How William Shatner Brought Down International Communism


James A. Chisem

James A. Chisem is an contributor at British Online Archives. He has previously written for the BBC, The Times, and Reuters. He has also appeared on the Sunday Politics, Sky Sports, and BBC Radio 5 Live.

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10 Responses

  1. Avatar Aaron David says:

    Excellent piece! I was never a ST fan but it could often be great fun.Report

  2. Avatar Joe Sal says:

    Really enjoyed reading this, good job!Report

  3. Avatar Damon says:

    “It’s dead Jim”

    I’m a doctor, not a bricklayer”.

    Some great lines there.Report

  4. Avatar North says:

    DeForest Kelley was a treasure and one of the cores of the show. I can only imagine how it sounded to the Russians.

    One of the best things about the reboot was how perfectly they recast McCoy.Report

  5. Avatar Alan Scott says:

    Surely, though, that credit belongs more to DeForest Kelley, Leonard Nemoy, Harve Bennet, or Nicholas Meyer, though? Imagine what brutal totalitarian state the USSR might still be if they’d screened the Shatner-Directed Star Trek V?Report

  6. Avatar Jaybird says:

    McCoy gives the line that brings down the house.

    Kirk gets the credit.

    Stuff like this is why Putin is returning to power.Report

  7. @alan-scott @jaybird

    The article’s title is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the documentary ‘How William Shatner Changed the World’.

    I’m sure Kelley, Nimoy, and Meyer wouldn’t begrudge the old man one more spurious accolade!Report