A YouTube message from William Shatner to Star Trek director JJ Abrams, posted yesterday. Shatner is good at feigning mild-mannered, but the reason he is loved is because (a) he’s a metaphor for old-guy vitality and re-invention, and (b) because we’ve all come to believe that deep down he is a true barking loon. And in all sincerity, I worship him for that. “Namby-pamby! Now you’re negotiating!”