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[#STLV] Jason Isaacs Ruffles William Shatner’s Feathers at Star Trek Las Vegas

[#STLV] Jason Isaacs Ruffles William Shatner's Feathers at Star Trek Las Vegas

When Star Trek: Discovery actor Jason Isaacs took the stage at Star Trek Las Vegas on Thursday, he decided to shake up the standard moderator-interviewee in chairs model and fly solo — just a man and a mic facing the convention attendees mano-a-Trekkers. One topic he discussed, however, does have Original Series star William Shatner taking offense.

Jason Isaacs on stage at Star Trek Lass Vegas

Jason Isaacs on stage at Star Trek Lass Vegas | Laurie Lee for

While Isaacs talked blissfully about growing up watching TOS in Lancashire, when there were only three channels., there was a certain comment that raised a few eyebrows, however, and I just so happened to be helming @treknewsnet  on Twitter, so I tweeted it out.

I thought, huh. What could that mean? Why the pointed differentiation between William Shatner the man, and Captain Kirk the character?

My curiosity was piqued even further when I saw this tweet from the man himself.

Whoa, Kirk and Lorca still have beef? And, he addressed blocking Isaacs on Twitter? That is the modern equivalent to slapping him with his glove in the Renaissance!

Some well-meaning fans tried to alleviate the situation or even take Isaacs’ side, but Shatner would have none of it.

Others had the primo Captain’s back.

As some will remember, Shatner and Isaacs have a bit of a history in the Twitter-sphere that lead to Shatner slyly un-blocking Isaacs back in November, referring to his role as Lucius Malfoy in yet another universe.

The initial reason for the blocking is somewhat unclear, though some sources think it may have to do an interview Isaacs did with the UK outlet Metro that quoted him as saying he wouldn’t want Shatner as a guest star on Discovery.

Isaacs would go on to clarify those original comments, last August.

Maybe Jason Isaacs little comment about admiring the Captain but not the man had more subtext than a near nine-month Twitter dust-up, but that is between Isaacs and his Sha Ka Ree.

All I can say is that I hope these two Captains can just kiss and make up already. Star Trek is supposed to be about peace and unification, and we don’t see Mulgrew and Yeoh blowing up our Twitter feeds.

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  1. Sue_Mi

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Isaacs made a rude comment. Shatner is right to block him.

  2. Jason Grzegorczyk

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    You know what seriously..shatner is basically trek but we made him us the fans and he puts himself on this pedestal…Isaac’s is correct there is a huge difference between Kirk and shatner…shatner is a pompous ego inflated douchebag…money grab at every turn…get it right people

  3. Brad Swann

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Have always thought the same, fans want to meet Kirk, but get stuck with Shatner. Anyone who pays for an auto or photo op deserves what they get! Nothing to do with politics, but Shatner reminds me a lot of Trump.

  4. DeanHI

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    I think most would agree that the Shatman isn’t what most would consider, warm and fuzzy. Unlike Leonard, he is never spoken of in glowing terms by any of his castmates, and his acting (by his own admission) is sometimes embarrassing (Wrath of Khaaaaannnn!!!) His funeral line about Spock being the most human, still brings me to laughter! He could have starred in the old SCTV skit “Bad Acting in Hollywood”. That said, he is adored by many and that is okay. I personally agree with Issacs – IMO the character James T. Kirk is truly worth cheering for, instead of the actor who portrayed him 50 years ago and for a few movies.

  5. Marc Henson

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    This is so stupid. I wouldn’t expect anyone to worship me even if I did awesome things in my life.

    Shatner is a jerk.

    By the way, I love Kirk too…but not Shatner…I guess that makes me rude too.

  6. Steven Carter

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Isaacs & Discovery in General are Anti-Star Trek. They don’t agree with its core ideals & want to destroy it, this shows in even the simplest things like this.

  7. Doug Turner

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Discovery is bad fan fiction.

  8. Steve Murray

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Well, there is a difference between the character and the actor. Shatner is deliberately taking it wrong. Which is what he does.

  9. John

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Shatner > Isaacs. Any. Day. Of the week! 🙂 I think Isaacs has proved to be a true embarrassment to “Trek,” and shouldn’t be invited to any of these conventions again.

  10. (Roc) Wayne Alford

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Lisa Gillickson posted the comment on Twitter in a way to try and start a shitstorm.
    She had her proud moment Treknews again guilty of being manipulating Media for their own sake .
    And Discovery haters go fuck yourself that has nothing to do with this story so get off your fucking soapbox. When Shatner defended Discovery you all turned on him like wolves.
    Isaac simply meant to say Kirk not Shatner and quickly corrected himself and Trek Net LOVES TO DESTROY STAR TREK STARS AND CREATE WARS FOR THE STORY IF THEY CAN.

  11. MrJaNath

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    It’s a fight between two awful toupees.

  12. Thomas Sargent

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Shatner is in love with himself. This is why I like Pine’s Kirk, just a bit more he’s more human. Now if only we could more than one good movie out of the the studio,

  13. Ken VanCourt

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Sorry but I’m confused here. Does Shatner think he IS James T Kirk?

  14. Ilya Kralinsky

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    This may seem a stretch, but in acting classes, the instructors always said that if, after watching a television show or movie, you call a person their character’s name, the actor did an incredible job, but if you consistently refer to them by their real name, they didn’t hit the mark as an actor, just like I keep saying, “Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.” In that respect, it can be really honoring Shatner that Isaacs forgot there was a difference, though I could also see how it would come off as rude. If anything, I think it was a slight deeply calculated to be open to that type of interpretation so he could retract it if needed.

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