There’s no denying that Star Trek is a pop culture juggernaut: it’s been around for over 50 years and has imprinted itself in virtually every corner of science fiction, not to mention it’s been adored, referenced and parodied with love in all types of television. shows, movies, video games, books and music.
With Paramount currently producing five separate Trek shows – Discovery, Picard, Strange New Worlds, Prodigy, and Lower Decks – it’s fair to say that the Trek fandom may well be at an all-time high.
But outside of its own canonical universe, Trek has been appearing in other TV shows for literally decades at this point, in animated sitcoms, prestige period dramas, dark satirical thrillers, and even legal procedural of all kinds. things.
These non-Trek shows have all invoked Trek in some way, whether it’s showcasing amazing Easter eggs, doing more practical tributes, or even forcing fans to wondering if the show could secretly exist in the same continuity as Star Trek.
Some shows were certainly more subtle than others with their references, but each surely left a huge smile plastered on the face of any fan who watched…
It’s no secret that Simpsons creator Matt Groening and his room of writers are big fans of Star Trek, which has been continuously referenced in more than 50 episodes of the animated sitcom.
But most memorable of all was a more involved parody of The Original Series in the 1992 season four episode “Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie.”
The episode begins with a mocking fake trailer for a new Star Trek movie titled “Star Trek XII: So Very Fated,” featuring a monologue from Captain Kirk on the Hill, “Captain’s Log, Stardate 6051. I had trouble sleeping last night – my hiatal hernia is acting up. The ship is drafty and damp. I complain but no one listens.
The trailer’s narrator assures the audience that the film will be the team’s “last and greatest adventure”, while Sulu carries a cane and Scotty is too overweight to reach the control panel.
This clearly made a mockery of later Trek films featuring the cast of the original series, particularly 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, where William Shatner et. al were most definitely showing their age.
Fittingly, The Undiscover Country was the last Trek movie to feature the entire original Enterprise crew, likely in large part because of sentiments like this from fans and critics.