Therin of Andor wrote:
Yes! It's a mere 15 seconds cut and NO Shatner did not botch it on purpose. His best performance--no, but did he throw the scene? NO.
He may have been doing the other off-camera Shatner standard. Crossing his eyes, or looking bored, while his screen mate attempted delivery of their closeups.
Just ask Yvonne Craig.
He may have been doing whatever whenever, but the scene as cut into the movie was fine--could have been used and it would have worked. They cut it for another reason.
Also Takei's performance was fine as well--he wasn't looking at Shatner--he's staring out the pod window 'piloting the shuttle'. I guess it's a blessing to do a scene with shatner and not have to look at him!