It’s April Fool’s Day and so people and sites across the interweb are having some fun, and there are a few cases where Star Trek is part of the gag. And this year it seems JJ Abrams cross-franchise work has inspired a lot of Star Wars/Star Trek gags. See below for a roundup of the Star Trek April Fool’s Day pranks
The big news in the the geek world is director JJ Abrams directing Star Wars Episode VII right after he wraps up on Star Trek Into Darkness. This actual crossover from franchises has inspired a number of Trek/Wars pranks for April Fool’s Day.
Shatner and Takei to play Jedi?
First up both William Shatner and George Takei appear to have come up with the same idea. Both posted ‘news’ stories about how they had been cast in Episode VII. Shatner’s story noted he would be playing "a mysterious Jedi with a connection to the Carrie Fisher character Princess Leia.". While Takei’s Facebook post said he would be playing "Master Ceti Maru, a member of the Jedi Council."
Reddit Swaps Trek/Wars + New Trek/Wars Wiki
The folks at Reddit also had some Star Trek and Star Wars fun, by swapping the respective pages for Star Trek and Star Wars. reddit.com/r/starwars leads to the Star Trek page and reddit.com/r/startrek leads to the Star Wars page. There is also a lot of crossover content on the two pages
Another online destination has combined forces. This time Wookipedia (the online Star Wars wiki) relaunched today as "Memory Aurek," a new combined Star Trek/Star Wars encyclopedia.
And finally, the people at Gamma Squad also had some Trek/Wars fun, reporting the news that J.J. Abrams was working on a crossover animated series for both franchises.
More Trek April fools gags
There were some April Fool’s gags for Star Trek that actually had nothing to do with Star Wars. Here are some highlights.
StarTrek.com: Exclusive interview with a Horta
Incorporate Apps: Launches Transporter App for Android (promises transporting "as seen on Star Trek")
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