"Kirk, you're still alive, my old friend"
What to hear something that will make you feel old and tired, as if the world were ending tomorrow (the opposite of the "Genesis Effect" for you Trekkies out there): William Shatner turns 77 years old today.
It's at this point that I usually make my case that today's birthday honoree enjoyed his finest days in the 80s. And I'll do that momentarily. But if you haven't seen Shatner's performance in 1998's "Free Enterprise," where he plays a (hopefully) comic version of himself, you're letting the best of life pass you by.
Still, between TV's "T.J. Hooker" and the Star Trek movies of the 80s, it's a wonder we don't call that the "Shatner Decade."
OK, that's pushing it. Still, what red-blooded (or green-blooded) life-form doesn't weep uncontrollably as Kirk breaks down during Spock's death in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? That's where we all learn that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few ... or the one.
Leave it to Shatner to prove him wrong in Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW, YOU CAN LEARN FROM CAPT. KIRK:
- "Galloping around the cosmos is a game for the young."
- "The Klingons don't take prisoners."
- "We learn by doing."
- "The needs of the one outweighed the needs of the many."
- "Nobody pays any attention to you unless you swear every other word."
- "You know that pain and guilt can't be taken away with a wave of a magic wand. They're the things we carry with us, the things that make us who we are. If we lose them, we lose ourselves."
- "I've always known I'll die alone."