William Shatner is out to uncover the truths of reality in his video for "Ponder the Mystery," the first song off his new prog-rock album by the same title. Multiple Shatners muse on life's wonders, and the Star Trek actor wanders the forest and chills on a highway as images of outer space and human history flitter across the screen. Bizarrely aloof image texts interject throughout. "The harshness of reality and the luxury of fantasy," Shatner says, strolling through an oil field. "The details of the devil and angelic purity."
Ponder the Mystery was released yesterday and features former Yes keyboardists Rick Wakeman and Tony Kaye, Steve Vai, Vince Gill and more. "I think that prog-rock is the science fiction of music. Science fiction speculates on what the future might be and look like and how we'll get there, and yet there's always a central theme of humanity, or there should be," Shatner told Rolling Stone last month. "Progressive rock has the same concept of exploration into the parts of the music world that hasn't been explored."