William Shatner and History attempt to explain ‘The UnXplained’
William Shatner is intrigued.
He wants to know 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 strangelooking 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.”