William Shatner’s Monologue
William Shatner: Thank you! Thank you very much! Thank you!Hey! First of all, I want to say it’s quite a thrill to be hosting theshow tonight, it’s a nice way to cap off a great year for me! Yeah! “Star Trek IV” has turned out to be a huge hit…. [ applause ] Yuh! And I can only hope that “T.J. Hooker IV” does half as well!
Actually, I’m very proud of our new movie because… uh… y’know… inmaking a film about the threatened extinction of the whales, we were trying to make an important… an important statement. And that is, a sequel can be just as successful as its original. [ flat joke, subdued applause ]
You know, it still amazes me that the uh… the influence the series has. It’s now been shown in over a hundred countries and of course each country translates it to fit their own culture. For example, in Japan, I understand it’s called, “Sulu, Master of Navigation.” [ polite titters of laughter] So it’s truly worldwide.
And one of the most interesting aspects of the “Star Trek” phenomenon has to be the conventions… with all the Trekkies and Trekkettes and the Trek-kores and… I mean they’re truly incredible, and I hope they have a sense of humor about this show tonight or… I’m in deep trouble! Anyway, I thought you might like to see what one of these conventions… MIGHT be like….[ fade ]
Thanks to Jay, Debbie and the Kids for this transcript!