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William Shatner v Outlander (and Ron Moore?)

James T. Kirk killed in Star Trek: Generations
So we've been trying to puzzle out what it is exactly about Outlander's Claire that set William Shatner off into such a tizzy, and why he just. can't. seem. to. let. it. go. (Said in our best Captain Kirk voice). Is it truly that he finds the character "uppity" and out of character for a woman of her time (as he claimed on Twitter)? Or is it something deeper? It seemed this question would never be answered, with Outlander author Diana Gabaldon seemingly stuck in the Phantom Zone (Sci-Fi cross reference!) with Shatner exchanging Twitter barbs like this one:
Then it all became clear once we stumbled upon this article:


That's right. The show runner and executive producer of Outlander, Ronald D. Moore, is directly responsible for one of the most controversial Sci-Fi deaths ever: the demise of Captain Kirk at the beginning of Star Trek: Generations. Moore co-wrote the screenplay for the movie and came up with the idea to kill off Kirk. Moore just this year told Collider this year that it was all his idea to kill Kirk.
It was difficult, and yet I was very eager to do it.  It was a really odd thing.  I really wanted to do that story.  I really wanted to write the death of Captain Kirk.  I really wanted to do it in the movie.  I remember writing the scene with Brannon [Braga], my writing partner, at the time.  When I said, “And Kirk dies,” I wept.  It was very emotional and very strange, in the moment and all the way through the process.  I’d read it in the script and I’d always be struck by what I’d just done and what we were doing, and that this was my childhood hero and I was writing his death.  Even then, I didn’t quite know what to make of it.  I was mystified by why I was doing it, why I was so driven to do it, and why it was affecting me like it was.  I still don’t know what it means.  It’s a strange singular experience.  I don’t even know anyone to talk to about it because I don’t know anyone who’s had that experience.
Of course, fans have endlessly debated whether the death was really necessary to usher in Star Trek: The Next Generation. And just a few years ago, Shatner admitted to disagreeing with the decision to kill Kirk:
In an interview with Crave Online, Shatner said he thinks the move to kill Kirk was rash, and all these years later he's still a little sore on the topic:
"I would have done something else. It was all against me. The studio wanted to try 'The Next Generation' to see if they could break through this $100 million [ceiling.] It seemed that an audience was coming, they could count on an audience and a box office of $100 million but they thought that the Next Generation cast would bring in more, and it didn't. They were stuck with the same $100 million or thereabouts. I wish that there had been more trumpets for the death of the character."
This of course may explain a bit more why so much vitriol has been spewed by Shatner towards Outlander. Or maybe it's all just one big goofy bizarre Twitter war misunderstanding. (You can read about the genesis of it in our earlier article). Either way, we'll always have this:

William Shatner v Outlander (and Ron Moore?) Reviewed by Deborah Thompson on 8:46 PM Rating: 5

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