Great Links: Seth MacFarlane Does Kirk + Dilbert Treknobabble + Star Trek Sermon + Trek Lists & more

It is time again to bring back The Great Links, TrekMovie’s collection of the latest bits of Star Trek in the zeitgeist. This week we have video of Seth MacFarlane doing his impressive Kirk impression, Dilbert getting Treknobabble, a Star Trek sermon, some TOS sidewalk art, a Pony/First Contact mashup, and the lists of the week. Check it all out below. 



Trekkie Celeb of Week: Seth MacFarlane on being Trekkie (+ Kirk impression)

Family Guy, American Dad, etc. creator Seth MacFarlane is always inserting Star Trek references to his work. In this video from a Paley Center Family Guy panel in March (but just uploaded to YouTube), MacFarlane talks about his love for Star Trek, and how it has influenced his work.

Lists of the week: io9’s Top 10 & UGO’s Wanted Treknology

Last week io9 took on the challenge of picking The 10 Best Star Trek Episodes, which were (counting down):

10) Mirror, Mirror (The Original Series)
9) The Void (Star Trek: Voyager)
8) The Inner Light (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
7) In the Pale Moonlight (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
6) The Trouble with Tribbles (The Original Series)
5) Darmok (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
4) City on the Edge of Forever (The Original Series)
3) The Visitor (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
2) The Best of Both Worlds Part 1 and 2 (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
1) Balance of Terror (Original Series)

And in another Trek list, UGO offers Star Trek Tech We Hope Comes True, with 25 selections, their top 5 were:

5) The Great Teacher ("Spocks Brain")
4) Warp Drive
3) Transporter
2) Sympathetic Magic ("Cat’s Paw")
1) Flux Capacitor (Back To The Future tech referred to in two episodes)

Comic of the week: Treknobabble on Dilbert

Speaking of Treknology, last Friday’s Dilbert comic features some Treknobabble from Wally.
Wally Treknobabbles The Boss

Sermon of the Week: The Gospel According To Star Trek

Do Star Trek and religion mix? The answer is yes according to Salem Oregon minister (and avvowed Trekkie) Rev. Chuck Currie, who earlier this month devoted a sermon to Star Trek titled "The Gospel According To Star Trek: A Sermon On The Resurrection." Watch it below.

Craft of the week: Redshirt DS Cozy

Looking for a place to store your Nintendo DS that shows your Trek love, then try out SheViolentlyKnit’s Star Trek Redshirt DS Cozy on Etsy.

Photo of the week: Trek sidewalk art

Photographer Chase Tingley found this piece of Star Trek art "in some guys driveway" on 7th Ave in San Francisco (via SFist).

Video of the Week: Pony Trek: First Contact

OK, here is an unusual mashup. Star Trek: First Contact with My Pretty Pony (from MrAnalpfropfen on YouTube)

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May 22, 2011 7:11 pm

How can you list the top episodes of the original show and skip “Journey To Babel”?!

And whoever created My Pretty Pony clearly did a LOT of drugs.

Harry Ballz
May 22, 2011 7:12 pm

It would be interesting to see Seth MacFarlane poke fun at Star Trek!

May 22, 2011 7:42 pm

Seriously one of the best impressions of Kirk I’ve ever heard.

May 22, 2011 7:53 pm

My Shatner is better ;)

Adam M
May 22, 2011 8:13 pm

I think that Twilight(enterprise) should be on the list of great episodes.

May 22, 2011 8:20 pm

I would include, Yesterday’s Enterprise and All Good Things…

Love Seth!

Tiberius III
May 22, 2011 8:56 pm

Three words. The Doomsday Machine.

Red Dead Ryan
May 22, 2011 9:20 pm

“Darmok” was a good episode, not sure that it belongs in the top ten though. Same goes for “The Void”. “Yesterday’s Enterprise”, “Space Seed”, “Twilight”, “The Tholian Web”, “All Good Things…” should have been included as well.

May 22, 2011 9:35 pm

The Void is an incredibly run-of-the-mill episode. I was shocked they picked that one. ‘Equinox’ or even ‘Year of Hell’ would have been a far better choice.

Red Dead Ryan
May 22, 2011 9:47 pm

“Scorpion”, “Timeless” are two other “Voyager” episodes better suited for the list.

Bill Peters
May 23, 2011 12:09 am

I find the sermon Funny and interesting, got to get this guy on Trek Movie sometime to talk about how Trek Influenced him more!

May 23, 2011 1:14 am

Ponies !
Ponies everywhere

Kosher Coder
May 23, 2011 3:21 am

Flux Capacitor but no Holodeck? Really?

May 23, 2011 4:02 am

That preacher’s delivery is a little bit like Shatner.

And you don’t have to he “obsessed” to go to a convention.

May 23, 2011 4:17 am

8 Good choices. You do realize that the evil V’rnekz are behind these lists. They KNOW we’ll spend valuable time arguing about them, while they mount their invasion of Earth.

I like Seth MacFarlane, but I hope for his sake he’s listening to others. Sometimes, he just gets so damn lazy in his gag-writing, and reliance on shock and gross-out material. It’s not funny. Period. Other times, the stuff can be hilarious. Yes, I’d love to see him do more Trek.

May 23, 2011 5:00 am

Sounds like the Reverend keeps saying Star Trak, not Trek. Anyway, only one TOS episode directly references God that I can think of; in “Bread and Circuses” as Uhura points out near the end of the ep.

May 23, 2011 6:38 am

@Driver (16): “Who Mourns for Adonais?” also referred to God. In it, Kirk says, “Mankind has no need for gods; we find the One quite adequate.”

Hat Rick
May 23, 2011 7:40 am

Whaddya know…. Futurama was right. Trek IS a religion.


Bill Roberts
May 23, 2011 8:39 am

I’d love to hear McFarlane do Kirk’s “Risk is Our Business” speech. I initially thought that’s what he was going to do.

May 23, 2011 9:11 am
Shatner is the bar-none best at taking heavy, cliche-ridden dialogue and turning it into music. He alone is the primary reason Hollywood trolls London’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre when it needs a mustache-whirling, pontificating villain. Of course, Nimoy’s no slouch. Think I’m lyin’, does ye? Grab a friend and see how far you manage to get through a gem of a scene like THIS: KIRK: What have we got, Mister Spock? A magnetic effect which produces a winking-out phenomenon. A mysterious, unidentified source of radiation on the planet. Lazarus, a walking powder keg. Your rip in the universe. A so-called murdering humanoid. SPOCK: True, Captain, but more significant to me is the fact that our ship’s instruments are specifically designed to locate and identify any object in our universe, be it energy or matter. KIRK: But by using those instruments you were unable to identify the source of the radiation on the planet. SPOCK: Correct. Which would seem to be impossible. KIRK: Are the instruments in order? SPOCK: Perfect working condition. KIRK: Then what you say leads obviously to one alternative. The source of radiation is not from our universe. SPOCK: Nor in our universe, Captain. It came from outside. KIRK: Outside? Yes, that would explain a lot. Another universe, perhaps in another dimension, occupying the same space at the same time. SPOCK: The possible existence of a parallel universe has been scientifically conceded, Captain. KIRK: All right. What would happen if another universe, say a minus universe, came into contact… Read more »
May 23, 2011 11:47 am

All good things should be on the list.. Best of both worlds should be #1. Darmock is a good choice. I also think that Chain of Command should be on the list. In the Pale moonlight is a great DS9 Choice I love that eppisode. The eppisode with Jake Sisco loosing his father then spending the rest of his life trying to get him back should be on there too… Shows the powerfull bond between father and son.

May 23, 2011 12:24 pm


The episode you are talking of is called “The Visitor.” It’s number three on that list.

May 23, 2011 2:11 pm

The Doomsday machine. Yes.

May 23, 2011 3:17 pm

Gotta love Seth!

Luke Forester
May 23, 2011 5:14 pm

It’s “My Little Pony”, not “My Pretty Pony”

The new series was created by the woman who did “Powerpuff Girls” and “Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends”. They are apparently are big Trek fans, they did an entire episode of their first season based on “The Trouble With Tribbles” (My Little Pony episode was called “Swarm of the Century”.

May 23, 2011 6:30 pm


The fact that you know all that is scary. Pedobear would be proud.

Janeway's Boy Toy
May 23, 2011 8:05 pm

I have somewhat a problem with that list. The DS9 episode Trials and Tribbleations was probably one of the best ever.

Just my two quatloos.

May 24, 2011 5:03 pm

Seth’s Kirk voice is so good it could be dubbed over footage of Shatner and it might fool some people.

Captain Dunsel
May 24, 2011 5:53 pm

I love the episode “Darmok” for One Thing. While it may be a somewhat pedestrian “can’t we gert along” story in some ways, it is only episode I can recall where they acknowledged that langauges are not just different “codes” for the same concepts, but can result from completely different wasy of THINKING about things.

And Paul Winfield.
OK, Two Things…

Oh – and tacky. invisible monsters
OK, Three Things…

(NOBODY expects the Tamarian Inquisition!)

May 24, 2011 6:37 pm

#20 The only thing missing was “Arrrrgh”

Missing BND

Luke Forester
May 24, 2011 10:00 pm

Void was a great episode, but I wouldn’t put it as the top Voyager episode. “Timeless” or “Living Witness” would be my pick for #1 Voyager episode.

May 24, 2011 10:47 pm

C’mon, Balance? Never shared the appeal others have for that ep. It’s good, but be honest, when you think great TOS eps quickly off the top of your head, don’t you automatically get these?

Ent Incident

May 24, 2011 10:58 pm

Okay, Circuses might be a reach, but it’s one you’ll throw in and watch on a rainy day, am I right? Good fun.

May 24, 2011 11:06 pm

Okay okay, replace Circuses with Babel. There.

Are we done?

I’m done.

May 25, 2011 12:49 am

Very good impression, he did not exaggerate much that a lot of people do when they trying to do Kirk.

May 25, 2011 8:42 pm

since McFarlane and team had such success with the Star Wars parodies, rumors have it he has been trying to get permission from Paramount/CBS to do some Trek ones. He has mentioned many times he is big fan of Trek…

There’s been post here on before concerning this…Id like to see it

Ironically, he needs something fresh on the show. Ive been trying to watch Family Guy for the past few seasons and it is just not as good as the early years. American Dad and now The Cleveland Show are much funnier…IMO.