Carl’s Pick of YouTube Science Fiction Videos

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:

Harrison Ford

Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell again:

Amy Irving

Ewok skit

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.

8 thoughts on “Carl’s Pick of YouTube Science Fiction Videos

  1. The Star Trek “movie” is footage clips from the videogames Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (1997), and Star Trek: Klingon Academy? (2000) spliced into something resembling a narrative film, using the soundtrack from Star Trek II. The creator(s) was careful to credit all of the actors, designers, and support roles. I’m guessing that it might have been an in-house project by Interplay staff which someone finally released into the wild.

  2. I forgot to mention that the Next Generation cast did the voices for the Family Guy skit.

  3. Here’s the “Wrath of Farrakhan” skit. It’s more of a Farrakhan parody in a Star Trek context than a Star Trek parody with a Farrakhan guest character.

  4. If I remember correctly, Revenge of the Jedi was the working title; it was changed for release on the grounds that the Jedi were high-minded types who would not be motivated by base emotions like a thirst for revenge.

  5. Peter J, one of my sisters picked up an official promotional pin that said “Revenge of the Jedi” back before the movie was released. Wish I knew what happened to it; it would probably be worth some big bucks….

  6. Peter J wrote:

    If I remember correctly, Revenge of the Jedi was the working title; it was changed for release on the grounds that the Jedi were high-minded types who would not be motivated by base emotions like a thirst for revenge.

    That’s the official story — there are rumors though that it was ACTUALLY an attempt to thwart bootleg merchandise sales, by delaying the real title as long as possible (while still being able to promote the film with something close)

  7. Trae Dorn: there are rumors though that it was ACTUALLY an attempt to thwart bootleg merchandise sales, by delaying the real title as long as possible

    I vaguely remember reading somewhere that both Star Trek and Star Wars were planning to use “Revenge” in the title, so Star Trek was changed to The Wrath of Khan — which I think ended up being an inspired title, as compared to The Revenge of Khan.

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