It’s Friday, you’re pissed that you’re still at work, and you just don’t care anymore. We feel ya. So to bring a little levity to your day, we’ve got two Star Trek parodies that should at least make you grin a little bit before you look back at the clock and return to hating life.
First there’s a video of a 1975 Star Trek convention where the actors came on stage to talk about the TV show and to promote the most garrish 70s outfits ever conceived. Walter Koenig’s (who played Pavel Chekov) lapels are so wide I thought he was going to hang-glide over the audience at some point. Then James Doohan’s (who played Scottie) entrance is proceeded by bagpipes (which is what I’d like to imagine would happen every time he entered a room), and because the 8mm camera didn’t record sound, the guy who shot this slice of glory provides insightful narration about getting to touch Doohan at a later date (slang?).
Second, the “How It Should Have Ended” guys took on J.J. Abrams’ reboot and there are some good jokes in there (especially at the end). Hit the jump to check out both videos.
Star Trek has been born again lately with the new J.J. Abrams’ movie, and people are now excited by Trek again. Thanks, George Lucas, for making such shitty prequel films that it’s now cooler to want to be a Trekkie than a Jedi. Ironically, Abrams and company were able to reboot the franchise by following in Lucas’s footprints, and largely ditch a lot of what made the show and subsequent (original series) shows great.
In some ways the new film should come with a disclaimer (like a lot of 80′s television) that if you liked the movie you saw, you should go a library and watch the originals, and where the TV show might offer a breezy take on history, you are settling in to the old series, it’s a much denser and less fun text. But to help celebrate the relaunch, Paramount has reissued the first six movies and the first season of the TV show (Seasons Two and Three are supposed to come later this year).
The premise is this, as Gene Roddenberry put it: Wagon Train in Space. Since most modern audiences don’t know what Wagon Train is (I’ve never seen an episode), I’m led to believe what that show was about was a Wagon Train on the Oregon trail that every week would come across some adventure. But with America at the height of its Right Stuff/space exploration period, Trek also had the advantage of something fresh.