Flying Nerd recommends &Nerd stuff 20 Jul 2006 02:20 pm

William Shatner’s finest work??

I’m happy to admit to being a huge Star Trek fan. My wife doesn’t get it. She thinks the Horta looks like an animated chenille bedspread.

The Horta

Anyway, until now, I would have argued strongly that Star Trek represented the pinnacle of William Shatner‘s acting career. Captain Kirk was strong, honest, sophisticated, chivalrous, respectful and very human. An altogether good bloke, really. Shatner’s portrayal was always genuine and warm. I liked it, and so did millions of others (nerds or not).

James T Kirk

Recently, I’ve been catching up on some old episodes of Boston Legal, one of David E. Kelly’s string of series about the legal profession and the practice of law in the USA. When Boston Legal first started, it didn’t grab me, even though I had been an enthusiastic follower of its predecessor, The Practice. But Boston Legal has grown on me – I enjoy it’s eccentric and opinionated viewpoint. I’m even prepared to tolerate Kelly’s use of the show as a platform for what are obviously his pet issues.

But most of all, I get a hoot out of Shatner’s character Denny Crane. Denny, who once described himself as ‘the greatest attorney in history’ suffers from some form of brain illness (Alzheimer’s? — it’s never clear, and Denny seems happy to settle on Mad Cow Disease), and causes great anguish amongst his colleagues as he appears to be well past the point where he can safely appear in court. Yet his feel for juries and public opinion combine with flashes of brilliance to save the day (or at least the defendant) on many occasions.

Denny Crane

Shatner seems to have a genuine fondness for Denny and his (extreme) idiosyncrasies. While Denny (the character) is clearly overstated and, in many respects, can seem just plain silly, Shatner brings to him a confidence and humanity that are very endearing. Shatner has received Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his portrayal of Denny Crane.

What do you think?

3 Responses to “William Shatner’s finest work??”

  1. on 25 Jul 2006 at 10:18 (Sydney) 1.Zog said …

    I too am a fan of the show, though the hour means I don’t get to see much of it. Will definitely check out the series on dvd, I think.

    I thought the segway between The Practice and Boston Legal using James Spader’s character was very clever.

    Shatner is also great as an over the top possum in Over the Hedge – someone who prides themself in their ability to ‘play dead’ at the drop of a hat.

  2. on 25 Jul 2006 at 10:23 (Sydney) 2.Richard said …

    Hmmm… never picked you for a BL watcher.

    I thought Over the Hedge was quite good. I especially loved the dog in the suburban backyard – an excellent rendering of dog psyche.

  3. on 29 Jul 2006 at 18:56 (Sydney) 3.Lizzie said …

    Ha HAAA