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"real" world ST references

lalume

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Report this Sep. 06 2005, 3:02 pm

Ok, was at the Renaissance Festival. So of course 16th century English village life must abound with Star Trek references. These are what I encountered:

1. During the Shakespeare's Skum 19th anniversary performance of their classic 20 minute MacBeth (always timed by the audience). There is always a segment where an A Team reference is made, segueing into a bit including the phrase "slingshot around the sun", with the response "Ye canna change the laws of physics". This time, after saying that line, the actors whipped off their hats and held them to their hearts for a few seconds of silence. (the audience cheered after the silence)

2. An act called Fight School gives mini-history lessons and info (comedically of course) on the evolution of various weapons along with choreographed demonstrations of their use. The act begins with a partial reenactment of the swordfight in The Princess Bride, including dialogue, and addresses the techniques referenced.

Later in the day, the act begins the same way, but then they stop and point out that everyone has already seen it. So they call for a recreation of the fight from Amok Time. "Bring forth the lirpa!" And we get treated to lirpa (sp.?) combat. McCoy is included in the bit. And helpful audience members provided some background music.

3. Swami Yohmami gives a dissertation on the definition of geek, old and current (orinally someone in a sideshow act who bit the heads off of chickens). You know, you're a geek if you......fill in the blank. One of the criteria is: "if you can name all 78 episodes of Star Trek". It's a set-up statement, of course. I confess to being the one who shouted out "there are 79 episodes" when I first saw the show. ("Ladies and gentlemen, a geek")

lalume

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Report this Sep. 06 2005, 3:03 pm

By the way, I have seen Klingons at the Renaissance Festival. Apparently a time warp of some sort.

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Report this Sep. 06 2005, 4:23 pm

that is so funny!!!  I would die if I saw a klingon at a Renaissance Festival!!!  :laugh:  :laugh:

Nyackjohn

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Report this Sep. 06 2005, 5:19 pm

They show up at our New York Renaissance Festival too - frequently found around the food and drink areas!  I remember them chasing one actor around (who was playing nobility and was a bit swishy) screaming that he was a Metron.

lalume

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Report this Sep. 06 2005, 11:16 pm

Metron! very good! TOS Klingons then, not TNG

Nyackjohn

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Report this Sep. 07 2005, 11:49 am

Well, they did have brow ridges and all, but obviously they had STARTED OUT as TOS Klingons - kind of like Kor, Koloth and Kang who all grew ridges later (DS9) :O

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Report this Sep. 07 2005, 4:25 pm

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
All very funny, Iagoswife.

lalume

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Report this Feb. 16 2006, 10:11 pm

I don't know how many of you watch The Daily Show, and now The Colbert Report, but there isn't a week that goes by without a Star Trek reference. A week or two ago TDS had a Khan moment, and last night's TCR had MirrorSpock reference. For you west coasters, you may have a chance still to see a repeat of last night's show. I think it was last night.

lalume

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Report this Sep. 14 2006, 12:09 am

Today on Jeopardy there was a tv category that asked contestants to name the show based on the episode title. Lo and behold, "Elaan of Troyius" appeared. Needless to say, the show was identified!

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Report this Sep. 14 2006, 1:01 am

Not sure if this qualifies as "real world", but every episode of Futurama has some reference to classic Star Trek in it. Sometimes it's just a sound effect like the swish sound of a door, but there's always at least one.

Of course the crowning example is the "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" episode, with Leonard Nimoy's head and all the main cast except for Scotty (who was replaced by Welshie). :D

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Report this Sep. 14 2006, 4:05 am

I'm not sure if this qualifies either, but last year I was in a supermarket que, when across in the next que an old gentleman in a maroon TOS movie jacket with his WWII medals displayed proudly on the chest, stood with his shopping. ¿

He could hardly walk and had a walking stick, but when he turned and looked in my direction he had a wonderful smile, I couldn't help smiling back and telling him he had excellent taste in jackets. ¿It made me wonder at the thought that Star Trek goes across every generation, though it does miss the odd idiot out.  (idiots in the que nearby)

I got really p****d off when it became obvious that some in the que were sniggering at him and I gave them what I hope was a dirty look, but he was chatting away to the people near him and wasn't even bothered by them.

NebulaClash

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Report this Sep. 14 2006, 7:31 am

I saw a car with the license plate: NCC1701D

lalume

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Report this Sep. 14 2006, 6:39 pm

Oh, what a great idea for a vanity plate! And what with the original, bloody A, B, C, and D, it means that probably all of us could arrange for very similar license plates, no matter the state in which we live. How's that for a club? Suresh, Petra, and co., how does that work for you?

JohnFourtyTwo

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Report this Sep. 14 2006, 6:44 pm

Most of the good Star Trek vanity plates have already been snapped up in every state. As much as I would like to have one, I prefer to keep as much of a low profile as possible.

lalume

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Report this Sep. 14 2006, 6:46 pm

A thing to research, anyway. Wanna bet nobody's done ELAAN?

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