William Shatner and History attempt to explain ‘The UnXplained’

‘The UnXplained’ – Shatner tries to explain

William Shatner is intrigued.

He wants to how gravity works, whether there is life after death or even how it is someone can suffer a blow to the head in a car accident and awaken a virtuoso-level concert pianist, not having had any prior training.

These are things that bedevil him, which is why he’s the host of “The UnXplained.”

Airing Fridays on History, the hourlong anthology series explores these and other subjects that have stumped mankind for centuries, be it mysterious structures, cursed ancient cities, extraterrestrial sightings and bizarre rituals. Scientists, historians, engineers, researchers and other experts offer up their opinions and possible explanations.

“All these mysterious things that defy explanation,” Shatner says, “and yet people educated in science or people educated in faith or people uneducated but they know what they see or feel and it’s all mysterious. We’re living in a mystery.”

“What you have to also appreciate,” he continues, “not only do they not have the same answer but they might not be seeing the same thing because we’re all filtering the same information through our different filters. … So we’re looking at the same thing, the same circumstances but we don’t know what it is because I don’t know what you’re thinking.”

This week’s episode, titled “Strange Creatures,” considers the possible existence of beings such as the Chupacabra, the Mongolian Death Worm and the Mothman, which have been sighted myriad times but still go unrecognized by mainstream scientists.

“Every so often people see the same strange-looking entity,” Shatner says, “the Mothman and the Goatman. The Mothman thing is really strange. The town has seen this entity (and) they don’t have any explanation for it.”

Other subjects to be addressed in the eight episodes include bizarre rituals, cursed ancient cities, extraterrestrial sightings and mysterious phenomena, such as the regular eruptions of the Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, which scientists agree is a small part of a much larger super volcano that will eventually explode and devastate the planet.

“It’s a ticking clock,” Shatner says. “How many of those eruptions will there be before the dome explodes? (The question is) just whether it’s going to be in my lifetime, your lifetime or a thousand years from now. Or it might be like a symphony that the end of the world that we’re causing is taking place and the end of the world as we know it … it’s all going to come to one gigantic conclusion in the very near future.

“How’s that for a mystery?”

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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