Star Trek Movie On ‘Big Bang Theory’

If you haven’t seen it, the CBS sitcom “Big Bang Theory” is a show about four nerdy scientists that is rife with references to comic books, sci-fi and especially “Star Trek.” The official show synopsis on CBS.com even refers to ‘Klingon Boggle.’ This week’s episode opened with a discussion of the new Star Trek movie. See video of that and more below.

Reference to Star Trek movie…are they surfing trekmovie.com?

Here is another clip from the same episode showing their Trek cred…

The same episode has more refs to Trek including ‘gold shirts’ and ‘red shirts’, you can watch the full episode online at CBS.com

Another Trek ref from a different episode of “Big Bang Theory”

“Big Bang Theory” airs Mondays at 8:00 PM on CBS, see official site.

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Mark Lynch

Yep, this will get us lots of new fans. :-)

so little commenting this morning

Ladon

Wow… that is really lame?

Now I definitely don’t need to watch Big Bang Theory… A sitcom about ridiculously stereotypical nerds. Reminds me of Cavemen.

that is such a bad show

Alex from KC

Great episode from a great show.

Ethan Shuster

Riiiight. The two cliche nerdy guys who don’t get girls are unfamiliar with Britney Spears. And they’ve never seen any Looney Tunes or Brady Bunch episodes. Current pop culture references from today going over their heads? Fine. But please… These guys are, what? Around or approaching 30? They weren’t nerds at age 6. They would’ve seen those shows as kids.

I’ll admit the first conversation was kinda funny. Cuz they were actually making jokes about ST and not just taking it 100% serious. The same attitude many of us fans have.

Mark Lynch

I’ve seen a couple of these shows. I think its fairly funny. Perhaps because I consider myself nerdy too.

#6
Perhaps they’ve blocked out their memories of Brady Bunch et al. :-)

Kirkunit

Is it any coincidence that the nerd with glasses looks like JJ Abrams?

Spocko

#8

I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought so.

[The] TOS Purist aka The Purolator

Ugh, I hate just about all the mindless sitcoms currently on TV, but this reminds me why I don’t watch them. That was painful to watch…the “jokes” were lame and the canned laughter just about drove me insane.

Why are people allowed to make these shows?

Richard Daystrom

So……stereotypical.

And stupid.

Thorny

That wasn’t the best episode of the show I’ve seen, but the second half revolving around the Brain Bowl contest was a lot funnier, especially with Sara Gilbert guesting.

It’s also cool that the two main characters are named Sheldon and Leonard, a nod to the great writer/director/producer Sheldon Leonard of “Andy Griffith Show” and “Dick Van Dyke Show” fame.

“How I Met Your Mother” and “Big Bang Theory” are usually a pretty dependable hour of laughs.

CmdrR

Lately, CBS + Comedy = Thumb hitting remote

I’m glad Trek is getting mentions out there. Can’t say this show is anything that will be memorable. It’s just there as filler. My only current must see comedy is The Office.

And, of course, all of that is my opin-ee-on. Tax and tags apply; mileage may vary.

sean

Did anyone see Walter Koenig on The Soup last night? Hilarious.

Parkhurst

Big Bang Theory rocks! I can’t believe how uptight some of the people commenting are in putting it down. I love Star Trek but when I’ve been to Trek conventions I feel like I’ve entered the Twilight Zone and I’m surrounded by Sheldon and Leonard’s. Maybe those that are offended by this are so because it hits too close to home…omg. Nerds are awesome but please take your daily allowance of fiber :)

MORN SPEAKS

It’s just not funny. Change the channel to NBC and watch The Office and 30 Rock.

Obvious stater

They are not laughing with you,
they are laughing *at* you.

This show is a rancid boil.

Dr. Wh-at now?!

Actually, it’s offensive. It shows how fearful other cliques are of the educated classes. This show is from a past era.

Spoctor McKirk

Big Bang Theory isn’t Shakespeare, it’s harmless escapism…it’s mind-candy. It may not make me laugh out loud but it does make me smile on occasion. And Penny’s hot.

KHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m a 43 year old geeky engineer, and FREAKIN LOVE this show. I haven’t missed an episode. This is actually one of the most intelligently written shows on TV. My 14 year old daughter is amazed that I get all the jokes! :-)

KHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And yea… some of you REALLY need to lighten up a bit.. SHEESH

i agree….lighten up people it is just a tv show.

Enterprise Fan

Big Bang Theory is a riot. My kids, wife and I always look forward to watching it on Monday nights. The cast is great and the writing is really witty. Maybe not James Joyce, but a great diversion nonetheless.

ngl;sdb;ga

oh god it’s got a laugh track

Pat D

Big Bang Theory is AWESOME!!

If you haven’t seen a whole episode, go on line and watch this one at CBS.com

In a previous epsiode, they were playing 3-dimensional chess on an accurately reporduced playing board.

Most episodes make me laugh out loud, and my girlfriend does too!!

Pat D

Y’know . . . I liken this to the fact that when Family Ties came on, Michael J. Fox thought he was skewering conservatives with his portrayal of Alex P. Keaton, and they actually LOVED it.

If you don’t think BIG BANG is funny, then you probably haven’t seen it.

Imrahil

That business about teleportation is an old bit from Star Trek novels. It’s given in one of the early POcket Books as essentially the reason McCoy won’t use a transporter.

Alex

Was that supposed to be funny?

non-fanatic

#3 “Wow… that is really lame?”
Sorry, you’ve confused me. In what way was that a question?

Dr. Wh-at now?!

The problem is that shows like this promote stereotypes that can be really harmful in the workplace and in social arenas.

SPB

TYPICALLY LAME SITCOM “HUMOR”…

…although “Point Ears and Shapely Rears” made me chuckle. Was T’Pol in that issue…?

Biodredd

#10 – Canned laugher… whatever. The show is shot in fron of a live audience. The design of the set gives that fact away. All the walls are at angles to the real wall which allows the audience to see everything going on and to accomodate a three camera set-up.

If you’re going to make a comment at least do the reaserch so you are right in your bold “assumption”.

To see blantently obvious set designs relating to three-camera and live audience examples watch an episode of I Love Lucy and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The back wall is flat, the side walls are angled = LIVE AUDIENCE!

Devon

#32 – IN addition to what you said… my friends have actually attended a taping of the show. And tickets are available to the taping of the show.

Devon

“The problem is that shows like this promote stereotypes that can be really harmful in the workplace and in social arenas.”

Oh puhleeze.

Michelle

Heh, that looks like a fun show! I’ll be sure to check it out. I’m sorry some of my fellow geeks can’t see the humor in it. I wonder if they’re any girl geeks in the show? We do tend to be under represented.

Jay - "The Real Jim Kirk"

This show is about as funny as watching my balls being stapled to a plank of wood….

Trek Fan in snow country

Jay, given your sense of humor, I’m not surprised you don’t get this show…

Jay - "The Real Jim Kirk"

#37 dude… im British, we invented humour!

fred

i think its great i look forward to each and every episode and i hope cbs keeps it going

Dr. Wh-at now?!

34 don’t knock it until you’re on the receiving end. Then it’s not so funny. I know someone who’s unemployed because they didn’t fit in with their coworkers.

Dierna

Sheldon’s right about the way a Transporter works. It was even dealt with in an ep of TNG. The one where Picard merged with an alien and transported to outerspace. The transporter’s memory still had a copy of Picard in it’s memory banks.

Im glad The Big Bang Theory was renewed for a 2nd season.

Sean

Both videos at the end are already taken down… Still, that show isn’t very funny.

LorienTheYounger

The first one was funny. The other two weren’t.

Bryan

As Trek fans – we all need to have a problem with this. If anyone here was ever wondering what ‘everyone else’ thought of you…now you know. Recently Simon Pegg and Patrick Stewart had to stand up for us, when we really need to do it ourselves. Star Trek is the most successful media franchise in history and Hollywood, as well as the general public, have little regard for it. In my opinion, because of Trek’s positive take on what could be, the world would be a better place if that changed. I’m pretty sure everyone here thinks it’s important that Trek goes for another forty years, and another after that. But it won’t happen if we as fans don’t step up. And it starts by having a problem with this ‘Big Bang’ nonsense.

Give me a break. We’re all a bunch of semi-autistic dorks. Why not be proud of it? I mean are you really going to tell me you all know captain kirk’s locker combination AND you’re total hipsters with hot girlfriends? Only on the big 7th grade playground called the internet could lies like that be taken seriously. I mean, we’re posting on a trekkie blog on a saturday. A SATURDAY.

Look, enjoy your little worlds and fun nerdiness. You may be dorks, but at least your not vapid fashionistas or GED burger flippers. There are worse stereotypes to belong to.

I liked the teleporation one; I liked the Trek movie one …

… but the “quiz” one feels like it was written by whichever member of the writing team doesn’t actually know any geeks … Nerdboys aren’t ignorant of pop culture as a rule … every geek _I_ know has a pretty strong opinion on Van Halen v Van Hagar, for example (and, being geeks, they can tell you about it for hours). Geeks tend to be pop-culture omnivores, at least in my experience.

And #45 … I’ve done signings at Trek-heavy conventions and been faced with panel-rooms full of Trek hardcores, and even in that super-concentrated Trek-ized environment, the “semi-autistic dorks” are a minority group (ever-present, no doubt, but still the minority).

Paul

yeah the thought of Sarek in a Vulcan fertility clinic firing off some knuckle babies is pretty funny, though i’m fairly easy to amuse. to each their own i guess, IDIC

I might just have to check this out. I’ve heard good things. Then again, it’s geeks being written for a non-geek audience. So, any conversations they may have have probably already been said by so many geeks so many times before. But, I will watch it first before passing judgment. This looks promising!

CanuckLou

I agree lighten up. I don’t watch the show but that second clip was pretty funny.

The adventure continues…

Woulfe

Pop-Culture for $1,000 Alex…..

I knew the answers to those questions she asked before she even said what the answers were, does this make me a typical Star Trek fan ?

Not according to “The Mass Media”

Big Bang Theory is just another sit-com in a long line of sit-coms that have pegged us as “shut-ins” it’s nothing new, I expect as much from “The Mass Media” so I can gloss over the rampant “Trek Nerd” stereotype.

If we can’t laugh at ourselves every now and then we deserve this kinda “uber nerd” stereotype as we’d be taking ourselves far to seriously.

While I do agree that we do need to lighten up, I also see this as being harmful as folks will still view us as “folks who still live in their parent’s basements” a stigmatic view of the fandom as a whole seeing as a number of us are OVER 40 now and live on our own and even have our own KIDS and grand kids.

40 years is a LONG time to live in one parents basement, wouldn’t said parents be DEAD after that much time has passed ?

Like I said according to “The Mass Media” the answer would be no.

A realistic sitcom about Trek fans would be called 40something and deal with how fans deal with the real world of having a job, raising the kids, etcetera etcetera etcetera.

Would the networks make a show like that ?

Nope, not in our lifetimes, they rather view us as they always have.

That’s not going to change anytime soon, well, until a Star Trek fan becomes president of the U.S, and the chance of that happening anytime soon is really slim in this day and age.