William Shatner Appreciation Day
God. Bless. William. Shatner.
Stop and smell the roses because someday we won't receive wonderful new gifts of cheese from William Shatner. So today, right now, you need to drink in a big dose of Shatner and live a little.
William Shater isn't famous because he played Capt. Kirk on Star Trek. William Shatner is famous because of who he is and what he did after playing Captain Kirk. I'm not sure anyone in the modern American culture knows how to play mass-appeal-shtick just like him. Think about it. If it was just Kirk that made him a legend we would all worship Gilligan, too.
No, Shatner has embraced the attention from the public to stay in the spotlight. Everyone thinks he's a bad actor who can't deliver dialogue. So what does he do? He creates a one man show where he IS the show and we lap it up. He's terrible at dialogue, so, he does interpretive songs and story albums. He becomes the heart of a national ad campaign as the "Negotiator" where he single handedly negotiates deals for travelers. The spots are so campy, so obviously spooftastic (new word) that they are instant classics.
Is he self aware? You bet. My take is that he's like a professional wrestler. Wrestlers are undoubtably athletes. They've worked their entire lives to build a huge physique for public performance. Unlike football or soccer players they know they are participating in a farce, a show, a drama. To make money they knowingly play along with the suspension of disbelief. Shatner has done the same thing in so many ways.
His latest performance is a new album out today called "Ponder the Mystery." The album is a prog-rock collaboration album. The "songs" feature Shatner opening pondering things like life, time and the future. It's perfect - exactly what we want from.
Today, I raise my glass to you William Shatner!
I declare today - Shatner Appreciation Day in the Universe!
Join me in gorging on some of Shatner's greatest hits:
Shatner doing Rocket Man
Capt. Kirk top 10 fight moves
Kirk would beat Picard
Shatner on Howard Stern - Shatner losing it
Shatner talks to Space