By Nancy Basile, About.com Guide
One day I was watching re-runs of "Star Trek," and it occurred to me that "The Simpsons" has paid homage to that legendary sci-fi series many times. Whether it be subtle references, quotes, or hilarious characters, Kirk and his crew have found their way onto "The Simpsons."
"Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie" opens with a commercial for the upcoming movie "Star Trek XII: So Very Tired." An aging Captain Kirk remarks, "Had trouble sleeping last night; my hiatal hernia is acting up. The ship is drafty and damp. I complain, but nobody listens." In engineering, Scotty has become so portly he cannot "give 'er full power".
When "Homer Goes to College", he befriends Doug, Benjamin and Gary, three geeks who debate whether the original "Star Trek" series is better than "The Next Generation."
In "Deep Space Homer" (as in "Deep Space Nine"), Itchy and Scratchy appear in "Scar Trek: The Next Laceration." In this episode, poor Scratchy meets a horrible end, as usual, in outer space. No "Genesis" for Scratchy!
In "Bart of Darkness", the futuristic Itchy's seem to mock the aliens from the original "Star Trek" series.
In "Bart's Comet", one of Lisa's friends is named Data.
A look at the future during "Lisa's Wedding" lends itself well to "Star Trek" sound effects and other references. First, Hugh's wrist phone makes the same noise as the tricorder from the original series. Next, Troy McClure's ensemble bears a resemblance to the uniforms of Kirk and his crew. Plus, the noises at Homer's work station sound like noises from the bridge of the Enterprise.
In "The Homer They Fall", Comic Book Guy attempts to return his Ultimate Belt. Unfortunately, he does not have a receipt. He explains, "I won it as a door prize at the "Star Trek" Convention. Although I find their choice of prize highly illogical, as the average Trekker has no use for a medium-sized belt."
The "Simpsons" episode title "Trouble with Trillions" is a parody of the "Star Trek" episode titled "Trouble with Tribbles."
Kang and Kodos are recurring aliens on "The Simpsons." Their names are taken from the original "Star Trek" series.
"The Simpsons" of Borg list at "The Simpsons" Archive gives quotes from an assimilated Springfield.
Leonard Nimoy has appeared in the following two episodes.
"Marge vs. the Monorail"
Quimby: And now, I'd like to turn things over to our Grand Marshall, Mr. Leonard Nimoy.
Nimoy: I'd say this vessel could do at least Warp Five. [Crowd laughs.]
Quimby: And let me say, "May the Force Be With You!"
Nimoy: Do you even know who I am?
Quimby: I think I do. Weren't you one of the "Little Rascals?"
"The Springfield Files"
Nimoy narrates, "Hello. I'm Leonard Nimoy. The following tale of alien encounters is true. And by true, I mean false. It's all lies. But they're entertaining lies. And in the end, isn't that the real truth? The answer is no."
"I Love Lisa"
Principal Skinner asks Groundskeeper Willie to water down the orange drink at the President's Day Pageant in order to recoup their losses from "Fire Drill Follies." Willie does a Scotty imitation saying, "I've already water'd it down, man. I can't water n'more!"
If I missed a good "Star Trek" reference, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll be happy to add it.
I just love Star Trek and the Simpsons! I really love these episodes!
Wow, thanks for posting this! You sure made an effort, at least a copy and paste one, and it is pretty awesome. Can't get enough Simpsons or Star Trek. Together... heaven.
Glad you like it!