William Shatner wakes up shuttle Discovery crew

March 07, 2011 | 4:35 p.m.
shatner William Shatner wakes up shuttle Discovery crew

William Shatner, stardate 1960s (Los Angeles Times archives)

The crew members of the space shuttle Discovery already know that they are on “The Voyage Home” — their ship will be retired after landing Wednesday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida — but they got a startling reminder on Monday when their “wake-up call” from Earth was a pre-recorded message from William Shatner along with the theme from “Star Trek.”

“These have been the voyages of the space shuttle Discovery,” the 79-year-old actor said with all the gravity you might expect. “Her 30-year mission: To seek out new science. To build new outposts. To bring nations together on the final frontier. To boldly go, and do, what no spacecraft has done before…”

The shuttle program — which dates back to the February 1977 flight of a craft named Enterprise — is scheduled to end later this year, a heartbreaking decision for many supporters of the American space program. Shatner knows the feeling. He watched his old space partner Leonard Nimoy play a part in the most recent “Star Trek” film but he’s been left on the interstellar sidelines for four movies and hasn’t portrayed James T. Kirk in a new film or television show since 1994. J.J. Abrams and his team are preparing a new “Trek” film and although it’s unlikely that Shatner will be beamed aboard, he has plenty of projects on Earth, including the CBS comedy series “$#*!  My Dad Says.”

— Geoff Boucher


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3 Responses to William Shatner wakes up shuttle Discovery crew

  1. steve says:

    star trek was ahead of its time! a great show, I loved growing up with it,dreaming of going to other planets, William Shatner has not been all that friendly to his beloved fans, he just a hard ass, maybe that what it takes to survive hollywood,or end up like sheen, wiped out on dope! my two cents worth!

  2. Harriet Bee says:

    Who wouldn't love to be woken up by Mr. William Shatner? Unless what woke you up was his long toe nails digging into your flesh.

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