I enjoyed his style and never felt he thought he was more important than the story. I also got the feeling he got a kick out of interviewing artists. He had a great interview with Miles Davis many years ago.
And he was the voice of "Jazz from Lincoln Center" on public radio.
Ok, this was probably the biggest trainwreck ever on television, and I was glued to the screen. If I hadn't hated the contestants so much, I would felt sorry for them. Shatner gave out dagger eyes to them like he was giving out Priceline commercials.