William Shatner is appearing this weekend at the Star Trek: The Original Series Set Tour in Ticonderoga, New York. Things kicked things off on Friday with a press event held on the bridge, and TrekMovie was there.
The original captain Kirk was in good spirits and joked with the gathered media, but also took the time to say how impressed he was with the Star Trek set recreation, calling it “absolutely incredible” and a “work of art.” He was particularly taken with the captain’s chair, saying “This chair stands out the most. This is an outstanding chair. I feel very comfortable sitting in it.” Heaping praise on the reproduction, Shatner added:
This set is exactly the way it was 50-odd years ago. It’s like coming back to a house that you were born in and looking around and you see it, wow. It’s bigger and smaller than I remember, and yet it’s the same. If you are interested in Star Trek, this is extraordinary.
The actor also talked about life on the set. “All kinds of things happened here. There were emotional moments. Funny. There were lots of laughs on the set.” Shatner discussed how being on the set brings back memories of late cast members, including Leonard Nimoy, noting
“He was a dear friend and is no longer with us. That occurred to me as I walked on, and Leonard would be over there [pointing to science station]”
Speaking of the Star Trek franchise, he noted that it would have been “farfetched” to think at the time they were shooting that it would still be so popular so many decades later. As for why it has endured, Shatner said he felt “The show told some fascinating stories about what might be out there and that is what resonated with people.” As for the future, he said he hoped Star Trek goes “on and on, and people continue to enjoy it.”
Full press event video
You can watch the video of the event below.
William Shatner weekend continues
William Shatner will be appearing at the Star Trek: The Original Series Set Tour on Saturday May 5th. Also on hand conducting tours are Star Trek experts and veterans Doug Drexler, Mike and Denise Okuda, and Daren Dochterman. For more information and tickets, visit startrektour.com.