Star Trek legend William Shatner rebuffs Wil Wheatons’ story about how they met.
William Shatner is known to be one of the most active 91-year-olds on Twitter. He’s also less famously known for his role on Star Trek (sarcasm). A few days ago, Wil Wheaton, another actor known for his time on Star Trek, described a terse encounter with Shatner on the set of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
In the description of the event, which Wheaton recounts as part of his upcoming new book, Still Just a Geek: An Annotated Memoir, Wheaton describes Shatner as being less than welcoming. He teased the teenage Wheaton over his Next Generation costume and made a comment about not letting children on “his bridge”.
Wheaton also recounted how Shatner did extend an olive branch after the encounter. It seemed to have smoothed things over and since then the two have worked together, so it seems like water under the bridge.
Until the memoir, it seems.
William Shatner claims no one remembers the interaction with Wil Wheaton
Now we’re getting into he-said, he-said territory. Shatner responded to Wheaton on Twitter, claiming that not only does he not remember the incident, but no one he seemingly talked to does as well.
Despite this, he does claim he’s apologized to him a few times over the incident, even though he doesn’t remember it. He does remember that Wheaton had accepted his apology, and claimed that Wheaton must not be the one forgetting.
Though, Wheaton does remember the apology; as it was documented in the clip from his book that the New York Post quoted. Shatner wasn’t told that in the initial Tweet that set off the response, however.
When it’s all said and done, it’s not like any of this matters. Wheaton and Shatner are two of the more polarizing people in Star Trek, and it really doesn’t affect their status within the brand at all. Shatner has a notorious dry wit and it’s very likely that it was a passing moment in his life, as opposed to Wheaton’s, and at the end of the day, it’s ok to have a less-than-perfect encounter.