“I have no recollection of this event,” William Shatner tweeted about the subject of Wil Wheaton’s story in 2022.
“Others on set say it never happened,” he continued. “I actually have apologized to him a few times even though I don’t remember it and he […] accepted my apology. Now that must also be forgotten? He must need the publicity for some project.” It should also be noted that, considering that he was well into his 90s when he tweeted it, Shatner showed a remarkable amount of emoji literacy, employing eye rolls and shrugs and smirks with an expertise usually reserved for tweens who are about to lose their phone privileges.
With “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry’s dream of a world without interpersonal conflict now fully annihilated, what can we learn from this story? That history is written by the winners, perhaps, and since “Star Trek” is all about no-win scenarios, nobody gets to write its history? Don’t meet your heroes? “Shut up, Wesley?” Go with whichever one feels right. Sometimes a feeling is all we humans have to go on.