No Word if He'll Sing "Rocket Man" on the Soundtrack: Shatner Presents Documentary of "Star Trek" Fans Called "Get a Life"
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No Word if He'll Sing "Rocket Man" on the Soundtrack: Shatner Presents Documentary of "Star Trek" Fans Called Get a Life

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | July 11, 2012 | Comments ()


There was a fantastic "Saturday Night Live" sketch back in the day in which William Shatner faced a horde of fans at a convention and finally just snapped and told them all to get a life. Apparently reenergized with spite after not being asked by JJ Abrams to co-star with Nimoy and lens flare, Shatner is turning his cranky old man schtick up to eleven and narrating a film called Get a Life.

Here's the trailer:

William Shatner is a fantastic grumpy old man, but this seems to cover very little new ground. Actually, the only new ground it seems to cover is having Shatner add sarcastic commentary to the usual bits about how unique "Star Trek" was, etc. Of course, that might get old after two hours. If it does, maybe they'll just have Shatner sit down with Wil Wheaton for a conversation.

They're clearing setting up the film as Shatner posing a question and then being followed around by cameras as he searches for the answer and contemplates what he hears. This isn't just narration though, it has such a specific form that it needs a specific name, and I believe that this should be referred to as "Spurlocking." I know that Spurlock hardly invented the form, but he does it well enough to justify it being named after him. Plus, "Spurlocking" sounds like something that might be illegal in the south, so it's got that going for it.

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  • logan

    i love Captain Kirk but Shatner is kinda hit and miss,

  • Uriah_Creep

    I got Spurlocked once. It was very unpleasant.

  • csb

    Needs a link to Shatner's SNL skit.

  • Green Lantern

    I would (possibly) watch Shatner read the phone book.

  • Back in the days of VHS, vendors at Star Trek conventions would sell tapes of all the episodes, all the movies, bootleg tapes of out-takes from the original series, rare behind-the-scenes footage of undressed Next Gen actresses like Marina Sirtis in that one episode, anything they could think of related to Trek. On a tv at one of these tape vendors' tables, they played the SNL skit of Shatner telling geeks at a convention to get a life. I laughed and all the geeks around me laughed, because we knew he meant those other people who were slightly less cool than us.

  • TheAggroCraig

    Now I'm imagining a guy thinking that while laughing so hard his Spock ears fall off.

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