After watching George Takei’s recent documentary, “To Be Takei”, Imagination Connoisseur, Luke Becket, asks writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, about working with William Shatner and whether or not Takei’s criticisms are fair.

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Hey Rob!

I recently saw George Takei’s documentary “To Be Takei.” As expected, it was a really insightful look at his life. But as always, George never shy’s away from taking shots at, you guessed it, William Shatner.

Frankly, I got tired of this vendetta of his a long time ago. Like you, I love Star Trek, and would like to think that the cast of Star Trek did get along. Obviously, they did not always, and that is fine.

Just because you work with somebody, does not mean you have to like each other. But it seems George has made it his mission in life to discredit William Shatner and that is getting old. Based on this documentary, it seems George Takei’s ego is as big as Shatner’s.

Could it be that George did not get the success William Shatner did and he is simply jealous? His allegations that Shatner was unpleasant to work with, were supported in the past by the rest of the cast. Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, James Doohan, and even Leonard Nimoy, all had their issues with Shatner. So there must be some truth to it.

Shatner himself is sometimes apologetic, saying that in an era where he was the star of TV show and had a family to support, he was under a lot of pressure and might sometimes have been overbearing. However, he is sick and tired of his name being tarnished by George Takei for events that happened over 50 years ago.

This also ties into your recent question about if the art outweighs the monster.

Do George Takei’s allegations of William Shatner ruin your Star Trek viewing experience?

And as somebody who has met and worked with William Shatner, do you think George is right? Is William Shatner the self-centred egomaniac George Takei puts him out to be, or is George making it worst then it is?

What do you think?

– Luke B