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The game of billionaire one-upmanship has continued with the confirmation that Blue Origin's next flight of its New Shepard sub-orbital capsule will contain veteran actor William Shatner. Shatner, famed for some nerdy TV show from the 1960s, had been rumoured as one of the crew taking flight on 12 October aboard NS-18. Joining …

  1. cookieMonster

    Use the force Kirk

    Hugs,

    Gandalf

    1. b0llchit Silver badge
      Coat

      Re: Use the force Kirk

      Use the force???

      Blasphemy!

      Phasers to stun. Beam me up, Scotty!

      1. Snowy Silver badge
        Joke

        Re: Use the force Kirk

        No use the forks!!

        1. Kane Silver badge
          Joke

          Re: Use the force Kirk

          "No use the forks!!"

          Fork handles?

          1. steviebuk Silver badge

            Re: Use the force Kirk

            Four candles.

            1. TeeCee Gold badge
              Coat

              Re: Use the force Kirk

              Billhooks!

        2. Dave White
          Joke

          Re: Use the force Kirk

          No no no... Use the Schwarz!

          1. Anonymous South African Coward Silver badge

            Re: Use the force Kirk

            Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam

            1. Antonius_Prime

              Re: Use the force Kirk

              Bah Weep Grana Weep Nini Bong!

              1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

                Re: Use the force Kirk

                Are you trying to summon Steve Bong?

              2. Dave559 Silver badge

                Re: Use the force Kirk

                Klaatu barada nikto?

    2. Steve K Silver badge

      Re: Use the force Kirk

      I'd pay to see him repeat this effort once he's (loosely) in the sky with diamonds:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB3uVARNhmM

      1. W.S.Gosset Silver badge

        Re: Use the force Kirk

        (If you haven't already, ) Read his autobiography -- it's great, made brilliant by the very last line.

    3. MyffyW Silver badge

      Uhura to orbit

      Elon should up the stakes, transporting Nichelle Nichols (Lt Uhura) comfortably into orbit and back down again.

      1. Andrew Newstead

        Re: Uhura to orbit

        Unfortunately Nichelle Nichols is not well nowadays.

    4. zuckzuckgo Bronze badge

      Re: Use the force Kirk

      The farce is strong with this one.

  2. AceRimmer1980
    IT Angle

    Only 100km altitude?

    She cannae take any more, captain.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Only 100km altitude?

      It's less than twelve parsecs

      1. Tim 49

        Re: Only 100km altitude?

        He won't get to circle Uranus and wipe out the Klingons then.

        1. TRT Silver badge

          Re: Only 100km altitude?

          Not if he's going to Saturn his Mars all day, mooning about.

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        3. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Only 100km altitude?

          Klingons on Uranus? I can't find that episode, must be lost in the annals of time.

      2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: Only 100km altitude?

        Yeah, it's not exactly the Kessle Run!

    2. adam 40 Silver badge

      Re: Only 100km altitude?

      Let's hope the restraint harnesses are good quality and don't come undone.

      Or else he'll have to cling on for dear life!

  3. Arthur the cat Silver badge
    Alien

    One condition …

    no singing!

    1. msobkow Silver badge

      Re: One condition …

      What he said!

      Though I still think using "singing" to describe what he does is an insult to actual singers. :)

      1. Muscleguy Silver badge

        Re: One condition …

        Though his rendition of Common People is fantastic and greatly appreciated by the now bearded composer.

      2. Snake Silver badge

        Re: One condition …

        Rap "stars" to a pretty good job of pretending that they "sing" yet get well paid for it...

    2. Anonymous Coward
  4. RobThBay

    Yeoman

    Will Yeoman Rand be along for the ride?

    1. Vulch

      Re: Yeoman

      If she is, it will be the same way Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott finally made it into space...

  5. chivo243 Silver badge
    Thumb Up

    Witty old fart!

    Gotta love Bill... even at 90!

    "I've heard about space for a long time now.

    1. NoneSuch Silver badge

      Re: Witty old fart!

      The only people who like Mr. Shatner are the ones who have not met him.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Witty old fart!

        No, no, no, that's Richard Stallman.

        Honestly, put at least some effort in if you want downvotes.

        :)

      2. chivo243 Silver badge
        Coat

        Re: Witty old fart!

        +1 because it's true, but I find his on screen wit funny. As for his off screen antics, I don't really follow the tabloids.

        1. Sorry that handle is already taken. Silver badge

          Re: Witty old fart!

          Shatner's not even on my radar but this gave me a good laugh.

          1. Uncle Slacky

            Re: Witty old fart!

            His turkey fryer safety video is good too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLOgwRkRVl8

    2. bombastic bob Silver badge
      Devil

      Re: Witty old fart!

      back in the 70's Shatner did a recruiting video for the U.S. Navy comparing submarines to space ships, in that they made their own air+water and that they traveled in a hostile environment in 3 dimensions, much like a space ship would. I saw it when the recruiters were trying to convince me to volunteer for sub duty. The extra pay had me convinced.

      1. Ididntbringacoat

        Re: Witty old fart!

        Just shows to go ya that the US Space Farce was created as a "political stunt" not in a reasoned and rational manner.

        To model it after the Air Force, which has ZERO experience with relatively large crews in prolonged missions in environments hostile to Human life, in essentially self sustained machines, glossing over the Navy which has decades if not centuries of such experience, well . . .

    3. dhartsock

      Re: Witty old fart!

      These Billionaires are really intent on losing a passenger, or passengers. Flying a 90 year old Bill Shatner is not a real smooth move. Wish him luck. But I wish all these companies would quit calling their passengers, astronauts. Space tourists more aptly. At least SpaceX put their passengers in orbit, but they had a "commander, and "pilot" in an autonomous capsule.

      1. Dave559 Silver badge

        Re: Witty old fart!

        William Shatner presumably signed up for this entirely voluntarily, and although he's certainly getting on a bit, he's in pretty good nick for his age. As someone whose work helped to inspire many people to take up careers pushing forward developments in space flight and other related aspects of research and technology, it seems very fitting that he gets to finally take part in a mission outside a studio set at last.

        Of course I wish him good luck with this particular enterprise, but if he were (and I obviously hope not) to suffer a fatal heart attack or something during the flight, I suspect he would not disagree that it might not be an entirely inappropriate way to (boldly) go. At his age, I imagine he knows very well that he will eventually bump into the cloaked guy with the scythe sometime, and until that day comes, if you're not living, you are dying a little bit every day.

  6. trevorde Silver badge

    No red shirts allowed

    for obvious reasons!

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: No red shirts allowed

      Hmmmm I wonder if Bezos could be talked into having Shatner wear a red shirt . "It's required and note the company logo on it." or some such nonsense.

  7. Wally Dug
    Alert

    Dicing With Death

    "NASA's Mercury programme, which ran in the years before that stupid telly show"

    Oooohhhhh controversial!

    How about this, Commentards?

    Those that like [classic] Star Trek, upvote me.

    Those that don't like [classic] Star Trek, downvote me.

    No, I'm not trying to start a flame war, I'm genuinely interested in the love/hate split.

    1. Flip

      Re: Dicing With Death

      The Trouble With Tribbles! My favourite episode. Scotty - the only redshirt that survived the entire series!

    2. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

      Re: Dicing With Death

      I enjoyed TOS when I was a child. My standards were much lower back then. "Best SciFi of the time" was a very low bar. I am afraid to go back to it now because I expect that my memories of enjoying it would be replaced by disappointment like with other old TV serieses I have tried to watch again.

      1. LDS Silver badge

        Re: Dicing With Death

        Actually some of the plots are so good that they stand time regardless of the now dated sci-fi look. And the actors were good enough. The fact Roddenberry avoided to give them the late 1960/early 1970 look helps too.

        Unlike most British sci-fi series that relied too much on (repetitive) special effects, but with bad and naive plots, so-so actors and now old looks - which makes them now hopelessly outdated.

        1. FIA Silver badge

          Re: Dicing With Death

          It also depends on when you first saw it too. Watching TOS in the 90s as a child it looked 'old' then, so it doesn't appear to have dated anymore 30 years on.

          Actually some of the plots are so good that they stand time regardless of the now dated sci-fi look

          That's the thing, good writing will always stand the test of time. To quote Futurama:

          "..you know 1966, 79 episodes... about 30 good ones..."

          Unlike most British sci-fi series that relied too much on (repetitive) special effects, but with bad and naive plots, so-so actors and now old looks - which makes them now hopelessly outdated.

          I'm going to stick up for British Sci-Fi a bit here, there was a fair amount of dreck, but it too has it's fair share of gems hidden in the rough.

          Also, remember Star Trek looks cheap and dated because TV production has moved on significantly since then... the BBC stuff looks cheap because it was... even then.

          I remember once reading how Dr Who in it's later years (pre-reboot) had a similar budget to Red Dwarf, the difference being Dr Who had that budget for a season, RD had it for an episode. Red Dwarf was not an expensive looking show. ;)

          1. Mooseman Silver badge

            Re: Dicing With Death

            "the BBC stuff looks cheap because it was"

            That quarry must have been pretty expensive - they used in it almost everything.

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Dicing With Death

              Reminds me of a fake Radio Times entry in a "Not the Nine O'clock News" (Yes, that long ago) annual I got that was something like this :

              "This week the Doctor and his companions will be chased down the same pipe filled underground corridor by an extra wearing a hat with tentacles on"

          2. Spoobistle

            Re: Dicing With Death

            Fans of 70s BBC cardboard sci-fi will doubtless be watching the reruns of Blakes 7 on Forces Channel!

            1. tiggity Silver badge

              Re: Dicing With Death

              Who cares about the cardboard sets when there's Servalan?

              Can't beat the ending, good way to ensure no more sequels, I get tired of cop out series endings

              BTW its on britbox too

              1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

                Re: Dicing With Death

                "Can't beat the ending, good way to ensure no more sequels, I get tired of cop out series endings"

                Blakes 7 lives on at Big Finish!

          3. LDS Silver badge

            "It also depends on when you first saw it too"

            Maybe - but there are old movies that are still very good today and you can view easily even if they are old and they have to look old.

            I recently viewed Buster Keaton's "The Cameraman" and I was stunned how he still looked "well" despite being a silent movie of almost a century ago. Sure, the 1928 New York, the hair styles and dress are outdated, but the film plot, photography and editing are still very good.

            Then if one is used to the excessive and boring special effects of today "blockbuster" movies, and their attention span to the plot is measured in tenths of seconds, everything will look "outdated".

            Still I can re-watch TOS - but I'm not able to watch again "UFO" or "Space 1999". Despite the Moonbase girls.... 1999 doesn't have even them. And I watched them all first at the same time.

            1. Ian Johnston Silver badge

              Re: "It also depends on when you first saw it too"

              There's a very good discussion of how Keaton made films in the "Every Frame a Painting" series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWEjxkkB8Xs

              It crystallised for me why CGI special effects leave me stone cold unmoved. Keaton did his stuff for real.

              1. FIA Silver badge

                Re: "It also depends on when you first saw it too"

                It crystallised for me why CGI special effects leave me stone cold unmoved.

                Recently watched the 'despecialised' fan edit of Star Wars, it was amazing how well the practical effects had stood up; much better than the 90s era CGI they tainted them with.

                Keaton did his stuff for real.

                ...which included such things as 'not getting hit by giant boulders rolling down a hill', or clearing things from in front of a moving train by throwing railway sleepers at them

                Railway sleepers!

                Throwing!!

                1. Mooseman Silver badge

                  Re: "It also depends on when you first saw it too"

                  "Keaton did his stuff for real."

                  And the famous house collapsing scene

        2. Mooseman Silver badge

          Re: Dicing With Death

          "Actually some of the plots are so good that they stand time regardless of the now dated sci-fi look"

          And were heavily recycled in TNG.

          1. Uncle Slacky

            Re: Dicing With Death

            Mostly only in the first series, though.

            1. Mooseman Silver badge

              Re: Dicing With Death

              "Mostly only in the first series, though."

              True - then they ran out of ideas and had Q.. :)

              Although the tribble episode was rather good

      2. steviebuk Silver badge

        Re: Dicing With Death

        Same. I liked it as there was nothing better on in the 80s. Then TNG came along on BBC 2 and I fell in love with that and never looked back.

      3. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Dicing With Death

        @Flocke Kroes "I enjoyed TOS when I was a child."

        Unfortunate turn of phrase there.

      4. Luiz Abdala
        Pint

        Re: Dicing With Death

        I bought the full DVD set for the series, and they redid all the orbital scenes and whatnot in modern CG.

        It still looks dated, but the ship looks better than ever. You still have CRT monitors and industrial switches on the panels that occasionally blow up, to keep the nostalgia pumping.

        They did a good job on the DVD remasterization.

        1. Sixtiesplastictrektableware Bronze badge

          Re: Dicing With Death

          Agree. What they did with the Galileo 7 episode was breathtaking.

    3. Anonymous South African Coward Silver badge

      Re: Dicing With Death

      The TOS episode "City on the Edge of Forever" is one of the best and most memorable ones.

      "Let's get the hell out of here."

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: Dicing With Death

        Is there a correlation between established SF writers and the "best" episodes?

  8. Andy The Hat Silver badge

    exciting!

    Can't wait for the inevitable live video feed of Kirk is an horrendously drawn out fight sequence followed by shagging of yet another crew member ... :-)

    1. bombastic bob Silver badge
      Trollface

      Re: exciting!

      Can't wait for the inevitable live video feed of Kirk is an horrendously drawn out fight sequence

      gotta play "that music" in the background...

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: exciting!

      It is, taking the larger view of life, the universe, and everything, perhaps not really that important, but I feel it should be noted that Kirk was in fact not the libido-driven womanizer that we all know from our shared cultural awareness fuelled essentially by parodies and homages to Kirk.

      Kirk was a diligent and dutiful captain, whose primary 'love' interest was the ship.

      https://www.reddit.com/r/DaystromInstitute/comments/691o8m/kirk_is_not_actually_a_womanizer/

      Citing mainly this:

      http://strangehorizons.com/non-fiction/columns/freshly-rememberd-kirk-drift/

    3. Mooseman Silver badge

      Re: exciting!

      I'm hoping for a classic Shatner monologue, complete with strange pauses and gabbled words.

  9. Dr_N Silver badge
    Coat

    Shatner, famed for some nerdy TV show

    TJ Hooker, right? Right.

    1. chivo243 Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Re: Shatner, famed for some nerdy TV show

      I was wondering how to work in the TJ Hooker angle... TJ Hooker in space, the first space cop? I know, The Muppet's are going to sue me...

    2. BSSSM
      Alien

      Re: Shatner, famed for some nerdy TV show

      Maybe "Barbary Coast", co-starring Jaws from "Moonraker"?

    3. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
      Paris Hilton

      Re: Shatner, famed for some nerdy TV show

      If there was a nerdy following, then the reason was...

      Heather Locklear

    4. TRT Silver badge

      Re: Shatner, famed for some nerdy TV show

      I was thinking perhaps Elon Musk in a raincoat driving up in a beat-up Tesla, lighting up a cigar and saying "Gee, listen, I know you got a flight to catch, but you know I gotta get my report finished, and I just gotta ask you one more thing..."

  10. Binraider Silver badge

    Da da daaa daaa daaa doh Di dahhh duhhh... If this launch isn't accompanied by the classic trek fight/ drama theme they've missed a trick.

    Cunning Bezos PR,though given the opportunity to fly on this or SpaceX I wouldn't complain too much either way

    1. bombastic bob Silver badge
      Devil

      you can find lots of clips for that music on places like youtube (search "star trek classic fight scene music" or similar)

    2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      According to the BBC report on this story, Shatner turned down an offer of a flight from Branson some years ago because Branson was going to make him pay for the flight. Shatner said he'd not risk his life unless he was paid big bucks :-)

    3. adam 40 Silver badge

      That should be

      Daa da da daaah di daaaa dah di daaaah, daa da da daaah di daaaa dah di daaaah,

      Daaah daah daah dah di didly, dah dah dah dah didly, dah dah dah di dah dah di daaaahhhhh

  11. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge
    Alien

    NS18

    Not NS 1701?

    1. JimmyPage

      Re: NS18

      ITYM NCC 1701

      1. Ken G Bronze badge
        Trollface

        Re: NS18

        Isn't that Musk's kid?

    2. LDS Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: NS18

      Maybe someone typed in the computer 17+01 wrongly and the result was...

  12. Howard Sway Silver badge

    famed for some nerdy TV show from the 1960s

    You're not one of those mad conspiracy theorists who claim it was all faked are you?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: famed for some nerdy TV show from the 1960s

      Seems like Bezos has the means to Capricorn One the thing if he really wanted.

      Just kidding, really. Though I did enjoy the movie.

      1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge
        Joke

        Re: famed for some nerdy TV show from the 1960s

        Yeah, Star Trek was clearly faked - they filmed it on the moon...

    2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: famed for some nerdy TV show from the 1960s

      The whole of the 60's was faked by drug addled hippies shagging all over the place!

  13. msobkow Silver badge

    While you're up there, Jim, you wanna "Fire Phaser's!" at a certain Mar-a-Largo complex? :)

    1. bombastic bob Silver badge
      Coat

      you wanna "Fire Phaser's!" at a certain Mar-a-Largo SAN FRANCISCO complex?

      fixed it for ya. heh.

      1. Sven Coenye
        Coffee/keyboard

        That will not go down well..

        You want him to attack Starfleet HQ?!

  14. Charles Smith

    Klingons

    The Klingons will be waiting for him in a cloaked ship. The capsule will disappear.

    1. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge

      Re: Klingons

      Only if they're off the starboard bow. Being round and mostly vertical in flight, does the BO capsule even have "port" and "starboard"? Kirk might be ok.

      1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
        Alien

        Re: Klingons

        Star Trekkin' across the universe[to the Kármán line]

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    From the essay:

    Additionally, a former NASA astronaut and Blue Origin senior leader once instructed a group of women with whom he was collaborating: “You should ask my opinion because I am a man.”

    I mean...sure. Perhaps some crazy person might speak like this. But it sounds a lot more likely to be a joke that's been written down in a neutral tone and because of the topic no-one's allowed to question it.

    I'm sure there are problems there - it sounds like it. But this example only erodes that position, and does a disservice to people whose stories really do need to be told.

    1. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

      I am glad you live in environments where such a comment is so out of place that it sounds insane and ridiculous. Not all of the world is like that. There are still a large number of people who can with complete sincerity say something like "We should research the effects of injecting bleach to cure COVID". Shortly afterwards some poor PR flak has to give a press release: "He was joking!". That PR guy was taking a huge risk that someone would be able to convince the president not to double down on the statement.

      There are people so out of touch with reality that they would whole heartedly agree with the former NASA astronaut's statement. Go back far enough in time and it would have been considered common sense.

  16. E 2

    Corporate culture... Shatner's a good fit. Go watch his movie "The Captains", pay attention to his comments to Kate Mulgrew's face about whether a woman can really captain a ship, and also his comments about George Takei's sexuality.

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  17. Irony Deficient Silver badge

    As for how Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic might top Captain Kirk going to space, …

    … there must be a number of incarnations of Dr Who whose presence could be requested.

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

      Re: As for how Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic might top Captain Kirk going to space, …

      Dr Who doesn't do seat of the pants space transportation.

      Whereas with Red Dwarf...

      Lister/Craig Charles.

      Alexa can double up for Holly, and a holographic Bezos, Rimmer. And Bezos' white cat...

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: As for how Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic might top Captain Kirk going to space, …

        "Dr Who doesn't do seat of the pants space transportation."

        Oh, come ooooonnnnn! You're talking about a guy who had to live through multiple re-generations before he learned how to steer his "ship" properly. And he leave the handbrake on because he likes the noise it makes!

    2. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge

      Re: As for how Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic might top Captain Kirk going to space, …

      Come on, Piccard or Janeway are the obvious choices.

      1. thondwe

        Re: As for how Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic might top Captain Kirk going to space, …

        Hamil, Ford, Admiral Ackbar...

  18. jamesdagger

    Down here

    There are literally hundreds and thousands of blinking, beeping, and flashing lights, blinking and beeping and flashing - they're *flashing* and they're *beeping*.

    1. bombastic bob Silver badge
      Boffin

      Re: Down here

      depending upon the type of light, the right kind of pulse width modulated signal COULD make it 'beep',...

      I once saw an interesting demonstration of 2 electric probes with a certain type of salt poured on them within a gas flame. The flame created ions, which were then exposed to high voltage PWM (apparently) and you could hear sounds coming out of the flame...

      1. Sixtiesplastictrektableware Bronze badge

        Re: Down here

        It looks like I picked the wrong day to start smoking hard salty light in an open flame again.

      2. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
        Joke

        Re: Down here

        Don't give that security researcher from Israel ideas to develop another POC data exfiltration method from air gapped PCs!

    2. Wally Dug

      Re: Down here

      "A bobby pin? What the hell is the man doing with a bobby pin?"

  19. DS999 Silver badge

    You don't want to be the company

    responsible for killing Captain Kirk. So they better make sure it goes off without a hitch!

    1. ARGO

      Re: You don't want to be the company

      And hopefully doesn't it turn into a five year mission either...

      1. Def Silver badge

        Re: You don't want to be the company

        Not much chance of that in a ship that can't even make it to orbit.

    2. aregross
      Coat

      Re: You don't want to be the company

      A 3 hour tour maybe?

      I'll get my coat...

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: You don't want to be the company

      Paramount already took care of it, bit late now.

  20. Zebo-the-Fat

    But it only goes up a little bit then comes back down... nothing else!

    1. Androgynous Cupboard Silver badge

      At 90 that’s probably all any of us could hope for

  21. FlavioStanchina

    He'll Shatner the record for oldest man in space.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Pint

      @FlavioStanchina

      That pun is so fucking awful I you deserve an upvote. Not because the pun is any good, but because it was so awful, I had to go the the 'fridge and open a 4pack of Kestrel (super. None of that girlie pop in my fridge).

      Have one of these. I don't see why I should "suffer"on my own...

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      OK, you win. There's no way I can come up with a worse pun.

    3. Def Silver badge
      Coat

      Let's hope he doesn't Shatner his pants in the process.

    4. Warm Braw Silver badge

      too oldly go...

  22. Snowy Silver badge
    Holmes

    Captains log...

    Will he be up there log enough to produce a Captains log?

    Or will it be like the icon ----->

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    2. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: Captains log...

      He'll have to hold it in as there's no toilet on the spacecraft. And there's nothing to wipe out the Klingons.

      1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

        Re: Captains log...

        Tribbles

  23. John Robson Silver badge

    It’s hardly one up man ship any more

    When SpaceX call out “on their way to space” at 128km…. BO and VG aren’t one upping anything…

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: It’s hardly one up man ship any more

      And anyway, the Russians just launched a film producer and an actress up to the ISS to shoot some scenes for a film. Supposedly, she play a surgeon sent up to operate on a cosmonaut. That's the official line anyway. One wonders if there may be some X rated scenes filmed for a different film while there :-)

  24. Swiss Anton

    It's space Jim, but not as we know it.

  25. HildyJ Silver badge
    Angel

    Ye Canna Cross Matter and Anti-Matter

    And this definitely doesn't matter.

    Now if he was going to the ISS for a part in the Russian movie and makes geriatric moves on the Russian actress, then I'd care.

  26. Paul Hovnanian Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    Why?

    Why is the headline photo for Shatner In Space a wookie and the one for the JEDI contract Kirk and Spock?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Why?

      Because this is The Register. No other reason is required.

    2. Sixtiesplastictrektableware Bronze badge

      Re: Why?

      Yeah! Starfleet's not like that other hegemonic, academy trained, galactic overlor--

      Oh, wait...

      Does anybody know how to say "use the Force" in the original Klingon?

    3. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: Why?

      I think it must be a few years now since El Reg advertised for a picture editor. Maybe s/he's burned out now after all that sterling service and it's time for a new one?

  27. Bartholomew Bronze badge

    (1978 William Shatner "Sings" 'Rocket Man')

    https://youtu.be/lul-Y8vSr0I?t=53

    She packed my bags last night pre-flight

    Zero hour 9:00 a.m.

    And I'm gonna be high

    As a kite by then ....

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Bezos and Blue Origin should go all in...

    and reproduce a mock-up of the bridge of the USS Enerprise inside the capsule for Shatner to sit in.

  29. Winkypop Silver badge
    Alien

    But

    Will he run from side to side on the ship if there’s any trouble?

  30. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Will he give a (brief) speech in Esperanto while he is up there?

  31. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse Silver badge

    Delusional... but that's marketing right?

    I couldn't be arsed to read the whole piece, but it's almost as though they've forgotten that he's just an actor playing a role.

    1. Rob Daglish Bronze badge

      Re: Delusional... but that's marketing right?

      Aren’t we all, somewhere along the line?

      To paraphrase Dr Chandra to someone doubting the ability of the 9000 series, how can you convince me you’re not just pretending to be angry?

  32. John Bryan

    My, he needs a shave!

    Please tell me Register that the picture choice was a deliberate jibe, or that the entity responsible is being made to do the walk of shame for sacrilegious conflation of SciFi universes.

    8-)

  33. Chasola

    WIGS IN SPAAAAAAACE!

    He'll have to take the toupe along for the photos.

    Is this another first?

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
      Coat

      Re: WIGS IN SPAAAAAAACE!

      As there won't be much gravity assist, will he have to use extra strong glue to keep it in place?

    2. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

      WAGS IN SPAAAAAAACE!

      Ideally priced for footballers and their WAGS

  34. J.G.Harston Silver badge

    Oh dear....

    I initially ready that as Austin Powers.....

  35. Sheer Disbelief

    Lets hope it ends better than Generations..

  36. Anonymous South African Coward Silver badge
    Happy

    See El Reg have made a shot across the Trekkies' bow with their nonchalance about Star Trek...

    ...where's the Klingons when you need them?

    1. Danny 2 Silver badge

      @Anonymous South African Coward

      They call themselves Trekkers and get very angry when we call them Trekkies.

    2. Sixtiesplastictrektableware Bronze badge

      Nicolas Meyer (sp?) referred to Trek as "that show where people walk around in pyjamas".

      Haven't we been non-chalanted about Trek since its inception? I appreciate it when done expertly.

  37. Big_Boomer

    Trek vs Wars

    So you have a JEDI referencing article with a pic of Kirk & Spock and an article about Will Shatner going to space with a pic of Chewbacca? Either yer taking da weewee, or somebody screwed up <LOL>

  38. Danny 2 Silver badge

    Blake's 7

    I've been catching up with Blake's 7 on Forces TV. First programme that ever made me cry. It was created by Terry Nation who also invented Tony Hancock and the Daleks. He was trying to revive it when he died.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Blake's 7

      Ah, Blakes 7. I watched it all again recently. Some of it stood up well, some not so much. The Ben Steed episodes are by far the worst as they are appallingly sexist.

      The main thing that stood out to me now, that obviously didn't occur to me when watching as a child is that Avon has to be the worst possible leader. He is responsible for most of the crew deaths, including the destruction of the Liberator, then he went and killed Blake.

      The younger staff where I work do sometimes get a bit confused when they start talking about the Server LAN and wonder why my attention has wandered off somewhere else.

      1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
        Joke

        Re: Blake's 7

        Some of it stood up well

        Which is just as well since the sets used to shake the first time round

  39. nautica Bronze badge
    Boffin

    Not enough exposure---or money---from the infomercials, eh Shatner?

    "...It will also make him the oldest human (at 90) to be launched into space..."...and the fattest.

    One would think that Shatner alone would exceed the weight-allowance limits set by the FAA.

    Stunts like this lets one know that Bezos is in trouble.

  40. adam 40 Silver badge
    Coat

    Radiation

    Let's hope he doesn't suffer any mutations from the space radiation...

    Or he might grow that "Final Front Ear" we've been hearing about for 50 years.

  41. I should coco

    Massive Cock Ride

    ...into (sub) space.

    Does Bezos really think having Kirk ride his massive space cock into, errrm, space will do his rep any good?

    1. adam 40 Silver badge

      Meh.

      Twas a bit of an anticlimax.

      But to carry on the thread I noticed that the thrusting body has "Ring Fins".

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