Captain Kirk and the Gorn face off again for online video audiences
Michelle Clancy | 30-03-2013
More than four decades after they first squared off on an isolated desert planet, Captain Kirk and the Gorn come face-to-face again to settle their longstanding feud... but this time the battle begins on a comfy sofa with the two former foes seated in front of a video screen.
The original Kirk-Gorn duel was seen in the classic 1967 Arena episode of Star Trek. This time they are coming together to promote the 23 April release of Star Trek: the Video Game.
In the promotional video, released on Yahoo! Movies, William Shatner and the Gorn are seen casually playing the new game when an onscreen dispute leads to a friendly fight re-enacting actual choreographed punches from the classic TV brawl blow-for-blow. This time, however, couch pillows replace the space rocks that were thrown the first time around.
"What better way to spotlight the adventure and fun everyone can have actually playing as Capt. Kirk in the new game, than to team up the legendary former captain himself to play one of his old foes," said LeeAnne Stables , president of consumer products at Paramount Pictures, the studio releasing the game. "Mr. Shatner is such a great sport and that Gorn had absolutely no chance of coming out on top this time."
After spending a day on the set with the Gorn to create the video, Shatner added, "It never ceases to amaze me how many people still ask me about that scene. It's 46 years later, and he hasn't aged as well as I have."
The video game features a vastly updated version of the Gorn as the key foe to legendary duo Kirk and Spock. Players take on the roles of Kirk and Spock, who work together to get to the heart of a mysterious attack by an enemy with unimaginable strength – a re-imagined version of the Gorn. In an entirely original story, written by BAFTA award winner Marianne Krawczyk , the Gorn is a terrifying threat, with an army that could overwhelm Kirk, Spock and the crew of the Enterprise.