William Shatner is hosting a new documentary-style show called “William Shatner’s Weird or What?” (great name!). It’s in premiering in Canada tonight on History Television (10pm ET/PT). In promotion of the show Shatner has been interviewed by the Canadian media including the Ottawa Citizen.
According to the Ottawa Citizen:
Each week, the show will look at three cases per episode and try to offer a scientific or logical explanation for said “weird” events — often by conducting experiments and interviewing various experts. Shatner says the program tries to “explain the unexplainable.”
Cool! If the show does what it says it will, this could be that mainstream skeptical TV series that we’ve been clamouring for. While Phil Plait’s Bad Universe is awesome, even Phil admits that it’s not quite a skepticism show.
Captain Kirk may be awesome, but William Shatner may be a skeptic!
But beyond the excitement of having a cool new skeptical show, it’s also great to read in the Citizen that Canada’s favourite star ship captain is a skeptic (at least when it comes to UFOs):
“There is no doubt that there is life out there; the mathematics of it lead you to that absolute conclusion,” Shatner says [...] “In my mind, there is no doubt that the universe teems — teems! — with life in all its forms. But why they would come visit here and not let themselves be known to everybody is beyond my sense of logic.“Why would you fly the years or millenniums (it would take) to (get here)? Why wouldn’t they just land and say, ‘Here we are, we’re tired, got any ice cream?’”