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Published on November 25th, 2009 | by Darren Byrne


He wasn’t in it, but if he was in it, he might have been in it like this…

Shatner as KirkIf you’re a Star Trek fan and followed the brouhaha (what a great word) over William Shatner’s potential cameo in JJ Abrams Star Trek, you’ll recall The Shat’s video where he spoke about not being involved. At the time, Abrams and writers, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, spoke about how they tried to find a way to fit Shatner’s Kirk into the script, but in the end felt it wouldn’t work. However, according to TrekMovie.com, they did write a scene for Shatner, though the actor never got to read it.

The ‘scene’ is actually two alternative scenes for the end of the film – the moment between Nimoy’s Spock and Quinto’s Spock in the hangar, and the award ceremony with Kirk and Pike. There’s no guarantee Shatner would have done it, even if he had seen the script, but much as I loved Abrams Star Trek (one of the best films of the year), I did feel a small cameo from the real Captain Kirk would have been a very satisfying addition. If you’re interested, here’s the abandoned script for the Shatner scene:

The Scene



Then I ask that you do yourself a
favor… put away logic, and do what
feels right. The world you’ve inherited
lives in the shadow of incalculable
devastation… but there’s no reason you
must face it alone.

And from around his neck, he removes the PENDANT that
until now, we’ve only caught glimpses of. Places it on
the table beside his younger self. The feeling in his
eyes is profound…

This was a gift to me. Representing…
a dream. One we were unable to fulfill.
The way you can now.

And moves to the door. Stops. Offers the VULCAN SALUTE:

As my customary farewell would appear
oddly self serving, I will simply say…
good luck.

Their eyes hold. Spock turns, disappearing into the
corridor. Young Spock stares at the empty doorway a
beat, his mind a jumble of thoughts. Looks to the
pendant… and realizes it’s a HOLO-EMITTER. After
considering a beat, he hits an activation button and a
MOVING HOLOGRAPHIC MESSAGE materializes before him:

brash, wry, confident — and SINGING:

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to
(stops, grins)
I know I know, it’s illogical to
celebrate something you had nothing to do
with, but I haven’t had the chance to
congratulate you on your appointment to
the ambassadorship so I thought I’d seize
the occasion… Bravo, Spock — they tell
me your first mission may take you away
for awhile, so I’ll be the first to wish
you luck… and to say…
(beat, emotional)
I miss you, old friend.

… and we’re PUSHING IN on Young Spock, taking in the
image of Kirk’s future self, the message, but above all —
the clear, unquestionable friendship these two men had…


As Spock Prime walks off down the corridor, he passes
right by a man conferring with a nurse — the man pauses,
turns… it’s SAREK. Suddenly overcome by a feeling that
the stranger who’s just passed him is… oddly familiar.

I suppose I’d always imagined us…
outgrowing Starfleet together. Watching
life swing us into our Emeritus years…


MUSIC BUILDING — glass walls reveal THE ENTERPRISE at
dock, UTILITY CRAFTS floating around it, repairing.
Standing at attention in rows, THE ENTERPRISE CREW —
over four hundred of them wearing DRESS UNIFORMS — TRACK
DOWN the faces, all proud:

I look around at the new cadets now and
can’t help thinking… has it really been
so long? Wasn’t it only yesterday we
stepped onto the Enterprise as boys?
That I had to prove to the crew I
deserved command… and their respect?

And we STOP ON YOUNG KIRK. Composed, focused, proud. A
man. And to every fan’s delight, finally wearing his

This assembly calls Captain James
Tiberius Kirk…

Kirk breaks from formation, pivots, marches down the
hangar — past UHURA… SULU… CHEKOV… SCOTTY. All
Beaming. Notably absent, is Spock. Kirk ascends the
stairs, snaps to attention:

Your inspirational valor and supreme
dedication to your comrades are in
keeping with the highest traditions of
service and reflect utmost credit to
yourself, your crew, and the Federation.
By Starfleet Order 28455, you are hereby
directed to report to Commanding Officer,
USS Enterprise, for duty as his relief.

Kirk turns. Walks to… PIKE. In a wheelchair now,
wearing an ADMIRAL’S UNIFORM. Overnight, his hair’s
turned totally grey — but despite his trauma, his
pride’s overwhelming. They SALUTE each other:

I relieve you, Sir.

… I am relieved.

He opens a BOX in his lap — glorious in repose, a MEDAL:

And as Fleet Admiral, for your… unique
solution to the Kobayashi Maru, it’s my
honor to award you with a commendation
for original thinking.

Pike containing a smirk, pins the medal to Kirk’s

(a touch choked)
Congratulations, Captain.

Thank you, Sir.

Kirk turns to the crowd. Eyes shining. WILD APPLAUSE.
OUR MUSIC SOARS. Bones leans in to Sulu, rolling his

… Same ship, different day.

As Kirk rejoins his crew for hugs and congratulations, we
go to the BACK of the hangar… SPOCK PRIME. Watching.
Moved beyond words. He turns and leaves them to it… as
he goes…

I know what you’d say — ‘It’s their turn
now, Jim…’ And of course you’re
right… but it got me thinking:


Our montage comes full circle as we END on Kirk’s

Who’s to say we can’t go one more round?
By the last tally, only twenty five
percent of the galaxy’s been chartered…
I’d call that negligent. Criminal even —
an invitation. You once said being a
starship captain was my first, best
destiny… if that’s true, then yours is
to be by my side. If there’s any true
logic to the universe… we’ll end up on
that bridge again someday.

Stops, grins. Because this is the part he needs to say

Admit it, Spock. For people like us, the
journey itself… is home.

Young Spock’s face. Lost in feelings that flood through


Thanks to Will for bringing my attention to this

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8 Responses to He wasn’t in it, but if he was in it, he might have been in it like this…

  1. Emlyn says:

    That would have been cool, though the movie is great regardless of whether WS was in it or not.

    The whole Spock Prime passing by Sarek (or even conversing with him) is on the dvd’s cut scenes I believe!

  2. Lottie says:

    It might have been regarded as a little cheap but would have been awesome none the

    William Shatner is climbing the Mountain, why is he climbing the mountain?

  3. Niall says:

    I feel that it’s crowbarring him in just for the sake of it. It just feels unnecessary. I’m happy that the went without him. The only chance the new Star Treks have is to move away from the old ones.

  4. Darren Byrne says:

    Ah, it never gets old:

  5. Lottie says:

    @Niall – That’s a fair point. it was an almost perfect movie and made it accessible to “newbies” like me who were never really all that into Star Trek.

    It would have been entirely unnecessary, even kitsch and I think Abrams should be commended for taking avoiding that kitsch factor.

    Still…maybe an extra on the DVD?

  6. Keleher says:

    Thanks, Darren, that would have been cool having Kirk/Shatner in it.

    Regards to the next film [2011-2012] I hear Abrams wants to revisit Khan, I am against that thought, and revisiting content from the original TV series, but be writing new material, myself anyway..

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