The Tuesday Video Tribute to William Shatner

Bill gets a lot of guff for his hammy performances, overly dramatic delivery, and his one-note characters. but I’d like to point out a few examples that prove once and for all that dammit, Jim… this man can act. I bet you can tell right off the bat what kind of animal he is.

In this next clip, Bill plays not only James Kirk, but also a James Kirk confronting an alien pretending to be James Kirk confronting the real James Kirk. The differences are so subtle as to seem imaginary! This clip also shows us it’s impossible to have too much Bill.

Finally, we get another look at Bill stretching his acting chops to the limit, as he plays not only a comanche (that is uniquely white, blonde, and speaks with a midwestern accent) but also a cowboy who looks, talks, and dresses exactly the same, as well as rides the same horse. They pass back and forth within several feet of each other trying to fill each other with lead, until one of them unfortunately shoots the cameraman.

On second thought… maybe Bill deserves some of the criticism…

30 Responses to The Tuesday Video Tribute to William Shatner

  1. Ooo, I get to be the first (on this page at least) to say:

    WHAT THE FUCK?!?!?!?

    I am quite sure that it has been said innumerable times since that last one came out.

    • LOLZ! Hey, when I was a kid Kirk was the bees’ knees, and make no mistake. He was the badass to end all badasses.

      Of course now it’s like going back and watching Scooby Doo. It just… hurts.

  2. As the ceaser-wannabe says in the first video, how can you let this go on?
    I seriously didn’t know ST could get that bad. I feel ashamed just for watching it.

  3. I’m not sure ST was ever meant to be taken seriously…or that it ever took itself seriously…I always watched it for humor purposes, not for drama. On the other hand that comanche clip was gloriously BAD.

  4. Bones’ face says it all in the first clip.

    Of course, that was DeForest Kelley *not* acting. I bet they didn’t tell him about the scene before shooting so they could get that natural “wtf” expression.

  5. What movie was that from? A film studio so incredibly cheap they didn’t even try to hide the fact they were using the same actor for two different parts.

    Of course Shatner takes any and all opportunities to get all or part of his shirt off.

    (Maybe supposed to be twin brothers separated at birth?)

    • Comanche Blanco. Here’s the IMDB summary:

      William Shatner plays two roles: cowboy Johnny Moon and his ruthless Indian half-brother, Notah. Notah likes peyote and gets the crazy idea that he’s the Comanche messiah sent to lead the Comanche nation against the white man but more specifically the dusty desert town of Rio Hondo. Moon, estranged from his brother, decides to stop Notah either by words or by bullets.

    • Well yes, and that is one of the ones people point to as a series low. I disagree though. As an alien body suit, the gorn showed a lot of work and thoughtfulness, displaying some technical innovations that wouldn’t be improved upon for many many years. (Though they speed of the battle shows us clearly that the actor inside the suit had little or no sight out of it.)

      My favorite aspect of this scene though has always been the “naturally occurring” sheets of tin foil spread over the rocks in the background. That’s how you can tell they’re space rocks.

    • I kept looking for Stubins’ coffee cup in the background.

      ..but then, I watch waaaaay too much Family Guy…

  6. Sad, sad confession:
    I didn’t need to watch the first video. From the still I knew which episode it was from, and from your “kind of animal” comment I knew which scene it was going to be.

    Crawling back under my rock now…

  7. Was this tribute to Bill Shatner in honor of his new television series on CBS, or is that just a hilarious coincidence? Also, I must say, I am a Bill Shatner fan, despite some of his major failings. He may be the worst Star Trek captain when it comes to acting, but he’s still my favorite.

    • “Shit My Dad Says”????

      On CB-friggin-S???????

      When the network with the geriatric demographic starts putting words Fox won’t air in it’s titles, then you know the whole damned network has jumped the shark.