Shatner’s World With William Shatner

It’s Shatner’s World – And we’re all just living in it

Growing up in the late 80’s and early 90’s, my father was a huge fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation. As I got to an age where I could appreciate sci-fi and the themes presented in TNG, I wanted to backtrack and see what started it all. Enter the world of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek. Even looking at the show now may seem a bit hokey at times, but you can’t ignore some of the themes that were dealt with long before their time, such as racism, first interracial kiss on tv, and more.

One of the men who brought the show together, was Captain James T. Kirk, played by Canadian actor William Shatner (Or Bill to his friends). Shatner has appeared in many television series, movies, and stage productions. He’s even released several musical albums, some produced by Ben Folds.

All of these topics and more were present during Tuesday night’s “Shatner’s World.” Myself and a friend attended and were overall impressed. From the opening get go as narrated by Shatner, “The use of video recording devices and the taking of photos is strictly prohibited. Flash photography will blind me,” we knew we were indeed in Shatner’s World.

The night was a blend of telling stories of his childhood, his break into acting, his career, and his love of his family, including several horses. All of this was interspersed with clips taken from Comedy Central’s “Roast of William Shatner,” “Star Trek,” “Alexander the Great,” and even a clip from when the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award of George Lucas had Shatner show up “George… May I call you George? *Nods* You can call me Mr. Shatner.”

Bouncing all over the place as he recounted stories of his life that jumped back and forth between comedy and more serious and sometimes emotionally upsetting matters (I’m still not sure how I feel about his horse). Points where the audience wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry, awe or guffaw. All of this was done in a hectic style that only a Captain of Starfleet could command.

If you’re a fan of any of Shatner’s work (My personal favorite is Boston Legal with James Spader), I highly recommend checking out the listings to see if Shatner’s World is coming to a galaxy near you. If you are in South Florida and missed out on Shatner’s appearance, he will be back in the area this July as he is appearing at Florida Supercon in Miami, July 1-4, 2016.

 

 

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All images courtesy of photographer Ron Elkman

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Author: Lee Williams View all posts by
They say "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach." I'm a retired member of the media industry looking to share my years of knowledge with the next generation. With a bit of the ole' wiibly-wobbly timey-wimey. Hobbies include writing, reading, watching a variety of things. All of this has happened before and will happen again.

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