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Should William Shatner Have Been in the New Star Trek?

During the run-up to the premiere of J.J. Abrams's wildly successful Star Trek reboot, William Shatner was not shy about expressing how hurt he was to be left out of the movie.

Recently, two of the movie's writers said in an interview that there was a scene written for him originally. Ultimately, though, their idea didn't feel "organic" enough and they didn't end up using it.

Now that I've seen the movie I still can't decide if including Shatner would have been a good idea or not. On one hand, it's a nice nod to older fans and could have been an easy passing-of-the-torch gesture. On the other hand, if a scene doesn't work it doesn't work, and making a good movie was obviously the top priority for Abrams and his team.

What do you think? Should the new Star Trek filmmakers have found a way to include Shatner?


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fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
didn't he decline a cameo? waa waa waa
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
sai baku, the thing about fanverses is that what exists in a book series is canon for those who read the book series, but would be confusing for anyone only familiar with the film franchise. Not having read those books myself, maybe they turn out better, but for Shatner to suggest Kirk should be resurrected in any form seems to negate the character's own principles.
sunsmuckers sunsmuckers 8 years
i think the movie was great without him, but I do believe it would have been more respectful to have a small (very small) portion of the film with him it it.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Yes- He doesn't have to be an older version of Kirk. They could have just given him a cameo as any unnamed character as a nod to fans of the old show.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I loved the movie, and I love William Shatner, but I think the movie was fine w/out him.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
I think he really should have been in the movie just because he's Shatner! however, I do always appreciate a director/writer putting the integrity of a movie first. often it does happen where a movie or program will pay an homage to something and it comes off so fake and cheesy. I find it hard to believe that Abrams of all people could not create a legitimate scene for Shatner, but I do think the story and good writing hould always come first. that being said, while I did love the movie and do love Leonard Nemoy, I did think his role was a bit convuluted...
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
No, he shouldn't have been. It definatley would have seemed like they were staging it, and just putting him in there because he's William Shatner. Letting him say the "Space, the final frontier..." speech would have been cool, but I get the feeling The Shat would have wanted to do more.
misshouston misshouston 8 years
No, the 25-minute Nimoy "cameo" was quite enough.
eowynnie eowynnie 8 years
Awww, I miss Shatner's Kirk. :( But yes, he does die in the previous Star Trek movie, so he couldn't have been in it without making it fairly obvious that the scriptwriters just wanted to shove old Kirk in there. I'm bummed he didn't at least get a cameo, but if the reports are true that he didn't want to just have a cameo, then well, what's to be done? That being said, Shatner's adorable in his own special way. Look at him! *pokes Shatner's cheeks on the monitor*
MrsJamesTKirk MrsJamesTKirk 8 years
They should have at LEAST used his original narration of "Space, the final frontier..." at the end. It would have felt more like ST for me.
heartnebula heartnebula 8 years
I read on that Abrams had actually approached Shatner, but Shatner declined it because he didn't want to do a cameo.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
no - i get why he wanted to be in it and why he wasn't. UM...KIRK DIED in the old star trek movies - it just didn't make sense!
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
I'd like to point out that Kirk dies in Generations, so there is no way it would make sense for him to have accompanied Spock on his alternate timeline journey. I shall quote his own dying words in that film, actually: "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." Thus, new Trek better without actor whose character is dead trying to find a way into it.
shafiii shafiii 8 years
Honestly, no! the movie was perfect without him and maybe its because before this i have never seen a star trek episode/movie in my life but i think that if old kirk didn't work, then it didn't work. no point in fighting it.
macneil macneil 8 years
He should have been there. The movie did not take itself seriously, the comedy was broad, there was room for the Shat. But worst of all was that he didn't do the voiceover at the end. He made that speech iconic. Show some respect!
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