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Watch: Parks and Recreation Analyzes Star Trek Sequel October 7, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Humor,Star Trek Into Darkness,Viral Video/Mashup/Images , trackback

Star Trek has again wormed its way into a network TV show. Last night’s episode of the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation actually featured a somewhat in depth analysis of JJ Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek sequel. Check it out below.


Parks and Recreation analyses Star Trek sequel

In the episode "Born and Raised" the character of Tom Haverford is trying to fend off advances from talk show host Joan Callamezzo, so he asks Ben Wyatt to slow things down "talking nerdy." Things eventually turn to Star Trek. Watch it (via Hulu, USA only…sorry)

For a sitcom, it is not bad analysis.

UPDATE: Adam’s Trek Connection

As pointed out by a reader, Adam Scott (who plays Ben the Trek fan from Parks and Recreation) has his own Trek connection. He played The conn officer of the USS Defiant in Star Trek First Contact…remember the guy who exclaims to Cmdr. Worf “Sir, there’s another starship coming in. It’s the Enterprise!”

Adam Scott in "Star Trek: First Contact"



1. Harry Ballz - October 7, 2011

Parks and Recreation show? So, that means 7 people will see this bit?

2. jamesingeneva - October 7, 2011

lol, don’t watch too much of that show but glad to see that it’s cool to talk trek now :)

3. jorDe' - October 7, 2011

Is that still on???

4. Simon - October 7, 2011

Probably the most consistently funny show on TV, and a lot of it is “smart” humor which the masses don’t get. Which is too bad.

5. zperk - October 7, 2011

@1 You’re an idiot. Try close to 2 million? That episode pulled a 1.9 in the 18 to 49 demographic. Last season had an average total viewership rating of 5 million. Thanks for playing; please try again.

6. Frustrated Alien - October 7, 2011

FFS why restrict clips to US only?

International availability? Good way to sell shows to other NON-US Networks! @ssholes!

7. Blake Powers - October 7, 2011

I LOVE that show.. I think they really got their stuff together with season 3. Watch season 3 on netflix and tell me you don’t laugh the whole time.. It’s a classic.

8. TyrannicalFascist - October 7, 2011

One of the best shows on TV today. Mostly for two reasons:

1. Ron
2. Swanson

9. Harry Ballz - October 7, 2011


It’s called sarcasm, moron.

10. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - October 7, 2011

lol wish all women could be like that

11. Christopher Roberts - October 7, 2011

[Bones sees White Rabbit and Alice] HULU!

If somebody could summarise, for those of not able to fly over and take a U.S. Citizen Test.

12. Anthony Pascale - October 7, 2011

zperk & Ballz
warnings for flaming

13. Odkin - October 7, 2011

Yeah, this happens to be a great show, nerds.

RIP Li’l Sebastian.

14. AJ - October 7, 2011

“Zperk and Ballz” the lawfirm from hell.

15. Odkin - October 7, 2011

Behold the Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness!:

16. Tallguy - October 7, 2011

4. Yes, that was what I was thinking through the bleeped dialogue. “Smart”.

17. Odkin - October 7, 2011

For everyone who ALWAYS complains about not getting to see US shows, STOP BITCHING AT THE COMPANIES. The problem is usually contractual with the Talent and the Unions about compensation for US vs Worldwide distribution.

18. Gold Coast Rob - October 7, 2011

The Australian channels have finally bottomed on to the fact that if the lag between the US ad Australian showings is too large everybody downloads the episode and watches it without ads. We’re now seeing the lag down a few days, which is much better.

19. Dee - lvs moon' surface - October 7, 2011

OMG!… it does not work on the moon… the way is watching Harry Ballz here on……:-) :-)

20. Mike - October 7, 2011

Adam Scott, who plays Ben Wyatt in “Parks and Recreation” and talks the “Trek” sequel in the clip is actually a “Star Trek” alum, having played the Defiant helmsman in “Star Trek: First Contact”.

21. Neumann - October 7, 2011

That’s it? That’s the noteworthy “analysis” of the Star Trek sequel? That was, like, a mention… now if he went on to bitch about the brewery , whether the plot will follow the shows, or if Keenster will still be tagging along, then it might be worthy of a mention.

22. The Great Bird of the Galaxy - October 7, 2011

Seems to me that network is trying to milk the franchise for it’s notoriety in hopes to gain a broader audience.

23. LegalizeRomulanAle - October 7, 2011

14. That literally made me laugh out loud, making me have to explain the situation to my wife. Well done.

24. Will_H - October 7, 2011

Step Brothers will never be the same… His bit about the Spock/Uhura love bit is pretty dead on, though. They need to ditch it.

25. Pizza - October 7, 2011


Having Anthony warn someone for flaming

Just like old times


26. Blake Powers - October 7, 2011

#adamscott connection: That’s Freaking Awesome!!! I never knew that!

27. Harry Ballz - October 7, 2011


Glad I could heat things up for you! :>)

28. Christian - October 7, 2011

I knew that guy from Parks & Rec looked familiar. I couldn’t place it, but now it makes sense!

29. KJTrek - October 8, 2011

I love that scene from FC… he always stuck in my mind for some reason. Also, a very good show.

30. Allvar - October 8, 2011

Byyye Byyye Lil’ Sebastian…..You’re 5000 candles in the wind

31. VZX - October 8, 2011

That conn officer on the Defiant always bothered me as it should have been Dax or O’Brien instead.

32. Jo Jo - October 8, 2011

Not very funny but I laud the very realistic portrayal of the typical American woman!

33. strophommer von nastychap - October 8, 2011

RE: This TV show (first I’ve heard or seen of it) and minor ST sequel mention:

So what, big deal. The show looks awful as do the actors.

34. Cobalt 1365 - October 8, 2011

Parks and Rec is back? Helooo, Hulu…

35. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - October 8, 2011

I loved this whole episode, and the nice thing about the Trek bit was that it was 100% accurate – clearly written with boards like this one in mind!

36. rocketdave - October 8, 2011

I think I speak on behalf of everyone in the entire world when I say that Parks and Recreation is one of the best shows on TV.

I never knew Adam Scott was in First Contact; that’s pretty cool.

37. Jerry Modene - October 8, 2011

Boy, TV has sure changed since I was a kid. 1.9 million viewers? And to think the Original Series was cancelled because it “only” drew 20 million or so. ;)

38. Jim Nightshade - October 9, 2011

yah talk bout fragmented audiences these days–too much cable-on demand,satellite-videogames-internet-netflux bluray etc –heck im watching netflix on my nintendo 3ds n yet the psp cant–wierd-anyway it seems like the reality sing/dance shows get the best ratings and most water cooler talk-like was that nancy grace farting or someone else-sheesh–ahh for the good ole days

39. John - October 9, 2011

This WAS priceless! Kinda reminded me how Garth and Wayne compared and contrasted TOS and TNG in Waynes Word…love to see these every so often! Clever!

40. Spider1981 - October 9, 2011

LOVE Parks & Recreation. Its is one of only a small handful of shows I enjoy. I loved the Trek reference too. I agree with what some others have said that a lot of it is ‘smart humor’, which sadly flies over a lot of people’s heads and can affect viewership (ie Arrested Development), but its still chugging along on its 3rd season.

41. T'Cal - October 9, 2011

All kidding aside, I loved how Adam Scott delivered that line in First Contact. The quiver of fear in his voice followed by excitement. Excellent.

42. CoffeeProf - October 10, 2011


Wow…I never knew that. He was amazing in that small part.

Also Ron Swanson is my hero.

43. CoffeeProf - October 10, 2011


Stop trolling.

44. Platitude - October 10, 2011

One of the funniest shows on tv. It took a season or two to get into its groove, but now it is fantastic. Almost as funny as Arrested Development was. Almost.

45. THX-1138 - October 11, 2011

So is it being suggested that I watch Parks and Recreation for all my NuTrek news?

Do they have a comments section?

Are there people there that Harry can piss off?

Can I keep my screen name?

46. Kevin - October 11, 2011

Yeah, I know people are being wise guys in the first bunch of comments but this show is easily one of the best comedies on television. Easily. And that guy being Adam Scott is HILARIOUS. I’ve always like his reading of the line about the shields being gone. He’s a good actor and I enjoy watching him on P&R.

#41-T’Cal. I just saw that you wrote your comment as I was about to post mine. Very funny and you described it perfectly. I have to do some research but isn’t a different line reading used in the trailer? I think I like the trailer one better.

47. Cepheid_Soul - October 11, 2011

That scene from First Contact was epic. Though the role was short, those lines were delivered really well. I always wondered if that character would’ve been a crew member on DS9 and if they’d ever appear again following the movie.

48. Trek Nerd Central - October 12, 2011

Exactly what I’ve said from day one!

If you go back and look at the original series, all the smoke is rising from Kirk & Uhura. Uhura had a flirty thing going with Spock, but it was a joke.

49. Justin - October 12, 2011

Ron Swanson. That is all.

50. CJS - October 17, 2011

Lil’ Sebastian is not really dead, as long as we remember him.

51. PromoBoy - October 22, 2011

Thanks folks– for entertaining and informative feed back. (Adam Scott’s past ST role and Ron Swanson’s Pyramid)
And FYI- Parks & Recreation– while no Star Trek — Is a very good series.(Better this season than ever before)
Great characters and a wierd, funny groove that, once you ‘get it’, is hard to resist. Give it a try.

52. Johnnybegood - October 24, 2011

I watch P&R all the time. Ron, Leslie, Ben, Andy and April…it’s all good.

I have always thought Adam Scott would make a good Vulcan- it some ways more Spock than Z.Q. I was surprised today that he was already cast as a human and that I have seen that film over and over and never made the connection.

Maybe he and Dwight from The Office could play comical Vulcans at some point. Maybe when they decide to have Jack Nickleson play Mudd for a film. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.