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Watch ‘Wrath Of Khan – The Opera’ (via Robot Chicken) January 25, 2009

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Did you ever think Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan would make a good opera? Well the folks behind the action-figure stop-motion animation comedy show Robot Chicken on Cartoon Network have us convinced. On the episode "Two Weeks Without Food" airing this weekend, they showed us just how awesome Khan Opera could be. See video of that, plus past Robot Treks, below.


Khan – The Opera (big thanks to Kelvington for the clip)

Robot Chicken and Trek
Of course this is not the first time that Robot Chicken has gone to the Final Frontier. Star Trek, and its action figures, has been part of the show since the beginning. Even the Chicken himself resembles a Borg. Here are some of the Robot Chickens most Trek focused segments of the past.

Sci-Fi Convention War ("A Piece of the Action" s1, e7, 4/05)

Two Kirks, a Khan and a Pizza Place ("The Deep End" s1, e8, 4/05)

Red Shirt Revenge ("The Munnery" – s2, e32, 9/06)

Star Trek Experience ("Boo Cocky" – s3, e56, 9/08)

Fridge Beam ("Chirlax" – s3, e60, 10/08)

And beyond Trek-specific segments, some Trek celebs have been the butt of a few jokes, with the best being the segment ‘Shatner’s Toupee‘ from the first season episode "Toy Meets Girl"

And on the episode "Bionic Cow" airing last September, Zachary Quinto (the new Spock) parodied his own character on Heroes, in a segment called ‘Uncle Glen‘.



1. Hat Rick - January 25, 2009

That last scene in the “The Experience” take-off was priceless.

Only a true fan would think to use the old “Star Trek is real” trick.

2. Blake Powers - January 25, 2009

Jeez, that is just funny… Nothing else can be said…. Funny.

3. John - January 25, 2009

Very Funny, didn’t realize Robot Chicken was a all out fan.

4. Lucas - January 25, 2009

wow is this badly animated crap what entertains kids now? So sad..

5. SPOCKBOY - January 25, 2009

You know, some Americans really need to wrap their heads around the fact the INTERNET is a “global” thing. I’m in Canada and so many, many , MANY times I I’ve tried to watch a clip only to have it tell me that I wasn’t allowed to watch it because I wasn’t in the States. I live about 20 miles from the US so I don’t see what the problem is. I have watched hundreds of videos from all over the world and ONLY in America (our neighbors to the South) do I encounter this nonsense.

Could one of you clever technical people explain why this is a problem in this day and age?


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Fantastic Khan clip by the way!

6. DJT - January 25, 2009

The Experience bit was hilarious.

7. Enterprise - January 25, 2009

Good Lord this show is overrated.

8. Chad N. - January 25, 2009

Wow! Khan opera is awesome!

9. JMAN - January 25, 2009

You said it, #5! What possible function is served by restricting streaming video to a specific country? Is it because the rights to Robot Chicken have been sold to other broadcasters outside the US? Anyone know?

10. tribble farmer - January 25, 2009

That’s one of the dumbest shows I’ve ever seen. Which is why it baffles me how it can sometimes be so dang entertaining. xD

11. TFJotin - January 25, 2009

the khan opera was amazing! i want to see more hahaha!

12. Littlenatey - January 25, 2009

#4 – Robot Chicken is not intended for kids.

13. Kareem Owete - January 25, 2009

I’d love to see this group do a special episode on Trek like they’ve done [twice] for Star Wars

14. The Lensman - January 25, 2009

“wow is this badly animated crap what entertains kids now? So sad.”

Badly animated? Not by a mile. All of that is stop motion done using action figures. And many times the stuff they’re doing and the nuance they pull off in character motion is brilliant. If you don’t like it, that’s one thing. But saying it’s badly animated?You’re either not paying attention or you don’t know animated. Those guys have mad talent.

“You know, some Americans really need to wrap their heads around the fact the INTERNET is a “global” thing.”

And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to access some Brit clips on Youtube only to be told in wasn’t available in MY country…..the U.S.

I guess some other countries need to wrap THEIR heads around the whole “internet is a global thing” as well.

15. Enterprise - January 25, 2009

The background for the Ceti Alpha V is all wrong. It’s Vulcan in Star Trek III.

16. Q-Pid - January 25, 2009

Khan opera was wicked!!! C’mon Robot Chicken should get some kudos alone just for that clip: getting the nuances of theater Opera.

God I wish Julie Taymor would create Star Trek for Broadway. Hey she’s working on the Spiderman musical, so its not that far fetched…right? :(

17. sean - January 25, 2009

If you didn’t laugh at 2 Kirks, A Kahn & A Pizza Place then I just can’t help you.

18. shadow - January 26, 2009

I thought that was a great tribute to Richardo Mantalban. Robot Chicken is awesome.

19. Pat D. - January 26, 2009


Canadian government, not “some Americans”.

20. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - January 26, 2009

I wish the Khan opera was longer so they could cover more ground. Genius! It is funny, indeed, but also justly points out just how laden with cliches of vengeance WoK is.

21. Paulaner - January 26, 2009


Badly animated? In the age of CGI, no one appreciates good old stop motion anymore.

22. Will_H - January 26, 2009

Wrath of Khan opera is epic.

23. TK - January 26, 2009

that Khan Opera is GENIUS! made my day!!!

24. TK - January 26, 2009

just watched the khan opera again, IT’S GREAT!

25. Adam Cohen - January 26, 2009

The opera was great… except for the rectangular nacelles on The Enterprise (no, I’m not serious).

26. Mr. Anonymous - January 26, 2009

#15 — ::smacks forehead:: Good lord, man.

27. Rod of Rassilon - January 26, 2009

agree with Spockboy

PLEASE stop posting links that aren’t visible by most of the rest of the planet. IDIC? yeah right, only if you live in the US.

I ask, will the new Star Trek movie get a world wide release?

will money be made from other countries, do fans live in other parts of the world?

Youtube seems to be the only video sharing site worth a damn, the amount of times links go up to an actor interview that are on some hokey bass ackwards video sharing site that only a tiny portion of the world can SEE, is pretty much the ONE MAJOR SHORTCOMING of these posts.

fix that, and everybody gets equal access.

keep up keeping up the good work.

{end rant}

28. Nikos - January 26, 2009

WTF? LOL!!! That was awesome!!!!

29. Magic_Al - January 26, 2009

They got the prefix code right! Or am I not supposed to say that out loud?

30. AJ - January 26, 2009

I am laughing profusely.

31. MH - January 26, 2009



32. biodredd - January 26, 2009

#5 – The problem is not isolated to people out side the US. You cannot view anything related to TORCHWOOD or THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES if you live in the US. When clips from Sci-Fi are posted here, generally you can’t seem them elsewhere due to licensing agreements for the programs the clips are advertising.

Its not the fault of THIS SITE. If you can’t see the clips where you live, you need to take that up with ADULT SWIM at their website, or at their website.

Anthony cannot wave a magic wand and make them viewable for you. As often as this complaint comes up AND gets answered you would think people would figure it out by now.

Embed links don’t generally announce which countries will be able to view the clips you are going to embed here. There is no way to know which clips will play for other countries and which ones will not play until after they are posted.

The clips ARE NOT restricted by THIS SITE. If you want to still see them (because I’m sure someone had posted them) go to YOU TUBE and google Robot Chicken, Star Trek, and a large majority of these clips should be available there.

33. ScootyPuffJr - January 26, 2009

@ #5

The BBC limits some of its content to the UK.
So, its not just us ugly americans. :-)

34. T.U.M. - January 26, 2009

I want a full three acts of the Khan opera!!!

35. bmar - January 26, 2009

#5, et al – The producers/broadcasters of any material all retain various rights to their work. In some cases, the broadcaster only has rights to air a specific work in certain territories. In other cases, the limitation comes from the producer of the materials.

Therefore, either Turner Broadcasting (the broadcaster here in the US) or the Producers have some limitation that only allow the work to be shown on the internet here in the US – which is why you can’t stream it internationally.

In any case, it is not an attempt by Americans to restrict programming.

36. chris - January 26, 2009

#5 The answer to your question is it’s simply because you ARE Canadian and there is a giant conspiracy in the United States to keep all Canadians from being entertained.

37. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - January 26, 2009

Khannnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. That was so Funny!!!!

38. Candian Culture Cops!! (Normally EM) - January 26, 2009

#36 – I knew it! We Canadians are the butt of a huge cultural joke. Well screw you! We want Jim Carey back. And Bill Shatner. And Celine Dion. And James Cameron. And Shannon Tweed. And Pam Anderson. No wait, keep her. But we want Nickleback back. Where’s my Canadian Culture
Dividend Cheque?!?

39. AJ - January 26, 2009


Keep Celine Dion.

Thanks for Neil Young.

40. DEMODE - January 26, 2009

#36: Dont forget Jimmy aka: SCOTTY ! He was a Canadian too!

41. toasteroven - January 26, 2009

Look, Robot Chicken may not be everyone’s cup of soup, but let’s be real here. “Le Wrath di Khan” was absolutely epic, and all you have to look at is all the minor details they worked in:

1. The registry numbers on both ships are correct (along with a lot of the details)
2. The uniform detailing (including the service pins!) is great
3. And so many more…

My wife, who is not a Trek fan, though it was absolutely awesome. ‘Nuff said.

42. chris - January 26, 2009

#38. Wow! You are truly paranoid.
If there is SO much culture in Canada, then why did all those folks come to the U.S. to make it big? Or was the the lack of culture that drove them away?

43. Crabtree - January 26, 2009

Damn those wily Americans and their cunning plan to force every country to have it’s very own copyright laws, restricting content to certain areas.

44. Al - January 26, 2009

If you can’t see them, google hotspot shield. Enough said

45. Garovorkin - January 26, 2009

I demand an apology for that one. that was hideously funny. I love Robot Chicken.

46. OneBuckFilms - January 26, 2009

That was funny. I don’t watch Robot Chicken, not enough hours in the day, and I already spend too much time on other sci-fi etc.

But that’s great !!!

47. The Jui$tain - January 26, 2009

#27: Well ya know us Americans did invent the internet……

….just had to throw that in there….

48. Candian Culture Cops!! (Normally EM) - January 26, 2009

#42 – Not paranoid. Joking. Get sense of humour. Go to U.S. to make more money. All is cool with that, eh.

49. SChaos1701 - January 26, 2009


Learn about something before you bash it.


US isn’t the only place that does it so please refer to my last sentence because it also pertains to you.

But the Opera was epic. I almost peed myself laughing so hard. Good job Seth!

50. random_person - January 26, 2009

Interestingly, while watching Khan a few weeks back, me and my cousin were wondering what a musical version of the film would be like once we heard the infamous ‘KHAAAAAAN!’ quote and spent the rest of the time doing faux-operatic renditions of the dialogue…

Apparantly, we weren’t the only Trekkies on Earth to think of this :P

51. schmedeman - January 26, 2009

“My ear — I’m not supposed to get eels in it!”


52. Anthony Pascale - January 26, 2009

There is nothing I can do about country restrictions on the Internet. We try and use global sources when possible, like the youtube link, but we are not going to hold back video available to Americans just because it is not available outside the US. We try and accomadate those outside the usa as much as possible, but the majority of visitors are from the USA, should I deny them videos because those outside cannot see them?

53. DEMODE - January 26, 2009


The US is 10 times bigger than Canada, population wise. Its no wonder why some actors leave to the US to make it big. More people = more money. It has nothing to do with a lack of culture in Canada. That said… and being a Canadian myself… the film industry and television industry has always been lacking in Canada.

Shows like BSG and Smallville, which employ alot of Canadian talent, don’t get recognized here during awards time because they are deemed as being “American” productions, becasue its the US that funds those shows. The shows that do get recognized here are homogenized stuff like Ann of Green Gables and Corner Gas. It really is no wonder that actors move to the States to make it big.

54. richpit - January 26, 2009

Those were all great!

55. Trekmaster - January 26, 2009


Hey man, I love me some Corner Gas! I found that show late at night on WGN America (now they’ve messed with the time slot so I can hardly find it! GRRR!) and I liked it so much I asked my wife to get me the season 1 DVD boxed set of Corner Gas for Christmas. It is a RIOT!

I highly recommend that show to anyone who’s ever lived in a small town. And the only thing I liked about Ann of Green Gables was Megan herself…she’s probably one of the reasons that led to my adult obsession with redheads.

56. Candian Culture Cops!! (Normally EM) - January 26, 2009

I forgot all about that Megan Follows girl. Yeah, that could lead one to a red head fixation. I a Degrassi High sort of way!
And I’m not much of a Robot Chicken fan, but I’ll check this out only because of Ricardo / Kahn.

57. Charlie - January 26, 2009

HA HA HA, Spock grabs his sack! Sell THAT at an auction!

58. SPOCKBOY - January 26, 2009

#14. The Lensman
“I guess some other countries need to wrap THEIR heads around the whole “internet is a global thing” as well”

-I said SOME “Americans” not some “countries” suggesting I meant ALL of America, let’s keep it friendly now. Obviously I should have said “some entertainment companies” in the States. The reason I singled out the States is because it happens a lot when I try to access American content which I do quite frequently. Have you ever seen Royal Canadian Air Farce? God I wanna slit my wrists when crap like that is on.

I think it bothers me so much because as far as entertainment goes at least, Canada and America have always been so intertwined. We grew up watching ALL the same shows you did, we watch CNN just like you do, a lot of your actors, comedians, and musicians are Canadian, we are right next door to each other, we look alike, we pretty much talk alike, we like the same foods, the same music which is why it kinda hurts when we, your closest friends, are left OUT of something so trivial as a video. Like I said I’m only 20 miles away from you guys, and they’re shouldn’t be an entertainment border between America and Canada especially on a medium as global as the internet.
You mentioned the UK but that’s 4000 miles away, not 20.
Star Trek is completely American without a doubt, but the actors who play Kirk and Scotty are Canadian, so again you see the intertwining I am referring to.
I always thought that America and Canada freely SHARED their entertainment and entertainers with each other and always would.
When I make my videos for you guys it never occurs to me,” hey I’m only going to let Canadians watch these ” That would be completely ridiculous.LOL.
We’re ALL people who love Star Trek….. PERIOD. That’s what unites us.

#19. Pat D.
-Thanks, the article was very interesting. I wasn’t aware of that.

#35. bmar
-Thanks buddy, that’s all I wanted was an explanation.

#49. SChaos1701
Learn about something before you bash it.
-I asked for an explanation in the first place so that I COULD learn ; )
and thanks to Bmar and PatD I have.

#52. Anthony Pascale
-Obviously it wasn’t a dig at Trekmovie. YOU aren’t responsible for limiting access to videos but I take umbrage at your suggestion of limiting everyone else’s access as a possible solution.

#14. The Lensman
-I totally agree with you statement on animation. I’m an animator myself and the Khan piece was beautifully done.

The fact is, all of my favorite TV shows including Star Trek, are American. I have always had access to them (since I was a child in fact) so to suddenly be told I can’t, feels like an unprovoked slap on the wrist, and did I mention Royal Canadian Air Farce?

: )

59. Trek Nerd Central - January 26, 2009

Brilliant! Plus, the singing’s terrific – especially the baritone playing Kirk.

“The Wrath of Khan” always WAS an opera, wasn’t it? Big emotions, big gestures, big chests. And that big “KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!”

60. Ryan T. Riddle - January 26, 2009

Nick Meyer did say that he thought of TWOK as operatic, so there ya go. Great stuff once again from the folks at Robot Chicken. I’d like to see them do Trek like they did with their two Star Wars specials.

61. WicketSC - January 26, 2009

A vagina could prove quite useful.–Spock

62. Anthony Pascale - January 26, 2009

Spockboy umbrage? i wasn’t talking about you.

I was referring to the comment “PLEASE stop posting links that aren’t visible by most of the rest of the planet.” by Rod,

i was pointing out that we have no control and most visitors can see it. I will not stop posting links not visible outside the us as suggested by Rod

63. Hallbjorn - January 26, 2009

loved the opera !

64. neal - January 26, 2009

The music from Wrath of Khan “borrows” some cues from Wagner’s Ring operas. In my younger (geekier) days, I could have specified the exact parts. Now I am old ‘n’ cool, and can’t remember.

65. ManBearPig - January 26, 2009

they should make a full length one…

66. Kelvington - January 26, 2009

Just to clear this up… it’s really a rights issue. This is true of American channels and my beloved BBC and others. The contracts that companies make with the people who give them, in many cases music, are locked to being show in the country of origin. Which is why it took years to get SPACED over here with the Star Wars music. It was cleared for use in the UK, but not for use anywhere else.

I’m sure it’s a similar rights issue here, someone, along the way says, their music, their video, their something can only be made available online to a certain audience. This is exactly why if you are in the “americas” you can’t watch Doctor Who via the BBC’s Iplayer.

So stupidity aside, this is all really about rights. Stoopid rights!

You may now continue to stir the pot. :)

67. OM - January 26, 2009

“I hate every Kirk I see from Chimpan-Kirk to Chimpan-Zeeeeee!”

68. Garovorkin - January 26, 2009

Say are we ever going to get any more Mego Trek Theater?

69. Garovorkin - January 26, 2009

#66 Shows like Max Headroom are on dvd as far as I know , because of the rights Issue. Its too Bad i would love to see that show released on dvd

70. Bickle - January 26, 2009

As far as region locking goes

Different licensors control properties in different regions, and supporting bandwidth costs are expensive for video. So they may not legally be able to stream outside US borders, nor do they wish to support it financially

The BBC does the same thing, and so does CBC

71. bickle - January 26, 2009

As far as the “bad animation” goes, Robot Chicken is supposed to be like playing with your childhood toys, and grew out of comic strips that used photographed action figures. The motions are usually limited by what those toys can do, or what toys of that type COULD do.

72. McCoy's Gall Bladder - January 26, 2009

That Wrath of Khan Opera was brilliant

“Brought a tear to me eye.” Scotty

73. TK - January 26, 2009

i don’t speak Italian, so i can’t tell if the lyrics are actually saying what the subtitles say. Do they match, and did someone compose the music for it? Record it with real opera singers??? It is so good, I am intrigued! really sums up the movie well. thanks so much for posting it!

74. krikzil (aka Lixy) - January 26, 2009

Great stuff! RC always makes me smile.

75. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - January 26, 2009

73 TK — Yes, it’s word-for-word accurate. The only thing that bugs me is the word ‘Wrath’ in the title, but they must have done it so people would know what the reference is going in. And that doesn’t detract from the actual singing, which is spot on, as far as I can tell.

76. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - January 26, 2009

Just to follow up, if you listen you can make out the word “vendetta” (which has been borrowed in English from Italian) whenever the subtitles say “vengeance”. That’s just stellar! Characterizing Khan’s motivation as vendetta puts WoK perfectly in league with other operas.

77. New Horizon - January 26, 2009

Yeah, it’s pretty discouraging when I come here and try to partake in the article…only to have ‘slap…you can’t watch this’ pop in my face.

If there are youtube equivalents of the videos, it would be nice if they were posted…instead of the ones the rest of the world can’t see.

78. Ian Watson - January 26, 2009

#5: It’s particularly confusing to me when we here in Canada can watch Robot Chicken on TV (it airs on Teletoon, fr’ex), but not online.

And I’ll stop before I go off on a tangent about how I used to be able to watch anything on, but now that it’s owned by I can’t see a thing. Some TV series I can understand, but are the Professor Brothers really restricted to a US audience only?

79. SteveinSF - January 26, 2009

Robot chicken is fantastic!

80. Tomvla - January 26, 2009

“Le Wrath” was terrific! Robot Chicken dedicated the entire episode to Ricardo Montalban. I think that “il wrath…” would have worked as a title also :)

81. SPOCKBOY - January 27, 2009

Sorry Anthony, my bad.

82. S. John Ross - January 27, 2009

#38: You WANT Celine Dion back? Dear Lord, we tried diverting her to France, but they just started laughing at her accent and said “We onlee take ze re-al French!” Then they ate cheese.

We definitely need to keep Shannon Tweed, though. We need the … um … the heartwarming sweetness of Newfoundlanders to counterbalance our American arrogance. Or something. Oh, it’s just ’cause she’s hot, really.

You want to timeshare on Shatner, maybe? That would be fair.

83. AJ - January 27, 2009

Spock’s gigantic ears are hilarious. The whole thing is.

84. DEMODE - January 27, 2009

56: I don’t mean to sound like I am dissing Corner Gas. It is actually one of the better Canadian shows, and one that is popular with Americans too. I always laugh when I watch it. It has a nice sweetness to it. I like that show a lot more than anything that CBC Canada puts out there, like Being Erica or Little Mosque on the Prarie or Hockey Wives or…uhhh… the list goes on.

As for Megan Follows… I actually had her as an acting teacher about 10 years ago for a week long course I did at SIFT in Ottawa. Really nice woman, and very lovely in person. Nevertheless, I was never a fan of Ann of Green Gables. I know their are alot of people who love it, but it just wasn’t something I enjoyed. I guess if you liked Little House ofn the Prarie, you would love Ann of Green Gables… lol…

85. Candian Culture Cops!! (Normally EM) - January 27, 2009

#82 – I’m alright with sharing Shatner, but further negotiations will be required to settle the Tweed dispute. I here you guys have some dude named Obama who might be helpful.
Mr. Dressup belongs to us!!

86. frederick - January 27, 2009

Maybe this opera is what Picard was listening to in “First Contact” for inspiration?

87. Garovorkin - January 27, 2009

Hey why can’t Robot Chick do a Opera about First Contact? or why not a Musical version of Star Trek The Motion picture they call that one Trekside story.

88. Dreadnought - January 27, 2009

Yeah It’s stop motion, But It isn’t exactly the best, Gumby was ok for It’s time and It’s the Gold Standard for Stop Motion, In any case I’m not a fan of Robot Chicken, If I had Children It would be on Lockout on the Satellite TV box.

89. Commodore Shaggy - January 27, 2009

I’m sure that it was already said in the comments somewhere but I’d love to see these guys give Star Trek the same treatment they’ve given Star Wars (i.e. and entire episode or two dedicated to Trek). Heck, they could easily do several with all of the available material ST has put out there. :)

90. dderidex - January 27, 2009

Honestly, Dreadnought, I’m more worried about what your children are doing up at 11:30 *PM*

As noted in a few places, it’s *not* a kid’s show – it’s aimed square at adults, in the same way ‘South Park’ is.

91. random guy - January 28, 2009

Does Kelso count as a red shirt because his was tan and those where the only shirts that changed color for the show.

92. Tim McDaniel - January 28, 2009

15: “The background for the Ceti Alpha V is all wrong. It’s Vulcan in Star Trek III.”

Hey, it’s not like the Klingon Heavy Opera Company is rolling in money. They just reused a set from last season’s production of “Le nozze di Spock, ossia la folle giornata”.

93. Stephen White - January 30, 2009

Clearly the writers are on point. Funny, funny potheads. They should do a judge show spoof.

94. FURIOUS BEYOND ALL BELIEF - January 31, 2009

OMG explain it to me, just someone please tell me why in the name of Capn’ Robau can’t i watch this thing outside of the US? I’m American, damnit! Can’t i like show this thing my passport or something? Un-freaking-believable. There is no reasonable explanation why i shouldn’t be able to see this just because i am outside of the us. i mean, wtf? to they think they;re the NFL or something?

95. jiat2001 - February 3, 2009

I love the UNCLE GLEN bit, nasty yet funny :D

96. Wrath of Khan - The Opera. « El Holodeck - February 8, 2009

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97. Jackson - September 4, 2009

Ugh… why don’t people just find an American proxy and watch it instead of whining? It isn’t that difficult.

98. Andrew - February 28, 2010

The Drunk Farmer craped on the Captain’s chair, and it cracked me up. LMAO

99. Andrew - April 16, 2010

Kirk’s “KHAAAAAAAAAAAN!” Scream and Everyone Fleeing really cracked me up.

100. Andrew - May 9, 2010

Leonard Nimoy shooting the Kid in the Darth Maul Costume cracked me up big time, it’s a reference to “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, the first Indiana Jones Movie.

101. y - January 1, 2011

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