Guest Blog from UGO's Jordan Hoffman
Star Trek enthusiasts have a special treat waiting for them should they get in the van and see The A-Team this weekend. What I’m about to tell you can only be described as a SPOILER of pretty nifty Easter egg, so go no further if you want to experience it on your own. .
Obscure Trek Joke Beams Into The A-Team
At about the forty-five minute mark of Joe Carnahan's The A-Team, there’s a scene where the gang is about to bust Sharlto Copley’s version of Captain H. M. “Howling Mad” Murdock out of a psychiatric prison. (‘Cause that’s what the A-Team does.) Murdock gets a mysterious package with a DVD and a whole bunch of 3-D glasses. He leads his fellow inmates to a mini screening room.
As other things are happening (like bad guys approaching) the DVD plays in the background. If you are paying attention, you’ll see the list of actors in the opening credits for the movie-within-the-movie (which is called “The Greater Escape.”) The first name to come up clearly reads “Reginald Barclay.”
How many people will get this joke? Surely you, a reader of TrekMovie, are able to connect the dots between Murdock, the actor Dwight Schultz and his other great role of Lieutenant Reginald Endicott “Reg” Barclay III, the diagnostics engineer seen in The Next Generation, Voyager and (briefly) Star Trek: First Contact.
Dwight Schultz as Murdock in "The A-Team" (1983) & as Barclay in "Next Generation" + Sharlto Copley as Murdock in "The A-Team" (2010)
But we may be the only ones who get the joke. At the screening I was at, people applauded at all the other moments of fan service, but only I was heard to shout “woah!” when I saw ol’ Broccoli’s name up there.
The A-Team, by the way, is a really fun summer movie for a season dry of any Trek. You can take a look at my review at UGO.com (www.ugo.com/movies/the-a-team-review). Also, If you check out The A-Team, be sure to stick around until after the credits, too. There is a quick comic appearance by Schultz in a deleted scene as a German doctor.
And here is a clip from a different scene featuring Murdock in The A-Team (doesn't show the "Barclay" gag).
But, if all you care about is Star Trek, here’s a chestnut from a little while back on my favorite moments from Lt. Worf ( www.ugo.com/movies/top-worf-moments ).
Jordan Hoffman is a friend of TrekMovie.com, and the Movies Editor for UGO Entertainment.