William Shatner has played a wide range of characters in his decades spanning career, from cops to a Starfleet captain. So what happens when all of those characters come to life?
Note: contains minor spoilers
Shatnerquake tells the story of William Shatner making an appearance at a convention (Shatnercon). The Campbellians, a group of fans who worship Bruce Campbell and cut off their right hand in a show of loyalty, have vowed to put an end to Mr. Shatner. They plan on setting off a “fiction bomb”, capable of erasing all memory and knowledge of work done by an actor from the collective conciousness. The idea is to make everyone forget that William Shatner ever existed. Fortunately (unfortunately?) things don’t go as planned, and the bomb is damaged before it goes off. Instead of Shatner’s characters dissapearing from collective knowledge, they instead leap off the screen and come to life. Their only hope for peace is to strike down the real William Shatner, and they will leave a massacre in their wake if they have to.
Shatnerquake is absolutely HILARIOUS. From Shatner’s inner thoughts to the reacction of his fans to the way he approaches situations, Jeff Burk has truly captured the essence of what likely goes on in Shatner’s head. His description of con-goers is spot on, especially concerning their interactions with Shatner himself. Having Shatner fight each of his major roles in a way reminiscent of how those roles played out on the screen is pure genious. Example: TJ Hooker clinging to the front of a vehicle that Shatner is driving like a madman, trying to knock him off.
Burk’s descriptions, especially of the carnage that ensues, are great; it’s easy to get a clear picture in your head of what is going on. Seemingly out of nowhere, the story does get quite graphic, but it’s done in such a descriptive and well written way that it flows with the rest of the story flawlessly. The violence seems to be something of a punctuation on the story and situation, rather than an excuse to write a bunch of horrific sequences. Burk’s writing concerning the inner thoughts the Real Shatner has towards his character counterparts were the high points of the story for me. It is recommended that you have some basic knowledge about the roles Shatner has done over the years. The more you know about them, the more amusing this work will be.
Shatnerquake is, at its core, a very simple idea that anyone could have thought up…but Jeff Burk has presented it to us with a great deal of time, effort, and imagination. This hilarious book deserves a place on your shelf, and makes for a great conversation piece if you have a lot of nerdy friends. Look for Shatnerquake on Amazon or directly from Mr. Burk here.