Call it $#*! My Enterprise Captain Sings.
NewsFeed almost literally went crazy this summer because of Cee-Lo Green’s “F___ You.” (In a good way!) The raw shock of exuberant profanity struck us so strongly that we didn’t even care when a bowdlerized version started showing up in every movie trailer ever. We never exactly thought we’d need to hear a version by William Shatner, but in hindsight, we would rather hear him perform the song than almost anyone else. (Besides Little Richard: That would be awesome.)
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The Shat performed a thankfully-not-”Forget You” version of the song on George Lope last night, and while we’re disappointed that they had to change “s____” to “stuff” instead of just bleeping it, we admire the creativity of replacing the n-word with “Shatner.” And also, dig the background singers’ costumes: That’s one Starfleet uniform, one of the signature vests from $#*! My Dad Says, and one thing we’re not sure of.
All in all, we’d have to say it’s one of Shatner’s best speak-singing performances; not as awesomely saucy as his “Rocket Man,” but not as winkingly ‘ironic’ as his Palin speeches.