Why Shatner never flies

by alphamonkey on May 4, 2009 · 1 comment

in Short Film,Uncategorized

The Shat is naturally known best for his role as James Tiberius Kirk, but he does have a few other credits to his name. One of my favorites is his appearance in the original Twilight Zone episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” as the only passenger on the plane who notices a mysterious creature out on the wing, obviously up to no good. Enjoy part two of the episode below. Interesting fact: the episode was directed by Richard Donner (Superman, Ladyhawke, Lethal Weapon). Interesting fact number two: the concept for the episode came out of a plane trip Richard Matheson and Rod Serling shared to San Francisco.

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet Part 2

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    I love that episode, but for me, the greatest part of it was on Third Rock from the Sun, when William Shatner first appeared as the Big Giant Head, he came off of the airplane and commented that he had an awful flight, that he’d seen something on the wing.

    John Lithgow’s character commented that the exact same thing had happened to him, and I laughed uncontrollably because I know Lithgow had played the Shatner part when the episode was remade for The Twilight Zone movie.

    Good stuff…

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