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Star Trek switch-up: William Shatner blocks then unblocks Discovery's Jason Isaacs on Twitter

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Nov 28, 2017

All is right again with the Federation.

On Sunday, Trekkies were all aflutter after Star Trek: Discovery's Jason Isaacs posted on Twitter that William Shatner had blocked him on the social-media platform, but by Tuesday, Shatner had unblocked the Discovery star.

Shatner is famous for playing Captain James Kirk of the Starship Enterprise on the original Star Trek TV show in the 1960s while Isaacs plays the Starship Captain Gabriel Lorca on the more recent Discovery. The English actor was a real good sport about the block and wrote the following post on Twitter on Sunday shortly after he realized it:

There was no definitive reason for why Shatner did such a thing, but outlets like Entertainment Weekly were inferring a connection between his actions and a comment Isaacs made to U.K.'s Metro. In an interview with the British newspaper, Isaacs said that it would be strange for Shatner to appear in Discovery because the show takes place 10 years before the original show, so Kirk would be a kid at the time. 

"Kirk doesn’t come along for 10 years and when we meet him, he’s 26, so it would be a weird timeline if they met," said Isaacs, adding that a celebrity cameo of Shatner's magnitude would pull viewers out of the show. "They feel like they’re watching a Saturday Night Live sketch." 

Shatner finally broke his silence on the matter two days later with a tweet that shows him to be just as good-natured as Isaacs about the whole affair:

This is a reference to the fact that Isaacs played the role of Lucius Malfoy, a Death Eater working for Voldemort (aka He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named), in the Harry Potter movies. So, maybe Shatner blocked him or maybe it was just the innocent mistake of a blocking bot, but as you can see, no feud here. Leave that stuff to the humans and Klingons.

Isaacs later voiced his pleasure at the news with a pair of tweets:

And just like that, all is well in Trekkie Land. It brings to mind those heartbreaking words Spock uttered just before he perished in Wrath of Khan. "I have been - and always shall be - your friend."

This story was originally published on Nov. 28 and has been updated.