Walter Koenig, who played Pavel Chekov on Star Trek: The Original Series, is now going to be giving his commentary on old shows. Koenig, according to him, has not watched any episodes from his show. Yet he clearly remembers one as his favorite from the NBC series.
“Spectre of the Gun was my favorite,” the Star Trek star says in an interview with ScreenRant. “And it’s one of those interesting little stories because sometimes the best things are by mistake, or an accident or unintended. If there had been more money to shoot that episode, it may not have been shot that way. But because the network was complaining about the money that Star Trek was spending, they decided to make the whole episode about an illusion, that it wasn’t really happening.”
In this episode, Capt. Kirk and his landing party find themselves on the losing end of a gunfight at the fabled OK Corral. The Melkot condemn Kirk and his crew, so they are doomed.
‘Star Trek’ Actor Walter Koenig Joins Podcast
As punishment for ignoring their warnings and trespassing on their planet, the Melkot ship Kirk and crew to the losing side of a surreal recreation of the 1881 historic gunfight.
“And if you knew it wasn’t happening, then it wasn’t real,” Walter Koenig said. “So we could make it like doing animation. You can do so much more because it’s animation. Well, if it’s an illusion, you can have any kind of preposterous incident or occasion, and then in the end say, ‘Oh, well didn’t really happen. It was in our minds.’ And that’s what happened there.”
Koenig will join The 7th Rule podcast. Starting in January, Koenig joins show hosts Cirroc Lofton and Ryan T. Husk. Koenig will talk about Star Trek’s original series.
“The premise being that if you didn’t believe that the gunfight at the OK Corral was about to happen, then it didn’t. But if you believed it, then it was,” Koenig said. “Of course, the only thing that has to be acknowledged is that if we believed it, which we did up to a point, then when Chekov was shot, he ain’t coming back. Because we don’t know then at that point that it’s an illusion.”
Walter Koenig said he liked episodes that had action in them. “That meant I was involved in the story,” he adds.
Star Trek‘s original series ran just three seasons on NBC. Yet it’s been a standout in syndication.
Besides Walter Koenig, other cast members on the show included William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, Leonard Nimoy, and George Takei. Besides the TV show, Koenig also appeared in seven feature films for the Star Trek franchise.
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