the oh-no! DVD of the week: ‘Trek Stars Go West’

When Gene Roddenberry tried to explain to NBC execs that his new show Star Trek would be “Wagon Train to the stars,” he had some evidence to back himself up:

This never before released two-disc set showcases the stars’ appearances on classic (and some completely forgotten) western programs from the 50s and 60s.

Disc 1 includes: Tate (1960): Episode Comanche Scalps starring Leonard Nimoy and co-starring a young Robert Redford in the critically-acclaimed but obscure series Bonanza (1960): Episode The Ape co-starring Leonard Nimoy and Dan Blocker Outlaws (1960): Episode Starfall Parts 1 & 2: Starring William Shatner, Cloris Leachman and more in a feature-length adventure. Disc 2 includes: The Lone Ranger (1949): Episode Legion of Old-Timers featuring Deforest Kelley, Clayton Moore & Jay Silverheels Last of the Mohicans (1957): Epiode The Scapegoat starring Lon Chaney Jr. and James Doohan Outlaws(1960): EpisodeShorty featuring Edward Binns, Alfred Ryder and Leonard Nemoy White Comanche (1968): The cult classic tamale western starring William Shatner & Joseph Cotten

Reviewer Roxana Hadadi at Express Night Out sums it up:

William Shatner is hilarious. We’ve known it for years, whether it was his super-serious attitude on the original “Star Trek” or his caricature of himself in those Priceline commercials — but you’ll gain a far greater appreciation for it with “Trek Stars Go West,” a collection of TV shows and films that starred “Star Trek” actors in Westerns before and during their time in fake space. Shatner as a peyote-smoking half-white, half-Comanche sociopath is probably the greatest thing you’ve ever seen the former Capt. Kirk do — you know, in a bad way.

Heigh-ho, Silver, and beam me up.

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