Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What did William Shatner make of his successor being bald?



What went through Bill Shatner's mind the day he learned that the new captain of the USS Enterprise was to be a bald man? "Why did I bother?" "I never thought an audience would accept a bald starship captain."- I guess we'll never know... And then the next guy, Avery Brooks from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine had a full head of hair but chose to shave it off! 1. Bald but covered it up 2. Openly bald. 3. Shaved his head to look bald. Maybe the hair factor is crucial to Star Trek!

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  1. I read in either George's book or Walter's that when the Next Generation was announced in 1986, G & W were on the phone and joked "Well, he's hardly the first bald captain of the Enterprise."

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  2. This, of course, raises the important question of whether, by Picard's era, (or Kirk's, for that matter) a truly effective remedy for hair loss is readily available, and Picard's tonsure is a freely-chosen style statement rather than an affliction.

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  3. Baldness is a disease. Toupees are the cure.

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  4. Balding is the affliction, but shaven bald is a statement.

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  5. It's all irrelevant, this toupee business (or Spock's ears, or Data's eyes, for that matter). To make a long story short: I believe that 50 years from now, people will agree that the Star Trek TV series was the most important television series of the second half of the 20th Century.

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    1. What was the most important TV series of the first half of the 20th century? The Television Ghost is my pick, it was perhaps the first TV SERIES AIRED in the world 1931-1933 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Television_Ghost

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  6. Last night at Sydney Harmon Hall, Patrick Stewart said that someone had asked Gene Roddenberry, "You would think they would have a cure for male baldness by the 24th century?"
    To which Roddenberry replied, "By then it won't matter." He brought the house down.

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  7. shats own real syrupJanuary 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    the above photo of patrick steward, was taken in 1963, and shows just how young he was, when he was bald. his just 23 here, and has almost no hair too speak of! he started going bald at just 19! at both 19 and 23, bill had his own real thick locks, that at that time did not need a combover, but waiting in the wings, was early baldness.

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