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100 reasons we like Kirk over Picard.

Discussion in 'Laughter Is The Best Medicine' started by coldsteel, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    William Shatner is a better actor than you give him credit for being. I don't even find he played Kirk the same way throughout the years.

    In the TV series, Kirk was a cowboy, acting impulsively and pushing people around.

    In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Shatner deliberately dialed it back, afraid over-acting would come across poorly on the big screen. Kirk was reserved, too much so, looking back on it, or so Shatner thought.

    Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan was Shatner's best portrayal of Kirk. He was vulnerable, growing old and out of date, weak and out of practice in his skills as captain of the Enterprise. The character grew greatly through the film, a trick and a half for an actor playing a role as well defined as James T. Kirk.

    In Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home, Kirk is played light heartedly and for laughs, as befits a comedy.

    William Shatner isn't Morgan Freeman, Dustin Hoffman or Denzil Washington, but he is an accomplished, classically trained actor. He brings life to a role. Denny Crane could have been a totally two dimensional character and instead he became the focus of the series.

    (On the other hand, I won't defend T.J. Hooker, which was an actor doing a 9 to 5 job on a TV series. Shakespeare, it wasn't.)
  2. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    Anyone doubting Shatner's acting ability needs to look at "Turnabout Intruder", an episode from the original Star Trek series. In that episode an insane woman forcibly switches personalities with Captain Kirk. It's one of Shatner's finest performances.
  3. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    Absolutely, especially considering it was the last episode of the series. During its filming, the actors learned they were being laid off as Star Trek was cancelled. To add further injury, during the shoot, Shatner was served divorce papers by his wife. You wouldn't know either event happened. He played the gender switch perfectly.

    Another great Shatner acting moment was during The Devil In The Dark. During the scene when the horta is injured by a phaser and Spock mind-melds with it, Shatner found out his father had died. The director offered to stand down for the day to let Shatner deal with his loss. He said, no, as he knew how major the set-up for the scene had been and how involved it was. It wouldn't be a simple thing to pick up the action later. If you look carefully, you can see Shatner is a bit emotional, a little more on edge, but that's it. He carried his part of the scene through professionally, an actor practicing his craft and finding personal solance in the act.
  4. alex000

    alex000 Cool Member

    Oct 19, 2012
    You might want to add that Kirk can bluff his way out of almost everything.
  5. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Shatner with Jessica Tandy on Alfred Hitch**** Presents?
  6. lwilli201

    lwilli201 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 22, 2006
    Strange how you look at things differently when you get older. TOS was one of favorite show but when I watch it now it seems silly and shallow. It is like a comedy without a laugh track. I have to admit Shatner pulled if off brilliantly.

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