May 17, 2013 8:00am PT by Aaron Couch
'Star Trek': 5 Best Viral Clips (Video)
As any loyal Trekkie knows, there's plenty of comedy to be had in Star Trek. Who doesn't get a kick out of Bones' love affair with complaining or Spock failing to grasp the subtleties of human interaction?
But the Internet has boldly taken Trek comedy to new heights. And in honor of Star Trek Into Darkness hitting theaters this week, Heat Vision looks at some of the clever videos featuring the Enterprise crew.
Star Trek meets “Tik Tok”
This mesmerizing Trek-Kes$ha mashup shows things get totally crazy on the Enterprise when the Romulan Ale starts flowing.
J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek gets the Honest Trailers treatment
This fantastic trailer describes 2009’s Star Trek as J. J. Abrams' Star Wars demo real and Kirk as an “an angry drunk who is accepted into Starfleet without any paperwork, background checks or medical evaluations.” Just watch it.
Everything Wrong with Abrams’ Trek
“Everything Wrong," the series perenialy throwing a wet blanket over your favorite film, tackles the 2009 Trek reboot. This is in the same vein as the Honest Trailer, but its ribbing is done less lovingly.
Kirk Vs. Geriatric Gorn
In an ad for Star Trek: The Video Game, Shatner and the Lizard-like Gorn captain from the 1967 “Arena” episode get in a fight and learn they don’t quite have the same moves they once did.
The Internal Revenue Service got in some hot water in March when it was revealed the IRS had spent $60,000 on training videos parodying Trek and Gilligan’s Island. The video isn’t particularly funny – unless you’re into bureaucratic procedures – but William Shatner’s terse review earned it a spot on this list.
“So I watched that IRS video. I am appalled at the utter waste of US tax dollars,” Shatner tweeted. The IRS has since apologized for the training video.