Takei's Claims About Shatner

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  1. Harvey

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    I'm paraphrasing a Gene Coon memo from memory here, but his words were along the lines of "It'll be a rare script indeed where Chapel is written out before shooting."

    Majel was never under contract as Chapel, only hired on a per episode basis to play the part.
     
  2. JonnyQuest037

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    Makes sense. Why antagonize your executive producer by writing out his girlfriend? I'm sure it was easier just to give Chapel some minor bit of business (and really, that's all she does in the majority of her shows) and pick other battles to fight.
     
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  3. Neopeius

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    Huh!

    I wonder how Nichols felt about being secure for half a season and then losing it.

    Ah, thank you. I had a niggling feeling I had forgotten a 1st season appearance. So, 22 episodes across the next two seasons.
     
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  4. PCz911

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    off topic (apologies) : this photo always bothered me.

    Dear photographer- please ask Nicole to take a step to the right so she’s not blocked , and fills the gap more symmetrically.

    ocd rant finishes
     
  5. Ssosmcin

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    I feel like this was the secondary camera. Everyone is looking off stage and we've all seen the group shot where they are looking towards camera.

    All depends on how Roddenberry spun it. He probably blamed the Network execs.
     
  6. wayoung

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    Whether that was before or after Nichols stopped sleeping with him may also have had an impact.
     
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  7. Neopeius

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    It seems this is one of many from the same shoot. You may be able to find one you like better. :)
     
  8. FormerLurker

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    More likely this is a second photographer, probably a behind-the-scenes one. They're all looking in a direction that would feature them all without being blocked. And it's "Nichelle."
     
  9. PCz911

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    Autocorrect. Mea culpa
     
  10. FormerLurker

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    No biggie. Autocorrect is evil.
     
  11. Legate Duhmar

    Legate Duhmar Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    Agreed, he's a bit phony and takes himself a bit too seriously, even the self parodies he engages in are very calculated. The tragedy related to his former wife gives off some Robert Wagner-type vibes so there's that potential character question always lingering in the background but its faded with time.

    That being said, the character Kirk as he portrayed it is fantastic, and Kirk is the most emtionally sincere and relatable Captain in the Trek universe (Sisko being a close 2nd). Shatner, Nimoy and DeForest Kelly also carried the series and the films as performers, so for me there will always be a bit of a soft spot as far as Shatner is concerned. He's a smug egotist but not detestable in his personal appearances and outside of Takei, there aren't stories featuring bad character traits brought up that aren't already obvious and known.
     
  12. ZapBrannigan

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    There's no reason to suspect Shatner of wrongdoing in Nerine's death. So I must object to that part of your post.
     
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  13. wayoung

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    Ummm.... There are a lot of people that suspect Wagner of wrongdoing... Including, but not limited to, the detective in charge of the case, the captain of the yacht, and Lana Wood...
     
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  14. Ssosmcin

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    Shatner, however, was not suspected of any wrongdoing in the death of Nerine
     
  15. wayoung

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    I didn't say anything about Shatner. I specified Wagner.
     
  16. ZapBrannigan

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    I wrote my initial draft before reviewing the re-investigation of Wood's death, in which the yacht captain said he had lied the first time around. I hadn't known that. So I then edited my post and took out the "neither husband" bit, which was true back when I read Thomas Noguchi's book Coroner, but is on shakey ground now.
     
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  17. T'Bonz

    T'Bonz Romulan Curmudgeon Administrator

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    Shatner sees the fans 1) as a way to earn $$$ and 2) with contempt.

    Pretty much what I take away from him. I like his acting though.

    In all fairness to the Shat, some of the Trek fans are batshit crazy. Dealing with some of them over the years would sour anyone.
     
  18. FormerLurker

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    I had a co-worker at the time ask why Shatner didn't dive in the pool to save her. I looked him square in the face and said "You realize he's 75 years old."

    He went :wtf: "I did not know that."
     
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  19. TREK_GOD_1

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    Agreed.
     
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  20. MarkusTay

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    My one 'interaction' (more like non-interaction) with Kirk & company was at the first ST convention in Manhattan back in '72. It was at the Hilton, and my sister and her friend wanted to get 'good seats' for the main presentation, so went in the big ballroom over an hour early (and it was already filling-up). Me, being a little nine-year-old jerk on the loose in NYC decided to ride the elevators up and down until it was show time. I get to the top floor, and in walks the entire cast, sans Shatner & Nimoy. My jaw was on the floor - it was like being in a tiny little room with your 'gods'.

    I believe it was Doohan (although it may have been Kelly - my brain was barely functioning) that saw me looking around expectantly, who said, "he's probably looking for the captain" (if it was said sarcastically, my kid-brain was unaware). Takei just looked down and said, "They don't ride with us", and then looked back straight ahead. Very impersonal and direct. But for some reason it bothered me so much he felt the need to say that. In my head, they were all great friends who hangout all the time together, and that was a sudden face-slap of grown-uppedness I wasn't ready for.

    That's when they noticed I had pushed all the buttons... LOL
     
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