Nerdery

Beam Yourself Down for an Incredibly Shameful Star Trek Adventure

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I’ve been saving this video for the end of the week for lots of reasons: because it’s incredible, and also because I can only watch about three minutes of it before I have to stop in pure agony. See, it’s from the old Star Trek Adventure, one of those things where people can insert themselves in a pre-recorded video; specifically, a family of four gets “acting lessons” from Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner, then gets to “lead” the Enterprise by saying predetermined lines to the pre-recorded original cast members and you get a neat but undeniably nerdy memory on VHS.

Overall, it’s about the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever seen. Look — I have no problem with people that dress up like Starfleet members. I don’t begrudge them for taking a chance to do the Star Trek Adventure — they probably enjoyed it. But if you can watch this and don’t feel utterly ashamed both for the family and for yourself for being a nerd too, you’re a better person than I.

I can barely stand to watch these people. Hell, I’m embarrassed for the real actors, who are clearly miserable and obviously thinking about the paycheck they’ll be getting at the end of the day. This is the kind of nerd video you treasure, but you hide away from all other people — only watching it with other huge nerds, or by yourself with the shades drawn. You do not, under any circumstances, let it get on the internet, because you simply shame us all. (Via Holy Taco)

About Author

Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.