Yes, indeed today is the 40th anniversary of the first Star Trek airing. And, how do Shatner and Nimoy feel about the franchaise, 40 years later?
If you ask them what still gets them fired up about the late producer Gene Roddenberry’s creation after all these years, you get an answer that — underneath the glibness — is very telling:
NIMOY: Yeah. The big, the big bucks.
SHATNER: Money. The money gets you fired up.
TOGETHER: The biiiig bucks.
SHATNER: Yes, that was serious. We were very serious about that.
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And should Paramount let the Star Trek franchaise sail off into the sunset, whilst it still has fans and some dignity?
SHATNER: So you want Paramount to say we’ve made enough money?
NIMOY: Let’s stop making money. Yeah.
SHATNER: Yeah, yeah.
NIMOY: The stockholders won’t mind.
SHATNER: No, and we’ve —
NIMOY: We should stop making money.
SHATNER: Folks, we’ve made enough money, we’re walking away —
NIMOY: We’re going to take a break —
SHATNER: Yes. It’s been a wonderful ride —
NIMOY: We’re going on vacation —
SHATNER: And no more money.
NIMOY: Right. Off to an island someplace and just …
SHATNER: We’ll just handle the books in a different way and make it look like we made something.
NIMOY: Watch the sunset and forget about money…
NIMOY: And your investment? Oh, don’t worry about it, you know.
SHATNER: It’s going to be OK.
NIMOY: We’ll get around to that someday.
SHATNER: You’ll have some other shows.
NIMOY: Yeah, we don’t want to make any more money. No.
Come on guys, tell us how you really feel.
By the way, anyone remember this classic SNL skit?