Speaking at this weekend’s Fan Expo Vancouver, the original James T. Kirk spoke about Star Trek’s upcoming 50th anniversary next year. The Shat said he’d already pitched an idea to celebrate the ongoing series, and though he hasn’t gotten back the final word from SyFy, he’s pretty excited about his concept — basically encapsulating some of the major ideas that Star Trek explored. Rather than me paraphrasing, listen to the man, himself:
Shatner’s plan to focus on the themes Star Trek explored is actually a pretty cool way to honor a series that though it ostensibly focused on exploring space and alien species, was just as much a social commentary on human behavior. As he notes, episodes like “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield,” featuring Frank Gorshin as a half-black, half-white alien, and “Plato’s Stepchildren,” (the Kirk/Uhura kiss), stimulated conversation and affected people — including the series own network prudes, who were subverted by Shatner and Nichelle Nichols.
Make it so, SyFy.