The latest series in the Star Trek franchise is set to debut on CBS on September 24. Entitled Star Trek: Discovery, the series, which is a prequel to Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS), focuses on Spock’s adopted sister. Therefore, since there are clearly strong ties between the two series, one naturally wonders if William Shatner, who played the role of Captain James T. Kirk in TOS, will make an appearance on the new series.
But in order to do that, one has to think that there would need to be some incredible story-writing. After all, Shatner is 86 years old. When TOS debuted in 1966, Shatner was only 35.
Alex Kurtzman, the executive producer of the new series, says that he doesn’t hate the idea of Shatner being written in to the show for an appearance at some point. But it would take some very creative thinking from the writers to justify the role.
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In an interview with Trek Movie, Shatner said, “Well, it would depend on what the participation was. I wouldn’t want to do something that was a throwaway sort of gratuitous place in the plotline. They would really have to exercise their imaginations to have a fifty-years-older captain in there – if it was the character. They would have to do something remarkable.”
How remarkable would the plotline need to be? The fact of the matter is, Discovery has been written to take place 10 years before TOS. That would make Kirk a decade younger than when America first saw him way back in 1966. But Shatner, ever the clever thinker, has a solution for the time difference.
“So, then I get to play my father,” said Shatner.
Shatner, must like the rest of the viewing public, admits that he does not know much about the new series. But he does claim to believe what CBS is attempting to do with the latest Star Trek reboot.
“All I know is that it is streaming,” Shatner says. “I have been playing in front of some large audiences recently and asking them what they thought and will they pay money for it and about half the audience doesn’t want to pay each month to get it. It looks like what they are doing is making it a beacon for joining [CBS All Access]. So, in the same way, Paramount used The Next Generation to promote their syndication organization, they are doing the same thing with the streaming of Star Trek, which is an interesting ploy.”