William Shatner had a scene in STAR TREK and here’s the script

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
November 24th, 2009

Kirk & Spock

It was a debacle that you may remember occurring some months prior to the release of J.J. Abrams’ STAR TREK. A back-and-forth of sorts between the director and the original Kirk himself, William Shatner, on whether the actor was ever really asked to make a cameo in the film and, if he was, if he merely turned it down. In the end, it was revealed that Abrams and Co. tried to insert a Shatner cameo into the film but felt it just did not work.

Regardless, screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci did in fact write the scene featuring Shatner’s Kirk, along with Leonard Nimoy’s Spock, that kept with the canon of the previous films. After all, Kirk did meet his untimely demise in 1994′s STAR TREK: GENERATIONS. Sorry…spoiler alert.

The alternate scene would have occurred somewhere around the end of the film, as the elder Spock (Nimoy) has a chance encounter with his younger self (Zachary Quinto), followed by the scene of young Kirk (Chris Pine) being awarded. While Shatner’s cameo appears to be nothing more than an audio and holographic video transmission to Spock, traveling through time and originating before the events of GENERATIONS, it still may have been really cool to see. I guess we shall never know…until the sequel!

Check out the scene, in its entirety, after the jump! Then let us know what you think. Would you have liked to see this scene in the film or do you feel it is better without it?

ALTERNATE SCENE B

SPOCK PRIME
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…

SPOCK PRIME (CONT’D)
This was a gift to me. Representing…
a dream. One we were unable to fulfill.
(softly)
The way you can now.

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

SPOCK PRIME (CONT’D)
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:

CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK. WILLIAM SHATNER. As always,
brash, wry, confident — and SINGING:

KIRK/ SHATNER
Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to
you…
(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…

INT. CORRIDOR – CONTINUOUS

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.

KIRK/SHATNER (V.O.)
I suppose I’d always imagined us…
outgrowing Starfleet together. Watching
life swing us into our Emeritus years…

INT. STARBASE ONE – HANGAR – ETERNAL NIGHT

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:

KIRK/SHATNER (V.O.)
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
YELLOW SHIRT. The FEDERATION COMMANDANT stands at a
podium:

COMMANDANT
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:

COMMANDANT (CONT’D)
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:

KIRK
I relieve you, Sir.

PIKE
… I am relieved.

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

PIKE (CONT’D)
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
chest…

PIKE (CONT’D)
(a touch choked)
Congratulations, Captain.

KIRK
Thank you, Sir.

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

BONES
… 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…

KIRK/SHATNER (V.O.)
I know what you’d say — ‘It’s their turn
now, Jim…’ And of course you’re
right… but it got me thinking:

INT. STARFLEET HOSPITAL – EARTH – DAY

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

KIRK/SHATNER
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
most…

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

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

Source TrekMovie via JoBlo

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  • SkippyQSB

    Technically, the whole timeline, etc was changed. I mean Kirk's dad died, Spock's mom died, Pike was still alive and not being kept alive by aliens, etc. So they shouldn't use “Kirk died in another movie” as an excuse for not having Shatner's Kirk in the new movie. At first I was rather bummed that Shat wasn't in it. Not any longer… the movie was fantastic and I wouldn't want to see anything change. Frankly, Shatner has become so arrogant, obnoxious and whiney I'm glad he wasn't in it. Shat's sure milking the movie's fame now, though, isn't he.

  • SkippyQSB

    Technically, the whole timeline, etc was changed. I mean Kirk's dad died, Spock's mom died, Pike was still alive and not being kept alive by aliens, etc. So they shouldn't use “Kirk died in another movie” as an excuse for not having Shatner's Kirk in the new movie. At first I was rather bummed that Shat wasn't in it. Not any longer… the movie was fantastic and I wouldn't want to see anything change. Frankly, Shatner has become so arrogant, obnoxious and whiney I'm glad he wasn't in it. Shat's sure milking the movie's fame now, though, isn't he.

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