By Carl Slaughter: Bless YouTube’s heart. YouTube suggests videos based on my previous searches. I watch a lot of Star Trek clips and a lot “best episodes/movies” reviews. I also watch a lot of science fiction trailers, as well as other genres.
So YouTube offers me a lot of Star Trek parodies, interviews, panel discussions, reviews, and even a Star Trek movie I had never heard of and couldn’t find any background information for. Whoever designed YouTube’s suggestion algorithm apparently assumed there’s a large Star Trek/Star Wars fan crossover. I was also offered Star Wars auditions and rare early interviews and documentaries. Throw in some Stargate, DC, Steampunk, and even Frasier and Family Guy. My favorite is probably the Batman/Avengers personality/MO conflict.
There was also a Wrath of Farrakhan skit from In Living Color with a young Jim Carrey, but it was more of a Farrakhan sendup than a Star Trek sendup, so I didn’t include it.
For every video worth watching, I had to plow through 10 that were junk. For every interview/panel discussion that offers insight, there are 10 that are perfunctory. For every irresistible parody, there are 10 amateurish or not in good taste. So after you bless YouTube, you can bless my blurry eyes.
Carol Burnett Star Trek parody
Deep Stain 9 parody
Frasier / NASA Star Trek parody
With Kate Mulgrew as captain and the cast of Frasier as the crew.
Family Guy / Next Generation antics
Stewart Griffin, fake British accented baby mad genius from Family Guy, invents a teleporter that transports the cast of Next Generation to his time, then spends the day with them. Nothing goes as planned for either of them, not even a trip to McDonald’s. Spoiler, Denise Crosby doesn’t make it back into the transporter. And how DO you pronounce the name Wil Wheaton? The voice of Stewie, BTW, is Seth MacFarlane, creator of the series and co-creator of the American Dad series. MacFarlane, BTW, is not British.
Star Fleet Academy movie
I don’t know how I missed this one all these years and I can’t find any background information about it. Includes William Shatner, Walter Koenig, George Takei, and Christopher Plummer.
Star Wars auditions
Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill:
Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford:
Kurt Russell again:
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill, backstage, in Star Wars costume, try to help an Ewok actor, in costume, knocking on their dressing room doors, find the right stage on the Star Wars set. Notice the Ewok identifies the movie as Revenge of the Jedi instead of Return of the Jedi. Spoiler, they send him to the wrong stage.
Early Star Wars interviews
Rare early Alec Guinniss interview:
Rare early Harrison Ford interview:
Rare early Mark Hamill interview:
Early Star Wars documentary
Batman / Avengers personality conflict
Batman tries to get the Avengers to be serious, the Avengers try to get Batman to relax.
Stargate SG1 marionette parody
Steampunk movie reviews
Awesome steampunk movies.