Thanks, St.Barthgirl (I nearly misread that as St.Batgirl). Shatner can be interesting to watch in TOS. Some of his physical choices, such as body language and facial expressions, can be truly entertaining.
As for the Melakon handle, I chose it because I was familiar with that actor's work before he appeared in Star Trek. I was surprised the name was available, I guess nobody likes the guy.
Teacake, yes, Shatner's theatrical training really comes out, playing to the back row. Maybe that's how I came to appreciate him, as I did some theatre during college.
Shatner was a guest at the first convention I went to, in 1975. He was a riot.