies tend to show better judgement than these two goofballs.

84. Melllvar - March 29, 2013

I’m sorry, I did not mean necessarily to offend, I just found his words to be condescending is all. As if the age gap would prevent us from being able to recognise that it’s a classic and features action

85. Arena Redux - March 29, 2013

O M G !!!! That was EPIC!!!

Thank you for making that, Namco-Bandai!!! (and William Shatner!)

86. Jack - March 29, 2013

What big ideas? War is bad?

Anyway, this is terrific. Shatner might be a little quicker than he was the first time.

87. Jack - March 29, 2013

Why is this about age?. Almost none of us here were adults when Trek was first on the air, many of us ‘older’ fans weren’t born yet. And even of we all had been around, so what? And it’s entirely possibly for a 12-year-old kid to have seen all the episodes and movies more than any of us.

Its like saying you have to be 150 years old, or 300 years old or 500 years old to really understand Shakespeare.

Who’s to say that younger fans don’t understand TOS like older fans do. It’s hogwash.

88. Basement Blogger - March 29, 2013

@ 75, 84

Melllvar says, “There’s nothing wrong with being a ‘young trekkie’ — if fact I would say we have it better because we will experience more of it in our lifetimes after you guys embark upon the final frontier of the human experience”

Um ,.. that was nice. Sorry, I’m still alive and am not dead yet. I was alive when TOS came out. So I have yet to “embark upon the final frontier” or should I say shuffle off the mortal coil as Q once said. (“Tapestry” paraphrasing Hamlet) Of course if I was dead, you would have a bigger story that William Shatner appearing in a video promoting the computer game.

My comment was about the fact that Shatner has criticized Abrams’ Trek which was designed to appeal to a broader and yes younger audience. Now he’s actually promoting this view of the Star Trek universe.
Second, there are new Trekkers who came to the franchise who have not watched TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager, or Enterprise. When the 2009 movie came out, one of my high school students I coached in mock trial asked me for a list of TOS shows to watch. My point was that some of these new Trekkers may not have seen “Arena.” I was pointing out that this classic show was what Trek is all about. If you want to know why Trek is great, this was a episode that showed you. As Leonard Nimoy points out, Trek works on many levels. Adventure. Heart. Ideas.

There is nothing in my post to indicate that I hate or dislike young Trekkers. In fact, Star Trek needs to appeal to young people so the franchise will continue into the future.

89. Kirk's the Best Captain, then Archer, then Picard, then the rest - March 29, 2013

Would love to see a Shatner cameo in the next movie. Got an idea of how it could go but if I give details publicly, it would be considered an unsolicited submission and therefore unusable. So I’ll wait til after it’s filming to open my big mouth.

Game’s on order so I can have an excuse to buy an Xbox.

90. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - March 29, 2013

Okay… those things in the game are supposed to be Gorn?!?! Do people realize that there’s a point where you “reimagine” something TOO much, where it in no way has anything to do with the original creature? You’re supposed to keep SOME recognizable traits, you know!!

91. Red Dead Ryan - March 29, 2013

I still don’t understand how some people came to the conclusion that BB claimed only older fans understand TOS. He didn’t say anything like that at all.

Some people really missed the context of his post.

92. Gorn Captain - March 29, 2013

@83 Arena also pops up in The Coneheads movie and Tropic Thunder.

I’ve been trying to make a list of all the times TOS shows up being watched by someone in a movie.

93. 750 Mang - March 29, 2013

Best Trek since DS9 went off the air.

94. Basement Blogger - March 29, 2013

@ 86

Ah, Jack my old friend. You say, “What big ideas? War is bad?” I believe that was directed at my comment. at 67.

First, as an idea, “War is bad” is not a bad idea. And frankly with today’s popular entertainment, an anti-war movie would be a big idea. I wonder if “Full Metal Jacket” would get made today by a big studio.

Anyway, “Arena” had big ideas. I hope you’ve seen it because I’m going to give a short dissertation on the episode.

1. The United States is not right all of the time. Okay, that idea in “Arena” is told through metaphor. The Gorn accuse the Federation of trespassing on their space. There’s a discussion between McCoy and Spock where the good doctor questions whether his government was right. And the Federation could have been wrong. Just because they wear those cool shirts with the Delta shield doesn’t mean they’re always right.

And if you were an opponent of the Iraq War, there were times you had your patriotism questioned. When Congressman John Murtha criticized the Iraq War and wanted the troops home, my Congresswoman Jean Schmidt basically called him a coward. (Murtha has died, Schmidt is no longer in congress.) But I argue that Murtha was right and his government was wrong. Just like the Federation was.

2. Brains work better than brawn. Kirk can’t defeat the Gorn. He’s too strong, too powerful. But he uses his intellect to construct a primitive cannon to defeat the Gorn.

3. Tolerance. It’s not as pronounced as “The Devil in the Dark” but it’s here. Kirk mentions his aversion to reptilian species but he questions whether his government was right. He’s not driven by mere hate. By the end of the episode, one can envision a negotiated settlement between the Gorn and the Federation..

4. Mercy. Kirk spares the Gorn captain instead of killing him. Remember the Gorn had just slaughtered a number of Federation citizens. I doubt if Arnold Schwarzenegger would do the same in a movie. Arnold would probably utter a silly catch phrase and dispatch the Gorn.

5. Follow civilized and enlightened ideas. Or as Lincoln would say listen to the better angels of our nature. Kirk takes a big chance by refusing to kill the Gorn. After all the Metrons could destroy the Enterprise. Kirk comes to the conclusion that the whole duel is barbaric. He listens to the better angels of our nature. He shows mercy to the Gorn. And that civilized behavior impresses the Metrons.

And now I will break down the Viet Nam War metaphors in “A Private Little War.” :-)

95. Red Dead Ryan - March 29, 2013

“Amok Time” was played on Shia LaBeuof’s tv in “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon”.

96. Tiger - March 29, 2013

LOL, that was great!! I love the way the Gorn picks up the pillow like its super heavy like the ‘rock’ in the actual scene. One thing you can say about Shatner is he has no problem making fun of himself, espeically anything Star Trek.

And while everyone remembers how ‘great’ that episode Arena is, most people consider that fight scene not just one of the worst Trek fight scenes in the history of the show, but one of the worst fight scenes PERIOD! Seriously go to youtube and type in ‘worst fight scene’ and quite a few of that scene pops up. It is hilarious watching it in all its cheesiness lol. Oh and the game looks fun too!

97. Jason S. - March 29, 2013

Not a fan of this game or JJ-Trek, but this was funny!

98. Exverlobter - March 29, 2013

The Gorn should be in Star Trek into Darkness!!!

99. Mark Lynch - March 29, 2013

That was surprisingly funny! Enjoyed it a lot…

100. Khaaan, the weasel - March 29, 2013

Well, that was honestly, positively friggin great.

101. William Kirk - March 29, 2013

That’s awesome!

102. ewplayer3 - March 29, 2013

Ah, Shatner… I’m starting to feel like you’ve reached Adam West status…

103. rm10019 - March 29, 2013

97 how are you not a fan of a game that is not out yet? You are very lucky to get an early copy!

104. Gary - March 29, 2013

That was hilarious.

105. MarK Fiagle - March 29, 2013

Wonderful! Best laugh I’ve had this week!

106. :D - March 29, 2013

Great promo! Loved it!

107. Daniel Broadway - March 29, 2013

What is that music starting at 1:05?

108. Alex - March 29, 2013

Awesome and totally unexpected. Love it!

109. CAPT KRUNCH - March 29, 2013

OH WOW…that was awesome!…I just hope I can move around as well at 82!! That man is incredible!!!! Well JJ if he didnt make this cut…SHAT “MUST” be in TREK3….for the 50th!…

110. rm10019 - March 29, 2013

107 – Daniel, this may be new, Giachino wrote original music for the game according to articles I have read.

111. Victor Hugo - March 29, 2013

There are many types of Star Trek games, amazing point and click games, like “TNG A Final Unity”, which is criminally NEVER mentioned here, and others, like “Generations” and “Voyager Elite Force” which are first person shooters.

112. cpelc - March 29, 2013

107 & 110

Actually music was writtten by Chad Seiter (worked on S1 of FRINGE) – he made the announcement on a thread over at Film Score Monthly.

Said he wasn’t sure if it would be released to the public as a standalone score.

Probably because he used elements of Giacchino’s ST09 score is why he’s credited – similar to how MG was credited in all seasons of FRINGE as composer even though he only contributed to a little of S1 and S2.

113. T2 - March 29, 2013

111 – Final Unity is my favorite Trek game. For being point and click, it had a damn good storyline with adventure and mystery. All those cast voiceover games…TOS 25th and Judgment Rites as well…and Generations!

114. n1701ncc - March 29, 2013

Where are the Metrons

115. Elias Javalis - March 29, 2013

Ha!! Sensational Promo!! Go Bill!!

116. Allenburch - March 29, 2013

Absolutely hysterical…Arena Part 2 !!

117. I am not Herbert - March 29, 2013

Heh! good stuff… ;-)

SHAT Owns Gorn!!

118. Cervantes - March 29, 2013

Nice promo. But it only makes me continue to yearn for a LEGO game version of TOS using all the nifty, colourful 60’s production designs…including that original Gorn.

And yes, as well as all the phaser fire…it would include all of Prime Kirk’s moves such as ‘face chops’, ‘flying drop-kicks’ and ‘back punches’.

Seriously, this game needs to be made sometime.

119. Chingatchkook - March 29, 2013

Shatner is still the man…that was awesome.

120. Tom - March 29, 2013

#47 El Chup

Right on. Come on Bob Orci. You F up again. Don’t screw it a third time. Get the scene filmed for the third movie in 2016!!!

121. Basement Blogger - March 29, 2013

@ 91

Red Dead Ryan,

Thanks for understanding. I’ve been accused of being a bully and I remind everyone that MJ and you and I have had many strong debates. I could not bully you guys and I don’t think I’ve stolen anyone else’s milk money.

Star Trek needs young fans. It even needs cool toys to get them in the fold at even younger ages. AJ reminds us of this all the time. He tells us of his kids playing with Star Wars toys. I love the fact that Star Trek gets a multiplatform videogame. If it’s like Mass Effect, we’ll get a game that everyone will like. Young and old.

122. Basement Blogger - March 29, 2013

Oh, I forgot to say this. I love this ad. Funny stuff. Way to go William Shatner and that Gorn captain. I forgot his name. Did we ever get his name from “Arena?”

123. Phil - March 29, 2013

@120. Not everyone shares your entheusiam. Shat was a bad idea for 2009, and would be even worse in 2016.

124. Dr. Cheis - March 29, 2013

@ 122. Basement Blogger:
We never learned that Gorn’s name.

125. Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire - March 29, 2013

WrestleMania will feature The Gorn Captian Vs The Shat in a Hell in a Cell Match.

126. boborci - March 29, 2013

47. right? so true.

127. T'Cal - March 29, 2013

When Bill tells you you’re overacting…

128. Ahmed - March 29, 2013

@126. boborci

So, why you didn’t include Shatner in the new movie ?

129. John in Canada, eh? - March 29, 2013

That was awesome. The only part that didn’t seem believable was Shatner having to pause after a few seconds of fighting – even at 82, I think that man can still kick ass. Awesome.
Having the video game’s Gorn look like the Lizard from the last Spiderman movie, though… Yikes.

130. msn1701 - March 29, 2013

OMG my parents and I had a good laugh at that! The best part is that it’s not even the same Kirk. LOL but everyone knows that scene with Shatner so… good advertising gimmick :) I’m glad Kirk Prime and the Gorn are video game buddies.

131. Tom - March 29, 2013


Agree Bob. maybe one more shot at it!

132. dmduncan - March 30, 2013

126. boborci – March 29, 2013

47. right? so true.


Damn straight, man. That scene would have worked. I can visualize it so clearly. No doubt in my mind, and never a doubt in my mind about Shatner being up to the task either.

133. Buzz Cagney - March 30, 2013

#122 Gary

134. Jack - March 30, 2013

Bb. Fair enough. ;).

135. rogerachong - March 30, 2013

@ 126 boborci You only need to keep the silvery bug eyes in the game Gorns. The eyes are important, the rest can change. The eyes say alien, as opposed to Jurassic Park. Remember that, when designing the salt creature and others. That creature had a scary yet sad eyes that you guys can maintain while changing the other physical aspects of the creature of the week. Also note that I am not the only one hoping to see an intelligent creature as an antagonist, as opposed to a mindless beast, in the movies.

You guys have already shown that you understand the importance of maintaining specific things from TOS in the new films. Without the sideburns and primary colored uniforms all is lost. It would have been easy for the production team to dispense with these as mere 60s throwbacks. However myself and other fans were extatic for these finer points that make the otherwise altered characterizations believable.

136. dalek - March 30, 2013

Brilliant. Bob the excuse for not having Shatner in the films is he doesn’t fit the story you are telling. For the 50th (3rd movie) can’t you tailor the story around a Shatner appearance therefore fitting the plot? :D He can play the older Pine Kirk! Only has to be in it like Nimoy in the first!

137. Mel - March 30, 2013

Baby Gorn :-)

138. T'Cal - March 30, 2013

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Shatner is a genius.

139. Tom - March 30, 2013

#132 dmduncan

Feel the same way. I think it would have worked well. It captured the essence of Star Trek and Kirk/Spock relationship.

140. Tom - March 30, 2013

#136 dalek

Couldn’t agree more. Hope they give it a shot in the next movie. Not like there will be much opportunity after that.

141. Ahmed - March 30, 2013

Was the Shatner scene for Star Trek 2009 ever filmed or it was just written ?

142. Chad - March 30, 2013

Way too funny

143. T'Cal - March 30, 2013

I read here I believe that the Shat scene in STXI was discussed but not written or filmed. The video of the writers discussing it sounded a lot better than I thought it might.

144. steve - March 30, 2013

Fantastic promo.

I always thought the reason Shatner was so good in the original Trek was that just just *committed* to every scene, no matter how bad it might’ve been (and we all know that original Trek had some truly ridiculous stuff here and there…) But Shatner just threw himself into every scene 100%. A true actor’s actor.

145. Jack - March 30, 2013

This might be a great game, hopefully, that Trek fans can play — but they also want to interest gamers — mostly guys. Lame-ass Gorn with fake-looking silver eyes won’t cut it. This commercial underscores that.

146. Tom - March 30, 2013

#141, 143

The scene was written but never filmed. They decided it did not fit (JJ thought it to be a contrivance to shoehorn Shatner into the movie). I believe Bob Orci did believe in the scene. So they never even got to the point of offering it to Bill Shatner. Hopefully they revisit it. You can find the written scene in some older articles. It was really very poignant and wonerfully written

147. dmduncan - March 30, 2013

I think the Shatner scene would have been the single best scene in the movie after the death of George Kirk. So to bookend everything in between with those two great scenes would have created a powerful symmetry. Ever since reading it I’ve felt the movie is missing exactly what that scene had.

And I guarantee you—I am more confident that scene would have worked than JJ is confident it would not have. There’s not much I’m certain about in this wacky ass world.

I’m certain about that.

148. Danpaine - March 30, 2013

Re: 147 – dmduncan

Exactly. I couldn’t agree more. They really missed the boat there.

149. Tom - March 30, 2013

#147 dmduncan

Spot on. Wonderful scene and a much better bookend than what showed up on screen. Every time I had read it, i thought it was better. JJ and team hit some out of the park but certainly struck out on that choice.

150. Anthony Thompson - March 31, 2013

Link doesn’t work.

151. captain_neill - March 31, 2013

The game looks cool and nice to see the Shat doing this.

I to have a fondness for the old school Gorn, loved Arena, that was a classic, its fun watching the fight between Kirk and the Gorn, Kirk using his ingenuity to make the primitive canon. That is great.

Also the fact that it makes out that the Gorn are not the bad guys, they took action because the Federation unknowlingly entered their space with the colony on Cestus III. And in true Trek style when Kirk has won, he won’t kill the Gorn, which impresses the higher beings, the Metreons

Did anyone like the Gorn from “In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II” ?

152. anotherscott - March 31, 2013

Working link:

153. Disinvited - April 1, 2013

Here’s an interesting Shatner interview from PBS SoCalConnected:

154. Gene L. Coon was a U. S. Marine. Stand at ease. - April 2, 2013

You realize I have to point out who wrote “Arena”. The Most Valuable Gene.

I love Roddenberry, but most of the details that made Star Trek great came from my boy Coon. Arena was another of his gems.

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