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Star Trek was a 20th and 21st century phenomenon created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960's. It was a landmark show in that it was the first science fiction television show to market itself to adults, not just children. Known for its social themes, it masked current social commentary in sci-fi storylines. In fact, television's first-ever interracial kiss took place in an episode of Star Trek (between Captain Kirk and Lt. Uhura). The original series (TOS), as it later was called, spawned a series of six TOS movies, five spin-off TV series (one of which was continued into four movies of its own, for a total of ten), and was rebooted entirely in movie form in 2009 (the eleventh movie in the franchise).[1] In the 2200s, the cast reunited for musical specials, with the exception of Scotty who was replaced by a character named Welshie.

Philip J. Fry is a fan of the series and its spin-offs, but Star Trek is banned from Earth by the 31st century. The show was banned after the Star Trek Wars. By the 23rd century, Star Trek fandom had evolved to a full-blown religion. As country after country fell under its influence, world leaders felt threatened by its power. And so, Trekkies were executed in the manner most befitting virgins, by being thrown into a volcano. The original 79 episodes and 6 movies (along with the blooper reel where the door doesn't close all the way) were sent into space and dumped onto the forbidden world, Omega III.

In the 28th Century, the heads of the original cast, except for Leonard Nimoy, took off into space because the people of Earth no longer appreciated them. Sometime beforehand, the tapes of Star Trek fell into the hands of Melllvar. Melllvar also found the ship that contained the heads of the original cast members. He gave them back their bodies and made them recreate episodes of the show. [2]

References Edit

  • Many of the music and sound effects, especially the automatic doors, from various episodes are taken from Star Trek.

Season 1 Edit

"Space Pilot 3000"

"Love's Labours Lost in Space"

"Fear of a Bot Planet"

"A Fishful of Dollars"

"A Big Piece of Garbage"

Season 2 Edit

"Brannigan, Begin Again"

  • DOOP is explicitly compared to the United Federation of Planets (even though Star Trek is considered taboo). Also, the "Neutral Zone" in which its headquarters are located may be a reference to the Neutral Zone between the Romulans and the Federation.
  • When the Planet Express Ship comes into the new station, a riff on the theme of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) can be heard.
  • The laser Zapp uses to cut the ribbon has settings of "Stun", "Kill" and "Hyperdeath™", a reference to phasers from the Star Trek universe.

"Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?"

  • The entire episode, particularly the ritual arena combat between Fry and Zoidberg, has close correlations with TOS: "Amok Time".
  • When Zoidberg asks Amy to take the rubber bands off his claws (in a somewhat sexy manner), Amy's retort is "Fool me 7 times, shame on you. Fool me 8 or more times, shame on me." This line is a reference to a line in TOS: "Friday's Child".
  • The national anthem of Decapod 10 is the same music heard during the fight scene between Kirk and Spock from "Amok Time".
  • Several elements in this episode, such as Decapodian mating season and the ritualistic battle to the death also mirror plot details from that particular Star Trek episode. Also the traditional Vulcan weapon used in the kal-if-fee, the ahn-woon, is shown as one of the weapons Fry can choose from.
  • Claw-Plach also sounds a lot like "Qa'pla", the Klingon word for "Success."

"The Lesser of Two Evils"

"A Clone of My Own"

  • Captain Muskie's introduction music is a musical cue from the Original Series. His appearance and chair are based on that of Christopher Pike from "The Menagerie" parts I and II.
  • It is revealed that the Planet Express ship moves in a manner similar to Trek's warp drives.
  • The Professor shows Cubert a Universal Translator device, which unfortunately only translates to an "incomprehensible, dead language". Cubert says hello to the translator to test it, to which the translator responds, "Bonjour!" This could imply that the French language no longer exists in the Futurama timeline (despite being used on several occasions). Many Trek fans have wondered why French Captain Jean-Luc Picard sounds so unequivocally British.

"The Deep South"

  • Bender's announcement that "in the event of an emergency, my ass can be used as a flotation device" is a reference to the movie Star Trek: Insurrection, in which Data says "in the event of a water landing, I have been designed to serve as a flotation device" upon resurfacing in a lake.

"The Problem with Popplers"

"Anthology of Interest I"

"The Cryonic Woman"

  • Gangs of savage children and adolescents are found throughout science fiction, including TOS: "Miri".

Season 3 Edit

"Amazon Women in the Mood"

"Parasites Lost"

  • One could argue that the Trill symbionts are parasites that make their hosts better.
  • In DS9: "One Little Ship", a runabout is reduced in size and features miniature versions of several cast members.
  • The episode title is a reference to the DS9 Season 4 Episode Paradise Lost, that title itself alluding to the Epic Poem by John Milton.

"A Tale of Two Santas"

  • Leela's logical paradox mirrors that which Captain Kirk puts to the alternate Mr. Spock in TOS: "Mirror, Mirror".

"The Day the Earth Stood Stupid"

  • "The Civilization of Space Rome," one of the planets Hermes says was destroyed, could be a reference to TOS: "Bread and Circuses".

"That's Lobstertainment!"

  • The film Star Trek: The Pepsi Generation is nominated for an Oscar; this is a reference to the Star Trek fan film, Star Trek: The Pepsi Generation. It is also more simply references Star Trek: The Next Generation and a famous marketing campaign by Pepsico.

"Where the Buggalo Roam"

  • Music remiscent of the theme to Star Trek is heard as Zapp and Kif's ship, the Nimbus, is onscreen.

"Bendin' in the Wind"

  • Bender lands at "Fisherman's Worf", renamed after the Star Trek: The Next Generation character Worf.

"I Dated a Robot"

  • There is an OldTREK-vs-NewTREK.web chat room. Two Trekkies are (illegally) arguing whether TOS or TNG is the better series. The TOS fan claims Kirk could kick Picard's ass. The TNG fan argues that at least Picard could admit he was bald.

"A Leela of Her Own"

"Roswell that Ends Well"

"Godfellas"

  • This:
    Bender: But why would God think in binary? Unless ... you're not God, but the remains of a computerised space probe that collided with God.
    "God": That seems probable.
    references The Changeling, in which the crew encounters a god-like entity formed by the collission of a human made probe with an alien probe.
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier posits the concept of a being godlike in power that is nonetheless not God as humans conceive of it, i.e. not the creator of the universe, nor in fact good.

Season 4 Edit

"Kif Gets Knocked Up A Notch"

  • The HoloShed (and its frequent malfunctions turning holograms "real") are parodies of the holodeck from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Among the holographs who become rampant are Professor Moriarty, Attila the Hun, Jack the Ripper and an evil version of Abraham Lincoln.
  • The sick bay scene is a parody of that from Star Trek: The Original Series, complete with sound effects. The sign references a creature from the series called a Horta, which gives severe acid burns. The sick bay's doctor is an obvious parody of Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, and is named "Veins" in a deleted scene.

"Leela's Homeworld"

  • The computer on the Warden's desk appears similar to the personal computers used in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

"A Taste of Freedom"

  • On Embassy Row, Zoidberg runs past the Neutral Planet embassy, the Klingon Embassy, and the Globetrotter Homeworld Embassy.

"Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles"

  • The plot of TNG: "Rascals" includes several members of the Enterprise-D crew reverting to younger versions of themselves.

"Where No Fan Has Gone Before"

  • This episode included voice cameos by the stars of the Original Series, except two. DeForest Kelley, had already passed away before the episode was made. James Doohan refused to appear as Scotty, which is why they replaced him with Welshie.
  • Jonathan Frakes has a cameo as himself.

"Jurassic Bark"

  • Fry attempts to deliver a pizza to a Mr. Seymour Asses and meets the dog he later names Seymour. When he goes to leave after spending some time with him in an alley he says "live long and prosper" which is the exact words of Vulcan salute.

"The Sting"

"Spanish Fry"

  • In arguably the worst episode of The Original Series, "Spock's Brain", the crew spends the entire episode searching for Mr. Spock's brain which has been stolen by aliens.

"Three Hundred Big Boys"

  • The prison Kif is held in is named "Commander Riker's Island" a reference both to the real life Rikers Island and to the character of Commander William T. Riker of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Fry drinks 100 cups of coffee which then gives him "Hyper-accelerated" speed which references the Star Trek:The Original Series episode "Wink of an Eye" in wihich Captain Kirk is given the same effect after drinking a cup of coffee. Mr Spock uses the same time effect to fix the ship's vital systems in the same ay Fry saves everyone from the burning room.

Season 5 (Movies) Edit

Season 6Edit

"In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela"

  • The death sphere, "V-Giny" is a direct reference to the original series episode "The Changeling", wherein a collision of two probes results in an entity that destroy all imperfections, and always deems life to be imperfective. Both episodes start with planets being destroyed, and in both the threat is found to be on a direct course for earth.
  • It could also be a reference to V-ger which was a space probe that was lost that returned to earth in ST:TMP.
  • When hermes trys to fnd the v-giny on ship records, he says "its not in the janeway's guide ethier". He is referring to Star Trek Voayger.

"Proposition Infinity"

  • Bender gets arrested (again) and is sent to Will Riker's Island.
  • George Takei moderates the debate on "Proposition Infinity"

Footnotes Edit

  1. [Trek] Memory Alpha, the Star Trek wiki
  2. "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"

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