The Big Bang Theory is no stranger to Star Trek alumni appearing, with numerous big-name guest stars over the years. However, with the popular CBS sitcom in its 12th and final season, the big get for them has always been Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner. The original Captain Kirk has been courted by the show since at least 2016 … and they finally got him.
This morning the official Twitter account for the show announced an upcoming episode packed with guest stars, including Shatner, saying “Get ready for the ultimate Dungeons and Dragons battle coming soon to The Big Bang Theory.” In addition to William Shatner, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Smith, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, and Wil Wheaton will guest star as well.
Get ready for the ultimate Dungeons and Dragons battle coming soon to The #BigBangTheory with special guests @WilliamShatner, @JoeManganiello, @ThatKevinSmith, @kaj33 and @wilw! pic.twitter.com/xwZq85Cyfs
— The Big Bang Theory (@bigbangtheory) January 30, 2019
Shatner has already responded to the news on Twitter, making deep Dungeons and Dragons reference.
Get your Icosahedron die ready for I’m out to win this game! https://t.co/RLOvPrVZ9h
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) January 30, 2019
The Big Bang Theory and Star Trek
The nerdy sitcom has been replete with Star Trek references of its 12 seasons, including a number of guest appearances from Trek veterans, with Shatner just the latest in a long list to appear on The Big Bang Theory. His Star Trek: The Original Series co-star Leonard Nimoy lent his voice to a Mego version of Spock in the fifth season episode “The Transporter Malfunction.” Other Trek stars who have made cameos include George Takei, LeVar Burton and Brent Spiner. And as regular viewers of the show know, Wil Wheaton has played a version of himself as a guest star at least once a season since the third season.
The clip below from the fifth season episode shows Spiner and Wheaton together in the episode “The Russian Rocket Reaction.”
Co-creator dreams of returning to Trek
The Big Bang Theory co-creator and showrunner Bill Prady is a big Star Trek fan, and he even has contributed to the franchise, writing the story for the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Bliss.” Now that The Big Bang Theory is wrapping up, Prady is thinking about his future and in a tweet he sent out earlier this month, he seems to be dreaming again of the final frontier, saying “After Big Bang Theory ends, I would like to work on a Star Trek show a little.” With so much activity going on at CBS for new Star Trek shows, maybe Prady should give Alex Kurtzman a call. And maybe he already has.
— Bill Prady (@billprady) January 10, 2019