- Trapped in self-isolation, Montreal native William Shatner is reprising his role as Captain Kirk to share updates on the situation.
- In Kirk's world, the mundane features of Shatner's Los Angeles home become extravagantly alien.
- Shatner also shared his dubious invention, the ShatMask.
One Montrealer is taking the coronavirus crisis out of this world. Former on-screen captain of the starship Enterprise, William Shatner, is using social media to bring some light to this dark situation, reprising the character of James Kirk to share a Starfleet perspective on his own self-isolation in Los Angeles. The McGill grad is live-tweeting Kirk's logs, daily journal entries that served as soliloquies on the original series.
Many of the logs recount the officer's encounters with Espresso and Macchiato — Shatner's dogs who, in Kirk's world, have become alien dignitaries.
"Captain’s Log: Stardate 1 of self imposed isolation. After having arrived at Planet Home, I was warmly greeted by Emissaries Espresso & Macchiato. I look forward to my planned respite from my normal duties. Kirk out."
The diplomatic mission to Home became even more extravagant on the second day of his mission.
"Captain’s Log: Stardate 2 of self imposed isolation. Emissaries Macchiato & Espresso have been exploring a new territory called Underbed bestowing upon me tributes of missing socks and other items in an attempt to get my attention & adoration."
Things took a turn for the worse on the third and fourth days of the visit, however.
Captain’s Log: Stardate 3 of self imposed isolation. Emissaries Macchiato & Espresso have been banished to backyard… https://t.co/bkNc1FspZt— William Shatner (@William Shatner) 1584729480.0
I had hoped my supplies would last through isolation but with it now being twice as long I have calculated that my… https://t.co/dCXlqRl6rW— William Shatner (@William Shatner) 1584816762.0
Like everyone in quarantine, the actor has had to find ways to keep himself entertained by transforming the mundane into the extraordinary — and he's taking his followers along for the (space ship) ride.
Kirk's logs aren't Shatner's only creation during quarantine.
He also invented the dubious "ShatMask."
"Wouldn’t Y front underwear with cotton and gauze stuffed in the pocket be good DIY makeshift mask in a pinch?" he captioned a photo of the ShatMask on Instagram.
"The opening for the legs allow you to see out."
Captain’s Log: Stardate 6 of self imposed isolation. It’s Day 4 of #LockdownLA. Trying to maintain a semblance of o… https://t.co/YWbzeFvBPK— William Shatner (@William Shatner) 1584992977.0
Captain’s Log: Supplemental #CakeComa gives one quite a relaxing and deep sleep. 🥱😴 🛌— William Shatner (@William Shatner) 1584993650.0
Shatner joins a growing list of Montrealers who are finding ways to have some fun with the COVID-19 crisis.
Stay tuned for more quarantine fun.