There seems to be a tradition for iconic Star Trek figures to host docu-series about the unexplored and unexplained. Nearly every captain and major character from Star Trek have done so. Remember those In Search Of… shows with Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr. Spock? In Search of Martians! In Search of Bigfoot! How about the incredible Beyond Belief, wherein Jonathan Frakes, frequent Star Trek director and actor who played Commander Riker, attempted to explain true, but unreal, stories? The list goes on and on.
What better way to keep this tradition going than to have a docu-series on the bizarre hosted by the OG captain himself? Of course, I speak of the one and only Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. William Shatner. Heck, Shatner himself has hosted shows like this before, including 2010’s Weird or What? For these reasons and more, he’s a perfect fit for the hosting gig.
The History Channel has greenlit a new series hosted by Shatner called The UnXplained. They’re even bringing back In Search Of… for good measure, though this time it’ll be hosted by new Spock Zachary Quinto. If you’re as big a fan of the odd and unexplained as I am, this is all great news. Shatner isn’t just hosting, he’s also Executive Producing alongside Kevin Burns, who previously produced History Channel shows like Ancient Aliens.
Shatner says the show will focus on giving credible explanations to odd, but undeniable, events and places. Why is there a spot in Japan where people go to commit suicide? Why did people keep dying at an amusement park? Why do some places seem to attract the dark and evil? Will there be episodes about cults? You’re damn right. Aliens? Oh hell yes.
As the head of programming for The History Channel put it, The UnXplained will “strive to solve some of the world’s most intriguing mysteries and it’s this truth-seeking that resonates most with our viewers.” It won’t just be a bunch of vague conjecture, either. No, History plans to have some of the world’s leading experts on the show contributing to those answers, from scientists and engineers to historians and archeologists.