12 thoughts on “Shatner’s Grief”

  1. It was unlike any blackness you can see or feel on Earth.

    Still wrong. It is so black, because Earth is so bright where he was. His next trip should be to Chile’s Atacama Desert. There, he will know a new kind of dark that will help him see the light.

  2. Space is a place that is trying to kill you 24/7.

    There is a scene in Lawrence of Arabia(1962) where an Arab sheikh remarks to Lawrence: “You English love the desert. We Bedouin love the oases, palm trees and grass…”

    Mayhap Shatner isn’t as ‘mad as an Englishman’…?

  3. Why is anyone surprised a 90 year old Canadian Jew is moaning about getting a terrible spaceflight? Wasn’t there a TV commercial about something like that? When you can’t kvell, kvetch.

    1. Speaking as a 64 year old American Jew I am baffled by your statement. It’s not his ancestral religion nor his nationality that’s the problem, it’s his ignorance. He has and always will be an actor, with no particular interest in the things that his fictional character would know.

  4. It’s also possible that he’d feel differently about it, if he weren’t standing at death’s door. If he were twenty, with a full life ahead of himself, he might just think the darkness of space is a cool effect rather than desperately trying to put meaning to it.

  5. The Overview Effect: When you get to space, you will finally see things exactly as I do and you will give up your political beliefs and adopt mine.

    (From the perspective of the International Progressive Marxists)

  6. Well maybe in a few years (if he is still alive) that “disclosure” that some of us have hopes for will happen. Imagine Shatner going into space inside a reverse-engineered Tic-Tac type warp drive UAP; he could take in the local stellar neighborhood. He might fine that allot more interesting; maybe that “earth-like” planet orbiting Proxima-Centauri or the even more attractive one almost as close Teegarden-b. To say nothing like meeting actually UAP aliens; maybe even some hot “Nordic alien” babe who is an old STOS fan.

  7. Even with “space” being full of stars, it’s still “space”. The hugeness and depth of staring into those stars and how vast the space in between the stars is bound to have an effect on everyone. For some, positive. For some, perhaps so humbling as to drive them mad. If we ever build real starships, it might be advisable to limit how much time crew members can stare out into “space”.

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