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"How William Shatner Changed The World"

Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:34 am

Did anyone catch this on History Channel last night? I'm a fan of Shatner's anyway, but I thought they did an excellent job of poking the whole 'Trek' phenomena in the ribs while at the same time showing just how infuential Trek (and by extension, many SciFi programs) have been on society.

I especially enjoyed the dig at the end towards the series writers for their abandonment of Gene Roddenberry's vision.
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RE: "How William Shatner Changed The World"

Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:39 am

Another duplicate!!   

I'm blaming this one on A-Net - as it's moving like Pond Water this afternoon . . .

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RE: "How William Shatner Changed The World"

Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:42 am

I wasn't sure I wanted to watch this - as I prefer Shatner in his Kirk persona rather than his personal persona . . . more arrogant than I if one can believe that  wink .

But I'll give it a shot based on your short review . . . .

I do concur that SciFi - and Trek particularly - has come up with some rather brilliant ideas about things such as communications. Who would have thought in 1990 that the Cellular Phone would soon fit into ones shirt or pant pocket and be virtually unnoticeable . . . for anyone that used to carry one of the old Motorola Brick phones around, you'll know what I mean.

Quoting Searpqx (Thread starter):
I especially enjoyed the dig at the end towards the series writers for their abandonment of Gene Roddenberry's vision.

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RE: "How William Shatner Changed The World"

Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:44 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
as I prefer Shatner in her Kirk persona rather than his personal persona . . . more arrogant than I if one can believe that

Yeah, but like you he knows better than to take himself too seriously  Wink

Just as an FYI - they touch on all five series, but the first hour is pure original Trek.
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RE: "How William Shatner Changed The World"

Tue Mar 14, 2006 11:29 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
Pond Water

mmmmmmmmm......pond water.

Tell me, did he sing? That would have made the show!

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):
Motorola Brick phones around

How about the old "bag" phones?

It's amazing how much of that single show has made it into the popular culture and remains there to this day. Phrases like "beam me up Scotty", and "Logically" are still in use today. Wasn't the food processor much like the microwave?
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RE: "How William Shatner Changed The World"

Tue Mar 14, 2006 11:36 am

Quoting Gilligan (Reply 4):
How about the old "bag" phones?

Had one of them in the car . . . it had better range but was way too cumbersome to haul around . . . even though it had a shoulder strap. Cutting edge I'll tell ya!

Quoting Gilligan (Reply 4):
Wasn't the food processor much like the microwave?

Actually, the premise behind the food "replicators" was that they would take matter - in it's basic molecular form - and turn it in to whatever you asked it to . . . not exactly like a microwave . . .
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RE: "How William Shatner Changed The World"

Tue Mar 14, 2006 12:46 pm

It's weird to see people I grew up with on the History Channel. I remember watching the first episode when it was new. Now it's history.

There was a sad aspect to the show. They mentioned NASA's Dawn mission to visit two asteroids. Unfortunately, Dawn has been cancelled.

I like Shatner because of his performance as The Big Giant Head on "3rd Rock from the Sun".

In case you missed it, the re-run will be Thursday.
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