September 4th, 2009
01:00 PM ET

Kirk and Spock together again

Trekkers of all stripes lined up as early as 5 a.m. in Atlanta, Georgia, for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see two titans of "Star Trek" together. William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy's appearance today at the annual Dragon-Con was a raucous treat.

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Taking on a roast-like atmosphere from the very beginning, the appearance was like eavesdropping on a conversation between two old friends who enjoyed ripping into each other mercilessly. It was an event that Dragon-Con "Star Trek" programming director Eric L. Watts said he never imagined would take place.

At the start, Nimoy brought up the recent smash hit reboot of "Trek" on the big screen by asking Shatner, "Seen any good movies lately?"

The newest incarnation of "Trek" has been a sore point for Shatner of late, and the remark set him off. No matter how many times Nimoy tried to change the subject, Shatner kept asking, "Why wasn't I in the movie?" Finally Nimoy, who had a major role in it, gave his best guess, which was that Captain Kirk was killed in the movie "Star Trek Generations."

Shatner admitted that he has yet to see the movie, though he said its director, J.J. Abrams, had offered to screen it for him. Adding that he also hadn't watched "Star Trek: The Next Generation," he blamed his busy schedule and the fact that he would inevitably be asked "Why weren't you in the movie?" by others seeing it with him at a theater.

Nimoy said that he didn't think he would be in any future movies, and that the character of Spock was in good hands with Zachary Quinto.

The audience of nearly 2,000 ate up the pair's relentless needling. When one question was addressed to Nimoy, Shatner turned around in his chair. At another point, Nimoy reached for Shatner's hair. At yet another, Shatner jokingly accused Nimoy of calling him something unprintable.

At the end of the session, Shatner shared the speech he would give if he won the Emmy this year for "Boston Legal:" "This will make a great plaque on the body of a dead show."


soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. SouthWind22

    Good, I thought, we can use some Sunshine on a Sunday. ,

    October 22, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. a cadet

    Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations

    September 9, 2009 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. idaho beef

    great picture, fans have been waiting years to see a scene like this. these two influenced a lot of american movie makers.

    September 9, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HB in Big D

    I dont get the love for the new movie. It had way too much of the ADD syndrome common in a lot of action movies these days; the action scenes were total chaos with no coherence (see Transfomers). The POV was WAY too close. And the awful plot travesty where Kirk gets control of the Star Fleet flagship as a junior officer on his first mission...oh, the humanity! Recklessness like that gets people killed (and ships destroyed), it doesnt accomplish great things. They dont put first tour naval cadets in charge of carrier battle groups, let alone ridiculously rash ones. The entire idea goes beyond the absurd.

    Give me plot (with at least a modicum of believability) or give me death.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ryan

    Nimoy and Shatner together was pretty amazing. Shatner ambushed Nimoy later in the weekend at a panel called "Beyond Spock" and proceeded to poke fun at the thought that Nimoy could get beyond his role as the vulcan. Very fun to watch, I'm glad I was there.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Scott

    Hey Lisa G, of course Shatner looked at the TOS as a job. Think about it. 1966 was still early in his career and who would have thought that TOS would become even remotely anything like it has grown to today. Even Rodenberry wouldn't have thought this. By the way and for the curious; put two thoughts together for what I am about to say. The show that had a play in cancelling the TOS, "Laugh-In", had an actor that also played a judge in "Boston Legal". His name is Henry Gibson and he plays Judge Clark Brown on Boston Legal. Man, Shatner and Gibson go waaaaay back, don't they? I remember watching "Laugh-In" as a little boy and he was also in the movie, "Kentucky Fried Movie".

    September 8, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scott

    Hey "Alex". Who is to say that the "Amok Time" Vulcan planet is not the "new civilization" for the Vulcan's (as shown in the movie) after their original planet was destroyed?

    September 8, 2009 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Scott

    "Steve Westman", I agree with you 110%. Boston Legal is the best performance that Shatner has done since the original ST series. The flow of his performances along with James Spader is mind-blowing perfect and genious.

    "anyday", I also agree with you. Getting drunk with Shatner? What a blast that would be. I would include Spader also as he is of my generation (the brat pack) and I have been a huge fan of him since the early 80s.

    September 8, 2009 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Buck

    I haven't seen the movie either. Nor do I intend to.

    "Star Trek XI" was a sci-fi movie which contained elements of "Star Trek."

    That's where the similarities end.

    September 7, 2009 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HarryB

    I'd like to see a non-SciFi movie with Shatner & Nimoy. They both have had great success outside the genre and would really deliver something fantastic.

    September 7, 2009 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. tgroom57

    Bill – The new Star Trek film wasn't that kind of movie.

    I always had a soft spot for Spock, but having seen what Pine contributes to the character Kirk – I now definitely love you best. If you need someone to watch it with I'm your gal.

    September 7, 2009 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mandy

    I was skeptical about the new movie, but I have to say the previews caught my attention, so I went and saw it. Loved it. So much so, I decided to make the movie my three-year-old son's very first movie. I will always be a Star Trek fan and I have always thought William Shatner is AWESOME! All of the original cast members have given so much life to Star Trek. After that, Voyager was my next favorite.

    Say what you want about William Shatner, if somebody does not like him, he does not loose any sleep over it.

    There is an opportunity to bring Shatner back to Star Trek now. There is an alternate timeline. Anything can happen now. This time, Kirk does not get pulled into the Nexus on the Enterprise B. Who knows???

    September 6, 2009 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jerry in canada

    to: Get Real

    You're right, Shatner and Nemoy were the kernel of the show, but the ego, superego and id needed Kelly to be complete; and that trio needed Takai, Nichols and Konig as sounding boards.

    However you are incorrect to dismiss Nichols as s story lightweight, she was the first woman (outside of the Star Trek Pilot) of bridge rank to appear on television and with Shatner participated in the first inter racial kiss on television. She has also been named as an inspiration by current female scientists and even astronauts.

    Don't underestimate a simple truth.

    September 6, 2009 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RobWarwick

    Shatner and Nimoy are the best. I love the fact that they went on to be lifelong friends. It shows you that Shatner is not quite the arrogant self-absorbed jerk he seems to be. I doubt Nimoy would put up with that.

    But, there is no question, Shatner has an ego....a big one. But, the great thing about it....he knows it. He just is himself and if people like him, great, if not, he moves on.

    Two legends.

    September 6, 2009 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Russell Brooks

    WOW. Talk about two legends. Too bad I missed it. Meeting both Shatner and Nimoy be a lifetime goal.

    September 6, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Stella Sharp

    There will never be a show that was as entertaining as Star Trek....
    William Shatner gave his character realism and on Boston Legal,
    he was the best......Dr. Spock will always be remembered for his
    greatest role. Long live Star Trek......Make another movie with
    Shatner reborn......

    September 6, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Austin TG.

    William Shatner is actually Michael Meyers. I have seen the movies.

    September 6, 2009 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  18. Perry

    Spock and Kirk are the oldest OTP, the first and best couple.

    I love watching it now and being aghast at my mom for never seeing how IN LOVE those two are with one another! When she watched the show, her TV was black and white, so it's understandable that she never caught onto the "Redshirts always die" joke. But to not see how sweet on Spock Kirk was? And how Spock would do anything for Kirk? Illogical. ;)

    September 6, 2009 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  19. Keith

    Dana...
    Kersplunkapowakabangacrashkaboomapoof!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    My head just exploded.
    Thanks :)

    September 6, 2009 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  20. Stan

    I modeled my persona on Superman and Clark Kent....

    September 5, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Joey D

    Nimoy!! He is all things wonderful and good. Quinto too– what a great part for him to play.

    Alex is exactly right– the great thing about the new movie is that we have the opportunity to see more from these fantastic characters through this alternate universe. Everything that happened in TOS still happened– thank goodness. What a marvelous show!

    But now, we've got a new crew, still basically the same, but a little more hardened because of what Nero did to the U.S.S. Kelvin. Kirk grew up without a father, and Spock probably faced MORE prejudice, but from the other side of things– from humans, on earth. At least, in my mind, that's what keeps Spock's not wanting to help the floundering crew of the Narada. He's a little more no-nonsense, slash-and-burn warfare kind of guy. Would the original Spock ever so flatly deny help?

    Oh man, listen to me. I need to go... run around outside or something.

    September 5, 2009 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Alex

    Bob S, you missed the *entire point* of the new movie.

    Vulcan will not be "regenerated" as you put it. A new colony will be founded somewhere, but it certainly won't be the same. Vulcan will no longer be a super-power. That's the point.

    This is an ALTERNATE TIMELINE. That is to say, this universe is spinning off in a new direction, while the old universe continues as before. So yes, Amok Time, which I, and Abrams no doubt, have seen, still happens... In the *old* universe. It will happen differently in this one.

    Perfect solution: all of old Trek is still canon, but new Trek regains the element of surprise.

    September 5, 2009 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Laura

    Shatner and Nimoy together again at a con...how fun! I sure wish I hadn't missed it!

    September 5, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jon

    Any interview or appearance with them both in the same room is always awesome and entertaining. I love constant ribbing from two guys who can take a punch and don't take their impact on geeks all that seriously. I wish there was a full transcript or video.

    September 5, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Mark

    Sounds like it was a fun and memorable event. Looking forward to the next Star trek movie!!

    September 5, 2009 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Charles P. Levy

    Resistance is futile.

    September 5, 2009 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  27. Denise

    JJ Abrams would be a fool not to bring back Nimoy in the next Star Trek. But as for Shatner...it was obvious he was not missed..and his appearance in that new version of the ST movie would have detracted from it.

    September 5, 2009 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  28. MATTHEW BLACK

    Some guys need to leave 'Androlama' alone: Androlama makes one statement of how they feel, then other mean-spirited so-and-sos take a swipe because they obviuosly have nothing better to do. It is THEY who should 'get a life'. Longtime Trek fans really DO rock!! Nothing can be taken away from them.

    September 5, 2009 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  29. the Vulcan

    To Debbie – I think the quote 20 ducks was looking for is "Love Long and Perspire"

    September 5, 2009 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  30. Lauren

    I think Shatner is the greatest anyhow why hasn't he not seen the new Trek movie it is brilliant please return Mr Shatner

    September 5, 2009 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  31. Dodgeman

    Get real people, I grew up with the orginal series, never missed an episose of TNG, started to get a little bored with DS9 and by the time Voyager showed up was getting a bit annoyed however Voyager was a bit of a surpirse, had the spirit of TOS. Enterprise was what caused "Trek Burnout" with me. Guess after 40 years you do get a little bored, but the love of the whole "Trek Universe" never goes away. The new movie rocked, at the end my 21 year old daughter, who never really cared about the show, but knew daddy liked it, turned to me and said "that was a great movie dad, now I understad why you like Star Trek. Honestly, she has no idea, 2 hours vs only God knows how many hours I have enjoyed it, but that is ok more fans the better.

    September 5, 2009 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  32. lisa

    I wish I could have been there this morning to meet and show Mr. Shatner and Mr. Nimoy my black and white photograph that I purchased in an antique store years ago of the original Star Trek group and an autograph of Sulu that I have had since 1982. Star Trek will never die.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Pete

    Nimoy and Shatner. The sublime and the ridiculous – together again.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Dana

    Of course the irony is–after the last movie anyway–with the "time-line" changed, Kirk may not necessarily "die" on the Enterprise-B now...

    Be a hoot to have him in the next movie...

    September 4, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Bob

    never give up, never surrender!

    September 4, 2009 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Laurie Mann

    Grumpy Old Men 3 – it would be GREAT!!

    While I do think Nimoy is a better actor (and director), Shatner was excellent in many roles, including most of Trek. In fairness to Shatner, he was close-to-perfect in The Andersonville Trial (PBS, late '60s or early '70s).

    September 4, 2009 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Jeff

    A common theme throughout these comments...someone develop a project–comedy, science fiction, or otherwise–for both of these actors to star in. Hollywood, are you listening?

    September 4, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Hobneffle

    Dear Zanzibar,
    Of course they're dorks; they are also geeks and nerds and dweebs and doofises. it was a really special breed that made and watched Star Trek – especialy those of us presnet for the first shows filmed on a fake rock with a black background.
    How about adhering to the old addage, "If you can't say something nice..." and just let people enjoy.

    September 4, 2009 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Patty

    Okay I regress. Truth is...Star Trek saved me from a miserable childhood. I absolutely was in love with Captain Kirk. Irregardless of what people may think of William Shatner, his portrayal of Captain Kirk
    left such a profound impact on me that it helped shape who I am. Kirk was just so human and vulnerable, yet willing to realize that he was just that. He was the person that I am sure, not only Shatner, but the rest of us wish we could be. Kudos Bill...just lighten up on the arrogance...at least a little. I can just hear him say.."Arrogance, what arrogance." You gotta love the guy, even if you don't like him. I know I do.

    September 4, 2009 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  40. jim

    Loved the old star trek. Never watched a significant number of the newer ones or the movies. just wasn't the same. I enjoy the priceline commercials and I think Shatner has really found his niche there. Especially like the one where the guy wearing the headset starts talking like Shatner. What a hoot!

    September 4, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  41. anyday

    I think Shatner would be a blast to get drunk with.

    September 4, 2009 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  42. David

    I've seen all the Star Trek movies, even read a few of the Next Gen books...but I do NOT consider myself a Treckie. I didn't really care for the original series nor their movies all that much. Took me a long time to get into the Next Gen series as well. Didn't watch DS9 or Voyager or Enterprise with the exception of maybe an episode or 2.....BUT
    The new reboot Star Trek movie with the new (old) cast...was awesome!!!
    I most definately look forward to the next Star Trek movie!
    Kudos to JJ Abrams and the cast.....they really pulled this off with class.

    September 4, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  43. John D

    Why doesn't someone write a script sort of 2001-esque where the new Kirk and Spock see themselves as their old counterparts in the future...retired, sitting in some old bar drinking their life away to old stories of their youth...then they see themselves as young men...just for a second...

    September 4, 2009 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Mark

    I could just cry because I missed this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Jay S

    Chris Pine made a better Kirk than Quinto did Spock, but that's irrelevant. The real issue with the new Trek is the gigantic holes in the overall series plot. (Spoiler follows).

    How the heck can they expect us to believe that Vulcan was destroyed (except for a few escapees) and regenerated itself in the 10-20 years Kirk/Spock took to go from the Academy to command of the Enterprise?

    Didn't Abrams ever watch the TV series? Amok Time, anyone?

    September 4, 2009 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Jerry

    All of a sudden, I feel the urge to save money on airline tickets...

    September 4, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Tovs

    Anybody seen that new book of poems by Shatner? It's called "Shat by Shatner." Great haikus and stuff. Amazon.com has it.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  48. BobZ

    I worked on the newest Trek movie. The reason there was no Kirk is that there was absolutely no real role for him. It wouldn't make sense. There was an optional role written in but it was decided just before shooting not to go that route because it was really just to appease the fans – it did not further the story. Let it go.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Mr. Bitter

    Star Wars would so win in a fight with Star Trek...

    September 4, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  50. w nathan

    You know you've seen an actor in makeup too much when their normal appearance seems odd.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Jack H

    Man oh man! Should have been there!

    September 4, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  52. jeff

    fascinating

    September 4, 2009 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Rumsfeld

    Just gotta love it. The old and the new, they are all great.
    Live long and prosper!

    September 4, 2009 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  54. iPhaedrus

    Shatner and Nimoy both had a lot to do with the success of the original series, but their talents were probably less than a third of the whole reason for the shows quality ... I think the biggest reason the show was such a classic – and why I am repeatedly amazed each and every time I see an episode (no matter how many times I've seen it in the past) – is that the quality of the writing and the overall message presented is superb!

    September 4, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  55. cindy

    Loved the new movie much more than I thought I would. especially Chris Pine. He brought a heroic but irreverent, freewheeling charm to the role; sort of a space-age Horatio Hornblower. Saw him on Jimmy Kimmel and he was funny, intelligent and charming. I thought the film was a great homage to the classic series, which I grew up watching because I was frequently home from school with illness, and I had the biggest crush on Captain Kirk as a young girl, though I also appreciated Spock's serious scientific nature. I think what I enjoyed most was their unlikely friendship, like night and day.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Sue

    I WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE TOO!! The lastest Star Trek movie was great. I have a pirated copy and watch it all the time.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  57. vel

    ah, now if someone could write some science fiction as good as Star Trek (the original series)was. Bab 5 was good but for a different reason. But no, now we have crap movies from the Syphy channel and crap reality shows on everything else. No wonder things like DragonCon come about to remember what was. Wish I had been there this year, but it's so insanely crowded that it is questionable if it's worth it.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Truther

    lawl, we all know Shat saw the film. He probably just bootlegged that russian TS version off the internets to save $10 ;) ALL HAIL SHATNER!

    September 4, 2009 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Kira

    Patty, if you see this: You said your young life was wasted in fantasy by watching Star Trek and that Trek was pure escapism for you from a childhood of poverty. If Star Trek helped you cope with hardship, and if you turned to Trek instead of using drugs, alcohol, etc., then just perhaps Star Trek wasn't a waste but was the thing that helped you get past all that and grow up to be the person you are today.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Jeff Redondo Beach CA

    What great fun!! Shatner has been great in making fun of himself in Boston Legal, after being an ass on TJ Hooker. It would be great to have a geriatric ST movie with the remaining living actors from the original series (the best one!).

    September 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  61. V S

    I agree with Kirk; I REFUSE to watch the new Star-Trek movie. It's a got dang, fricken Melrose Place, pretty-people showcase. Ughhh. He can kiss my butt about TNG though because it is my favorite and will ALWAYS remain my favorite. Nothing quite cuts the cake like an old Betazoid woman accusing Picard (who I always thought was Bicard) of having sexual thoughts about her. Can you blame him though? lol

    September 4, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Andi

    I loved the new Star Trek & the new crew was excellent. Leonard Nemoy was on SNL with the new Spock & Kirk & said if people don't like the new Star Trek they're dick heads. That was classic!

    Star Trek ROCKS!!!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Mark

    Every generation deserves its own heros. These were mine, but the next generation will have its own.

    There is a season and time for everything under heaven.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Bubble of Sanity

    Outside of a couple of children on this site who have never seen any TV over five years old, the concensus seems to be that ST was great TV. I remember thinking that its best message was that we somehow survived the 20th and 21st centuries, and that things got better.

    The ST world had conquered war, hunger, racism, and other evils. Though I loved the sequel ST series, much of the evils of society that Roddenberry had banned were suddenly back, and it was just life as it is now, only 400 years later.

    Whatever Shatner was, Kirk was a decent, valiant hero, and Spock proved that such courage and decency was not limited to earth. They played their roles well, and I'm glad they still do some work together.

    But having said that, the new ST movie was as good as any of the old movies or series. Star Trek lives on.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Kirsten

    I'm afraid most people here have never seen Boston Legal, in which Shatner plays the great Denny Crane. He's so incredibly cool in that series...

    And they should have put Kirk (Shatner) in the movie. Movie was fun, but it really needed Shatner, just for a cameo!

    September 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  66. leftcoastblue

    For those who expressed a wish that Sulu was there - he was, at least in spirit.

    I am attending D*C and saw the whole discussion: Shatner mentioned George Takei (and their ongoing feud) more than a dozen times. Nimoy brought him up at least a half-dozen more. Mostly it was very funny stuff, however WS kept saying he loves GT, and has no idea why he is upset with him. Those comments from Shatner seemed nonsensical at best.

    BTW, an excellent shout out from Nimoy deploring the clowns (mentioning Limbaugh by name) who've hijacked the healthcare debate.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Evan

    IMO, The Wrath of Khan is slightly overrated; The Undiscovered Country is better, and First Contact at least gives it a run for its money. I haven't seen the new one enough to confidently rate it, but among the original ten Khan is "only" second or third.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  68. John

    More than the dramas, The Star Trek series gave a glimpse of the promise, the potential of a humanity that had moved beyond petty prejudices. I love these guys. I do miss the 24th Century...

    September 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  69. buckwoman

    wow – bet that was awesome; wish I had been there to see these 2 characters together again. I loved the new Star Trek!

    September 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Brook

    Ah, good times! :-)

    September 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  71. KAT M DO

    I was one of the ones who told NBC that STAR TREK would make more money for them (ie mom and dad paramount) than anything else to come down the pike..............................still crankin it out NBC you bone heads.....................and your putting Leno on at 10 everynight?? Who's running that place, anyway.....still

    September 4, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Romulen

    Revenge is still....." a dish best served cold"

    September 4, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Victor Manuel

    I appreciate Will Shatner’s new show “Raw Nerve” & enjoyed when Leonard Nimoy was interviewed by Shatner. I see them as old friends that can still enjoy each other’s company but on a limited bases. Leonard Nimoy could have then and now does stand on his own light as a accomplished actor. He did an amazing job on the new Trek movie & I would love to see him do more.

    As for Shatner, I know he is egotistical, but come on… he is my Priceline Negotiator!

    September 4, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Lisa G

    Years ago, I had the good fortune to see Bill and Leonard in person at a Con. You could tell that they are old friends, the ease with which they banter was awesome. When Bill came on stage, he said right off, he couldn't give autographs and went on about that for a few minutes. The first question he got was from a young boy, who of course, asked for an autograph. Bill put on this "now what did I just say" spiel, and then smiled at the kid saying oh ok. We all laughed at the spontaneous moment. I never found him to be pretentious but maybe he has changed. I heard that while filming TOS, he looked at it as a job andnot an important one at that. Now he gets angry when he isn't included. But he did Generations and Leonard did the new film. So I think they're even. I still love them both for all the entertainment they've given me overthe decades.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Barbara

    The movie was great. The old Spock was perfect. Love the new Spock and what similarity with Nimoy's Spock. But having Shatner on would have been a put-off. Live long and prosper as both Spock's would say.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  76. KEVIN

    LOVE Shatner! Gotta respect a guy who basically just does whatever the heck he wants to do from singing to acting. I think I like every character he has ever played...even the Priceline Negotiator. Keep on doing your thing Captain, to heck with want anyone thinks. I really would have liked to see them work in some subtle homage to the Shatner Kirk character in the new Star Trek series.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Robert W.

    I like the idea of a (real) next generation of trek actors. Hopefully the "old" actors can make appearances to make us older folks happy. I would like my kids and gran-kids to have as much fun with trek as I did. It would not be easy. You have to have a great team from actors to writers. Live long and prosper.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  78. keri

    long live the dorks

    September 4, 2009 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Stormy

    Zachary Quinto is HOT!! I LOVE! him as Spock! The whole crew did fantastic in the new Star Trek! Best Star Trek movie for me!

    September 4, 2009 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  80. LadyMac

    I wish I had been there.

    Although, even more, I wish Mr. Scott had been there. He was always one of my favorites. Him and Bones.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Tom

    Nimoy; "Dude, your dead, you've been dead for years, deal with it".

    Not a real quote, but the root of Nimoy's reply.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Dave Wyman

    When Star Trek first hit the airwaves, I was not a fan. Over the years I've overlooked the cheesy sets that first bothered me and learned to enjoy the stories, themselves. Living in Los Angeles, I've seen a few of the original cast (I used to work on the "In Search of..." t.v. show, and Nimoy once put in an appearance in our office) around town, and that only added to my enjoyment of the show.

    May Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock continue to live long and prosper.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Alan

    I like Nimoy now in "Fringe". He has moved on, although I could see these two doing some kind of "Odd Couple" gig....

    September 4, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  84. karen

    I took my kids to see the new Star Trek and we loved it. That night I was saying goodnight to my 7 yo dd. She said,"Mom, I want to be an astronaut". I said,"so you can travel in space ?" To this she replied all starry eyed,"No, I just LOVE Spock."

    September 4, 2009 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Patty

    Star Trek was a great show, but I can't believe how much of my young life I wasted in fantasy. My family was very poor, and I couldn't invite anyone to my house because it was such a mess. Star Trek was pure escapism for me. I loved Captain Kirk. I was probably William Shatner's biggest fan, and defender. I used to get embarrassed when he would be so arrogant on talk shows. I've come to realize that he truly is self absorbed. But I can't help it, I still like him.
    However, I'm very happy to say that I finally did "Get A Life."

    September 4, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Debbie

    "Live long and perspire"???? If that was meant as a joke, good job. It made me laugh out loud. If, however, you were attempting to quote Mr. Spock, I believe you meant "live long and prosper".

    September 4, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Jose Nose

    - Shatner needs to get a (TREK) Life!!
    – I guess he has been to busy watching himself on the mirror, that is why he hasn't seen the last ST movie (yet)
    – What amazes me from W Shatner (I keep thinking on him like W Shame on Trek ) and others is that he never seems to have soaked even the slightest drop of what Goddenberry was trying to accomplish. The message he was trying to transmit whit ST. Seems to me that for Shatner and others they couldn't have care less about it. Remind me of those SUITS TV executives that believe that SciFi is the same than kids playing with water guns, only difference is that you have to pay the damn actors and they use fake ray-guns. They do not have the intellect to look beyond themselves, or the capability to entertain that things could not be like they have figure it out. That there could be another way to exist. For them the issue of WHY one see things the way one do is reduced to 'I damn like it that way and I will not take any communist attempt to brainwash me into a silly alternative.
    Dunno, maybe being to hard, but that is how I explain myself Shatner (and others) attitude. There are other actors that at least they figure out that they are getting paid and believe it is their duty as an actor to interiorize themselves with the message. They try, each on their own measure, to sip something about what they are doing. For them acting the role is a more than just jumping into estranges suits and saying whatever the director wants them to say. Have you ever heard any intelligent opinion from W Shatner about anything ST?? Never have I, and I doubt it exits. His GET A LIFE message seems to describe him pretty well.
    – I guess William Shatner can reduce himself to roll around Boston Legal. Fun to watch but pretty hamburger TV doctrine, unsubstantial for my taste
    – So I guess I will reduce myself to watching ST with its characters and about the actors themselves, be careful to choose the ones that make an effort, and care enough about what they are doing and willing to invest some of those precious synapses on the endeavor.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Cher

    Wonder if it was taped. Would be a hoot to see it. What a great show that was!!

    September 4, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  89. guy

    KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNN

    September 4, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  90. bob139

    The new movie is not Star Trek. It's simply a borrowed storyline, with (unfortunately) borrowed characters. There is no relevance between the movie, and the original Star Trek series. No connection (other than the names). It's naked crass commercialism.

    Where will this end? Will the producers next will film a movie about the American Revolution, in which George Washington invents the tank?

    September 4, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Charles P. Levy

    "Why hasn’t anyone in the science fiction industry developed a new project starring these two legends..."

    Maybe a remake of The Sunshine Boys!

    September 4, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Shlomo

    I always felt that an episode years ago should have featured Liutenant Uhuru holding her Spock-fathered illegitimate child on board the Enterprise. It would have helped put to rest those perisstent rumours of a Kirk-Spock love affair, and the presence of children on board would have livened things up a bit (Spock having set an example, others would follow – a very natural event while spending years in space).

    September 4, 2009 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Paul W

    What interests me is that these guys have been friends for more than 40 years, that's a lot of history, and lots of love & hate in their relation to Star Trek the series and the franchise itself.

    Leonard Nimoy is a grown-up. He had a big problem that more people loved Spock then knew Nimoy as time went on and spent a lot of energy trying to let people let him be Leonard Nimoy. As the world became scarier and genocides still happened, he made peace with being identified with Spock – people needed the story, loved the character, and what is being typecast in the face of Darfur?

    William Shatner never really grew up. Emotional, a bit of a prima-donna who never really took himself too seriously, disarmingly silly, he is the flip-side to Leonard. More people love him as William Shatner then know him as Captain Kirk. And he's totally soaking it up, and why not? Maybe he'll be remembered as a Beat Poet.

    But the two of them in a movie? Uh oh. I'm seeing 'Grumpy Old Men in space'.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  94. RJ

    Seal, it's not strange at all. It's his public protest against them killing him off in Generations and not using him in the new one. He was NOT impressed with either of those decisions and hasn't exactly been silent about the fact he's not impressed. This is just more of the same along those lines. I would like to see Shats get a limelight nod, but I don't see how they can work it into the next movie without seeming gratuitously inserted into a plot just to Make It So.

    Star Trek Forever!

    September 4, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  95. boocat

    I had the biggest crush on Mr. Spock when I was young. And now Leonard Nimoy is on "Fringe".....I'd love to see these guys do a film (especially a comedy) together....

    September 4, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  96. gregory

    It's good to see two men have a sense of humour about themselves!!

    September 4, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Sir Lord

    William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy are like vintage wine, as they age, they get better with time. Their chemistry hasn't been matched since Starsky looked at Hutch on the high seas as they tried to find the ticking time bombs!

    September 4, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  98. paul

    there is only one kirk and spock...the originals..all others are fake..

    September 4, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Sharon Lodge

    They should've had Shatner do the immortal "Space – the final frontier..." speech at the end of the new "Star Trek" film instead of Nimoy maybe. But, I am sure that wouldn't have placated Bill. I love them both and the new film does rock!

    September 4, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Susieq

    Two words...Chris Pine!

    September 4, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  101. gerryg

    "They are the Beatles of Science Fiction. " well said my friend.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  102. PattyB

    Oh, how I wish I'd been there! I love these two...they bicker like an old married couple, but I sense a great deal of affection there, even if occasionally tinged with jealousy.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Larry W

    I've met Lenoard Nimoy a couple of times – very grounded. Once flew with him a few seats ahead and he was very thoughtful and considerate. Mr. Shatner – I love his charachters including Kirk – but he always seems pretty self absorbed.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Sandy

    Brian, to answer your question. George Takai and Walter Koenig were at Dragon Con last year and you were right they were a great pairing. If you are a sci fi fan and have never been to Dragon Con you are missing a real treat

    September 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Eric

    CNN says this is a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity". Really? I would have sworn these two have been on stage together quite a few times, say just last month at the big Trek convention in Vegas.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Rick Eng

    Since Paul Newman is gone now and the likelihood of a reunion with Robert Redford remote, we can always fall back on the hope that some gifted screenwriter, visionary director and entrepreneurial producer will find a vehicle to have these two screen icons together. A buddy film perhaps not in space but somewhere on earth.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  107. ted

    clean simple timeless fun. what is not to like about stopping time for a few hours to watch them and thank them for being part of such a great socially important series and set of movies. star trek is all good.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Michelle Mg@yahoo.com

    Who Cares!!! Star Trek Sucks!

    September 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Get Real

    James....Get real!!! Uhura was virtually nothing on Star Trek. Who cares if she got more fan mail than Shatner...it probably came from horny dwebs like you. The FACT of that matter is that Shatner, as Kirk, and Nimoy, as Spock, were the heart and soul of the original Star Trek, and the show would have been nothing without them. Star Trek is what it was, and the icon it has become, precisely BECAUSE of Shatner and Nimoy, and Shatner has a right to be arrogant about it.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  110. it's just a t.v. show

    Get A Life. It's just a t.v. show. ITs something that Statner did as a lark 20 years ago. You, the guy with the funny shirt, have you ever kissed a girl?

    September 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Seal

    It's very strange William Shatner claims to have never seen ST:TNG and the new movie...

    September 4, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  112. shirley

    I agree with SS it was a good movie the only one i watch i don't like
    Williams Shatner .

    September 4, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  113. CW

    I saw them together in 2007 in NJ. They each spoke for an hour and then they were together for an hour. It was better than any live show ever!!

    September 4, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  114. David

    Enough of these 2 already!

    September 4, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  115. crystalline entity

    Shatner was asked to be in the movie-but he refused. His agent demanded more money than they were willing to give him, but Nimoy was glad for the chance to be in the movie.
    not a Shatner fan.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Heather

    James, you couldn't have described Shatner more accurately. Met him recently a the Las Vegas Star Trek convention and while Nimoy, Takei, and nearly everyone else were courteous and showed true appreciation of their fans, Shatner sat on a chair and didn't other to greet any of the individuals who paid $75 for an autograph or a photo. Won't waste my time or money on Shatner in the future.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Diane

    Hey Bob Lablaw!

    Great roles and not great actors? Not! !!!!Being in Mom's basement is awesome – You should go there sometime.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Jason

    Im not a fan of the series at all, but it's kinda cool to see to pop-icons like this together. Long Live T.J. HOOKER!!!
    and Nimoy was not so "Trek" minded on the Frosty, Heidi, and Frank show last year. In fact, he was quite rude. When 95% of your entire career has been Star Trek, you have to accept the fact that you will be asked Star Trek questions during every single interview. No need to be a jerk about it- Frosty was just being a fan!!

    September 4, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  119. tintulsa

    I agree with 'SS'; Wrath of Khan was the best of the remakes followed closely by Next Gen's First Contact. Agree with others that I wish I'd seen the exchange, and hope to see them together (maybe on Fringe?)

    September 4, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Doris Grayson

    How about broadcasting this event, maybe on Comedy Central?
    Sound like a lot of fun!!

    September 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Calvin

    SS,

    Have to agree with you, ST II best by far.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  122. King of all red shirts

    khannnnn!!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Nadine - In LA

    Nimoy will hav a recurring rol eon Fax Warner ros produced series 'Fringe". He will play a long lost colleague of Walter. From what I remember reading, they were part of a research group that go way back, also with the lady with the gnarly(?) bionic arm.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  124. 20ducks

    Live long and perspire!!

    September 4, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Mike

    Agreed, Wrath of Khan is still the best, although the new one is a very close second.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Vincenzo

    I am sure that in spite of the silly jabs these two long time friends tossed back and forth, they had a fantastic time, and it sure sounds like everyone else did! Lucky people!

    September 4, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Bruce

    Hey Bob Loma, they are actors and great roles. However, keep in mind they are great actors, not just actors. Given that they directed and produced some of the movies, I would say that they should share in the limelight somewhat. They have always been accused of overracting, yet they were trying to make springs and paper mache' seem realistic prior to CGI. For that, I give them props!

    September 4, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Dan

    I don't believe for a minute that he hasn't seen the movie either. From what I have heard and read over the years, these guys were beating on each other because they truly don't like each other, but at least it sounds like they made it entertaining. I don't think they would ever do a project together unless they were making a ton of money, that's probably why it hasn't happened. I thought they were great together in the old shows as well. If they really don't get along, it's a shame.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  129. April

    It's TREKKIES! Gene Roddenbury said it's trekkies, thus it is trekkies. "Trekkers" are just trying to distance themselves from trekkie fanatics.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Nem Wan

    The missed opportunity is casting Shatner and Nimoy in contemporary comedies. Their chemistry rivals Jack Lemon & Walter Matthau.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Joe in VT

    ANDROLOMA is still living in the 60's. We need to get back to some conformity as the age of the ME generation, and their lazy children, has brought us to the point of where we are today – an America that's almost dead. Long live the Tweeners, good riddance to the Boomers and God help Generation X.

    Average Joe

    September 4, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Moriel NessAiver

    As much as I understand why Shatner would want to be in a new movie, it will never happen until he loses weight! The character of Kirk is too much of a heroic role model and the real Kirk would have never let himself get so out of shape. Nimoy has done great!

    September 4, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Zanzibar

    Dorks.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Tom Trott

    I have fashioned an entire Navy career after the principals laid down by these two.......Along with Jimmy Dohan and Deforest Kelly.

    We currently do NOT have and BETTER role models!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  135. kitty

    While Boston Legal was on, I kept hoping they would bring Nimoy on in a guest spot, as the only attorney ever to win against Denny Crane in court! Alas, it never happened! Ah, well, I can just imagine...

    September 4, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  136. SS

    ST II: Wrath of Khan, still the best movie of the series!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Proud Texan

    Gahhhh, why couldn't I have gone to Dragon Con? This was truly an epic moment! I grew up on Star Trek (all of them), and Doctor Who, and Stargate...man oh man. Today's shows don't quite compare to the oldies-but-goodies...I miss them.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  138. James

    Shatner is, and always will be, the most arrogant and self-absorbed person to ever do Trek. He thinks that Star Trek is what it is because of him. Need I remind him, Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) always had more fan mail than him. He needs to shut up about it already and get on with it.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  139. JJ Moore

    There was a section at the end of the new Trek movie, my fellow JJ, where you could add a short cameo with Shatner as a holographic Kirk from the Nexus, inviting Spock to join him in the Nexus now that his old universe has been re-booted. It's the section where Nimoy Spock is musing by himself at the end.

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    September 4, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  140. MATT

    YES I DO BELIEVE AS A TREKKIE FAN ZACKARY QUINTO IS A FABLOUS SPOCK

    September 4, 2009 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Bela Oxmix

    Kirk: But what you're after is a royal fizzbin,
    but the odds in getting a royal fizzbin are astron -
    Spock, what are the odds of getting a royal fizzbin?
    Spock: I've never computed them.
    Kirk: Well, they're astronomical, believe me.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  142. OriginalTrekkieFan

    Hope this is available on line or on DVD soon! What a great pair and a wonderful reunion–original Trek rocks! (loved the movie too : ))

    September 4, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Bob Loblaw

    HEY ANDROLOMA,

    They're just actors. Great roles but just actors. Come out of moms basement and realize that.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  144. James N. Dent

    Shatner & Nimoy ROCK!!! Long Live Star Trek...

    September 4, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Carolyn

    They do this wonderful shtick at every convention but it never gets old. It's such a treat. The two of them changed TV and changed history. We'll always love them. I think Bill Shatner is truly troubled that a young kid played him so well, but he'll deal with it his own way. Maybe they can fight it out in a paintball match.

    Except for Zachary Quinto, the rest of the new crew has been pretty quiet. Sure hope they learn to appreciate what they've stepped into.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  146. JTH

    Wish I had been there.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Brett W

    They are the Beatles of Science Fiction. I wish they could appear together in one last Star Trek.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Steve Westman

    I LOVE these guys–Shattner and Nimoy are the greatest!That we can go :"backstage" with them, as it were, is a delight. I, for one, practically sat shivah for "Boston Legal," because I doubt whether William Shattner wil ever have the chance to give so wonderfully of himself in a long-running series.His "Denny Craine" was a David Kelly-William Shattner partnership made in heaven!And Leonard Nimoy continues to inspire, to make us think–the folks that saw them together at this event must count themselves unbelievably lucky!

    September 4, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Ben Miner

    Shatner hasn't seen the movie? I don't believe that for a second.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  150. ANDROLOMA

    An epic moment.

    10-20 years from now, we'll realize that these irreplaceable actors are gone, and the cultural icons they represented archived into a history of past memory.

    Long may their ideals fly defiant against the face of torpid conformity, and long may we struggle on against mediocrity. Imagination helps intelligence educate. Let these examples remind us why.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Jack, Peoria

    I'm sure Shatner made more off his commercials than Nimoy made off the new movie.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Brian

    Where is George (Sulu)? This would have been an even better runion. Good to see them together htough.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Dino

    Leonard Nimoy Rules!!

    September 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Jeff

    Why hasn't anyone in the science fiction industry developed a new project starring these two legends?! Is there anyone with a brain still out there?! So much time already wasted, and how much left? P-l-e-a-s-e!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Erica

    I knew the planets felt like they were in alignment!

    September 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Yzma

    Wish I'd been there! (Nimoy is right: Quinto is an amazing Spock.)

    September 4, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |

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