June 15 2024

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Kirk Returned to the Enterprise Bridge

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William Shatner paid a visit to the Star Trek: Original Series Set Tour in Ticonderoga, New York over the weekend as part of the William Shatner Weekend.

On Friday and Saturday, Shatner arrived and had a private chat with VIPs, a press conference, Captain’s Chair photos and autograph time. On Saturday, he also gave a Live on Stage talk in the auditorium of Ticonderoga High School.

Over one thousand fans, some in costume, attended the event, some coming from as far away as Switzerland and Brazil. Also in attendance were Denise and Michael Okuda, Doug Drexler, and Daren Dochterman.

Shatner enjoyed the set, saying “This set is exactly the way it was fifty-odd years ago. And it’s like coming back to a house that you might have been born in and go look around and you see it: ‘Wow, it’s bigger and smaller than I remember, and yet it’s the same.’ So, if you’re interested in Star Trek, this is extraordinary.”

 

When asked what how James T. Kirk might age along with Shatner, he said, “What would I do now? Quite different, I think, because fifty years have gone by. If I weren’t going to do something different fifty years later, I’d be stuck in a time warp, and that’s too science fiction-y for me. So, the evolution of the human being…if you’re a good actor you bring all that you have lived. I was quite callow in those years and, fifty years later, I have more depth, having lived, and I’d hopefully bring something more.”

James Cawley, who created the set, said “To grow up watching William Shatner on the Enterprise, on the show, and now to see him here, on these sets, in the same environment…It’s amazing to see it and share the moment with so many people, just even from a fan perspective.”

Information on touring the Star Trek set can be found here.

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