One of the most beloved science fiction IP’s of all time, Star Trek and its many spin-off series have built up one of the most popular franchises in television history. After Star Trek originally aired in the ‘60s, several films were made to varying success, but it wasn’t until the end of the ‘80s that Trekkies would get to see a new fresh take on Starfleet and bold space exploration that would revive the fandom. Star Trek: The Next Generation aired in 1989, and ushered in a whole new generation of fans.
After TNG, Star Trek: Voyager debuted as well as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, making three Star Trek series on at the same time at one point. Each Star Trek series offered more excitement and drama, and over the years, the chance for more humor to be found. With CBS taking the reins and giving Trekkies Star Trek: Discovery and soon Picard, there’s been more fodder for memes than ever before, and here are ten of the most hilarious that only Trekkies will love.
10 FARMING, PICARD?
Recently the teaser trailer for CBS’s new Star Trek series Picard aired, instantly exciting millions of Star Trek fans and those who think Jean-Luc Picard is the greatest Starfleet Captain of all time. The softly-lit trailer featured Picard strolling through his family vineyard, Chateau Picard, gently feeling the grape leaves while large automated machines till the soil.
A female voice floated above the montage, asking “Admiral Picard” where the hell he’d been for the past twenty years. And we couldn’t all help thinking, why would a man of his many talents become a hermit from his loved ones and turn his back on Starfleet to bugger off and make wine?
9 THE Q SNAP
A regular pain in Picard’s ass who actually became a series regular, the nebulous entity known as Q would randomly appear at inopportune moments to parlay with Picard on the mysterious of the universe. When he wasn’t engaging the Captain in verbal sparring, he was causing minor calamities all across the USS Enterprise.
Q may have had a high opinion of Picard, but he had a rather low opinion of everyone else. He viewed humans and the rest of the galaxy’s citizens like so many ants in an ant farm, ones he occasionally liked to murder with a magnifying lens just to watch what would happen. Sound familiar? To be honest, he and Thanos the Mad Titan might actually get along.
8 CAPTAIN PIKE TAKES A SELFIE
As CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery series prepares to enter its third season, it says goodbye to a character that fans had grown to love - Captain Christopher Pike as played by Anson Mount. Captain Pike has been a minor character in the recent Star Trek films, but in Season 2 fans got to see him in his prime heading up the USS Enterprise.
Pike appeared in Season 2 of Discovery to align it with the future events of the series, which take place roughly ten years prior to Captain Kirk’s five year mission. Pike appeared in the first episode of the original Star Trek but was written out later. Fans loved Mount’s interpretation so much they petitioned for him to have his own spin-off series!
7 FEELING ADVENTUROUS, MIGHT VIOLATE THE PRIME DIRECTIVE LATER, IDK
In Star Trek: Voyager, Captain Janeway’s crew were sent into a temporal anomaly by a displacement wave and flung into a quadrant of the Universe that was previously uncharted. They determined that, given their present location and the state of the ship, it would take them 75 years to return home to Starfleet and their families.
At one crucial juncture, Tash figured out how to shave five years off their journey, but Captain Janeway had another idea - they were in a completely mysterious corner of the galaxy with no allies anywhere and nothing but the fuel cells in their cores and the clothes on their back, why not do a little exploring?
6 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, JONATHAN FRAKES
Though Captain Kirk is widely regarded as the most promiscuous member of Starfleet, he has a strong contender for the honor in Commander William Riker. Number One boarded the USS Enterprise-D with a fresh face smoother than an android’s bottom, he quickly grew a beard and put away childish things by Season 2 of Star Trek: Next Generation.
Riker had a habit of wearing his sex drive on his sleeve, so when the opportunity arose in Season 1 to make friendly with a group of humanoid alien women that viewed men as only good for breeding, he was only too happy to be a diplomatic ambassador.
5 A ROMULAN TAILOR, DEAR GOD NILES
The Star Trek franchise has always been known for its cameos. Fans have had great fun over the decades pointing out who’s who behind Starfleet uniforms, beards, antennae, and copious amounts of head ridges. In Season 5 of Next Generation, Kelsey Grammer appeared just one year before he would launch his wildly successful Cheers spin-off, Frasier.
In TNG, he played Captain Morgan Bateson, a Starfleet Captain whose ship, the USS Bozeman had inadvertently been sent by a temporal distortion almost a thousand years into the future. Throughout the episode, it was ridiculously hard not to hear Frasier’s inane complaining about trifles whenever Bateson spoke.
4 THE JANEWAY
Captain Kathryn Janeway was by all accounts a very stubborn woman. As a female commanding officer in Starfleet, she had to be fair but congenial, disciplined by approachable, and above all couldn’t let herself get pushed around by members of her crew that felt she couldn’t lead as well as a man.
As the Captain of a ship displaced from the Alpha Quadrant by a massive dispersion wave, she knew she’d have to work hard to keep moral from collapsing among the crew. They were 75 years away from reaching home, and Janeway’s route favored exploring new reaches of the Universe rather than shave time off their journey. There’s the right way and then there’s the Janeway.
3 THE WALKING DEAD
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that if you’re wearing a Red Shirt in Star Trek, you’re probably not making it past whatever episode you appear in. In the original Star Trek, red shirts were exclusively worn by crew members that were given no names and barely any dialogue, used solely as cannon fodder because, well, the main cast couldn’t be harmed or there’d be no show.
It became such a joke that in Star Trek: The Next Generation, commanding officers actually wore red uniforms because the team of writers determined the joke was played out. A total of 43 red-shirted crew members turned into space dust on Star Trek. RIP.
2 SIGN ME UP FOR THE NEXT AWAY MISSION
Away missions are exciting - they offer crew members the chance to leave the confines of the ship and explore new terrain, interact with new people, and experience new planets. They’re also boring if they consist of a bunch of Red Shirts, so Star Trek: The Next Generation had a habit of sending primary cast members on them to add entertainment value.
Mind you, primary cast members inhabited the roles of chief officers, so at any given time, the head of security, the head of engineering, the doctor in sickbay, the head of science and navigation, and the USS Enterprise’s second in command were all down in a potentially dangerous environment.
1 DYSLEXIC OF BORG
all know the Borg have a funny way of talking, but can you imagine a dyslexic one? They first arrived midway through Star Trek: The Next Generation as a Hive-minded species of aliens that travel the Universe assimilating other species. You have no usefulness in life except as a member of their collective, when your purpose is made to serve their queen.
When the Borg pull the USS Enterprise-D into tractor beam of their Cube, it’s assumed that every crew member aboard will be assimilated, their former identities and memories purged from their minds as they are upgraded and uploaded to a higher level of consciousness. Laminated, indeed.