Scott Bakula Explains To William Shatner Why He Never Sang On Star Trek Enterprise

Scott Bakula and William Shatner didn’t talk a lot of Star Trek on the episode of Shatner’s Raw Nerve which aired last night, but the pair of former Trek captains did have an exchange involving singing on Enterprise and Red Shirts. Details below.


Shatner and Bakula Talk Star Trek Singing and The Enterprise Experience

It was a meeting of the captains of the orignalStar Trek and Star Trek Enterprise on last night’s episode of the Bio Channel chat show Shatner’s Raw Nerve. William Shatner and Scott Bakula started off with Bakula talking about how his start in musical theater, and how when he moved to Quantum Leap he worked in his singing on the time-travel series (see below). Then Bill turned the subject to Star Trek with this exchange:

William Shatner: On Star Trek you never sang?

Scott Bakula: No we didn’t get there.

William Shatner: Why didn’t they let you sing?

Scott Bakula: We all thought it would happen at some point and we were all looking forward to it. We only – I shouldn’t say only – we had four seasons.

William Shatner: That’s one more than I had [laughter] Four seasons is like a lifetime. It took you four seasons to work up to the idea that maybe you could sing as Captain Archer?

Scott Bakula: I don’t know what their thoughts were about it. We got so wrapped up in other story stuff that it seemed really inappropriate while I was trying to save the entire human race and the planet and start the Federation that I took an episode off to sing. It would be like – ‘and then he went off to play golf’.

William Shatner: Did you enjoy the experience?

Scott Bakula: I am in awe of the whole thing. Did you dream you would grow up to be a Star Trek captain? No…I loved the show, and loved you guys, and would love to be on the ship with you – not in a red shirt. [laughter]  But I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be connected to it.

We don’t have video of the Star Trek exchange (yet), but Bio has a clip clip of Bill talking to Scott about his singing.

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The Scott Bakula episode of Shatner’s Raw Nerve repeats on the Bio Channel Saturday, March 5th at 8:30AM and Tuesday March 8th at 3:30AM. The Bio Channel also puts full episodes up on the official site, but the Bakula episode is not yet available. Later this season Bio will air episodes with Shatner interviewing Star Trek’s Walter Koenig and Next Gen’s LeVar Burton. 

More to come with Bill and Scott (and others) in "Captains" documentary

There was not much Star Trek talk with Scott Bakula on Shatner’s Raw Nerve, but that is likely because last June the two had already shot an extended chat on the subject for the documentary The Captains. The new doc directed by Shatner will have him chatting with Star Trek’s captains and others in the world of Trek. The Captains is still in development but should be released later this year. TrekMovie should have an update on this exciting project in the coming weeks.    

Shatner and Bakula spotted filming Captains doc last summer

Scott sings "Imagine"

From the Quantum Leap episode "The Leap Home Part 1" from 1990 – jump to 5:00 minute mark to get to the singing.






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